Category: Measuring Progress

Posts highlighting the way our martial arts movement focuses students on life-long learning and not just collecting martial arts ranks or belts.

Milestone 5: Centered There is no spoon (?) There is a wonderful scene in the 1999 film, the Matrix, where a young student teaches the hero to look past the superficial to see the truth of what makes things really …

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 Milestone Four: Connection Witchcraft! Aikido-Jedi-Mind-Tricks! When you attack, are you soft and fluid, or rigid and quick?  When defending, are you able to move slowly and calmly with freedom, or do you move quickly and suddenly? Are you able to …

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 Milestone Three: Energy What goes around, ALWAYS comes around Do you demonstrate aware, sincere, and controlled attacks? As you practice ukemi (tumbling, falling, rolling, receiving attacks), are you aware of your shape and your movements?  Is your ukemi soft and fluid? …

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Milestone Two: Motion Just keep moving … Just keep moving! In responding to attack, are you able to keep your structure and shape intact throughout movement?  Are you able to change your shape to meet the needs of your situation? …

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Milestone One: Shape(s) Circles! Triangles! Squares!  Oh Myyyyyyyyyyyyy! Are you able to create a cohesive and stable structure out of your body’s various parts, unting your arms and legs with your center (hara)?  Can your body recognize the core shapes …

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These milestones are some of the core areas of martial arts content every martial artist works on improving. We are all on the same martial arts learning curve; the same loop of success and frustration.  These aren’t improved on a straight line, but …

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