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In this video
I'm going to show you how to use chopsticks

So to use chopsticks..
If we take our first chopstick,
we just want to place it at the base of our thumb

open your fingers, and just rest the chopstick against the side at the end of your ring finger
Then just lay your thumb over this chopstick
just to hold it in place

And the pressure of your thumb against this chopstick should press it against your finger and your hand
And this will just hold this chopstick in place
keeping it stationary

Now for the top chopstick..
You want to hold it between your thumb and your first and second finger
a little bit like when you're taught to hold a pencil
But you don't want to be holding it with the tip of your thumb, because you see how it makes my thumb bend
You want to hold it more
With the pad of your thumb
So you can keep your thumb completely straight
And it's really important that you keep your thumb straight and you'll see why in a moment
And also you want to move your thumb a little bit further up your fingers, roughly where the first knuckle is
Then what we want to do to move this chopstick. You just want to bend your first and second finger
Paying attention not to bend your thumb
If you're holing it with the tip of your thumb, which you can do with just one chopstick
you're likely to bend your thumb
and you won't be able to hold the bottom chopstick
as you'll see in a moment

So concentrate, on just moving this first chopstick
with your first and second finger..

trying to keep your thumb straight
You want to create sort of a fulcrum or a seesaw effect underneath your thumb
So when you've got the hand of that
You can place the bottom chopstick back in place..
base of your thumb against the side of your ring finger at your nail
Lay your thumb over it
And then take your top chopstick, put it back in place
Again.. between your first and second finger at the ends there and then the pad of your thumb
pressing on the chopstick just to hold it in place
and then to open and close the chopsticks

we just do the movement that we learned with our first and second finger
And that is all there is to holding chopsticks
Now remember to keep your thumb completely straight, see how my thumb is straight
Keeping it straight is keeping pressure on this chopstick and this chopstick
If you have your thumb bent or you're holding it with the tip of your finger
immediately you just lose control of this bottom chopstick
So if you find that this bottom chopstick is coming loose
Or you can't meet because
you're just not holding this chopstick in place

It's likely you're still bending your thumb
As soon as you bend your thumb

you see how you create an arch and you start to lose pressure against at this bottom chopstick.
You're not holding it with a lot of pressure anyway,
so if you lift it up you're just losing pressure
and it's just..

It starts sliding up your finger and there's no way you can get it [to stay in place]
So concentrate on keeping your thumb completely flat
and you can push this knuckle a little bit down
In order to put some pressure on the chopstick
And then just practice the movement of opening and closing the top chopstick by wiggling your first and second finger
So when you've practiced that movement a little bit you can start to try and pick a few things up
I've just got a couple of blueberries here
Blueberries of all different sizes
And if you don't have any chopsticks don't worry,
you can just use a couple of pencils

So here's a little tip courtesy of

I believe popcorn is very good for practicing
your chopsticks

Because like with any technique, it's about repetition. You've got to do it lots of times.
And popcorn..
It's nice and light, and it's all different sizes, and it's uneven shapes as well, so it's really easy to grip
Like some foods are really difficult when you're learning it's better off having something that's really easy
And it's also important that this is toffee popcorn
Because it's absolutely delicious!
and the delicious part is what will make you keep with the repetition
It's okay just moving an item on the table,
putting it there, putting it there

You'll get bored with that quite quickly
With something delicious as this
you take one, you eat it

You go straight back, you eat another one,
you eat another one..

you eat another one!
and before you know it you've eaten 30, 40, 50, 100, 500 pieces, I don't know
depends how big your bag of popcorn is
And you've practiced the movement several hundred times with little effort
You wouldn't sit and place something there to there five hundred times
Maybe you would but I wouldn't
You'd get bored with that quite quickly
You know I'm joking it doesn't have to be toffee popcorn, it can be anything you want
but something that you're going to keep eating, something that's moreish
For example, you could also use peanuts
Peanuts are even more difficult, but again they're really moreish
These salted peanuts you eat one,
you eat ten

and you can't stop at ten
You just keep eating and eating and eating

and you eat so many
It's also important as well because you're using this technique
You're not just picking something up and placing it there like I have done with the video
you want to actually take it and eat it
Why? Well you might practice this movement from there to there
and you'll get it perfect, but when you come to use your chopsticks you might find you pick one up
You take it to mouth oh, and you drop it. You pick another one up..
and you drop it.
As soon as you get to your mouth, you drop it

And again
Because you haven't practiced movement from here to your mouth
you might find you're opening your hand for some strange reason
So you've got top practice actually taking it to your mouth and eating it from the chopstick
To learn and practice and repeat the perfect technique
So thank you for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video
I hope you learnt something.

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And now I get to eat all this popcorn to myself!!! :D
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How to Use Chopsticks, How to Hold Chopsticks Correctly

784 Folder Collection
黑炭 published on April 14, 2019
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