The forearm stand comes with several names. It’s been known as a Tiger Stand or a Lion Stand. Don’t confuse it with the Tiger Bend though as the ‘Bend’ part refers to the press from the forearms up into the handstand.
It is about halfway between a headstand and a handstand. You will be balancing on your forearms and hands.
I offer it as one of the lead-up stunts in the Secrets of the Handstand Quick Start Video for this reason. There are many people who never try this move and move onto doing handstands, but it can be used effectively as a stepping stone (not to mention a fun move in and of itself).
Assume the normal sprinter’s stance for a kick-up except this time place your forearms on the ground with your palms facing downward. When you kick up you will need to use less force than with the handstand.
Be careful because in this position it is a little bit harder to come out of the forearm stand safely. Because you cannot roll out of the move easily you may have to turn to one side or the other. I would advise that you tend towards under balance a bit more until you get use to the balance.
Use the wall until you are comfortable with the move and feel ready to go away from it. You can also have someone spot your feet when you kick up.
The balance will be maintained by pushing down with the flat of the hand to stop from over balancing. If you find yourself under balancing let up on the hands and push down with your elbows.
It is important to maintain a upright position in the upper arms while in a forearm stand. Do not let your upper arms collapse downward toward your forearms. Try to keep your chest open and a 90 degree angle in your arms.
Like the headstand this will teach you body positioning in the air. Plus you get some balancing action with your hands.
All the other points of a handstand like keeping your body apply here as well.
Once this move is mastered the next step is the Tiger Bend. But it is a big step. You’ll need great strength and balance to pull it off. There is also the possibility of a one arm forearm stand as detailed in The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing.