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Switching gears away from intent training, but in a related vein, in this post we will be exploring how different types of movement can create opportunities and effects in a Martial Exchange.


The study of the mechanics found in the combat arts is, at its core, the search for efficiency in dealing with forces. These could be forces acting upon us, or forces that we produce to act on others. Forces as we mean them here encompass all possible martial tactics and motions, be that the forces produced from Grappling with a partner or the concussive forces created through striking or impact.


How we move, and using which principle, will have wildly different implications for the interaction with the partner or opponent. The situation dictates the type of motion that is appropriate but it is fair to say that our aim is almost always to maximize the how our force is perceived by the opponent. Here we will explore some of the ways in which forces can be created or applied in general terms, the types of power we see in the fighting arts and their utility to the various combative fields.

Following the lines of intent Bookmark

In the last few articles we have looked at ‘Intent’ and its physiology as it relates to the internal arts, so in this article I will provide a couple of practical ways in which we can practice following the line of our intent to improve our movement.

There is a saying in the internal arts that one ‘follows the line of intent’, this is the process of moving in accordance with our will to act using the Intent as the link between the mind and the motion. But there is more to this concept than simply following how we would like to move.

Moving from the Centre Bookmark

The first topic I would like to cover is one that we see presented as central to almost all of the internal arts, and in fact, many of the external arts as well, the concept and practice of ‘Moving from the centre’. This idea has permeated the martial arts for centuries and is at the very core of some of the most famous martial styles, from old styles of KenJutsu to relatively modern arts like I Chuan, the concept, practice and methods of moving via the centre are widespread and deeply rooted.

Academy Update Bookmark

I have just updated the Academy with new videos on the following subjects :

 

- Vertical Dan Tien Rotation

- Crotch Arch Training

- Pulling Step Training

- Hand And Wrist connection

- Dragon Body

- An overview of Pulling Silk.

 

Join today to view these updates. Many more to be added in the coming weeks.

 

Happy training all.

Moving Slowly to be Fast Bookmark

When we think of the Internal Arts we often think of the slow motion practice or people standing in static postures but there is an interesting phenomena related to these practices. One which we see in combative exchange but is not immediately apparent in these fundamental training methods. This is the ability for some internal artists to move at blindingly fast speeds even though much of their training can be focused moving slowly.


How does static posture training or slow movement practice actually increase the speed of the practitioner? The two ideas seem to be at odds!

There are several factors at play here but first we can say that moving slowly or holding a static position makes us better able to recognize precisely how much effort is needed to perform a given action.


There is a physical law known as the Weber Fenscher Law which states:


’The higher the speed of a given movement, the less able we become to recognise the power required to perform it.’

The Harmony of Opposites in the Body Bookmark

So moving on from the previous post on the action of the Ming Men, we are now going to look at a technique that allows practitioners to create movement and force within their own body. A method that utilizes the Ming Men as well as its opposite counterpart the QiHai, a method I call ‘Pairing’.

 

In this method we use the front and back of the Lower Dan Tien or Taren, in harmony with one another. It is this complimentary harmony of opposites, a pair of actions happening simultaneously but in opposition that gives this method its name. It is not a singular direction or motion but a 'Pair' of actions creating 'one' result. The Ming Men and Qi hai are the origination and termination points for the harmonized opening and closing in of the torso we will talk about in this post.

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