We are often using tools to look inside and probe ourselves. Here are a few things we can do to notice things about ourselves without leaning on tools. 1. Take a reflective surface from water to a mirror and look at your eyes. Breathe and listen to your pulse until you see your pulse in… Read More Looking inside from the outside
I will present three drills to replace fear with awareness and movement. Video will follow soon. Start prone on the ground and have a partner stand on your ankles. Breathe and relax and proceed to tense and relax your body parts. Continue with small movements that build on one another (meaning you do not go… Read More Does it feel right?
As a child, my first and one of the best lessons in paying attention came from an Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan novel. The sentiment was simple but profound. It was not the elephant or tiger he feared but the silent beetle who carried death in its touch. I ask you to consider this thought as… Read More The true line between life and death
In this video we have two people working together on balance and on joint health with an added value of moving and using only what is needed to gain more awareness and from it, control.
In many ways we learn to walk straight to bend with your torso upright and so on. Some arts teach you to move from the center line which is the line from the chin to your groin but rarely the true center is discussed or harnessed. Start working any drill with pairs wrestling hitting or… Read More Center ?
Sit in your deepest squat and slowly rise to balance on the toes and ball of the feet. Do this with your breathing and with your arms hanging at your sides so if you lean and change your alignment it will tell you so swiftly. Do this a few times back and forth slowly to teach your body to relax more as you shift your point of support and work to keep yourself moving with the breathing and aligned so you move without pushing yourself despite your body ressistance. If you learn from the start to be aware of your tension you will be moving better and feeling better.
The same can be done by moving to the heels and to the sides.
… Read More
Stand on one leg and slowly bend forward and relax your spine and head. now slowly raise your air leg as high as you can and tense up to 50% and relax a few times (this is to create and control the fear of falling). Now rise and repeat this for the other leg and do this to the sides and to the back. Mind the position of your arms as you go near the point of no return and do this a few times so you can realize where you go when you tense up and where you go when you relax. Mind where your eyes are looking when you move and where they rest when you relax in the down end of the pendulum and note that the eyes usually direct the heading of the body either directly or in reverse. So if you want to roll over one shoulder you can look forward and than turn the head or look under the opposite shoulder for the body to align it self naturally for your intention.
Relax the face and remember to keep breathing.
… Read More
Have a partner come at you to wrap his arms around you. Move your body away and place your fist on his neck and allow it to move your arm so it just rests there until he moves away. This stage is to teach you to not tense up and collide and to escape as a priority. Next do the same but let the fist sink in, in order to unbalance your partner and make sure you do not stop moving and keep looking around. Do the same on the hips and shoulders and remember that when you don’t succeed you can still learn from what happened and keep moving.
… Read More
… Read More Systema Israel