Learning to use the legs

A series of drills to aid the student in learning to use the lower limbs. Remember we are all the same. We all walk crawl sit and get up. nothing needs inventing.

1. Place your hands relaxed on your lower back to feel when you are over tensing it and start sitting down and getting up with the breath leading movement. If you have a partner have him hug you and fall to the ground when he sees a lack of attention in you and you continue to breathe and move.

2. Have your partner hug you and stand still and stiff as you try to sit down and get up. As you try to sit down he tries to stay up and in reverse on the way up. Keep breathing and see how your movements can affect all of his movement and not only where there is contact.

3. Close your eyes and stand still. Have your partner come to hug you and as you feel the contact coming move to avoid the closing of the arms around you with your body movement placing and leg movement.

4. Walk freely as one or more try to close their arms around you. Use your body movement first and your legs second in avoiding and when the arms close around you continue to move. Place the importance in the lessons from the drill and not in the drill itself. A key is nothing without a door to open. < Yes I do sound like a fortune cookie

5.  Lie on the ground and move with your body and legs to bring to the ground a standing partner. Avoid pressing and pulling with the legs and start the movement from the body.

6. Have a partner walk around as you move on the ground with the intention to roll under him and to bring him down to the ground. Take care to avoid harming yourself in the process.

7. Have a partner come and grab you in some way as you stand with your eyes closed. Start moving with the direction of his contact and bring him to the ground using only body movement and your legs.

Keep breathing and avoid the snakes in the grass. Sometimes your eyes are the crutch you depend on. Open yourself to all your senses.

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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 :)