There is a buffer between real violence and training and there has to be one to allow progress both mental and physical.
Many martial arts today rely on padded surfaces and body padding. This allows for higher throws in practice and greater force exerted in contact in striking and impact.
There is however also negative in this sport application. It is we do not know how to move our bodies on hard surfaces and most do not know how to strike and get struck with no padding. Bone and flesh.
Give yourself the gift of the hard floor and the wall.
Learn to place your body from standing up to laying down on hard ground first slowly and then with awareness and smoothness it will become faster naturally and you will gain a real world ability.
Stand in front of a wall ( A good one. Many crumble) and place your hand and then fist on it. Learn to push first and to sink second and allow the entire body to become one.
There is no limit except what we place on ourselves and hard contact allow us to open new awareness and ability inside us.
Start slow and start now.
The mundane is the godly with a bit or seasoning and creativity.
Rolling. A simple task that can extend us exponentially with the right frame of mind.
Will you do it with a friend?
Will you do it stick in hand?
Will you do it with no eyes?
Will you do it legs entwined?
Will you do it with no hands?
Will you do it with breath held?
Will you do it knife in hand
Keep doing the same but different and you will make a change.
First in yourself and then it will grow past you.
- Each movement starts with the breath. Breath dictate tempo.
- Avoid locking your joints.
- Move smoothly. Noise is for performance.
- Tension is a tool. Use the right amount. Less is more.
- Technical: perform each workout three times a week. Preferably with a day in between.
- WALK ON YOUR FISTS
- 30 double steps forward and backwards while you are facing downward and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 30 double steps forward and backwards while you are facing upwards and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 30 double steps side to side on the wall facing away from the wall and with your arms overhead.
- 10 rolls forward and back from the knees.
- 10 rolls side to side from the knees.
- 10 rolls turning left and right from the knees.
- Hang on the bar and air walk forward 30 double steps
- Hang on the bar and air walk backwards 30 double steps
- Hang on the bar and inhale bringing your shoulders into their sockets and release on the exhale. Repeat 30 times.
- WALK ON YOUR FISTS
- 40 double steps going sideways while you are facing downward and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 40 double steps going sideways while you are facing upwards and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 40 double steps up and down to your waist height on the wall facing away from the wall and with your arms overhead.
- 20 rolls forward and back from a squat.
- 20 rolls side to side from a squat.
- 20 rolls turning left and right from a squat.
- Hang on the bar and air walk forward 40 double steps
- Hang on the bar and twist your hips to each side 40 times
- Hang on the bar and inhale bringing your shoulders into their sockets and your shoulder blades together and release on the exhale. Repeat 40 times.
- WALK ON YOUR FISTS
- 50 double steps forward and backwards while you are facing downward and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 50 double steps forward and backwards while you are facing upwards and your body is parallel to the ground.
- 50 double steps up and down to your waist height on the wall facing away from the wall and with your arms overhead.
- 30 rolls forward and back from a standing position.
- 30 rolls side to side from a standing position.
- 30 rolls turning left and right from a standing position.
- Hang on the bar and air walk forward 50 double steps
- Hang on the bar and twist your hips to each side 50 times
- Hang on the bar and inhale bringing your shoulders into their sockets and your shoulder blades together and release on the exhale. Repeat 50 times.
Solo and partner work complement each other. Here is a coupling of those drills that come to bring the rolling thunder of freedom of movement.
- Have two partners hold onto your wrists (or keep your arms in the air…) and roll you forward and backwards from standing to the ground and back.
- Repeat the work but keep your knees straight so you learn to better use your hips and ankles and most of all, choose your horizon – look and see at the same time. Do not aimlessly go with the current.
- Have two partners or one capable one 🙂 hold onto one wrist and one ankle as you lay on the ground. Breath and turn facing up and down in both directions using just the body motion. Feel and find the freedom under hold in your body. Ride the tension and stay free.
- Start at a standing position and relax one shoulder forward and the other backwards as you do the same with your hips and knees. Gently lower yourself to sitting on the sides of your legs and continue the movement to a squat and back to standing. Maintain the turn throughout the movement.
- Repeat the work but use your arms from your shoulders to further integrate how the upper and lower body contribute to the path you are moving on.
- Have a partner strike your face. Welcome the contact and relax your lower body on contact. Work from all directions.
- Have a partner strike your face. Welcome the contact with relaxation and as you move the body, glide with an arm on the incoming contact and continue to glide to place your limb on their head.
- Have a partner strike your face and move toward and into your space continuously. Glide on the contact and enter without getting face contact yourself.
- Have a partner stand at your left and right. Have them decide amongst themselves who goes in first and as one engages you, the second comes in too. Move without entangling with either so you maintain freedom of location and angle. Repeat and enjoy the movement.
Enjoy and send me your requests and comments.
How to teach your kid to act and resist abduction and live a full life
You must place trust in your kid and work in a way that there is communication between you. Trust allows your kid to tell you he feels something is wrong and the family gains the synergy or working together. Many times the danger comes from something that lies dormant near us like a person in a uniform we are used to ignore or someone we already danger scanned once. Trust your own senses and place trust in your child.
We all walk around in full kit, with our battle buddies and in the best shape of our lives, except when we don’t. Teach your kid to see things with open eyes. A school bag is a deflecting shield from stabs and a throwing weapon. A pen or pencil is a stabbing weapon and you can use one body to move another with the right mechanics.
- Once in a while, take your kit and look at it from another point of view. See it from the point of view of an abductor (name tags give the other person information you may not want for example) and see things from other choices of use. A pair of glasses and some aluminum foil can be a signal device, a mobile phone and a needle can be an incendiary device in the right hands…
- COUNTER CONDITION
From birth, we condition our children to obey and nature too has cues to freeze, fight or flee running in our veins. We must work we our kids to let them choose freely when to obey their conditioning and nature and when to over right the program. Teaching your kids to move when shouted at or when a loud sound is heard releases the freeze affect from dominance and teaching your kids to move freely with no breathing or sight and perform complicated tasks through games and competition will open a whole new world of confidence through knowledge.
- Finding your way in darkness through a maze or through one part of a car to another.
- Holding your breath and competing for a distance moved with twists and turns and having to think and make choices on the run literally.
- Teaching your children to run when told to stop, move when told to hold and so on.
- Teach your children to work as a group when one is singled out by an adult.
- Showing your children through action (trust) and words that they are always welcome and thus negating the effect of threats and bullying into compliance from outside the family cell.
- KNOW TENSION AND DIRECTION
Most martial art and self-defense classes teach tricks (technique) and attempted efficiency (levers and coordination of some sort). Teach your kids to adept to what is in front of them and at their sides and back. Teach your children different paradigms and let them play. Allow your children to become creators instead of followers.
- Play with your child with stiff limbs so they can climb and push and pull your body through the stiffness so they learn when to be stiff and when to let go dynamically according to the situation. For example: make a ladder with your arms and have your child climb it and play with it.
- Take a light stick and have your child pull the stick toward himself as you stab and swing the stick at him. Allow him to see something coming at him as an opportunity as well as danger.
- Have your child tense and relax his body parts and play different games while doing so. Let them choose what level of tension they use and learn they can move even when tense.
- OPEN YOUR EYES
We see a lot more than we know we see. Our minds filter and give hierarchy to all things. Sit with your child in nature and simply absorb and open yourself to everything around you. Talk without judging on what you notice and how your senses from smell to touch to resonate and let your child learn to see instead of watch and be whole instead of the sum of some parts.
Even Disney movies are filled with pain and tragedy. Let your child see the dead bird and discuss what will happen further. Let them know injustice is a part of things and they can and will loose and get hurt and that it is their choice to cower or continue to do something and think for themselves under pressure. Do not toughen up, just be honest.
- KNOW FEAR FOR WHAT IT IS
Speak and play with your kids so they are unaware of this productive and energetic part of their qualities. Let them explore their emotions and logical processes with the appearance of fear and let them feel how their bodies dissipate and reform fear into other energies and movement.
- Immobilization – Hold your child in a tight hug and let them breathe and feel your heartbeat and warmth (unless like me you are of Polish decent J) Have them move within this hug and graduate with care to playing with getting away from different holds and tickles as the confidence in movement under pressure is created from knowledge. Another game would be to walk in a pack where you have to change your direction without disturbing the pack movement. This of course can be done in variation and in different group sizes from a mother father and son crew to a whole pack.
- Suffocation – Breath is taken for granted by those who do not move much. Play with your kid by completing tasks under a given number of breaths and later on with one inhale or exhale to do the same and lastly do the task with no breath at all (the task can be to get the keys from the house or locate a black bird on a branch)
- Noise – Nature teaches us that one wrong step can mean death so we sometimes play possum or our bodies give up to avoid the expected pain of death (being mauled by a social justice warrior ) Speak and demonstrate to your kids that you can move after the initial shock and that it is part of the normal bandwidth to be afraid as it is just one of the thriving mechanisms we have. Curiosity did not kill the cat.
- Falling – Falling is a fear we have back from the days swinging did not mean dancing. Show and play with your kids how to jump and roll, how to find their way in the air (throw them in the air and let them land in the water and so on in growing amounts of spin and twist) and let them move on the monkey bars upside down and all about.
- Separation from the pack – Many threats of excommunication are made throughout childhood by peers and adults. We must show and talk with our kids about this and about being true to themselves. The family is god to a young child. Be a good one and keep your child from swaying in the treacherous seas of growing up.
- Sudden loss of senses – Disorienting and overwhelming experiences create a reset in our systems which can be used to affect change and influence. Teach your children to develop the situation without haste and to not rely on one faculty to guide them to their destination. Teach your kids to find their way when they enter a dark room from the sunlight and in reverse, Teach your kids to read a map and find their way in the day and at night and teach them that it is ok to be lost and not know what to do. Just keep seeking your destination.
To sum up, Children have great potential. We mold them and they mold us. Place your family above all else and grow together with honesty and attentiveness for the present and the future.
In the long run, it is just as important to know why we do things as it is to do the right thing. Lead and follow with a clear mind and heart and show the same to your family, both born and chosen.
Ground engagement is often taught as a survival skill instead of an integral part of natural movement. It is joy and pashion that fuel us in the best of ways. Roll and enjoy the movment so you can keep on developing and living instead of surviving.
And now to the movement/thought behind it:
Moving yourself from small to big and as one piece
Choosing to move from the breath and keeping a fluid mind
CONNECTING SPINE AND EYES
The eyes are the windows to the soul and the guides to each and every movment and inner balancing.
CONNECTING HIP AND SHOULDERS
Moving your hips and shoulders as one to maintain comfort health and efficient movement.
UPPER LIMBS MOVEMENT
Releasing the upper body to move along the natural pathways.
THE UP SIDE OF ROLLING
How to integrate upper and lower body as one
ROLLING FROM THE GROUND UP
Building healthy movement awareness with the ground from the ground up.
RELEASING INTO ROLLING
Putting everything together and learning to let of of the way but maintinaing the path.
Playing with what is in front of you creates new movement and thoughts. Don’t worry about looking good. Feel good.
We move. We feel and we think. It is the definition of life.
The thing starts to get complicated when we separate qualities from each other and instead of putting everything in the same mix, We place them into boxes without knowing how they all work together.
We are bone and blood. Connective tissue and nerves and more. They have to work together as soft and hard, rope and stick and bungee cord. The more we have of one quality, the less is needed to achieve another.
In this example, let us discuss stability and fluidity. Stability can be the wholeness of your connective tissue, it’s health and span, The force of your muscles coupled with the activation of the nervous system.
Fluidity can be moving from different points in the body at the same time. Being seamless in your thoughts and actions and in all body parts working in sync.
The more we are stable, The easier it will be to move as one since you will need less tension to create a solid yet dynamic structure and it will be easier to let impact move through you and spread instead of rending your flesh and bones.
Here are three drills for stability that promote fluidity as well:
Yes you can eat the cake and have it whole. 🙂
- Walk on your hands/fists and feet. take a step with each breath phase and move forward and back, side and side, facing up and facing down.
- Place your self on your stomach and lift all limbs in the air. Turn from belly to back and return with each breath phase.
- Stand and tense your body whole, Relax as you exhale and roll to the ground and back up.
These drills are not complex and you need no gear to do them aside from time and wanting to. Make sure you practice with grace in mind and the joy will follow.