In the last month or so, I’ve had the opportunity to teach two classes using an updated model of direct technique, and it’s been quite lovely. I’ve changed 2 distinct things: using a spiral/counter-spiral test to refine any given technique (as I mentioned in my earlier post, The magic of precision), and using a new scheme of categorization for techniques (which I had simply never tried before). The result is that the teaching feels clearer and simpler than ever before.
And it’s so much more: at first, I thought that these changes would only help me teach. Now, I see that the work is better than ever, and I’m finding more “new” moves than I’ve found in years. Amazing.