Many times the simple concepts are the hardest to apply. Today I let my students to hold and pin me and than released and returned. The purpose being to show that with natural movement and a calm mind you can see and do a lot in a place where others tense up. I also had them evaluate each others movement and so become aware of themselves and others more. The slow work in analasis and in movement bares our weakenss and frees us from ego driven speed and struggle. It seems that people think there is no conflict and say “hay this is easy” and that is the idea. Relax and things will work. If you do not tense the antagonist muscle than you do not fight yourself and if you are aware of all your parts, it will be much harder to find an opening. a perfect ball will not stop moving on a slope.

People tend to get tunnel vision even with simple tasks. One person was to stop another from touching one person just walking along and it became a struggle many times when the one who’s task was to touch could have let go and reach the logical solution if he was calm and without a need to win to govern his motion. We will obviously not be successfull always but by keeping calm we can minimize our mistakes and move on to other mistakes rather than living than again and again.  

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Notice as you squat: Do you back away your behind ? Try to squat and especially slow squat with a direct down motion with the end of the spine pointing down and the hips and behind muscles alive (as in you are aware of it fully) and aligned with the rest of the body. As you are able to squat down with a straight back and free shoulders and hips you will be much more free while moving in other than optimal conditions.
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Getting lost can be a positive experience if you can keep the inner relaxation. Consider a tough guy with big muscle out in the desert. If he is free inside to navigate by the stars and realize he is mortal and move in the night and use for example his urine as liquid (living is  more than pride and preference) than he will accept what he can and cannot do and live. If he decides to tough it out and march in the heat and pardon my french piss away his life than he will do just that.

As you travel one tends to set a course and follow it wheather it is right or even proper. As you drive or move with your body, be aware of the posibilities and use them with thought and consideration. If you are moving your fist toward the chest of another and he is moving it sideways than in the opposite direction he has no drive. For example try to cut bread and change direction while the knife is full into the bread. It will be harder to do than if you simply remove the knife and continue to cut from another direction. Be logical.

As you move in a fight see that your actions count. A few hits from a person who is not aligned and tense will not stop another or a few and you will loose energy simply from fighting yourself. Today I trained with a friend and I only responded to a few hits that might have left a mark on my face. The hits to the body were coming from the force generated from the imbalance so if the mindset is right it’s simply someone that leans on you fast. No harm in that other than to him who gets all the energy back to the head and may fracture his wrists.

Not all movement has to be a strike or strike oriented. Not all hits go to the body. If you have no plan, you are free. Remember the basic principles and use them as guides. Letting go of your intentions will allow for your true nature to manifest and true freedom from within. Smile  

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Sitting or standing, shake your hands for a while and than relax them and breathe. Feel the blood flowing through the hand and filling it. Once your hands feel heavy go up the arm and once the arm is heavy, lift it overhead without raising the shoulder to keep the movement economical and free and repeat. You can do the same with variation with the feet and once this is done go over the body with your hands. Massage the hands and move the fingers around. Move the bones too and gently and see where you can apply levers and release tension. If you know how to relax and cause relaxation you can do the opposite as well. Now go up the arm and feel how the bones and joints of the forearm are set to facilitate motion and stability. Push your fingers into the tissue and be miondful that if you are tense you will hurt from this. Tense and apply a lever of press and relax and do the same.You can also open and close the fingers by pressing on the tendoms and muscles of the forearm. This as all principles apply to all if you are willing to experiment.

Now go to the body: Press and rotate and use both arms to twist the body while relaxed and while tensed. See if the bone structure aid you in your manupulation and if you can use point as pivots and so on. For example if you put your fingers in the hollow of the clavicle bones, it is easy to affect blood flow up and body movement. Don’t neglect your back and see how you can reach it all. You can for example put one hand at the back and the other pulling on that elbow to increase your reach. The same can be do if you ar in a lever of static lock that you cannot think of manuvaring out. Take the fixed arm for example and use it as a part of your lever. Act rather than react to pain and self pity. 

For the legs you can obviously do the same and enjoy tumbling a little if you try this standing up 🙂 Try also to use the rest of the body in this. Create a lever of foot on knee or ankle on anke and so on. You can use the body to create a block for the arm and apply what you wish on the rest of the arm (we usually think once there is no movement that we cannot move and you can apply this in training and in life and help others gain more freedom by example and self study)   And enjoy the weekend. 

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Take a real knife and work slow. Bring the knife at you in a slash, stab or flat hit and with the other hand avoid being cut (to the body head or limbs) and remove the knife. Start very slowly and use this to become aware of the knife parts and the hand and how you can use both to disarm and survive. Later try this with a friend and go slow. you can move all the time and not remain stationary. It’s easier to move if you are already moving or aware of the inner tensions. Start with a friend with simple moves and elaborate without creating enticipation of some grand performance. We all fail sometimes. The trick is to keep moving and thinking and it’s better to be cut than stabbed. Don’t forget to breath and relax.
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When working with a sword or any other long tool, it can help to consider your place in space. If you are training with a Katana or Shashka move as to not hurt your mates. For example if you need to turn and strike at the back, you can swipe from overheadin an arch that doesn’t cut anyone standing beside you. Try this: Stand with a friend to your side and take a lenth of rope from one outstreatched hand to another. Fold it in half and start to swing it so it keeps form. Now have another come at your friend and you have to stop him using the rope swing without hurting yourself or the other. enjoy.
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Try this: squat and try to fell your friends (1 or 2 also squating) if one is fell than he should try to take the one that fell him with him. this is fun, builds a healthy body and movement and will teach you to work without leaning on others and taking yourself out of balance.
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hold hand in hand (fingers not interlacing so you have to keep the tension rather than rely on structure) and mimic the action of the push up, the pull up and all around the body. Keep the ressistance even and change direction as to which pulls and which pushes to work all angles. I have written of this before but this is clearer and different. Do the same with one hand holding on to a foot and see how this can relate to levers. I use the word lever rather than lock to encourage a view of constant movement. Life is movement and just as you stop when you reach a satisfying lock on a person and get hit on the back on the head where you were not present so with life.

 

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Aliveness or density to me means that you Have awareness to all your nerves and tissues and are at a balance of posture and tension. Try this: shake your hands up and down like wiping water from them. Keep the movement in the hands and don’t have it afect the rest of the body. Now shake them from side to side and in circles. After a while you will feel a sense of heavyness and fullness. This is a good start to reach density. To develop this more and to keep a healthy middle with a solid stomach wall to keep things in place keep a static push up stance of the fists for about 5-10 minutes. Keep the body aligned or you will create tension instead of a healthy body. Do not harm yourself and progress with a mindful spirit.
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Hip freedom: First with a friend have him put his hands on the sides of your hips and start to slowly move you. There should be no ressistance and he should move you up and down, side to side, tilting one hip up and out, thrusting and so on. keep the work multi dimentional and do the same for him/her whatever. Now stand about two easy steps from each other and imagine a line in front of your feet. Reach forward with your torso and one hand to reach him while sending one leg back so it’s aligned with the torso. repeat a few times without crossing the line and now add to this a roll from that position to his feet exactly stopping at his feet.

Alone you can sit down and stand up using the ground while your hands ar on your hips. Keep the torso straight and perpendicular (I like the word) to the ground. You will learn faster if you move so there is no use of momentoum. To check it, simply stop at random points along the way and feel if you can stay at that point without using power and if you can stop the motion at all.

Now to something completely different. Lie on the ground and rise yourself a fraction off the ground using the feet and hands. Play with your placements so there is as little effort to maintain this (hint: rely on your connective tissue and the extent of your joints, think of a low spider in the hands and do the same for the feet though the scale is different) Now, sway forward and backwards, from side to side and in small circles. This is the first stage of learning to move close to the ground.

Now to the same thing (ish) while squating: squat with feet flat on the ground and toes pointing forward. bring one leg forward so the heel RESTS without weights jently on the ground before you. Using the hip joints sway and move your torso while upright forward and repeat. This seems weird at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s fast and easy.

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