Notes from class: Don’t be there

It may be nice to be Superman but for mortals it may be wise to sometime move out of the way. Let us explore how to best do that.

  1. Have a few friends attempt to walk through you at walking speed. Avoid being bumped into by moving out of the way.
  2. Repeat the drill and add that you cannot look at the same direction for more than it takes to take a step.
  3. Repeat the drill and add that you also try to push the partners from the back (bring to your mind the idea of angles of engagement). Extra points if you bump them into each other or a tree. If you are doing this outside, be carefull to avoid small children and friendly dogs.
  4. Repeat the drill and add that one of the partners engages in running pace. Avoid placing your tounge between your teeth. I have been there.
  5. Have your partners come to engage you in a hold in a building manner. This means the moment one makes contact , the second moves to innitiate and so on. Focus on staying free or end up at the bottom of the pile.
  6. Repeat the drill with one of the partners engaging in a running pace.
  7. Repeat the drill with the intention to set up the contact yourself. Choose who to engage and move toward them yourself and maintain a moving contact. Keep moving as you engage. Otherwise you may experience the sensation of the ground pressing on your from below.
  8. Repeat the drill but have the partners work as a group. Have them try to crowd you into a location or direction so you maintian not only freedom of contact but your own heading. One contact by your own choosing may be better than five when you are also not on friendly ground.
  9. Repeat the drill but have two people work the avoidance together. Have them help each other stay free and on course. Plan a betrail of one of the partners from time to time to have a good laugh and to bring light on the reality of fear and trust in the non fiction world….

Keep moving.


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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 :)