Month: May 2006
Ask yourself what is martial art. For example people call snipers those who can shoot with a special rifle very accuratly and at amazing distances. Most look at the nifty clothes and the painted face and say: that is a sniper. Reality has more to offer. The sniper is a proffetional soldier who’s training and apptitude enables him or her to survive tasks that entail: camoflage themselves plus kit in the field and maintain their health and kit during long periods of working seperately from the mother unit. Being able to navigate in all conditions avoiding detection and leaving no trace in the field of their existance and work. being inteligent to make the choice of doing the job or another secondery job. Being humble in accordance to their abilities and reporting back to the unit of what they see so the inteligence can be used to the outmost effect. Recognizing the targets withing hostile and dangerous conditions and making the right choice as to route and means to an end. Planning several scenerios of conduct if things go smoothly or not so much. Being able to thing on the go if unexpected factors arise and most important of all, being able to return from a mission to be able to deploy again and learn both from one’s actions and from another’s NOW can you tell me honestly that fighting in the street is just hitting each other. The way you carry yourself and respond to your surroundings tells the attackers what might happen and can be called no contact work 🙂 Awareness to your place and knowing what you can and cannot handle will tell you what logical means can be taken and how to think on the fly. Using whatever is there in front of you: A metla pen, a suitcase, someone else’s arm and car mirrors can alter the balance of the situation alltogether. Your initial posture as first contact is made will most probably be paramount to the ending of it (remember all is connected)
Now: look around you wherever you are and start counting the things you can use to survive such an encounter: In your room there is a chair most likely, a pen and some books, a picture with glass covering it that can be fashioned Mcguiver style into many things such as a blade or reflecting mirror to look past corners. The only limits are inside of you.
Now take a bottle of water (plastic) about 1/2 a litter size works best and using just your forearm and hand rotate it on the horizontal plane so it turns in your hand back and forth. Do the same on the vertical plane and finally around the hand and back. To work this keep very close to the bottle. Don’t throw it in the air and catch it again. Maintain contact with the bottle (or in class or a fight with the others) and you will have done the same work using less movement and more control.
Don’t have a routine. It’s just another master that tells you what to do. If your plan doesn’t fit the moment and you want to work on something else or change the place, whatever, do what you belive in. Let the principle guide you and don’t feel sorry for yourself and by DOING the answer will come. A no is also an answer, remember that 🙂
Looking at numbers such as 30 squats 30 push ups and thirty (eh) legs overhead can intimidate a lot more than doing the work. If you place all those actions on one moment, you may feel overwhelmed (or not or maybe you fear the number 1,000…) Just do one thing at the time.
Simple. Stand up with feet pointing forward and rise to your toes without leaning to any side and go back a few times. Be mindfull of even the tiniest tilt or roll. Now rise on your heels and afterwards do the same with feet pointing to the side. Take note of which parts of you tensed up as you first rose and in either position. Do you tense your behind with feet to the sides ? I sometimes do and I have to relax it to be able to do a grand plie (ballet move) parralel to a wall. Vladimir Vasiliev shows some drill using the wall and like the hard floor it is a good friend that tels you right and wrong. Try to squat with your back to the wall without leaning on it and it will help you do it on the spot without pushing your behind to the back and tell you if you are really aligned.
As you walk, keep your posture both aligned and relaxed. Tense up and relax the body fully a few times on both inhale and exhale. It will bring you into the body and help you become aware and awake in the morning. As you walk (deja vu eh ?) Lift the leg without placing any mass on it. Lift it as it is not supporting anything (in the air, think about it) and place it lightly on the ground. Only after the foot is secure, move your weight to the forward leg and repeat. It will help as you relax the shoulders and hips by checking them in all three dimentions, gently roll them on themselves (like a spiral that moves water but stays in place) if every step is seperate you can manouver with no ressistance because there is no momentoum to govern you.
May times we will be concerned about our way. Does it really work? Am I spending my time properly ? Ask yourself these questions honestly and see what you come up with. Do not take this as a set course or something we do. For example if you had a bad day in class and nothing worked or you felt you were getting hit more than usual. Learn from that experience and you can move on to other mistakes or maybe it was not about mistakes or decitions. Sometimes you will get hurt no matter what you do. Such is life. If you accept this (Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself) than you can stop feeling sorrry for yourself and do something about it. If lets say you are in an embarrassing situation, you can join the fun by leading the laugh rather than sulk. If you are in a bad situation, you can sometimes escape and live by making it worse. For example. A person who is attacked by a rappist notices that the rappist has very clean clothes and is rather dainty. He or she (more likely she but not always) may get away by making themselves untouchble by rolling in sewer or soiling themselves. If you free yourself from the ego or a picture of what should happen you can be inventive and live better. this as all principle applies to everything. In the Japanese arts Musashi writes in the end of each instruction that you need to practice diligently. You are alive and if you are aware and moving naturally, breathing and aligned with both your beliefs and the earth than every breath is a movement further into a better life.
Stand and start to sway from side to side. Keep the motion on one flat angele and change it from time to time. As you go add the different parts of the body to the movement to make it whole. If you are swaying from side to side. moving weight from leg to leg you can transfer or manifest the wave in the hips than in the torso and than in the arms and the head. A lot of people tend to isolate the head and keep it floating along as they move. Like a dog in the water 🙂 to move naturally you accept that things will effect you and by choosing to move, you avoid stiffening up and can survive or encoumpass more.