Simple is not always easy but it is the easiest path. Staying with the principles and avoiding getting lured into work for work sake is the greatest pitfall of pride and knowledge instead of awareness.

Start standing on one leg with the other one relaxed in the air under you and not in some static tension position. Have a partner use either his legs and body or a good stick to move your legs alternating between the one touching the ground and the one in the air. Work to stay within your comfort and move as little as possible. Keep breathing and clean out the idea that you need to defend the ground under your foot. Move to stay comfortable but only as little as needed. A good measure of comfort is how you perceive time within and this is another key to mastery.

Continue to moving the air leg without stop while your partner creates blocks for your movement using himself or the stick or both. Learn to clean out movement that has to finish its course with no reason and move from more than one guiding point at once. Pay attention to your breathing and live in your hips knees ankles and toes all at once.

Once you gathered a bit from that drill walk into each other in turn and then all at once learning to clean out measuring your location in relation to another person and just move with no unnecessary anchor. Learn by simply walking without leaning your legs on someone else how the previous drills allow you to naturally find the open door rather then trying to force your way and remember to keep moving. It is the definition of life. From every breath you can learn and from every encounter you can gain. How you grasp the movement is key to mastery. If you struggle for victory you may get it and you may not which is a bad dice roll in a knife fight but if you strive to understand what you experience in yourself and in others and avoid separating these very similar concepts you will gain more from every breath.

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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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