Basing is hard. In my second month as a microbase, I've found that the following contributes to the creation of a great basing practice:
3. Stability (static and dynamic)
4. CNS (Central Nervous System) training
In order to be a safe base who introduces beginners to the practice, the following skills are useful for supporting flyers in their exploration of movement (v = verbal, nv = non-verbal):
1. Good communication
-Active listening (v)
-Principles of non-violent communication (v)
2. Receptivity to a partner's goals and needs (v) and to subtle movement cues (nv)
3. Sensitivity (v, nv)
4. Awareness of Consent (Question: Am I using my partner to do what I want without their consent, or are we working as a team in collaboration to reach a shared goal?)
5. Stability through a significant range of motion (ROM): Allows for falling with intention in a slow and controlled manner as one "moves floorwards."
6. Openness to use of spotters to assist in safety and/or coaching
PS Striving to be a communicative human being who exercises patience and respect with other humans is also a great idea! Having a willingness and curiosity to explore places where one might otherwise become bored also helps.
v - verbal
nv - non-verbal
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