Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 3 – Stance and Breathing
Welcome to Lesson #3 in your Self-Defense Basics Course! The short version? Stand up straight and take a deep breath!
The long version? Watch the video! 🙂
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Now, for some thoughts from Lesson #3…
It may not be a fancy stance or a fighting stance, but you are ALWAYS in a stance. But is how you are sitting or standing RIGHT NOW putting you in a good position to think, move, and defend yourself or not?
Here’s the thing… there’s really no point learning how to punch and kick if you haven’t mastered sitting and standing yet. A tense and crooked body means throwing tense and crooked punches!
So, before you think about mastering strikes, chokes, and submissions… try mastering your posture. Sit up, stand up, and fill the space you were BORN to fill.
Here’s why… if you hold yourself smaller than you really are, you look weak and afraid. That’s exactly who a bad guy is looking for to beat and abuse!
Instead, stand tall and keep your eyes up. Don’t be afraid to smile and say hello to people. Those are the signs of confidence and courage… most bad guys don’t want to deal with powerful people!
Of course, it’s not always easy to stand tall. When we’re upset, stressed, intimidated, angry, scared, or in pain, our posture shrinks. Our breath changes, too. It might even stop!
So, try this–think of your body as a hot air balloon. When it feels like life is folding you up and tying you down, use your breath as the fire to fill yourself back up.
Hey– did you know the word “inspire” literally means to breathe in? That’s right–the secret to inspiration… is inspiration! 🙂
I know that standing up straight and taking a deep breath don’t sound like flashy lessons, but I promise you, when it comes to self-defense and living the best life possible, they’re both crucial. I want you to recognize that every time you straighten up or take a deep breath to fill your space, you’re practicing martial arts.
Remember this–you are a creature of this earth just like any other. You have a right to be here. So, don’t let anything or anyone shrink you.
Train yourself all day, every day to remember how brave and powerful you really are!
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WARNING: The advice and movements shown in this video are for informational and educational purposes only. Consult a doctor before engaging in any exercise or martial arts program.
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