Monthly Archives: September 2013

Internal and external rotation of the hips and feet

In previous weeks in which I’ve talked about muscular imbalance, there’s always been a relatively easy solution: stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles until the joint returns to proper position. Sometimes the problem can however be a little more difficult.

This week I’m going to be looking at internal and external rotation at the hips and feet. If you stand up, and both your feet are pointed straight forwards, then they are in a neutral position. If instead your feet point outwards, they are externally rotated, and if they point inwards, they are internally rotated. If people have externally rotated feet, surely we just want to work on making sure we rotate them inwards to a neutral position, and vice versa if they have internally rotated feet? Unfortunately, it is a little more difficult than that, as generally we will need to both encourage and discourage external rotation at the same time.

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King Stephen’s Position on the Eve of the Battle of Lincoln

Evaluate King Stephen’s Position on the Eve of the Battle of Lincoln

The Battle of Lincoln (often called the First Battle of Lincoln) occurred in 1141. It refers to the Battle surrounding the siege of Lincoln castle when Ranulf of Gernons the earl of Chester, and his half-brother William of Roumare captured Lincoln castle and the surrounding town. They achieved this by devious means. Both men sent their wives to the castle for a seemingly social visit, when Ranulf arrived to escort the women home he was readily admitted. He then proceeded to take the Gatehouse with his entourage of guards, and to admit his brother, who was in command of a much larger force.[1] Ranulf and William were able to successfully hold both the Castle of Lincoln and the town itself until Stephen arrived with a counter force.

Stephen freed the town of Lincoln and, with the support of the town’s people put the Castle to siege. Ranulf was able to escape and journey to Chester where he raised a considerable army, both of his own men and Wales, and was able to get word to Robert of Gloucester who joined forces with him to seize Lincoln once more.[2] Together they were able to thoroughly rout Stephen’s army, and capture Stephen himself.

This essay will seek to evaluate Stephen’s position on the Battle of Lincoln. Stephen’s position is a two-fold question. Firstly there is the question of his physical position as the besieging force – a position which is, by definition, the weaker position, and secondly, his political position in terms of power and popularity at this time.

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Dragon Mythology

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This week we have a vary special post. Earlier this afternoon at 13:13 we launched the newest fundraising shop for the Academy of Historical Arts, The Dragon Sanctuary. This shop sell leather dragons and equipment for the keeping and raising of dragons. So we invite you to check it out and in honour of this we have had an essay prepared specially that is a brief introduction to European Dragon Mythology. We hope you enjoy.

The Dragon Sanctuary

The Dragon Sanctuary

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Traits of a Potential Instructor

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This week I am going to take a look at what traits we look for in an AHA instructor (aka: a “black shirt”). A big part of my job for the past couple of years has been the identifying of individuals that are suitable to make the transition from student to instructor within the organisation. I thought it may help some of you running your own clubs to see how I undertake that thought process and the reasoning behind those traits being important. Although I identify instructors across all the AHA programmes I will be focusing primarily on the Combat Instructors in this article.

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