Here are ten movement drills to enhance and deepen your understanding of space, tension and natural movement. The tool in use is the staff but the lessons apply much further. Look at the drills as child games so your learning will be fresh and honest. Do not rely on technique. Feel what is right for… Read More playing/growing with the staff
Here are eight ways being a parent gives you on the job training to be a better martial artists. Learn to roll softly by Spreading some Legos on the ground and rolling over them. If you dare 🙂 Listen to silence as well as noise to know when it is time to sprint to the… Read More The family martial art
This is a great way to teach children to move and defend themselves in a game way. Give two kids a jump rope or a long belt and each one holds one end. Now they try to loop it around the others neck (without giving it too much pull) as the other moves first with just the body and neck and than with the hand that is free and than with everything. you can also have a two on one where one kid holds two rope ends and two other kids work with him and so on. Adults can do this too with the same effect and move later on to the chain which is less kid friendly.
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The perception of time and dimensions changes when there is no sight or lesser sight. Take a stop watch and time it to five minutes. Close your eyes and walk around the house or clearing. Sit down and listen and consider how much time has passed. When you think five minutes are close to over open your eyes and check. It is usually far from what your perception places it. Repeat this drill and combine it with other drills to make your perception of time less sight dependent.
Distance also changes with shadows and lesser light. Close your eyes and think how many steps you have to the light switch or your closest tree and check if you can reach it with this number of steps and if your heading is right. do this many times and in different places and textures. For example a forest will not guide you in a straight line and a desert dune can tell you by the angle of the sand many things.
Play with this and remember that you can feel light even if your eyes are closed or burning. You can sense what you are stepping or crawling on without looking at it and with a stick without touching it. The wind will tell you of an opening, the angle of the ground of the landscape and the sound what you are stepping it. Move slowly. In the forest a broken leg is very much like a death sentence. Pay attention and do this drill with your kids.
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