If the life extracts one thing, it’s movement.
To live is to keep moving. It takes a lot of courage to liberate yourself from the familiar and seemingly secure environment, to embrace the unknown. On the other hand, there is truly more security in the adventurous and exciting mindsets and actions. For in movement, there is life, and in change, there is power.
In WingChun, how to improve the movement?
If the mastering the technique itself is immature, whatever the muscle is greatly trained, it becomes an unused treasure. On the contrary, if you acquire the skills of maneuvering your body freely, you can generate more power and speed efficiently. For example, compare to the punch with merely the arm muscle movement, you can throw significantly heavier punches; if you know how to transfer the force created by your footwork and bodywork, through the feet, legs, hip, spines, chest, shoulders, arms, to the fists.
For the start, we can introduce you to those 3 basic movements and exercise ideas:
1) Stretch and Shrink:
Stretch the ribs and pelvis apart and simultaneously shrink the opposite side. Remain the center of gravity to the stretched side, that way, you can recognize the power, which you transfer from pelvis to legs. The muscles on trunk can move much wider and more elastic. It can improve the movement of hands and arms, and create physical agility.
2) Roll and Warp:
From the pelvis to the backbone, round and warp the torso, repeatedly. During the movement, be conscious of each spine clearly. It can increase overall leg movement efficiency and enhance overall suppleness, flow and flexibility of the body actions.
Twisting the spine one by one, it’s the movement of distinguishing the torso and leg from the joint, which leads to create the maximum power of human being (Punches, Kicks, etc.). Be careful not to move your legs while hanging on this exercise.
Train to the Mastery for life.
Just to mention a few, you can imagine that there are infinite numbers of combinations and details in practice. Of course, it will not be acquired overnight but we can start realizing that there are more prosperity to be found on the way to the mastery of WingChun along with the mastery of your body. It could take a lifetime and persistence there, but you can improve yourself as far as you train. In each stage, you always encounter the pleasure of discovering more about WingChun, yourself and others, which leads to the passion to do more, and eventually share more with others. The martial artists in the ancient time says, “Aim to train to achieve the peak performance of your body in your 60s.”
Stay in Action and Be Conscious.
Movement is the prescription for creating change in your physical, emotional, and mental states. In a daily life, you can also practice how to manage yourself by yourself. It is like one of your grooming routines: you to be always being “yourself” with no matter the circumstances or who you are with. Observe and take care of the trivial details well, which most people don’t even notice. Think about how to maintain the good distance to other people? Don’t be too close or sticky, but don’t be too unfriendly or unfavorable. Fulfill your role so as not to differentiate and obstruct others. It also leads to raising the quality of movement for itself.
Therefore, you can achieve the status of “No Unguarded Moment“, as a consciousness of martial arts in a glimpse. In other words, you become the one who is always ready, reliable and accountable.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -Deepak Chopra
Sije Yuka Yoshioka