There is no perfect plan. Each fits the bill for a situation. This plan aims to build stamina and healthy connective tissue and joints. Do this once each morning and don’t confine yourself to pull ups. We begin with doing 4 pull ups where we inhale on the upwards motion and exhale on the downward… Read More The 4 pull up challenge
Posture today seems to be a silly word. We expect Captain America to stand tall but fail to recognize that it is a significant part we can improve in our health, movement and even self-worth. The way we hold ourselves transmits our image back to the nervous system and it is a free healthy way… Read More Steps to have a better moving vessel
Relaxation is but a direction of activation. Try saying that really fast 🙂 In these series of drills, I present you with learning to balance and tense in the best alignment for the particular movement. Aim to move yourself and the rest will follow or not. Freedom stands beyond. Squat down a step away from… Read More Notes from class: partner power lines
Here are proven methods of increasing the ability of hands and fingers. They come to make us more capable and less fragile in a world of impact and shearing. Make yourself strong so you can do the work you want done. Hanging on rough surfaces – We all hanged on rounded bars on gym classes.… Read More Strong hands
The inner constelation. Draw an imaginary line from one toe to each hip. Draw an imaginary life from each hip to each shoulder. Divide the body by half side to side and front and back. Repeat the drawing of the lines to the front and back and side and side of each hip and shoulder.… Read More Notes from Class: The inner constelation
In this piece we will explore three methods of hand work for a more capable and healthy hand and wrist. Wall work Stand a step away from a wall and place the flats of your fingers on the wall. Press your body gradually to the wall with increasing activation in the hand and wrist to… Read More Three methods of hand/wrist work
GIVE YOURSELF SOME TIME TO RELAX UNDER TENSION AND THEN SEE DEEPER INTO YOURSELVES. BREATHE 60 BREATHS IN THE PUSH UP POSITION THEN DO ONE PUSH UP. BREATHE 60 BREATHS HOLDING ONTO THE BAR THEN DO ONE PULL UP BREATHE 60 BREATHS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SQUAT THEN DO ONE HIGH JUMP BREATHE 60… Read More The wait a minute drill
The drill is simple. The lesson is too. The reward is awareness and long time health. Let us take the pull up as an example. Take a time frame such as a minute or two and try to do two things: Keep in movement during the entire time frame. Move as slowly as you can.… Read More The least amount of pull ups you can do
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
We stand upright to spend the least amount of energy to keep our posture and navigate with ease and also to keep our senses (eyes, ears etc) in the best way to receive new information. When you are pushing or pulling or resisting those forces you align yourself along a greater force than gravity and that is of your muscles (for a while at least). Consider a wall or a post and try to push it over. You will notice your body aligning itself along the direction of the force you want to manifest into movement and the same goes for pulling. Work either alone using a wall and a door frame or a tree in the woods on pulling and pushing and note for yourself how you align yourself and at which point you start to lose the benefit of your senses compared to the aligned position. With a partner you can have push pull drills as you resist or not and work after you feel how you move when you resist to blend with the push pull and escape through this. For a more realistic view of things you can add a trunk of a car as the position to bring the partner to.
Notice that in hitting we do not push or push in most cases unless we aim to stop the person. In hitting we move our limbs or anything else into the area of the hit and than it goes deep in. Think about it and practice. Your own expeirence is worth much more than any learned by reading when you need it.
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