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
Strength makes life easier. We choose paths and follow them. Choose one that makes you strong in all your faculties and take your friends and loved ones with you. The cost of being weak is heavier… 1. Tie the rope to a tree trunk. Climb the rope from laying down prone and see who can… Read More rope strong
Patterns of movement are everywhere. Do this and get the outcome you want. We get this everywhere but what stands behind the Kata and drills ? Focus on the full body motion and freedom that lies behind the pattern. Step one: Move as one piece Step two: Move yourself instead of pushing and pulling … Read More Quality movement
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
Stretching is considered a staple of many movement arts yet no animal practice it. Cats do limber themselves but do not confuse that with stretching. I present an opposing approach to this paradigm. Movement needs an opposing movement to create both the physical ability and the nerve activation to allow the body to move on… Read More a movement pairing approach to mobility
If you have ever worked on a sailboat, you know to be weary of a rope on the loose. In these two videos we show how to both unleash and recoil this rope within ourselves. Keep safe and see each other as people instead of targets.
This drill is fun and great for children and adults alike. We take a rope long enough to hold in both hands as the middle is on the ground. Pass through forward and back. make the rope between your hands shorter by two fingers widths. Repeat. As you progress, you will find it harder and… Read More Rope and Chain though for better obstacle work
Take a strong thin rope and hold it with both hands at a comfortable width. Have a partner hold onto the rope and pull and push it in different ways to make you move and unbalance and you work to stay as relaxed and aligned as possible. This is a drill to help you learn to keep your hands full and relaxed. The thin rope is hard to hold without too much tension and you will learn to position and move so you can do the work using everything you have. Change roles and repeat the drill a few times and remember to keep the focus on you. If you concentrate on the rope you will not be aware of all your parts and how they work together.
Another drill with the thin rope is to loop it around a door frame or a pull up bar and lean as you counter with the rope held in your hand. Relax and find the right tension and angle to use so you can rest a part or all of your mass on the rope and it will help you control yourself.
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This is a great way to teach children to move and defend themselves in a game way. Give two kids a jump rope or a long belt and each one holds one end. Now they try to loop it around the others neck (without giving it too much pull) as the other moves first with just the body and neck and than with the hand that is free and than with everything. you can also have a two on one where one kid holds two rope ends and two other kids work with him and so on. Adults can do this too with the same effect and move later on to the chain which is less kid friendly.
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