Three Rules for Self Defense: Rule Fourteen

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:4-5

We are currently sharing with you several “Rules of Three” that are part of training in Grace Martial Arts.

You can look at previous Rules here:

Three Raise-ups

The idea of raising something up deals with both the structure and form of movement in martial arts and self defense. Grace Martial Arts instructors work with students to improve how they stand and move.

Raise Our Head

Raising our head has to do with correct spinal alignment. Our stances and movements are more powerful and effective when we our spine is straight and strong.

“All movement is controlled by your spine and spine we do according to what wishes. Also raise up your head.” The Chinese Five Word Song, Verse 116

“One’s head is held as if it were suspended from above, yet relaxed … The rise is very important. The chin is a little lower and the eye looks forward…To be a good exercise, you raise your head.” Verse 11

“The movements must be circular, the head up-raised, the abdomen relaxed. All attacks must be balanced, forward with backward, up and down, left with right.” Verse 105

“… by straightening and lifting the cervical vertebrae of the neck. The circulation will then go to the top of our head, and this will help the mental process.” Verse 93

Raise the Palm Forward (as if to push)

“… energy will flow to the tip of our fingers, which will cause our inner force to be stronger.” Verse 93

Raise up Our Tongue

“… to the roof of the mouth. This gives us more energy as it transmits energy from the back portion of the body over the head and down the front portion of our body.” Verse 93

“… the tongue is rolled toward the back of the mouth with the teeth and lips lightly touching together. ” Verse 11

Next Time

We will look at another set of Rules of Three for Grace Martial Arts when our special series continues.

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