windwalker wrote:Jaspalfie wrote:I think it would be true to say that a fair few internal schools follow the path of doing external training (through whatever foundation exercises) followed by a shift in focus to internal aspects. I'm just wondering people's thoughts on how much external is enough before focusing on internal aspects of training and if they feel there are consequences for switching to the internal aspects too early or too late?
Just reading the basic question indicates a flawed understanding of what internal / external means and what it deals with.
They are very different paths training the same system "human body" to achieve different ends.
One does not magical evolve into the other as is put forth by some people, each path is physical demanding although some
might suggest that what is billed as internal is not, only indicating another lack of understanding.
The better, more clear question might be what is it that one is trying and expecting achieve.
All CMA has / includes both types of training done to develop and achieve different ends.
In mid to beginning levels of training many things might seem the same, done for very different reasons.
The problem with the "shift in focus" is that many aspects may have already been ingrained and may not be able to be undone if at all.
I was going to say something like that about shifting focus, in the way described - in that I don't really agree with it and prefer to focus on 'balance'.
We have a number of systems that need consideration in a martial context.