being flexible

Be flexible. It came to my awareness the difference in the capacity of my skills relative to those of my cohorts. the difference is in the ability to be flexible.

During my prime, I used to stretch a lot, before class. I did my own usual warm ups. and I stretched and stretched myself. every single muscle I can find to stretch, I stretch them. Then I joined some other martial arts and learned other forms of stretching, and incorporate them. In doing so I also learned new ways and range of movements the body and joints have, and properly prime the body to undertake a high stress situation.

That was my foundation, laid by myself in the past, which prepared the present me to do what i can do. There is no magic. Its all and investment paying its dividend now, although I stretch less than what I did  when i was younger, and I am a lot stiffer now, some how the memory of that flexibility remains, and no matter how Harry sensei throws me, i will somehow find a way to land safely, or minimize injury.

The other form of conditioning that I feel is essential is core strength. the trunk of the body, connecting the legs and the upper torso. I felt that when I am taut in the mid section, I am able to project strength consistently. It also allow me more control over my ability to flex. Call it being centred or concentrating on my one point, physically if i am tight in the abs, i can will my body to enhance its capability.

 

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About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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