To find your natural breathing rythem naturally try this. using any action you choose: For example walking start with a short one in and one out and grow to any number you are comfortable with maybe 41 maybe 5. Now alternate randomly the cycles and proceed for a while till you can pass the function to automatic the same way aiming becomes natural the moment you realize how to let it happen and the cycle that imerges is the natural one for that moment. Remember that there are many variables that effect this. How much you have in your stomach, how sleep have you gotten, how much KG in your hands and on your back. act to prevent lost energy and doing so you will save energy that may be needed later and think. always think. Sometimes the joy or sadness of a moment can render us slaves to our emotions and you are not whole that way. you breath and your awareness to it will give you better understanding of yourself and you will know when you are up or down before the brick hits. We work to lessen the gap between the recognition and action but be aware that there is one.
Sometimes we rely on a frame or group for our education. Group meetings have added social nature and so evoke need among us. you should learn to take each moment and make more of it. A walk is a time to think and breath. move naturally and aligned and be a good part of society. Taking dishes out of the rack is a chance to free the hips as you squat and move efficietly as you place the dishes in the best order you can. Same goes for eating, fighting and any other choice we make. And don’t forget to smile. When the face relaxed the whole body does too. That way you have less self to master.
* reverse vector is a term taken from navigation. It means the opposite direction or going back on your tracks. Ig you are rolling forward than point your fingers to where you are going. They don’t have to be rigid unless you find it useful for your movement or they can point to where you are coming from as a fixing point to draw attention, as a draw point or to create a form fit for the roll. Consider this. Take a gun or a knife and point it in one direction and move it forward and backwards. Now point a finger at a point and check your accuracy. Sounds strange does it not ? You know how to aim with you finger naturally. Use it as you aim a point or a gun and leave the tension behind you. As you close you hand the fist becomes the end of the limb and takes that place. Think about this.
Now if you wish to make contact with the floor with a hand before you engage the body which makes sense if you are working in the dark or have no clear line of sight as in entering with a roll. If you place the palm on the floor than the end of you points in a direction that is almost perpendicular to where you wish to go. It can harm your badly and create an impact that is on the spot as you collide with the floor in the meeting of these vectors ( draw a line for each direction and see where they meet. They do so in the ground deep and that is not where you want to go… ) When you place the back of the hand on the floor it has no placing since it is not a gripping tool and you may slide and hurt your self. Consider rolling slowly from kneeling at first and using the back of the hand if you must only as a point of reference so you know where the floor is and put no mass on it. Better yet, Try rolling from a prone position (shooting term meaning on your belly flat) Start from bringing your legs over one shoulder and keeping relaxed while also rotating the shoulder. That way you experience rolling with the core breath rather than hinging yourself on the limb. Same goes for the front roll as you rotate the shoulder and bring your body over it.
There is one girl in my ballet class that has natural flexibility that is amazing. She can do the splits in the air and a bridge without effort. She is also pretty and a great person but that is not the point right now 🙂 Consider this if you are rolling and finding that you are hitting the ground or jumping into it too often, slow down and check these things. Not all of us have that gift and we have to work harder on certain fields: Are your hands palms and fingers directed toward your destination ? If not where do they point and and at what angle to your destination. Experiment with reverse vector and see how this changes the roll. Now move to the feet. Do they point in the direction you are going ? It’s natural to walk or go where your feet are headed (hmmm head-ed ! think about it) Take care and advantage of this. Now put your hands on your hips and do the sailor walk. Now prepare to roll and see if you are stiff in the hips and forcing some other part of you to tense in that chain of movement ? The reverse vector also works if you are working pistols knives and rifles. The reverse vector lets you do work while in transition but be careful not to harm yourself in trying to do work. Many become fixated on grabing a hand or drawing a pisto quickly. The objective is not the work but the outcome. Consider a man with a handgun in his waistband who simply rotates the gun while held in the pants and firing through it. Limitations are not just but mostly of the mind
If you are naturaly flexible than your joints are more prone to injury due to the extra range of motion and lack of power throughout that range. that is why it can hurt such people to run and do power work like lifting iron… Think about it and be healthy.
To relax and learn to move freely try this. Lie down and sink each body part as you inhale or exhale into the ground. Move the neck free from the head. The forearm free from the hand or shoulder and so on. This in itself has a good effect on you but try this too in class. Have a partner or more step into you or on you and let the body with as little guidence from you find a solution to the question they are asking. Later do this faster and change roles. Remember that even when you give a massage you learn to bring life into a spot (for example) and this can show you how to do the opposite if needed. In everything you do there is something to be learned. Try to type this patagraph with the tip of the blade and than with another part. Do it alternating hands and maybe with the knife held by a foot and so on.
the sailor walk: This is something taken from life you can do to learn how to move. Simply start walking in all directions and let the hips and legs move in all directions as if the ground is moving beneath a small ship in a storm. The torso should not be effected and stay upright but not tense. To add to this, hold a sword or something long over your head or balance a book on the top of your head. (if you can do this on the side of your head call me)
Try this. Relax the diagfram down and let the air come in. Let it rest inside and when you feel the time is right relax it again in the other direction. This is the least amount of effort and a very relaxing way to breath. Expand this to the rest of the body in slow movements and see how you can move better when you stop getting in your way.