Physical exercise can be highly structured and formatted with sets, reps with a contrived movement. Have you ever tried to simply MOVE in the moment according to intuition? Freestyle movement reveals an individual’s primal instincts. When instincts are nurtured, they develop into true and honest styles of expression. This has been a valuable lesson for me in my life.
To quote Bruce Lee,
“The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement.
A good Martial Artist does not oppose force or give way completely. He is pliable as a spring; he is the complement and not the opposition to his opponent’s strength. He has no technique; he makes his opponent’s technique his technique. He has no design; he makes opportunity his design.
One should not respond to circumstance with artificial and “wooden” pre-arrangement. Your action should be like the immediacy of a shadow adapting to its moving object. Your task is simply to complete the other half of the oneness spontaneously.
In combat, spontaneity rules; rote performance of technique perishes.”
Below are some videos of my “freestyle” movement practice.
- Dynamax Medball Flow Freestyle
My wife is always inspiring and pushing me further. She recommended I “freestyle” my medicine ball exercises into ONE big flow. This approach of “no-approach” was very liberating.
- Jump Rope Freestyle
This day, I decided the beach would be a great location practice my jump rope skills and footwork. The goal was to try as many tricks without ‘breaking’ the rope. That was fun!
- An Unexpected Run at Torrey Pines State Beach
My client needed to cancel our session last minute so I went to Torrey Pines State Beach to run up the hill a few times. Not on the schedule but it worked out. What an amazing view!
- Paralettes Freestyle
Getting creative and thinking outside the box with this movement freestyle. My wife’s brilliant idea this time was to use the p-bars as hurdles. “Just flow with it”, she said. So I did and it was a just as much a mental workout as a physical one.
Please comment below and share your freestyle practice. Shoutout to Sueng Eun Kim for the cool Bruce Lee art. Check him out at https://kse332.deviantart.com/