People discuss the merits of a curved blade compared to a straight. People discuss the proper use of tools and cloud their eyes from seeing the purpose past the tool. It is a common saying that when holding a hammer you will seek and see nails everywhere but look past that to the task at… Read More drawing a curve with a striaght line
This drill helps in getting past the push/pull movement and into moving ourselves as one unit. Continuous attention to this practice will give you more fluidity in motion and thought. Solo version: Sit and start moving from one side of the area to the other with no contact with the ground with either your feet… Read More Footless and handless
One of the stages of getting to know yourself is to know your own fear. Fear will control you if you turn a blind eye to it’s affects on your psyche and body so we will aim to bring our awareness to this as well. One of the ways to learn the fear response is… Read More To know fear
We march at night silently. We march. We march. We march. Soldiers must work in groups to attain their goals but so do everyone else. To learn to work together and on the reverse angle of this to learn to work within someones resistance we must be aware of their tempo of movement and work… Read More To the beat of a different drum
Place your hand on your partner’s eyes and move his gaze so his whole body is effected by it. For example you feel he is tense toward the downward movement so you move to the side and up and he is in your control. From this uncomfortable situation (keep moving him and moving yourself) he has to remember he has arms and legs and use them to escape and affect whoever is in contact with you. You can start this on the ground by moving the head or anything else you like (take his toe and twist it and watch the whole body react) and move toward a higher position to learn to relax the spine more and to remember all of your body and to use it when you are under pressure. Another way to start this is to stand on one leg and receive pushes and pulls from your partner and letting your body relax and find the smallest movement to avoid getting hurt and keep your options open.
Remember people will come to you in all times for things you may or may not be ready for. Our ability to think and change will get us through along with our faith that it is possible.
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Place your hands in your pockets and go for a walk. Climb up and down some stairs with your eyes closed and over low fences and hedges. Move over or under rocks and limbs of trees and note to yourself how your body wishes to reach out and make contact and how you manage to find a way to pass even if you are used to using your hands. For example stand before a low fence with sharp or at least uncomfortable tips at the top side and walk it’s length. Find the best place to pass it or change as you go along and slowly move over it using anything but your arms and hands. Remember that nature gives you a chance but once. Do what you can to make it a good one and the rest is in other hands.
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Take the up position of the basic push up and with the breath tense and relax each part of you. Go down to the bottom and repeat the drill. Lie on your back and relax and tense and relax each part. Rise to the sit up position and repeat. Lie down and lift your legs overhead and repeat. Stand up and repeat, squat to the bottom and repeat. Notice the differences in the areas that also tense up when you tense and work to relax all the parts which are not in use. This way you will be able work more efficiently and avoid freezing and slowing down when it matters.
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Start on the ground and have a friend place a foot on your ankle facing up or make a motions detector (a bell cased in a ball on a string or something to that effect) and put some mass or pressure on it. Now move all your body to find out what you can do without or before you move the pressed bit of you and what can you see or feel if your eyes are closed or you are working in the dark (injury or collapsed structure) move to the other side and do the same and than move a bit up to the shin, knee,thigh,hip sides and center, lower back,stomach,sides of chest, upper back,throat (no jumping),shoulder pits,arms,forearms,wrists,hands and head. Once you do this, do the same for your partner if you have one and feel with your foot or feet as you can press on many points at the same time and travel between them as you wish how you can level using the ground.
work on this in a flat surface first and than on the stairs or anything else you have around.
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We sometimes push away and sometimes push ourselves in different positions depending on how we are aligned and what is our goal. To learn to choose what is right for you at that moment and to make the body whole. Have a partner place both hands on your head and push down. Slowly allow your head to lower to your chest and push back up and than do the same where your just relax the body position so the body either lowers along with the neck and head or rises. The visible difference is in the point of view of the body. Is the neck pivoting on the body or the body pivoting on the neck. This way you can learn to move more freely and in the same time together with the rest of your body.
You can do this with the wrists, elbows, hips, knees and ankles and it will benefit your movement in many ways.
If you are alternating with your partner in roles remember to be here as you breathe and move. There is something to be learned and cleaned in every breath.
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