Take a piece of wood and tie one of your fingers straight with it. Do an entire lesson or go through some of your regular actions while in this bind and learn to work with a broken finger. Do the same for the toes and the knees and remember you have to find a way to keep working and survive. The same can be done by covering one eye with a scarf or a shirt and you will learn new ways to do your work.
Take a chain or rope that reaches the ground when you hold it like a jump rope in both hands and start to move your hands on the chain toward the center without making noise as you go backwards and forward over the chain constantly. As you do this, keep your eyes relaxed on what is around you and let your body do the work with your guidence. This is good to build your calm as you do tasks as opening your car door or anything else you do while still paying attention to what is around you (the reason for awareness is both for your and your family safety and for the richness of your life). Do the same as you sit on your knees or your behind and let the breath and body lead. Only use what is needed to do the work.
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A small tip, If you want to keep your hands healthy on rough surfaces like sharp stones or dirty floors, use a pair of old socks held in your hands to protect your fists from breaking skin and getting infected. If you have delicate skin you can use this as a start and build the awareness in your fists so you can place the fists with care and keep from harm.
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Have two partners with knives stand on either side of you and they will decide on their own if they want to push you toward the other or work using the knife with you. You need to read their intention and to survive when you are pushed toward the partner with the knife. It is good to work through drills where you are not in complete control over the conditions and learn to work under tension from different directions and types (body,intelect, emotion). Work with eyes closed or with one limb disabled in some way (push a stick down one of the pants to simulate a cast for example) and see how you fare in that manner. An attack will come toward the weakest of the herd (children, disabled people and the like) and your state of mind is visible most of the time to the attacker so pay attention to this as well and don’t be too obvious.
The same drill can be done with strikes, a whip and anything you find usefull.
Have a partner come at you to hug you or strangle you in any way they wish and you will escape using only your lower body from the hips down. Tense up the upper body (just a bit to become aware of it and to keep the form) to learn to work even when you are surprised and tensed up or if you are stuck in some form (for example holding off a knife to the body using your tension). For example if you feel the arm snaking around your neck from the right, relax your right hip so it sinks and turn at the hip so you can blend with the movement and escape keeping your freedom of movement and choice. (you can also hold a long stick using both hands to see how you work with overextended shoulders)
Keep breathing and make an aware effort to keep breathing and moving constantly.
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Today I am doing 20 minutes of walking with eyes closed and finding my way and things using a stick around the house and doing simple things like opening a window, sitting on a sofa, watering the plants, finding my house shoes and so on all using the stick and my other senses. Think as you go on what noise does this surface make? What texture am I expecting and so on. Note if your face is relaxing as you do.
After that I am doing 20 minutes of constant movement on the ground as I hold my feet with my hands and other holds to find new ways to move my body and and clean myself of tension (recognize the tension of fear and move through it).
To finish I am doing 20 minutes of juggling water bottles (Noting not to break anything around the house as I learn 🙂 )
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A good way to learn to recognize and work through the tensions rolling creates in the body out of fear is to squat and hold your toes with your fingers. Now sit down and get up a few times and slowly roll on the ground while avoiding pressing your hard parts (spine, hip bones…) to the hard ground and letting your body relax. After this start rolling backwards and forwards and sideways while you are still holding your toes and you will recognize and release a lot of tension.
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Have a partner or two stand in a line and have the last one with the view of the others push the partner in front of him toward the third and the middle one being pushed needs to let the push go through him without hitting the third in front of him and cleaning himself from the fear of being hit from behind. You can change places and stand with the side to each other or facing each other and this drill is simple but deep in its learning. You can also push with your feet and entire body and you will find that a simple and small change to the position of the spine will make moving even a hard big fellow easy.
If you are two people you can use the wall to effect the third person and if you are by yourself you can roll on uneven ground so your body will be free from the need to keep its form and location and be more aware of the tensions we use to remain in our state and current posture. Keep breathing.
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Shake your own hand and see how each hand fits into the other. Shake hands with yourself with the other hand on top and see what seems more comfortable and note to yourself this habbit of yours. Now work with yourself using low tenstion on how one hand can lever and direct the other and where it fits best for you to place your hands and how you can guide the tension from one hand to the other without tensing up yourself.
Do the same drill of learning and gaining awareness with a partner and note differences between partners so you don’t adopt a single mindset and add to this a surprise or reading people drill. Come toward each other and forward a hand to a handshake. Do it a few times in a regular mannar and than work to control your partner without any harmful intension and see if you can read each other and choose an effective course of action.
A good way to teach kids and their parents to walk softly and as a whole is to use boots or shoes which are too big or use loud shoes such as wooden thongs. The idea is to sneak up on each other during the day while wearing these shoes and very fast you will hear less and feel more of the ground and your way of movement will become more clear to you.
Another way to do this is to kick and push each others legs with special intrest in the shins and toes to help the person become light no their feet and aware to his posture and it’s effects.
Work not to put yourself in a space but move yourself through space.
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