Teaching our eyes to see “faster”

A swift bird traveling in the skies is easy to spot even though its speed is considerable. It is much harder to track when it is low and closer to the ground.
We have the ability to track and act upon swift movement and it will be much easier if we learn to see the movement on its background.

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Solo practice:

1 Bounce a flexible ball such as a tennis ball against a wall and work on keeping your breathing continuous.

2 Continue by tying a ribbon to the ball and focusing on the movement of the ribbon instead of the ball so you can see both.

3 tie two balls between one ribbon and bounce both against a wall focusing on neither ball nor ribbon and allowing everything to aid you in the practice.

4.Repeat the practice with just one exhale to include inner pressure into the drill and even out the work inside and out. Just movement is dance while martial movement is about sustaining life and loved ones.

Partner practice:

1 Have a partner strike you lightly with his fists and feet. You move away and place your hand or leg on his knee or elbow to bring to mind the next link in the chain.

2 Have a partner strike you lightly with his elbows and knees. . You move away and place your arm or leg on his shoulder or hip to bring to mind the next link in the chain.

3 Have a partner strike you lightly with his shoulders and hips (body strikes) . You move away and place your limbs or body on his spine or head to bring to mind the next link in the chain.

4.Repeat the practice with just one exhale to include inner pressure into the drill and even out the work inside and out. Just movement is dance while martial movement is about sustaining life and loved ones.