Letting go: Martial arts mind

A few years ago I was lying on my back, on the cold asphalt ground, screaming, staring at my right leg in utter disbelief. A moment before I was happy…confident. I knew the future precisely. It was unfolding in front of me with a smooth ease. The student was doing the hip throw incorrectly, and I knew why. So I partnered with him and showed him how I could stop him from throwing me by centring my weight down. Showed him what I expected from him, and asked him to try again. He kinda waffled through it, looked a bit hesitant and nervous. I told him to really put some oomph into it. I wasn’t going to let him go until he performed at least the lift part of the throw correctly. I was prepared. I expected a strong sweep and twist of my upper body. I would lift my…

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Introductory Class

Six Week Intro Class: June 30-Aug 04 Saturdays 10AM Locations TBA, $100/$150 Our first series of introductory classes will start June 30th. Classes will be an hour long. In these classes we will work on building a basic fitness platform for the next series of classes. Each class will consist of progressive workouts to build core strength, basic movement skills, and instruction in the 5X5 and 2×2 martial drill methods. The last class will be a fitness exam that students will need to pass in order to take further classes. Classes will be outdoor, rain or shine. A variety of Vancouver parks will be used, all will be chosen for ease of access by transit. Cost is $100 for six sessions. If you sign up before June 25th, for an extra $50 you will also receive a basic nutrition coaching package consisting of a basic diet and body composition analysis…

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