Notes from Class: Contact continuity

An automatic clock is a work of art. Each wheel connects smoothly with another and the movement seems seamless. It still depends on the start and stop of the movement as we are not any different.

We breathe in and out with pauses and the spring drive of our entire body works to keep us ticking. Becoming more aware to this mechanism will enable us to move more seamlessly and gracefully.

 

Breath awareness:

  1. Lie on your stomach and lift your head and limbs in the air. Breather and turn to your back without touching limbs to the ground and back while letting your breathing create the tempo.
  2. Repeat the movement while letting the pauses between in and out to create the tempo. What we ignore will rule us. Remember that.

 

Pulse awareness:

  1. Find your pulse with your fingers to your neck or otherwise and start tensing one knuckle at a time in your hands with each pulse beat. Repeat this while you walk or any other action.
  2. Place your fist or foot on the wall. Press the fist/foot to the wall from the other side of the body (Your right fist is on the wall. You feel the pulse and move your left shoulder to press the fist to the wall)

 

Movement awareness:

  1. Lean on the wall and start rolling right and left from shoulder to shoulder. Raise your arms and create arching fists from your body movement.
  2. Lean on the wall and start rolling from shoulders to hips. Raise your arms and create arching fists from your body movement.
  3. Lie on your back and start rolling right and left from shoulder to shoulder. Raise your legs in the air and bicycle kick with the movement of the body.
  4. Stand up and work with a partner on pushing and pulling. Allow your body to move with the contact so each contact to your body translates to a hit on their body or limbs. Repeat the drill standing from all directions and them while laying down.
  5. Repeat the previous work but focus on wrapping your limbs and body on the contact naturally with your body movement. Maintain your freedom of movement as you go.