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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.
If we consider a person standing still, at the most basic level we can say that they have potential energy. Stored in their posture they have the ability to create kinetic energy through releasing and falling into a heap on the floor! Perhaps this wouldn’t be such a good idea, but it highlights that even when static the adept has a volume of potential innate to them that is unrelated to the action of the muscles contracting.


Some systems look to tap into this potential for motion from stillness in their utilization of ‘gravity’ power, with falling steps or postural releases creating high volumes of force for throwing or striking. However gravity can also be utilized in a different way. It can be used to ‘tension’ some of the specialized tissue of the body in order to create potential in their release.


If we consider, for example the many tissue lines running throughout the body, the axis, cross body lines, the side lines, the crotch arch etc and how the pulling or winding solo work conditions and develops them. The adept would have trained their intersection at the lower Dantien or center and the entire body will have an elastic and strong quality. The body, due to its entrained qualities, holds high volumes of potential energy.


The training of this web, full of potential to create motion, is one of the first steps of the internal arts practitioner, simply because it allows for the creation of a higher and higher volume of potential power from the apparently static body.


Think of the tissues, all slightly stretched, in a standing post position. The adept is like a web of elastic bands and sheets ready leading to and from the junction box that is the lower dan tien. This idea of all lines leading back to the center can be very useful for creating motion. For instance, we can use ‘gravity’ to act on the center making it sink or rotate. As this occurs and the body is held static, what do you think the results will be in those stretched tissues? The potential will increase and motion can be created in accordance with those tensions when the adept chooses to release.


We can take this even further and move to the level of the mind. Stillness of mind can form movement in thought, which applies intent to the still body, which then creates motion. But that is for a future post ...


Try to find the potential for motion to appear from stillness in your own training. There is another potential, outside of the musculature action.


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