Technique: Spinal Alignment

In most traditional martial arts the spinal alignment is maintained in a straight upright position.  But despite telling students over and over again, many of them still tend to lean forward.  In the video below, I hope to provide a demonstration of why keeping the back straight and upright helps techniques to flow more easily, fluidly and efficiently!

Mr Miyagy from the Karate Kid films
Mr Miyagy with a drum

If you’re an instructor, it could be a good way to teach your own students.

Ironically, it involves using a small drum on a stick, the same as in the second of the original Karate Kid films.  These little toys provide a great metaphor for teaching technique!

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