Monday, July 4, 2016

Kicking and Balance

Years ago, my balance problem became really evident in karate class. At the sensei's command, we all stood on one leg, and I struggled to stay upright. The harder I struggled, the more tense I became, and the harder it was to keep from tipping over.

That's why this video from Vladimir Vasiliev (Systema, the Russian Martial Art) caught my attention. I will have to try this out.

1 comment:

Monkey At A Typewriter said...

Howdy Craig! Just found this one, and it resonates at 56. Working 6 days a week in a factory, on my feet and using an impact drill, has made my hands mush and my legs anchored to the ground. I have had a long debate with myself- nearly 5 years now- over keeping up with my core art, Tang Soo Do, or abandoning it and working a few self-defense strategies. This is not something I take lightly. Tang Soo isn't as practical but I figured a classical art was better for an old dude, to keep me flexible if nothing else. But I agree that I have an obligation to protect the flock, as it were, since I do know how and, based on my past life in sin, am capable and willing when required. I view it as choosing to pursue the arts as a hobby with some application or skills designed for conflict. I do not know what the Lord would find appropriate. Thoughts? You are one of the few who will know what I mean.