Walking on the hands always seems to be more impressive than just standing still on the hands, at least to the uninitiated. But the truth is standing on the hands is more difficult than walking.
When walking on the hands you do not have to rely on your hands or arms so much for balance as you can just ‘fall’ in a direction and catch yourself with a step of the hands. When you’re standing still it’s obvious you cannot do this.
For this reason, and a couple others, I caution all people who want to learn how to do a handstand to do just that. Learn the handSTAND and save walking on the hands for a bit later on.
Once you do have the handstand down to some degree, I’d say being able to hold 10 seconds fairly consistently, you can move onto walking.
Again here you don’t just want to start going a far and as long as possible. You need to maintain control while you walk and not rely on catching yourself from falling out of balance.
Hence, the Walk-n-Stop method, which I first learned from Prof. Orlick’s Walking and Jumping on the Hands. Many more details on the Walk-n-Stop method and much harder walking stunts like going up and down stairs or hopping on the hands are found inside.
At it’s most basic level it’s quite simple really. You walk a couple steps than stop in a stationary handstand. Then you walk a few more, stop, go and repeat. This teaches forces you to stay in control while you’re walking.
One other tip. You should not rely on your strength to propel yourself forward. Instead slightly overbalance so that your weight carries you forward. But be careful you don’t lose control by overbalancing too much.
Watch the video to see some examples of all the above.