In this online video class, we start with body awareness, tension and release and the shifting of mass and how this translates to more and more movement but without tension and excess. Join me for more classes online and in person, here.
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
Time is going by us all the time 🙂 To make ourselves more resilient and mobile at the same time, we can choose to take a simple breath in between to make things last longer. Examples: Start doing pushups. Pause for one breath on the top position between each push up and gain more awareness… Read More A breath in between
Many ideas work. Many ideas do not work at the same time. 🙂 Our job is to find and make up what works for us right now and see what does not. But further, We must understand why things do not work so we can learn from them. Only then, we can move past them.… Read More Tense to relax!
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… Read More Hard contact
Time is the true commodity. Here are eight drills that hide within daily actions to sharpen and hone the movement ability of us all. 1.Slowly increase the distance you take to throw the trash into the trash bin (Be extra careful with weird shaped objects, they fly differently) 2. Walk up the stairs at night… Read More An inclusive take on everyday training
Topics –using the theme of healing from an injury or encounter shock Learning from other fields of study: Gymnastics, coordination and force, understanding leverage Climbing – strength and structure awareness in hanging and moving,economy of motion Dance – balance, lightness on feet, coordination, reading people and tempo Circus – juggling, rope walking, riding on animals… Read More Podcast 2 – Learning from other branches of movement
Drills for elevations of spirit and body must not be dry… Fist– Two people start at the push up position facing each other. Both lift opposite arms and they push each others fist back and forth. Double fist– Two people lie on their backs with their heads facing each other. Place both fists against each… Read More Notes from class -Partner resistance
Our bodies were not meant for the position they are in during many working and resting hours. We are built to walk, run, squat and lie down but sitting for prolonged periods harms the dynamic structure of tension and strength throughout. Here are four static holds that require no gear to undo this damage and… Read More Undoing the damage of sitting
Many wake up and jump out of their bed. Here is a protocol to prepare the body for a smoother entrance into the day using breath and awareness. Remember – Take care of the mechanism First – breathe and listen for the pulse (placing your hand on the side of the neck or just being… Read More Morning breath work