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The Internal Power Training Blog

Check out the latest info and research from Coach Chris' explorations in the Subject of Internal Power.

Something exciting is Launching today in the IPT Academy! Bookmark

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!

 

Begin your monthly structured training today by signing up to the IPT academy.

The Cross Body Bookmark

The final line of connection in the internal arts we are going to look at in this group of articles is the cross body or spiral line. Many people consider the cross body connection to be key to the interesting body methods, load or force management techniques and movement dynamics of the internal arts.

 

At its most basic level the cross body connection allows us to actively utilize the opposite sides of the body in harmony with each other. If you think about someone walking naturally, swinging their arm forward as the opposite leg is forward, this is a classic example of this cross body connection in use. But this attribute of body motion and the associated tissues has a deeper reaching consequence for the internal artist.

The Side Lines Bookmark

In this article we will look at one of the less considered lines of the body, the side lines, and their purpose in the Internal Arts. In the internal martial arts we often see the discussion focused around the ‘centre’, the axis, the root and the arm bridges, but rarely do we look at the sides of the body specifically and how they are important in motion, stability and power generation.

 

The Side lines can be thought of as the support pillars of the body, they are like the towers of a suspension bridge providing a stable side to the body in the Coronal plane, but they actually have several active functions that are vital to the unified body.

The Crotch Arch Bookmark

Across the hundreds of different styles of martial arts, from distant parts of the globe there is often one common posture that is found. It is a posture that demonstrates control, power and security in the legs and is often likened to the posture a rider takes when straddling a horse, the famous Ma Bu or horse stance. This posture so common because it deals with a fundamental part of the body training required in the martial arts, the stable base.

 

This posture, so common to many martial traditions is the result masters from a wide range of styles identifying the importance of the interior tissues of the legs in support, mobility, stability and movement. These tissues are identified as the ‘Crotch Arch’ or in some systems the ‘Dang’.

 

The Upper body or Arm Bridges Bookmark

In the internal arts we often use the term ‘Bridging’ in relation to contacting with the partners arms. But there is another use for this term that relates to the connection of the arms to the torso and it is that connection that we will explore in this post.

 

The Arm or upper body bridges are the front and back connections of the arms into the torso and are one of the major development focuses for the Internal Martial Artists. They are perhaps one of the most important areas of focus for practitioners due to the common misalignment and systemic tensions from poor posture or lifestyle that can manifest in them.

Training the Axis Bookmark

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.

The anatomy of Connection Bookmark

One of the initial focuses of Internal Arts training is to create a body that is connected and structured with healthy tissue. If you look at virtually any physical training methodology you will see the initial sections of their training devoted to alignment, strength, endurance and connection.  Internal Power Training is no different, but the strength and endurance we are looking to build has a alternative quality.


As we have discussed in previous posts, the development of the tissues is required to create the unified body, but this can now be broken down a little further into major directions of expression and the related tissue development that is required to achieve action along them. In this post we will look at how muscle chains linked via fascia form ‘lines’ in the body that are responsible for the major motions our body can create. The body lines are the major chains of tissue that we use as humans, often without realizing.

Using Postural Bias to heal Bookmark

In the internal arts one of the main focus’ of training is to obtain a type of equilibrium.  Indeed, in previous posts I have discussed the utilization of opposites in the body to ensure that, even during motion, this equilibrium and balance is maintained. But in this post I would like to look at a specific method that falls outside of the equilibrium idea. It is the idea of using postures with a bias in a certain direction, or a seemingly un-even position in order to heal or ‘equalize’ a practitioner. I call this process, utilizing postural bias.

 

We have seen in previous posts how the use of equal and opposite action within the body can be used in the process I call ‘pairing’. But why then, even in my own system, do we sometimes see postures where there is a clear bias in a certain direction and what does the term ‘Postural Bias’ actually mean?


A biased posture does not retain its equilibrium. It is a position where we have deliberately broken down the equilibrium for a specific purpose. There are several uses for the biased action in a martial sense, most notably in some types of throwing, but here I would like to explore how a biased posture can be used to heal or normalize problem areas in the body or reduce emotional stress.

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