Drawing the blade can be a martial art like Japanese 居合 or a simple task we perform while preparing a meal for the family. Lets play with drawing in particular so we can better integrate it into the work. Place the knife in front of you and close your eyes. Take it in one hand… Read More The draw
Freedom is very tangible. You feel it, you see it, you know it. It is also one of the easiest qualities to loose by pursuing a moment of it which already lies in the past. Here are three methods to preserve ourselves from pursuing freedom and thus attaining it. The invisible touch – Touch hands… Read More Notes from class – Invisible in plain sight
What does it mean to ask smaller questions? It means to find a heading instead of a destination, a way of life instead of a martial art and joy instead of fear. The martial artist prepares the body for combat, prepares the spirit for the clash and the heart for trial. The one who lives… Read More Ask smaller questions – be faster, deeper and healthier
Here are ten knife drills to do in a group: Place a knife on your body without your partners seeing (blade on body is not advised) and walk calmly. Have your partners work to bump and touch you while walking in a casual manner and find out where the knife is. You work is to… Read More Crowd Knife work
Practice is very formal when danger is close and thus much is gone in the haze of getting good at a drill instead of learning about yourself and learning to accept what is. Have a partner hold a covered knife and have him move in a continuous oval cutting motion that includes the space you… Read More Riding the blade
We hold the sword and some feel powerful, some feel protected and others feel one part of them overriding the others as they done a mask of how they see a sword wielder. Technically the blade or tip are a simple power focus device. A regular arm movement by a regular person is focused into… Read More The strong and the sword
Our perception of our role in society or even a micro event changes what we can do due to our inner constraints. Live free.
These bits from today’s class show some of the ideas behind the work we do. No one fell of the roof this time 🙂