Sayings in class.

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The first time your opponent knows that you are there is when they feel you.
Don’t be heard, don’t be seen, just be felt.

The moment you react you are drawing your sword! If you draw the sword you had better be prepared to go all the way. Stop, breath, become present, respond with knowledge of what is happening now, not what you have experienced in the past.

Your right cross is your powerhouse, learn it well. Make it direct, fast and efficient.

Your first step in learning physical self defence is learning to brawl better than the brawlers, we will refine everything as we go.

Break balance; use the voice, strike, push and pull.

Touch and unbalance: The instant your opponent touches you have to break balance.

The technique commences the moment you enter the dojo and finishes when you leave.  Everything with in the dojo is designed to keep you present. When you are present in the moment you are living now. This is the essence, this is the truth.

Techniques for becoming present during the class. You will enjoy the class a lot more if you remember these simple strategies:

a. Bowing: Respect? Not in the Northstar system. In Asia, it is a way of saying hello and good bye. At Northstar it’s a great way to bring the mind back to the task at hand: the work out.

b. Kiai: Paying attention to the sound and quality of the voice.

c. The  working surface: Giving your attention to the feel of the feet on the mat, the exact contact area as you hit the pad with your hands or feet, the feeling of the uniform on the skin.

 See the technique from start to finish. Once you commence, move quickly and swiftly with out hesitation.

 Ready and still; Everything starts from stillness and finishes with stillness.In fact stillness is the constant from where everything arises

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