GrahamB wrote:Nice video Somatai.
Very clear what you're saying
A few questions:
1. The movement is big. Like HUGE - the open and close couldn't be bigger or smaller- I've often heard 'train big, use small' - what are your/XinYi's approaches and thoughts to working this body method into applications?
2. What are your thoughts on staying relaxed? Or not? Or is it just not an issue - when you stretch to the extreme open you can't say it's 'relaxed' - equally the extreme contraction is obvioulsy going to involve some sort of tensions. Is it a question of the 'right' sorts of tension?
3. Is open and close for striking only - or can you use it for other things - like stepping away from a punch or kick? Defending a wrist grab? Defending a strangle? What if somebody is choking from behind? I guess what I'm asking is - is this method used in all circumstances all the time, or is it specific to particular situations?
Thanks for all the comments.
To answer the above
1. This may sound a bit vague but the extreme size of the motions has to do with two things. One is developing the physical body and the length of connected chains and the other is the yi. Once having been developed, you are no longer dependant on the shapes themselves, but the yi is very strong.....my sense of up is bigger than most other folks and so i have a longer line of force available...i will show on video some of what i mean , hope that makes sense....the point of going big is to develop big yi, big and small define eachother so the to characteristics get simultaneiously developed. The smaller/tighter the yi the denser the power....long and short force
2. as for relaxation it comes with time at first you cannot be, but then it is no problem, the strength and connection used is more of an inherent power than a tension, like a bow.....so the top of the motion, the open is about stretching the tendons through the whole body the effort is up, not on contraction.....as for the close and the he it is literally the same as closing your fist, the power is around the hollow in the middle, the contraction is from the abdomen, but it is natural, not like you are trying to tighten, it just gets tight like when you pack a sleeping bag into a stuff sac
3. open and close is for everything, it is how you move, think of your body like a pair of scissors in terms of alternting sides and like a ball in terms of compression, the closing is the ball hitting the ground, the open is the bouncing up and away.
one of the reasons i think it takes time is the physiological changes, my body feels and moves so different than it used to and it is a function the method the body becomes very hard which allows it to become very soft as it takes one to know the other....hope that all makes sense