Place a stick on the back of your neck and support it with your wrists so your body is free to move and any bend in the spine is shown through this. Have your partner swing a stick to tap your shins and knees lightly so you feel the impact of hard on hard and than have him swing at your legs. You move either inward or outward with a step and lift the other leg in place (where your body is) and keep moving with it to both deflect the stick (letting it move on it’s course and adding something to it) and completing the second step and keep walking or running according to what is needed. A few suggestions are to change the angle between you both so you avoid aligning yourself with the stick and getting hit harder (do not face either the partner or the stick, find a path to walk), avoid defending the air and do not face the stick with your shin but deflect right away. Keep moving and not just in one direction. Turn and it will help you survive the hit without harm and remember, if you can avoid it altogether it is better but if not, do not let it become important and just keep moving and changing your line of sight.

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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)

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