Marching Moves

This page is reserved for showing the various Marching Commands and their respective moves that will happen during a March Pass routine.

Before…

Default Position:
1. Stand straight, head high and tummy in. Because judges like to see cool-looking marchers.
2. Feet in a V-shape.
3. Arms at your sides with fists clenched and thumbs pointing to the ground.
4. Please don't fidget. Because again, judges like to see cool-looking marchers. Fidgeting just makes you look sloppy.

Cornerstone:
The marcher at the top-right corner. The person whom the marchers use to make sure they are aligned. Note that by turning the squad, the cornerstone changes person.

Basic Commands

Getting In line

Purpose: To get in line at the start of the session or after a nice break, i.e. parade formation.

1. Command: "MASUK BARIS!" (Usually followed by a countdown if the commander wants you all in line fast!)
2. The commander should point at a spot where the cornerstone will be. One person should take that spot.
3. Everyone else builds their squad from the cornerstone.
4. Number of rows as well as where to face should be called out by the commander.

Straightening Formation

Purpose: To make sure the marchers are nicely aligned to make a tight impressive parade formation.

1. Command 1: "LURUSKAAN…. BARISAN!"
2. Motion:
You are at the front row: Raise your right arm beside you.
You are at the rightmost column: Raise your left arm in front of you.
You are the cornerstone: Don't have to raise any arm.
You are anywhere else: Raise your right arm beside you and your left arm in front of you.
3. Shout at the same time: S'TU! (It's SATU said sharply and quickly)
4. Snap your head to your right and adjust so that you are aligned to the rightmost person in your row. If you're on the rightmost column, look directly in front and adjust so that you are aligned to the cornerstone. The cornerstone does not move. If you only see more or less one head in front and to the right of you, and your fists/thumbs are touching shoulders, you should be aligned!
5. Command 2: "BARIS!!" (If the commander is satisfied with your alignment)
6. Motion: Drop arms sharply back to your sides. NO SLAPPING THIGHS!

'Senangkan Diri' Cycle

Purpose: Not too sure but its English military equivalent is 'at ease'.

The Cycle:

Default —> Senangkan Diri —> Rehatkan Diri —> Baris (Senangkan Diri) —> Baris Sedia (Default)

1. Command 1: "SENANGKAAAAN… DIRI!"
2. Stomp right leg out so that your feet are apart shoulder-width. Hands together behind your back, your left hand holding the three long fingers of your right hand.
3. Shout at the same time: "S'TU!!"
4. You should be more 'at ease' and comfortable.

5. Command 2: "REHATKAAAAAN… DIRI!"
6. Exactly the same position as Senangkan Diri except hands raised till behind the small of your back.
7. NO SHOUT REQUIRED since you are supposed to 'rest yourselves'.
8. You may move around a bit to be at ease but your left foot remains planted on that same spot on the ground and please remain as silent as possible.

9. Command 3: "BARIS!!"
10. Immediately thrust your hands down to Senangkan Diri position!
11. Shout at the same time: "S'TU!!"

12. Command 4: "BARIS SEDIA!!"
13. Raise your right leg up as if you're about to stomp the ground (Shout: S'TU!!)
14. Stomp the ground with your right leg back to default position (Shout: DUA!!)
15. Your whole body is back to default position.

Turning

Purpose: To turn. Obviously. (To face some other direction where the commander wants you to face.)

LEFT (KIRI)

1. Command: "BARIS AKAN PUSING KE KIRI!!… KE KIRIIII… PUSING!!"
2. Spin your feet 90 degrees to your left so that your left foot is almost directly in front of your right foot.
(Shout: S'TU!!) Your feet should always remain at the same spot and in contact with the ground as you do this step (Your shoes make a 'KRR…' sound on the asphalt).
3. Shout: "DUA!!" in that position before…
4. Raise your right foot up as if you're gonna stomp the ground beside your left foot (Shout: T'GA!!)
5. Stomp your right foot back into default position sharply (Shout: S'TU!!)

RIGHT (KANAN)
1. Command: "BARIS AKAN PUSING KE KANAN!!… KE KANAANNN… PUSING!!"
2. Spin your feet 90 degrees to your right so that your right foot is almost directly in front of your left foot.
(Shout: S'TU!!) Your feet should always remain at the same spot and in contact with the ground as you do this step (Your shoes make a 'KRR…' sound on the asphalt).
3. Shout: "DUA!!" in that position before…
4. Raise your left foot up as if you're gonna stomp the ground beside your left foot (Shout: T'GA!!)
5. Stomp your left foot back into default position sharply (Shout: S'TU!!)

BACK (BELAKANG)
1. Command: "BARIS AKAN PUSING KE BELAKANG!!… KE BELAKAAAAANNG… PUSING!!"
2. Spin your feet 180 degrees to your right, i.e. clockwise so that your right foot is almost directly in front of your left foot. (Shout: S'TU!!) Your feet should always remain at the same spot and in contact with the ground as you do this step (Your shoes make a 'KRR…' sound on the asphalt). Your legs might be a wee bit twisted but you can adjust.
3. Parts 3 to 5 is exactly like Pusing ke Kanan.

March On-the-spot (Stomping)

Purpose: Just to drill the tempo before marching forward. Rarely used in the middle of a routine, but sometimes it does have a purpose.

Starting
1. Command 1: "BARIS! AKAN HENTAK KAKI! DARI KIRI…. HENTAAAK KAKI!"
2. Start marching on the spot starting from the left foot.
3. Shout: "KIRI!… KIRI!… KIRI KANAN KIRI!…" in sync with which foot you're stomping. Tempo should be about 110-120 BPM, although marching out to ThunderNation would be around 96 BPM. Check the tempo here. Note that the 25th Anniversary March Past was around 140-150 BPM, which is pretty fast but more tiring.
4. Lift legs high till your hip and knee joints 90 degrees before stomping. It's tiring but when marching this way, it's more impressive.
5. While marching on the spot, it might get tricky to keep your head up and back straight. Most marchers tend to move a bit forward while on the spot too.
6. Stomp hard to create a thunderous earthquake effect that judges like!

Stopping
7. Command 2: "BARIS!!"
8. Stop shouting so that you can hear the next command. But remain stomping at that tempo.
9. Command 3: "BERHEEEEEEEEEENN…. (Commander waits till squad is about to stomp on left foot) ….TI!!
10. The "TI!" should be on the left foot so stomp three more times: right, left, right (Shout: CHECK! ONE! TWO! in sync with the three stomps). Therefore, you know you've stopped right if you stop with your right foot.

Marching Forward!

Purpose: To signal everyone to march forward in sync.

Note: Usually, commanders get everyone to 'hentak kaki' first and then 'cepat jalan'. So your stomping turns into a march. Sometimes, commanders get the squad to march from standstill.

Starting
1. Command 1: "BARIS! DARI KIRI!… CEPAT JALAN!"
2. If from default position: start marching from left foot. If from Hentak Kaki, start marching on the next left foot.
3. Shout: "KIRI!… KIRI!… KIRI KANAN KIRI!…" in sync with which foot you're marching. Keep the moderate tempo.
4. Lift legs high till your hip and knee joints are at around 90 degrees before marching. It's tiring but when marching this way, it's more impressive.
5. Keep your head high and back straight and look cool.

Keeping Aligned while Marching (very important and tricky)
5. Cornerstone basically sets the pace for the whole squad.
6. Watch the line at the corner of your eye: make sure you don't step ahead or lag behind the marcher on your right.
7. With practice, the squad should find a moderate distance for each marching step so that the squad remains 'tight'. That means tall people should march in shorter steps while short people should try marching in longer steps. This gives marks for co-ordination.

Stopping
8. Command 2: "BARIS!!"
9. Stop shouting. Stop marching forward. But remain stomping at that tempo.
10. The rest is the same as steps 9 and 10 of Hentak Kaki.

Marching while Luruskan Barisan

Purpose: Done during practice so that you guys can adjust your marching to keep aligned with your team. With practice, you should be able 'imagine' the 'alignment' when marching without Luruskan.

1. Commander will call you to Luruskan Barisan.
2. Commander can then call you to Hentak Kaki or Cepat Jalan. Do not put your arms down.
3. The marching/stomping is exactly the same except with arms in Luruskan position.
4. Make effort to constantly align yourselves with the cornerstone while marching.
5. Your arms only can go down once you're back in default position and the commander calls "BARIS!"

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