A car is powered by its engine and fuel but the transmission carries the power to where it is manifested. Let’s focus also on our transmission which is our joints and connective tissue. Here is a three month plan to build up the the tendon mind health and connection. Tendons take longer than muscle to… Read More TENDON STRENGTH MONTH
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
A mans substance can be felt and though flash and pose is shiny, it is not lasting. Books to build character: Beyond Band of Brothers by Richard Winters. The Doctor and the Soul by Victor Frankl Westward the Tide by Louis L’Amour Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney Maps of meaning by Jordan Paterson The… Read More Books to build character.
There are many questions martial arts aim to answer. One of the deeper ones is, how we face fear. Only someone who passed through the masks of technique and strategy can face the real questions that in turn, unmask the fog of the battlefield. Fear is a terrible master and a powerful servant. It is… Read More Embracing fear
Cutting something off or trying to stop a behavior usually does not work out smoothly. The reason to that is we subtract without addition and thus create a void in our, movement, thoughts and feelings One way to remove the unwanted habit or trait without creating a void is to replace it consciously with another.… Read More Avoid the Void
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
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.