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DUE TO COVID AND MANY PEOPLE TRAINING SOLO AT HOME—

I am doing “AT” sessions, that is Assessment for Training for 25.00 a session online (Skype). These are one hour conversations about who, what and where you are in your life and with that- designing a program of physical training exactly suited to your personality.If you follow astrology I will need your chart stats and if not I will have questions about your personal biography- in particular history of trauma and accidents. Of course what you want or expect from a training protocol is essential to know and usually comes out in the context of the conversation. The main idea is to get a sense of who you are and your particular way of being in the world and then providing you with the particular tools for your life–whether exercise, meditation, martial art training, yoga training, weight training, gym, diet — or even books recommended for your own research and self development.

I am re-releasing several old lessons for downloading from dropbox. As regards prices you make me an offer. Also if you ARE training seriously and trying to use my material I will do one Skype session with you  – just let me know…generally I like to follow through with serious students.

1.”Training the Leg”

Because most Asian martial arts orient themselves around leg strength I was glad to finally find a restored version of this – through the plethora of upgrades and computers I have used on the road for the last eight years! This is a collage of footage, stills and written instructions on training the legs according to most traditions world-wide. Beginning with the sole of the foot and working your way up the leg into the back you will get a view of the many degrees of leg training. Sensitivity, balance, strength, articulation are all covered and the final section on perception, stance, kicking and using the larger field of vision to evade are all covered in the lesson. At the outset I mention this as one of four modules for training the body in preparation for being a bodyguard. The other lessons I would recommend to follow this one are – 2. Hatha Yoga for martial arts (especially for the lower body and spine,  and 3. Egyptian Yoga (to develop a wrestlers upper body specifically) 4. The “Gao 24” or “Heavenly Stems” which were the 24 tactics used to prepare a person to study Ba-gua–but which actually form a very quick learn rapid fire commando kind of training with and without weapons. 33 minutes.

2.”Hatha Yoga for Martial Arts”

Diet, sustained postures during floor work, the use of primary yoga postures and timed sound cues allow you to follow me in the sequence (25 minutes) which is excellent as part of your weekly training. Hatha Yoga develops useful strength and flexibility in the spine particularly as related to recovery from training but also useful tactically as your additional flexibility can throw your opponents tactics and power of prediction off a bit! This sequence is good if you want to increase your high kicking ability or develop your low back and hip strength and flexibility. It is not only a good training sequence but also a very good de-stressing sequence for after weight training. The Sun Salutation of Yoga is modified here in a variation specifically for martial arts practitioners. 25 minutes.

 

3.”Hoplite Training”

This series of lessons covers the essential Hoplite work of working with the spear and shield. Students who have studied my article in “The Cutting Edge” anthology with Barry Molloy will see the practical aspects of that academic essay. The progressive lessons are done with my old training partner John Moulton who allows me to go slow and show angle, timing and response. The six foot ash octagonal staffs are weighted at either end with about a quarter pound of weight-to approximate steel/bronze spear heads, so the movements are realistic but done slower than full speed allowing the student to see exactly what is going on. The shields were custom designed according to the shield remnants now in museums. They are hand turned on a special jib by master wood turner Nick Cook in Atlanta, Georgia. The pivoting action while bouncing off the attackers thrust is a key point in the Greek Way since the spears are double headed or have a spike on one end and a blade at the other. Here we used blunt ends for safety. The oversized shields are proper weight and real wood though plywood, so you can get a sense of the mass in movement. The throwing thrust which slides but does not release the spear is also shown along with numbers variations of training exercises with spear and shield in solo or together. If you are a historic weapons person this is as close as I have been able to come to accurate reconstruction. The ideal would be to have about a dozen strong men trained to military precision with the movements to understand the history changing meaning of these movements. I believe that if a person trains for a period of time with a spear and shield they will get the most efficient body habits for training in any martial art or combat sport. 33min

4.”The Shepherds Way”

These lessons look at some of the functional elements of the mace or battle hammer as well as the the staff and the cloak. The relation to the Shepherd is this; Shepherds usually carried a “Rod” which is a mace and a “Staff” which was a hooked long staff. And they wore a heavy cloak. When you protect sheep you are better off killing the predatory animal, otherwise it can return to eat more sheep. So the tools of a shepherd were serious business. Historically the cloak is mainly a blinding weapon which opens the way for the killing blow. And it was practical because often worn and at hand. The movements are done slowly with students of mine with camera angles which allow you to read the action so you can train and experiment with a partner on your own. Movements specifically from Hsing-I and Ba-gua are also used to show the relevance of those arts as foundations for weapons study. 20min.

 

5.”Hsing-I Elements”

These lessons were recorded live with my friend Sebi who was visiting from overseas. So you will see the lesson as it unfolds from the first element, “Splitting” or “Metal” to the last one “Earth” or “Crossing”. Hsing-I was a martial art in the literal sense according to the oral history of the Chinese it dates back to Emperor Yueh Fei and the year 1200. I find that believable due to the simplicity of it’s movements. That being said it is difficult to date any Chinese Martial Arts form past 1600. These lessons look at variations for Hsing-I from three teachers and I explain the differences and show the tactical applications which are war based not sport based, though they can be modified for combat sport. Hsing-I was principally concerned with developing skills for weapons so the empty hand movements are perfected as a means to doing them with weapons, specifically the spear and battle ax. The simple movements can be done by young or old and are an excellent foundation for any other tactical, movement or ch’i gung (breath work) study. 25 min

 

 

 

 

New ; The Workbook on the Hsing-I Dragon. Large comic book format (8 1/4 x 12 inches) for open up study so you can lay it flat on the picnic table or make notes all over it etc! 45 pages of detailed work on the Hsing-I form and it’s lineages. Teachers covered include Chen Pan-ling, Chang Chun-feng, Sun Lu-tang and others. The purpose of the book is to give students clear instruction on how the Dragon is done, how to train it as a specific skill set and the cultural ideas behind it. Rough Draft shown below. Now going to press.  I am working on a separate text for applications though they are discussed some here in Vol 1. The book is print on demand and ordered from Dale Forward at www.daleforward.com. In the future I hope to do one of these on each animal. If you want to do a pre-order contact Dale Forward.

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom of the Body- Individual lessons

These are eight down-loads (via Dropbox) individual lessons ranging from 10-20 minutes on each part of the body going from head to foot. I talk you through each series at a slow pace and you have time to hear the theory with the practice at the same time. The main idea is to take you through the whole body in 8 discreet parts going from head to foot. I would recommend the series as a prerequisite to studying any yoga or martial art as they prepare your body for pretty much anything.

I am presently pricing each lesson at 15.95 each. They can be downloaded from Dropbox, or sent on stick drive or through a pin number to access youtube private settings. If sent on a stick drive I will add postage. Just email me at allenpittman@yahoo.com to get the first one.

***Several people have asked about my old material and this is also available if there is anything particular you recall wanting…just email me with your interest. These include overviews of old Hsing-I (non Wu-shu) and Ba-gua as well as work on Celtic Wrestling, Hoplite Training and Yoga as applied to Martial Arts

 

YOGA NIDRA AUDIO RECORDINGS

Have you ever woke from a night’s sleep still tired? and then gone through the day in a state of fatigue-like a zombie? well that means that you were sleeping without actually resting.  Yoga Nidra can fix that!

“Yoga Nidra” simply means “the harness of sleep” and it is a kind of self hypnosis (you create your own resolve to begin and end each 30-45 minute session. Usually done lying down this series of resolve, breath work and visualization makes your workout recovery time shorter and assists you in deeper sleep. The scientific research on Yoga Nidra was done in the 1970s in India and later in some of the Scandinavian countries. Yoga Nidra has proven itself effective in re-balancing the nervous system and deepening sleep and re-programming the mind. After all, if you are not programming your own mind, someone else is.

These are based on the works of Swami Saraswati-whose book is available through Nataraj Publishing— though I have changed the wording on some the texts as there was some subliminal confusion in the text. They do not use music.

  1. Yoga Nidra 1 introduces the basic components of Yoga Nidra; Resolve, rotation of awareness, breathing, image visualization. Good standard Deep Relaxation Work.
  2. adds to the techniques of 1 ; work with pain and pleasure centers and inner space or “chidakasha”. This is about processing trauma.
  3. adds alternate nostril visualization (better to have done the physical training before this) and alternate visualizations involving astral projection. This is about making the above deeper.
  4. add visualized asana work and movement in time. This is particularly good if you are a Hatha- Yoga practitioner or athlete.
  5. adds specific visualization on the classical chakras–this is for serious students on the inner path of how they “tick”.

I also have a Yoga Nidra download which is very advanced -incorporation Egyptian Harmonics with Rosicrucian Affirmations and the work of Rudolph Steiner. The actual sequence is over an hour. If you are working with ideas from Egyptian Tradition and Esoteric Christianity then this one can be useful.

If you are interested in downloading one or all of these just send me an email and we will come up with a price.