Habits ? All habits are inactive in some way and they contribute or harm without too much thought that goes into it. Can you recall how you brush your teeth ? Get out of bed in the morning ? Pick up the phone from the cradle ? It is very hard to be aware of every monent and live it instead of playing a tape of our greatest hits (habits as a succesful trial that the mind and body use to perform a task) However rotating awareness to different actions will bring a lot of exploration back into your life (like a child learning) and without a mass of tension. I focused on opening doors without using mass shifting (leaning back to pull away and the like) and there where times were I was standing in front of a door for a minute or so just to figure the right angle or breath placement. Going too far is too unbalanced so I reccomend keeping it to a fun play.
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Learning to use your feet well by doing it wrong. There is a low abrasive shufle drunks and very tired people use and yet they do not fall. Try this: Start moving forward from the hips to the thigh to the shin and than roll the foot forward slowly rolling the foot still on the ground, heel lifting than the middle and than the toes curl and are lifted relaxed. Try this for a few steps and than some and than add lowering your hips and swaying. By finding balance through movement we use one of the basic systema principles and learn to relax while unbalanced which will help us regain our direction when needed. This is also rather good for the hips and you can teach yourself to bounce up the stairs using this.
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Knife drill: Consider what happens when one leg has been taken out, broken or otherwise. If you only stand on one leg than your movement is limited and keep in mind which hand holds the knife. The one on the side of the standing leg or the other since your axis is different now and you have to be aware of it. Further more see how you can use the wave to reach soft targets. For example if someone holds a small knife and he is very fast than you can lift the knife without intention close to the body and stab the throat or head in a straight line. It is a bit of an invisible strike since the attention is on the fireworks and swiftness. See how you roll with a real knife. Fall next to a wall or unto it a few times and if you can with a push or strike from a friend. Don’t hang all your hope on the knife and over react if it is grabbed in the work. Remember you have two hands. On the other side of it many people think that breaking a limb is the end and if you break someones arm than he is no longer active. As long as he has breath in him than you need to get the job done. Today we have people on drugs who don’t even know if they are hurt. Pay attention and do not assume.
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Tension: Try to tense up and relax the muscles in various ways. First from the feet moving up to the head and relax in reverse. Than from top to bottom and relax. Now tense up indevidual parts and in different ways. Notice how if you tense the fist than the biceps tenses too and in what ange. If the wrist is not aligned than it will tense more. Try to tense the stomack without the back and back without the front. Do so sitting, standing and prone. Try to activate instead of tense up and check what degrees or tension you have so far. Can you move the fingers indevidoually ? Can you release tension in the bending forarm muscle before you activate the one that brings it up ? This is a good game and your attitude will serve you here too. See it as work and it will be. See it as a game or exploration and you will see the mental tension moving out of your way. 
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Setting roots: Many times a day we position ourselves in a way that  pacilitates stress. Watching the news on the television as we are sitting leaning forward and our neck warped or eating too much in one mean and carrying that load around all day sweating and bloated. Taking care of ourselves is not just slow push ups in class. Awareness is a gift which gives each time you use it. You place your leg in the shower and your leg tells you if it is slippery and you choose what to do to what you want done. Your relaxed eyes can see more than  just ahead if you let them. The shadows if the light or sun is behind you will tell you who is behind you and where for example. 

As a personal task, notice how you sit. Is the distance between you and your tool (TV PC and so on) just right in hight and horizontal distance ? Are you sitting with you back and neck alighned and upright or do you tense up one system of muscles and tendons to support an unnatural form ? Is the light good for your eyes ? and so on. Awareness feels like a drag sometimes when you stop and feel like opening a door is a very complex task with ALL the things that come into play but it is a way to self mastery as an artist and a person. 

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Stick holding and placement. There is a nice joke about sword manuals saying apply sword to other… As for the stick start with yourself. Hold it very tightly in your hand or hands and stay till you tire. Now check hich level of hold allows you to move without extra effort and move from there. Roll the stick over your body and tap it. Now apply levers using it on yourself and partners and progress to lightly hitting with the further end, the closer end and the body. Stab and swing or block but use it without having to position yourself in an unnatural way. Hold it in your hand and have partners try to knock it out with a strike. Defend the stick from grabbing by others. (survival is higher than winning) and of course roll with it. Have fun.
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Relaxation via tension. Consider this: Do you trust blindly what your teacher has to say ? Does he want you to ? I hope we all want to know more and understand through living. God can tell us to do and than understand and we should leave this unto him (err her it ?) . Stay humble in both places and see how they relate. I study and understand more each lesson and so do my students. I am glad when they ask me why and how since this reveals to me their thoughts and allows me to give them more and to myself as well. Try this on the practical side. You hit each other using both hands non stop and at some point the tension rises due to bad breath, posture leaning and so on. Another person will help you relax by hitting your limbs with a stick  (bicep muscle of the arm, inside of the thigh and so on) If you will be tense than the tension will nest in. Relaxation and awareness to all things will give you freedom to live through and USE this.

Try this too: One person stands or use a wall and from a push up position (head away from him) climb his body with your feet till you are parralel body wise. Do it without jumping in a controlled manner. Now do handstand push ups (20 will do for starters) 

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I have wrote about this before but here is another pointer. Try to walk slow doing the job of a hunter and see using 1 minute steps how the step originates from the hip rather than the foot. It is of course important to be aware of all your parts but the core is the start of all movement even if you move freely in different directions.
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One thing you can always use is taking away some freedom to find out how much more you can do with the rest. closing your eyes is the first and obvious one. You can limit you other sensory input by wearing thick gloves and much more. In the realm of mobility working with hands in the pockets, tied to some extent and with shoe laces tied together forces you to think as you move. Another thing you can do is to actually limit your space. Working next to a wall gives you less directions to go and you have to mind not to bump and hurt yourself with the head and so on. As you walk close to a wall you have to get over the need to make yourself smaller. Try walking next to a wall in the street and see if you can keep real close without changing your form by hunching or something else. Also try to walk by a wall as you are looking in a particular direction or a moving object like your dog. This forces your feet to move differently and you will find that by relaxing the hips you can move without tilting and turning and still be free in the upper and lower body. From the hip turn your leg. The body follows the eyes and fingers where they point so point well and do not focus too hard.
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Beware of a dead man: To survive and live after a fight you have to bring it to the end. If you shoot, break. hit, choke or lock an person or more than it does not mean they are out of the game. Even a man with a bullet through the heart can still operate for a while and a man with a broken arm can stil pull out an knife and stab you in the groin. Be aware of this and stay humble. Do not assume the fight is over till there is no more fighting spirit in the fighter and many will faint surrender and take that way to another attack. Do not assume they live by your moral code. and smile once in a while.
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