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Switching gears from the recent posts on mind training and associations, lets move back into the subject of tissue development and connection, specifically relating to the back both in terms of health and development for IP.


Utilization of the back and how we can use the connections in the back to transfer force or load between the two sides of the body is a subject seen in a range of Chinese martial arts, in fact there is an art that primarily focuses on this connection, TongbeiQuan. But far from being a strictly Chinese concept we also see the idea in some of the Japanese arts where the Hitoemi or the ‘one line’ concept utilizes this connection.

When we talk of ‘Through the back’ in internal training, we mean the building of connective tissues of the back, the correct placement of the Scapula and the utilization of these attributes to form a link between the hands. This means transfer of load or generated force, from one side of the body into the other is automatic and happens through tissue formation rather than just conscious motion. A very simple exercise to highlight what we mean:


1) Loop a belt or rope around a pole or tree
2) Stand with feet parallel and shoulder width
3) Hold each end of the loop in each hand
4) Pull with one hand
5) The body will rotate around its axis and the opposite side to the pull will go forward
6) Remove the rope and try to create the same response to the one hand pulling back


Note, due to the connection of the hands via the belt there is no lag or disconnection in the action, as one hand pulls the other must go forward. When trained deeply this through the back connection is instant and simultaneous just like the action when holding the rope or belt.


The Primary muscle groups that we work on to connect and strengthen are :

- Infraspinatus
- Rhomboideus Major / minor
- Teres Minor / Major
- Deltoids
- lower trapezius.
- Levator Scapulae

But perhaps one of the most important areas of the back to work on in order to achieve this through the back capability, is the location of the Scapula and how they work in relation to the tissues.

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