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 🙂
Watching strength is inspiring. After all, most of the time we have the same parts as the strong man or acrobat 🙂 Here is a simple method to become stronger in degrees. Something that requires almost no tools and can be used for many people in many conditions and levels of movement. Let’s take the… Read More Get STRONG at an angle
The body works as we move it. Our idea becomes movement and our input decides the amount of resistance we have for the work. Begin standing with your feet under you. Relax from the hips down and place your fists on the ground beside your legs. Move your body from your hips to place the… Read More Moving the limbs from the body.
Tension is a form of movement in stasis
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Lie on the ground with a partner at arm’s length and have him push you with one hand. Move with the direction of the push and add to this by using your body to turn and twist him. For example if you are both on your backs and he places and pushes your chest you place your hand over his and lift the other side of the chest letting his hand sink and in the same time turn so he is controlled and twisted facing down.
Work on this with awareness. If you are not relaxed you will not feel what you have and jump to false conclusions.
Take a stick or a sword and at least two friends and in an open space or work slowly. Now have your partners come to grab and hit you and your job is to keep them away with your movement and the stick. The idea is to learn to keep moving in a way that helps you be aware to more around you and to keep the movement relaxed and minimal by moving from the body. Things to look at are the tension in your face and in your hands (means you are focusing on the outside and moving from the hands and not from the body), relaxed breathing and your walking (if you jump, cross your legs or move erratically it means you are controlled and your movement is not your own)
Start by standing in a comfortable distance from a wall or your partner and place your fist on him/it. Now as your body is aligned and comfortable do a one arm push up on the support and place your other hand on the support. Do push ups as you go around the support and work so the wrist is relaxed as possible and the movement come from the elbow first and than from the shoulder. Have the partner do the same for you or hold onto a door frame or a tree or some support and lean away from it in the same manner. Notice to the support you have to introduce in order to stay aligned and lead it to the sky or to ground in order to allow it to move through you without harm.
Progress to someone walking towards you and you placing your fist on him and redirecting him. Notice how you lift your hand and remember to let the breathe lead you when possible. It is good to do some work without breathing so the body will know it is possible.
Move to hitting your partner as he moves away with the body aligned as much as he can and placing his hand on you and either pushing or pulling (think how the bodies move and how you can stay moving) Do this for a while and than do a few push ups and sit ups to relax.
Now have a partner hit you and you move with the body to let the strike slide next to you and add one arm to press the arm to you or just using the arm. Avoid moving too fast out of fear. Relax and remember to survive first. Use only one hand for a while as your partner uses both arms and learn to move from difficult situations. Your partner will learn to strike from all situations.
After you do this for a while and so has your partner join the drills and have him strike and you capture the arm with one hand and place and either push or pull with the other. You can also hit with the one arm and don’t limit yourself to the common strikes. You can for example slide the coming arm overhead and continue the level with the opposite shoulder and lower your hand open to the neck or groin of your partner. Find your way.
Do this also while sitting and on one knee.