The Subtle Power of Subtle Muscle Control Part IV
Apr 09, 2020
“Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast… Of course, slowness is bad. Really skillful people never get out of time, and are always deliberate, and never appear busy.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings
For this blog post before I get all into it I want you to think about something. I want you to think about every martial arts movie you’ve ever seen or any great fighter you’ve seen fight. The one thing you always notice is that the people who are at the top of the game never seem to move fast or seem in a hurry in what they do. Now, most people think this sort of thing, this type of movement is some bullshit from some old legend or martial arts movie. Me personally… I totally disagree and reject that way of thinking. However, I understand why people would think this way after all people train for decades and while they make great strides in what they do and become good at it.
This quality seems to elude them so they doubt it, they think it’s all just some legend. Mostly because they don’t know how to get there themselves. But what if I told you that not only was it possible but it is right in our grasp all of the time we just need to put the brainpower behind it and focus on developing our bodies in this fashion.
“If you wish to control others you must first control yourself”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings
Again, Musashi fully understood the importance of self-mastery if one was to attain such skills. As I said in the previous blog post a big part of developing the level of subtle muscle control you desire is developing a level of awareness in your own body where you master control over your body and its movements to the best of your abilities.
I'll come back to that in my next post but now I need to cover something first. I’m going to get into something that I just want you to think about. I’ve already discussed how to create space and how to take space, but you can also do both by learning how to manipulate the space you occupy as well as when you are in contact with others. You see, Manipulating Space is nothing more than being able to create and take space at will within your Sphere of Influence. But in order to do that you need to be able to do something else. In order to do this, you have to first learn how to control your body a little better.
When practicing with another person in order to manipulate the space you need to be able to create space as you move forward on another person collapsing your sphere as you enter.
Another exercise you can practice is learning to move around objects in space as you control your body.
Understand, when you practice this you want to do this while holding the ball moving your body in every possible direction while keeping the ball as best you can in the same place. This will help you further develop the ability to move wherever you want even with direct contact with another person as you enter in on them.
Eventually, you will do this stepping with your feet in every possible direction without crossing your feet starting slowly and then gradually moving faster and faster remaining as smooth and graceful as possible. Well, that's it for now in my next post I'm going to get into another exercise I call "Stripping" which teaches you how to further remove unnecessary movement and over-travel when you move.
P.S. for those who want to learn more about how to develop this type of movement.
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Al Ridenhour is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Marine Corps with 28-years of service active and reserve with multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served as a Law Enforcement consultant to the NJ State Police Special Operations Section, NJ Transit Police Operations Section, The NJ Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, the FBI Philadelphia Bomb Section, and subject matter expert to the US Department of Homeland Security's, Explosives Division. With nearly 40-years of Combative Arts experience, he is recognized as a self-defense expert worldwide and is highly sought out for seminars, workshops, lectures, and special individualized training. He is the author of "Warrior Flow Mind" (2020), Co-Author of "Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guided in Personal Protection (Human Kinetics, 2010) and the Co-Author of "How to Fight for Your Life" (June 2010).
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