A nice way to learn to use your posture and mobility sideways is this: lean with your head on your partners chest or back and use your hands if you fear the tension. now align the rest of the body according to the head and start to rotate right and left. Keep at least on hip aligned with the torso to relax and use the least amount of effort to move. A great way to learn to use your body and to gain some knowledge of the abilities of the upper body when used right to support the rest of you.
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The one arm free hang shrug drill…

Here is a hard one. hang yourself on the bar or rope using one hand and start to shrug bringing your body up and down as you hang on the rope or bar. Alternate arms and check yourself. I had a hard time completing 60 for each hand and felt good I discovered a weakness so easily. This will free up your shoulder potential as I see it but don’t push too hard. Be smart. Another good point is to notice how the weakness spreads as you find a new point in yourself. Notice the path or leak in yourself and make use of this knowledge.
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This is a drill you may already know with a few more twists: Sit on your calves forming an L shape with your form and slowly go down on the knee axis till your behind rests on your ankles and your back is on the floor and up again. Add to this a partner hitting you as you move through this swing and later on tipping you over. your goal here is to relax as you aree tipped over to keep yourself safe and to develop your response in a smart way of keeping form rather than keeping the current balance of power. instead or keeping the same tension and being overthrown you adjust and keep moving. Make something of this drill and learn from it.  Have fun.
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Have you considered the origin of the breath methods ? For example the swift puffing breath we do to overcome tension or heavy work load may come from the natural puff breath we do when under cold water (doucing or showering in the army…) Breath counting is an exellent way to keep all your facets working (body mind spirit ) and so on.
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Push or pull. if you remember the old planes had the thrust units (propelors) in the front and had to drag the plane along. the new ones have them in the back and push the plane forward. it is always easier to push than to pull becasue you do not have to manage your own mass to do so (think of a hit) and you can use leverage with the floor or several opponents to acheive better standing. To test this with yourseves start t opush and pull each other gently and from various spots and directions. vary the hight you are working with and work on the floor as well meaning to see if you can use this idea to your advantage on the ground. Try not to have a preference for working with X body part and not on another since that is a goal that will take a bit of the opportunities you see from your view. Enjoy your learning.
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The ghost drill: People complain they get stuck in traffic to get to work on their partners body and become tangled themselves in the works. Try this for a change. As your partner comes at you let him pass. stay in contact but move with him so if he pushes than you are like a feather on his hand. that is a way (not the only one of course) to develop freedom of motion. Do this without stoping to plan the next attack. Just move and do not reload your arms or legs. If an arm is finished with the hit successfully or not and it is better not to confine the movement into such limiting terms, keep moving till you reach your end. you breath and move constantly. As you move with your partner and blend with his movement place your arms and hands on his body in the same places you hit. Obscure his vision by placing your hand on his face and so on. If he tries to kick your legs from under you (slowly as you start and slowly as a part of learning new things) move with him and place your feet next to his and so on. Later on you can simply sit down and he will fall with your movement. I will make a small vid on this and post it here. Have a good weekend.
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As you stand and work on balanncing yourself on your feet and keeping yourself naturally upright you are getting support by ther earth and mentally by the space and objects around you. When we are on the ground we tend to overlook this facet of the work because the distance to the ground is minimal and becasue there are more than these minimal contact points with the earth. Consider working a while on this concept. As you are in a hold lock and the like (a lever would be a perdicement where a person is pain induced or structurly induced to follow a vector or a desired shape or location without lowering the mobility level or protection to the person performing the lever (I can be long winded as the next guy and maybe more Innocent)) instead of getting free simply align yourself and relax. Play with the support you are getting from the earth. If you are on your behind shift mass from side to side and roll using this point alone. Try to balance on the knees alone and see how you location your mass to best protect your form and health (hard surfaces) than go to the shoulders and chest and so on. As an example there is the famouse arm lock where you lie perpendicular to your partner and pull his arm between your legs and lever it against your body with your legs as a stop. instead of pulling your hand free, weave your legs so you align your form with the partner and blend with his form so there is not tension. For great examples on how to implement it I suggest getting Primal power by Kevin Secours. He is also a very nice person and the work is well done.

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A lot of people freeze when one of their legs are “taken” by their partner.Try first leaning one leg on the wall and checking what you can do with this. How you can move, twist, lower and bounce and so on. Next put your leg in one room and check what you can do with one leg out the door, it can change the way you treat a glance or a sweep. Next have a partner take your leg and walk. Your job is to stay calm and move with him with the least amount of motion posible. After that add the partner trying to fell you using walking and body turns and develop it as you go. After that work on taking the person who is holding you down as he holds your leg. remember that where he holds you there is tension. To finish this drill try to escape using just your body and later on your limbs as well. Do not fight, use what works.
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First you need a wall and a partner for this drill. Stand far enough from a wall and have your partner push you towards it. Roll gently as you can and slowly decrese the distance between you and the wall. great to learn to relax and roll on the spot. You also learn to use forces on you which matter in many cases.

A good way to learn to deal with panic is to hold your breath as one or more people come at you and you have to deal with the situation before you allow yourself to breath again. A very intense drill and it also teaches to bring things to their logical end which is crucial to all walks of life. 

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To walk softly sometimes it takes a big load. Try walking with a bucket full of water in each hand without spilling. In the beginning it will be easy I suppose but as things progress the body will let you know how to move more effectivaly under this stress and you will find your feet waving forward instead of falling or shooting and your torso upright and relaxed because nothing else stands the test. (the feet do not do some dance, it is more a feeling you will find if you let your awareness grow.)

A multiple strike is good and efficient in a mass fight. To start this off follow a never ending movement like turning a bat around your head as you walk through a crouwd and try to touch as many as you can (reach out and touch someone doesn’t apply because that means his course governs yours ! think about it)  next try to do the same with open hands and later on with each arm or limb or shoulders head and all moving freely.

The hardest advice to follow is the one that sets us free. The easy ones are just better looking cages. Ask questions and do not look unto others to breath for you. 

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