I love movement and awareness but it is all for nothing if the thoughts and feeling running through the brain and the endocrine are not out own. It is easy to follow and even easier to drift in the current. The best medicine for that is to climb on a rock in the stream and… Read More There is no self without solitude
A mans substance can be felt and though flash and pose is shiny, it is not lasting. Books to build character: Beyond Band of Brothers by Richard Winters. The Doctor and the Soul by Victor Frankl Westward the Tide by Louis L’Amour Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney Maps of meaning by Jordan Paterson The… Read More Books to build character.
In this online video class, we start with body awareness, tension and release and the shifting of mass and how this translates to more and more movement but without tension and excess. Join me for more classes online and in person, here.
There are times where training in a school is forbidden or not possible. There are always ways to hone the inner blade as many cultures have shown us before, from adopting agricultural tools into weapons to masking fighting moves in dance and song. Here I focus on the family unit. Here are twenty drills or… Read More Solo and Partner home drills/games
There are many questions martial arts aim to answer. One of the deeper ones is, how we face fear. Only someone who passed through the masks of technique and strategy can face the real questions that in turn, unmask the fog of the battlefield. Fear is a terrible master and a powerful servant. It is… Read More Embracing fear
Cutting something off or trying to stop a behavior usually does not work out smoothly. The reason to that is we subtract without addition and thus create a void in our, movement, thoughts and feelings One way to remove the unwanted habit or trait without creating a void is to replace it consciously with another.… Read More Avoid the Void
The human body is an amazing mechanism when treated with care. Balance is overlooked these days. We try to become strong but mirror strong or strong toward just a few tasks and not for life. Here is an imbalanced plan to help balance the spine activation and power arches. To stand tall, we must build… Read More The bridge defense
It is up to us to be logical but it is equally paramount to be illogical in our pursuit of truth and affect. Here is an illogical lesson plan for the sword. It mirrors a simple truth of resistance vs control but from the other side of the mirror. Begin: Hold your sword in your… Read More The invisible sword
Simplicity is in the depth of what we do. This is a very simple thing to do but it has within it the bearing if you excuse the pun, of our own mechanism. Place yourself in the static push up position and go half way down. Start a timer and close your eyes and aim… Read More Racing against time