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Work on the ground (including rolling)
For Groundwork, the floor is honest - it doesn't pretend to be soft because it cares for you. It's feedback is just the truth, an honest reflection of your own actions.
Notes from others:
- Your partner kneels with his hands up in front of him. You roll towards him and kick his hands.
- Your partner stands. You roll towards him and stop. He moves away. You roll towards him again etc etc.
Counteracting dizzyness from rolling
- You might want to try, as you come out of a roll, to find something to visually focus upon that's a bit of a distance from you. A wall (inside); a tree (outside); anything that's in a stationary position should help to ground you. It's worked for a lot of people I know.
- People are afraid to fall to the floor because firstly they may get damaged and also because they feel they have lost. This is not the case, but is mearly a direction to escape in.
Start sitting with your knees bent, like you just finished a sit up, (I hate describing actions in words never seems complete ) place hands on top of your knees. Be relaxed and keep a straight spine. From this position you are able to move in every direction and 'cover ground' creating distance between your self and the attacker. You can also initiate attacks or get up easily.
- Drill from this position rolling in every direction, swiveling to your knees and back (something I can't do at this time).
Try placing your hands on your knees when moving on the ground. This keeps you from using your hands to get up or block kicks,etc. Partners should step on your hands if you put them on the ground. Just to help you remember not to use them so much!