There is always risk in a fight and there is a risk in avoidance too. We choose by making decisions and by postponing them too. Sometimes our decisions are made out of negatives being weighted and sometimes by a higher values such as hope or a need to change for the better. In mortal combat… Read More Risk
It was yesterday evening, during a blade class, that a student asked me a very deep question. I enjoy these very much as they free me from what I am doing into something new, weather in thought, movement or both. The questions was, “Is this movement for attack or defense?” and here is my answer.… Read More The sword and the spear
There are times where training in a school is forbidden or not possible. There are always ways to hone the inner blade as many cultures have shown us before, from adopting agricultural tools into weapons to masking fighting moves in dance and song. Here I focus on the family unit. Here are twenty drills or… Read More Solo and Partner home drills/games
Each week I take my son on a field trip. We explore the gardens and fields and find new and old friends to play with. This week, he wanted to play with the pigeons so we went through the process of hunting together. He attempted to run at them and catch them at first with… Read More The education of a young man
How can we survive an attack and work through it ? We begin by not helping the attacker by resisting and standing in the path of the attack. We continue by simply breathing and moving with the attacker to note where they are open and add movement there to avoid harm to ourselves and loved… Read More Let the attacker fall
I love to see commercials for expensive devices in fitness and the martial arts. I love even more to find solutions hiding under my nose to bring fun, progress and health to myself, my students and anyone else. Here are four rope drills that get the job done: Take a rope that extends from one… Read More Rope Agility
We try to answer a question with an answer. That is limiting. Answer with an answer and a question put together:) Move forward and back, side and side. All at the same time. Don’t be like water. Be human!
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 🙂
Write your own notes 🙂 Be part of the process but not fully immersed in it.