let’s talk about energy.
When a child runs around
he doesn’t get tired,
he just has never ending energy.
He hasn’t figured out how to use muscles yet.
let a child grab your finger,
different kind of strength, eh?
Can you make that kind of strength?
That kind of energy,
and use it in your forms?
Can you sink low in a tai chi stance,
and mentally tell your legs to relax?
That’s a good method.
But in karate there is a better method
In Karate we use loose-tight.
When you do this karate focus thing,
if you can make your mental relax enough,
to command your physical to relax,
then you relax more than you were relaxed in the first place.
Think of standing in a valley.
Climbing a mountain,
then falling into a valley which is deeper than the first one.
Because you exerted extra,
you are willing to relax a little extra,
and this accumulation of relaxedness
is what does the trick.
By tightening exact muscles extra tight for a moment,
(and not ‘over tightening’ them)
and then relaxing,
you get rid of subtle tightness
that was in your muscles,
that you didn’t even realize was there!
Karate has gotten a bad rap,
and the reason is because of how it was taught.
It was taught with muscles,
and over exertion,
no pain no gain,
and so on.
My instructor was loose as a goose.
Everybody else was tight and rigid,
but after he punched,
Not just physically relaxed,
but he told himself to mentally relax,
so he could physically relax.
Took me a while to figure this out,
it is so-o-o true!
So try relaxing a bit more in your forms,
let me know how it goes.
I look forward to sharing wins,
and encouraging other people
to get the true art.
if you don’t know how to matrix your forms,
before I go,
a couple of shout outs.
Hey to Matt Shamblin.
The inexhaustible Matt
is putting together a website
gonna deal with martial arts and yoga
and balancing health and all that stuff,
and I’ll give you the URL
as soon as its up.
Hey to Paul Corrigan.
The indefatigable Paul
has a few breaks on youtube.
I don’t know about you,
but I love smashing the crap out of stuff,
and Paul has it down to a fine art.
Go work out now,
and I’ll talk to you later.
A couple of greetings to people…
Monkeyland be comin’!
You might be a martial artist if…
…..You consider a punch to the chest, acceptable greetings…. for BOTH sexes.