Check out the latest info and research from Coach Chris' explorations in the Subject of Internal Power.
Today we launch our NEW 'Monthly Training plan' in the IPT academy. This is a specially designed Monthly, follow along program, created to help members run from the most basic fundamental concepts of IPT right through to the more advanced methods like the Silk reeling or cloud hands concepts.
Every month the training plan for the next month will be posted and will include:
- An overview of the months training, including goals and objectives
- All the instructional videos relevant to that months program
- How much you should train and how long you should focus on each technique
- Bonus recovery and rest techniques and methods.
- Things to avoid while training for that months goals and objectives.
This Month the focus is on understanding the theory of IPT training and performing a daily routine of Softening, alignment, Kwa training and variations of the dragon serves teacups exercise for shoulder prehab/rehab.
If you want to start a structured, regular routine of internal training that has proven results now is the time to join the growing group of members. This is Monthly Detailed instruction for less than the price of a couple of Starbucks!
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The idea of raising the breath is one that we see in a number of internal arts. It can normally be observed in new students where they are puffing the chest up, breathing very shallow using the chest and pressurizing their upper body, especially during complex motion where they might need to think hard about what they are doing.
The breath is intimately linked with Internal Practices. Almost all of the internal practies i have researched or encountered have a very close relationship with the breathing system.
Obviously without breath we would not be around to practice, but why is this part of the body process so deeply focused on in the internal arts? Over the next few posts we will be examining a small section of this very large topic!
But firstly and practically, we can say that the breath is a very useful tool to lead relaxation and to remove unwanted tension. When we ask someone to relax, one of their natural responces (if they are not thinking too hard) is to let out their breath. This is the natural way for us to release tension.
In a step away from the mechanics of internal power, this post will deal with a subject that I come up against time and again in the internal arts community. A subject hotly debated but rarely agreed upon. The subject of ‘chi’.
More specifically I would like to address my apparent rejection of ‘Chi’ as a useful term in my writings and teachings.
It would be fair to say that for many years, the idea of Chi and the use of the term was a part of my practice. I had some teachers who would use the term regularly to describe feelings experienced during practice or to explain how they were able to create certain effects in a partner. So why do I so rarely use it now in my teachings or practice?
Following on from the previous post we are now going to dig into the relevance of specific lines for internal arts movement, power and methods and we will start with perhaps the most important of all the lines the Axis.
The Axis can describe several things in the internal arts, from the conceptual ‘center line’, to the spine itself, to the tissues of the central channel of the body. All of these definitions have their place and purpose, however much of the time we see them intermingled or used in conjunction with each other. The process of producing the spine wave for instance is not solely a spine related endeavor, instead needing the action of the deep tissues of the torso in order to create the action. Rotation of the torso to equalize incoming forces does not only related to the turning of the body around a conceptual center line but also how the spine flexes and how the tissues twist during the demand.
In the internal arts there is a method for identifying the relationship and the role of our major body joints known as the '3 external harmonies' or sometime the '6 harmonies' depending upon the tradition. These are the Wrists to the Ankles, The Knees to the Elbows and the Shoulders to the Hips.
There are several idea's linked to this association. But two of the major ones explain how the joints align with each other and then their related role within the body.
In terms of alignment, operating outside of our natural joint position or range of motion is a very common cause of joint problems and postural misalignment. People used to leaning on one leg when they stand still will develop problems in one hip and a lopsided gate. Having an acute sense of the position of our major joints in relation to their counterpart will help us to recognize these very clear problems and adjust our posture accordingly.
But we can go slightly further with this awareness and talk about the actual Role of the joints themselves.
So first we say that the Shoulders and hips are 'Mobility' joints. They control the overall mobility of the limb. If you want to touch something in front of you, it doesn't matter how much you can move the elbow and wrist if the shoulder is locked in the down position.
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