How long have we been rolling?
Normally a part of warming up, it’s now been a good thirty minutes.
Forward rolls, side rolls, back rolls. Ryu-sui.
Even some sabaki gata followed by rolling.
At this point one had to pace themselves.
Finishing the roll we all stood up, shizen and relaxed.
Take a moment and feel where you are.
The shoulders, back, or hips. Any other part of the body- is there tension?
Rolling should be relaxed and tension free, moving with a certain fluidity.
Practicing for thirty minutes should be the same as only a few minutes- no tension.
Building on this exercise, I often use it in my practice at home.
Performing a waza or a kata for a few times, I take a pause and *feel* the internals of my body.
Am I carrying tension?
Is there a part of my joints that are stiff?
A brief pause for some junan taiso- martial arts stretching to undo the tension and back to practice.
Looking to cultivate free and flowing movement without tension or any blocks.