Tag Archives: Internal work

Moscow HQ Seminar – Internal Work (April 2013) – Part 3

18 May

Part 3 – Letting the weapon pull you up from the floor

These exercises are an extension of the last two parts.
Hold a stick in your hand and then keeping your shoulder relaxed, raise your arm straight in the air, relax your whole body, raise the stick and let the weight of the stick carry you around. When you do this correctly it should feel like the weight pulls you forward and up lightly and with power.

Now you have a feeling of the weight and power of the stick or sword. Next comes a drill which i found extremely interesting:

Step 1- Lay down, completely relaxed,
Step 2- Hold the stick at your side, pointed up in the air, again relax your muscles and then slowly lean the weight forward and point the stick into the air, into a trajectory that feels like it is pulling you up.
if you do this correctly you will sit up and continue to a standing position.
Have a look at these videos, you can see when the muscles are heavily involved and when they are minimally involved, it can look effortless:

Now try the same from a cross legged sitting position, with the stick in both hands, sticking it through the air in a trajectory that pulls you up. Then try the stick on one side of you, held in one hand, flow the stick through the air, and again in a trajectory that feels as if it pulls you up – to a standing position.

After quite a bit of this work, Michael told something interesting; he said that in the old times, the knights and warriors would steer their horses using their sword by pointing it forward and turning it different directions,
the horse would feel the weight and would change direction, turn and move according to how the sword was held.

Advertisements

Moscow HQ Seminar – Internal Work (April 2013) – Part 1

5 May

This for me was one of the most interesting seminars I have ever been too. The topic was inner work, and Michael explained and demonstrated a lot, which was very interesting to see. See the video below for clarity.

Part 1 –  How a Blade or Stick can Correct Your Body, Give You Strength and Deepen Your Relaxation

– The first exercise was standing straight and relaxed and holding a stick in your hand pointing straight up, completely relaxing your body. Michael said that if you hold it correctly it will feel weightless and will help you have a straight back and good form. He went to explain that while holding a stick in this way and continually relaxing ourselves – this will heal and straighten our spine, it will help to align us in a correct form.
Change hands – do this for 15/20 mins just to get the feel of it

– Bring the stick in front of your chest, so your hand it about stomach level, find a relaxed comfortable position there. Relax all your body, from spine, to bicep, forearm and wrist, leaving just enough tension to hold the stick, – if you do this right the stick will almost hold itself. Michael explained that when this is done with either a stick or a blade, actually seeing the weapon – the wood or the metal – will give you strength, confidence and power. The effect is much more apparent with a sword.

– Bring the stick into the first position arm held at your side, stick pointing upwards. Relax again your whole body, now this is hard to explain – you just have to feel it; Put all of your body weight onto the end of the stick, transfer your body weight right to the end of the stick. Now lean the stick very slightly forwards and let the weight take you forward, and walk. Bring it back straight and try the same backwards, sideways. Let the weight of the stick shift your body weight, different directions.

– Same exercise as before, tilt the stick slightly forward and let its weight guide you, just walk forwards, keep walking around, relaxing your body as much as possible, feeling the weight of the stick and it’s weight “pulling” you forward.