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Intent (as we mean it in this training) is the link between the minds thought to act and the bodies resulting action. Although ever present, there are several ways we can train this link to make it stronger, faster and more direct.

One way is the exercise of - ’move before you move’. When standing in a specific position we can REALLY try to reach into the distance with our posture. That is to say our mind is telling our body that we are really going to begin moving that direction at any second.

Like a sprinter in the starting blocks every fibre of the body will begin to prepare for the motion even though we hold it perfectly still. One benefit of this is that it increases the link between the sensory system and our thought to act. This training of the bodies ‘wiring’ increases our movement capacity, proprioception and sensitivity or listening skills.


Another aspect of intent training, is in the method of holding end positions physically but continuing them with your intent. Much like the classical idea of Zanshin, but with a more focused outcome. (for instance it was one of the ways we used to pin an opponent*)


When we perform a motion from our martial art, at its culmination we continue the motion further and further, but without actually moving.This is like reaching your hand up to take something slightly beyond your grasp, no amount of wish to reach it will get you there, but your body will react by trying! In Internal Power training this reaction of the body 'trying' in response to our intent to move, is one of the of several methods used to trick the body into learning faster. It is a targeted struggle that will create strong neural pathways and ingrain movements more deeply.


A VERY good way to train a movement you may be struggling with!

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