noun - 9 Hands (or 9 Hands Principle) is a concept and teaching methodology conceived by Hall of Fame wrestler Andre Metzger. 9 Hands refers to the two feet, two knees, two elbows, two hands, and the head on a wrestler, swimmer or any other athlete in movement.
9 Hands of Swimming
9 Hands of Open Water Swimming
The 9 Hands of Open Water Swimming refers to the same 9 body parts that are used in open bodies of water either in synchronicity (harmony) or in dissonance (disharmony) where ideally the 9 Hands are in flow and rhythm relative to the dynamic forces in the open water.
Andre Metzger is a 60-year-old American wrestler and coach who retired as the world's winningest wrestler in history and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
- The original 9 Hands Principle concept created by Andre Metzger, an internationally successful wrestler.
- The 9 Hands of Swimming concept was created by Chris Morgan based on Metzger's 9 Hands.
- The 9 Hands of Open Water Swimming concept was co-created by Chris Morgan and Steven Munatones based on Metzger's 9 Hands.
With his powerful kick and streamlined body and head position, Alexander Popov is the ideal model for the 9 Hands of Swimming.