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
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
There are many ways to correct things. One of the best is to show that there is an alternative to an imbalance. We hurt in the shoulders neck and back due to posture and movement and more. To heal it, we begin in alignment and how to heal movement patterns from the base. Begin in… Read More Stand straight and smile
Each week I take my son on a field trip. We explore the gardens and fields and find new and old friends to play with. This week, he wanted to play with the pigeons so we went through the process of hunting together. He attempted to run at them and catch them at first with… Read More The education of a young man
How can we survive an attack and work through it ? We begin by not helping the attacker by resisting and standing in the path of the attack. We continue by simply breathing and moving with the attacker to note where they are open and add movement there to avoid harm to ourselves and loved… Read More Let the attacker fall
We try to answer a question with an answer. That is limiting. Answer with an answer and a question put together:) Move forward and back, side and side. All at the same time. Don’t be like water. Be human!
Moving into the attack with softness means you do not meet force with force but force with movement. Trying to take the attack on our frame exposes ups to cuts, stabs and control. Adding to the movement keeps us free. Do not limit the application to physical contact 🙂
Write your own notes 🙂 Be part of the process but not fully immersed in it.