Pirou Posted December 10, 2007 Report Share Posted December 10, 2007 So, I've figured something out. Between the time that I studied ballet all through childhood and the time that I took it up again as an adult, I trained somewhat seriously for a few years as a martial artist, in Goju Karate. In Karate (for any non-martial artists here), before any movement, there is a head phrase in which you look in the direction of your movement/your attacker. Then you move. I've realized that I have retained this ingrained head phrase training, and when I go to turn (Piqué, pirouette, anything!) the first thing I automatically do is - the head phrase! It's no wonder I can't spot anymore! It's a miracle I can do any turns at all. They are all happening without spotting. I get yelled at all the time. Do you do this head phrase in your sword training, and if so, how do you separate the 2 sets of training and re-train for spotting? Can you give me any tips or exercises to re-train my brain? It's been at least 15 years since the martial arts training, but it's 25 since my earlier ballet training, and that head phrase is now built-in. I realize that if I don't turn my head first, I actually have fear! To turn, you actually have to go without seeing first where you're going to go! I can't believe I did this so easily as a child! Any tips from anyone would be greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment
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