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  1. #1
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    Default Cinician? James Shaw

    someone from our GMO brought up this name as a possibility for a clinic. His clinics are titled "ride from within" and incorporate the concepts of martial arts body control with riding. I'm looking for any input - if you know him, have ridden with him, etc.
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    2tempe...I pm'd you.
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    I'd be interested, too. He's offered clinics around here. So far, it doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in, though I could use some "body control".



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    I boarded at a barn that had a relationship with him, I participated in a 2 day clinic and did not find it at all helpful.



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    He is not a dressage rider, or "rider" at all, lol, so don't go in with a mindset of a traditional dressage clinic. He studies Tai Chi. I myself find it helpful to incorporate how a martial artist applies body awareness and body controls to riding. There is definitely a positive correlation between them but you do need to be able to think, and think, and think outside of box. I audited one of his clinics and it helped me in my riding overall. No, it didn't fix any specific problems, just "general" riding.



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    I participated in a groundwork session with him last month, and am doing a full-day clinic, including riding, this weekend. He doesn't teach dressage. As someone else said, he has a tai chi and martial arts background. I found the groundwork (person-work!) very helpful for breathing, relaxation, and body/position/overall posture and equitation awareness. I am generally not into anything "woo-woo" and I don't drink anyone's KoolAid. What he teaches about balance and your perfect position for tai chi and how it relates to balance and position in the saddle makes sense to me. I take regular dressage lessons and I compete as an amateur at first level, but I also think this is helpful for me long-term as a rider, to give me additional tools and ways to think about how to use my position, and where I tend to tense up, and how to prevent that. I have a very bad back and nerve damage and pain, and I am looking at it as something that may help keep me comfortably in the saddle for many years to come no matter what kind of riding I do, and for ways to sit better in my office chair, pay better attention to how I'm standing, walking, bending, etc. YMMV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blkarab View Post
    2tempe...I pm'd you.
    Thanks so much.
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