The things we do for our stories

Idea for a long video, part 2 of my new hip joint series: gripping with the toes, stomping the feet, extending the pelvis. 

So I was lying on the japanese rug in my living room, trying to figure out the next best moves to add to my new Hip Joints series. I was, like, staring at the ceiling, I mean, not like staring staring, but gazing. So I was gazing at the ceiling and thinking, “Oh boy”, and, “Oh boy this is all so complicated, how am I going to break this down into components”. And so I was bending a bit left and right, and had my legs like this and like that, and…

…and you need to know that I made it reading into the third book of George RR Martin’s book series A Song Of Ice And Fire. In the second book (which has 1009 pages) there was a really big battle fought at land and at sea, with words and with swords, with great trebuchets, gauntlets, warhorses, spears, arrows, men-at-arms and galleys and all that. And the battle ended at the end of the second book. But then two years later George RR Martin released his third book of the series, and it seemed strange but there was an introduction in which he wrote

A Note On Chronology

“A Song of Ice and Fire is told through the eyes of characters who are sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles apart from one another. Some chapters cover a day, some only an hour; others might span a fortnight, a month, half a year. With such a structure, the narrative cannot be strictly sequential; sometimes important things are happening simultaneously, a thousand leagues apart.

In the case of the volume now in hand, the reader should realize that the opening chapters of A Storm of Swords do not follow the closing chapters of A Clash of Kings so much as overlap them. I open with a look at some of the things that were happening on the Fist of the First Men, at Riverrun, Harrenhal, and on the Trident while the Battle of the Blackwater was being fought at King’s Landing, and during its aftermath…” – GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

It occurred to me, what George RR Martin wanted to say is this: there was a lot more to be said about that time and that battle than what went into the second book (which has 1009 pages). Turns out his third book ended up having 1216 pages and had to be split up into two books. And for the hip joint series it’s just the same. I have uploaded a whole lot of videos already, but there’s a lot more to be said.

So I was gazing and thinking, and pushing a little bit with my foot against the floor, thinking “we already did that“, and rolling the pelvis “we already did that too“, and tapping the foot, “we already had that as well”, when I started gripping my toes, and stomping the foot, and lifting my pelvis on one side. “Oh that’s interesting. A novel approach to the carp jump.” And then discovered the connection between gripping the toes and extending the knee. The good old flexion-extension cycle in a completely new light!

The rest of the movements came together pretty quickly, within an hour, and then I filmed myself in a quick run through, which took 7 minutes, and so I think I might be able to squeeze that into a sub-thirty minutes video. I guess. I hope. It’s amazing. I was absolutely stocked and thrilled what I came up with.

When we were in the foetus stage, almost all the way back at the beginning of our lives, still in the womb, our first movement was flexion (or so they say), and then there was extension and stomping and pushing (much to the surprise and maybe dismay of our mothers). I think this movement sequence will match our physical development like a tailor made glove, and will make our hip joints and pelvis area feel so much better, and thus give us a wonderful feeling and satisfying experience overall.

What I have so far:

  • Part 1: bringing the foot to stand, gripping with the toes, stomping the heels and feet
  • Part 2: exploring the bony parts of the pelvis and the leg
  • Part 3: pushing the floor with the foot and hip extension
  • Feel the difference in standing. Stomping and pushing in standing.
  • Part 4: same with the other leg
  • Part 5: symmetrical movements

This is never gonna fit into 30 minutes. Never.