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  • Pressing tension

    Pressing tension

    We are so used to pain and tension that we do not even know how it is possible to live without it. One example is the high level of tension in the legs and how it affects the hips turnout and our mobility and general health. The way to press this excess out of the … Continue reading Pressing tension

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  • Meditation with a meat hook

    There are lessons that can be taught by words and others that require experience to blend together, thought, feeling and sensation. One such lesson is that of the meat hook or any hook once it sinks in our flesh or makes that needle like entrance in our skin. I recall no fondly moving through the … Continue reading Meditation with a meat hook

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  • In praise of TENSION

    Tension is vilified. Tension is maligned. Tension is vital to everyone’s life. Working with tension is vital to all martial. Resisting partners, heavy tools, hard ground. All these promote our awareness to our own tension and when to use it and when to discard the tension or in my own phrasing, the structure of tension. … Continue reading In praise of TENSION

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  • KNOWING YOUR SPACE

    We all practice the knowledge of space when walking, driving, dancing and fighting. Getting to know your own space while in combat gives us the ability to welcome a contact, move away and time the alignment, tension and movement to maintain freedom in a fight or a contact. From the first step each of us … Continue reading KNOWING YOUR SPACE

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  • The lesson of the drum

    I often tell my students to avoid acting like a drum. Reacting is also a choice and we can choose otherwise. The drum is passive, makes sound only once hit and makes sound due to the tension of its surface. Like the drum, all of us at times are tense, reactive and it is visible … Continue reading The lesson of the drum

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  • The magic of wrestling with a sword

    Many times, we attempt to recreate something that already exists. Many martial arts today have gun disarm drills they invented, knife defense and attack they invented and much more that was already in existence the first time a man took a rock in his hand and threw it at his brother. Studying what worked for … Continue reading The magic of wrestling with a sword

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  • Stick ups Rope rolls Sideways squats

    There is a terrible way of linear training and strength training which hampers how we progress and maintain our health throughout a very nonlinear life. Here are three examples of nonlinear strength and movement which will enhance your health, strength and ability to handle life’s rungs. The Stick ups Take a sturdy stick which can … Continue reading Stick ups Rope rolls Sideways squats

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  • A balance of strength

    Strength gives way to capability. We aim for strength but we usually forget to aim for a balance of strength. Our bodies are made for forward motion mostly, for climbing, running, swimming and working with tools for building and war. Balance in strength allows our bodies to manifest our will in movement over time instead … Continue reading A balance of strength

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  • Co-ordination

    Co-ordination

    Coordination and coordination under pressure are related sets of skills. I was playing with my son Gideon and together we came up with a set of drills for coordination under pressure. Here is the progression. Stand and hold a tennis ball in your hand. Throw it from rib height to eye height along with your … Continue reading Co-ordination

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  • The four horsemen to counter commercial medicine

    Ask yourself who you are. Are you a consumer who follows or a man who chooses his path ? The four horsemen to counter commercial medicine Doctor FAST Fasting has been a successful prescription to countless ailments and promotes health and mental and emotional clarity. It is the definition of cheap and can be applied … Continue reading The four horsemen to counter commercial medicine

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