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Martial Movements Bookmark

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.

Creating good movement habits Bookmark

We can’t really look at movement skills without talking about how movement complexity and capacity is handled by the brain and nervous system. It is our brains that give rise to our ability to move in complex ways and also our brains that allow us to retain good movement habits once they are learned.

Indeed, some people theorize that movement diversity is the reason for humans developing such large and complex brains. 

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.

Movement in the Internal Arts Bookmark

In the upcoming series of articles, we are going to look at the unique movement methods and techniques found in the internal arts and their impact on our mental and physical health and our ability in the Martial Arts.  We will be looking at some of the components of Internal arts methods like spiraling and the interplay of opposites as well as more detail on how these movements deal with force.


Movement is a fundamental ‘must have’ for the human organism. Our bodies are built such that much of our health and happiness is directly related to the volume, composition and more importantly quality of our movement. As soon as someone stops moving regularly they start to develop a host of problems that can cascade into serious health issues.

Movement from stillness Bookmark

There is a concept in the internal styles that movement is inside stillness and stillness inside movement. We could say that this refers to the potential of our muscles to produce movement from a static position, which of course covers some methods. But we can also look at this phrase from a slightly different angle, one that refers to the inherent potential of the well trained body to produce motion using a different engine.

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