Walking and the martial arts.
How do we generate power in the martial arts- which was the focus of movement for class this week.
The idea, that when encountering another person in a martial arts situation, they are going to be bigger, faster, and stronger vs. us. How those attributes of strength, speed, and size we have limited control over for ourselves.
Some martial arts focus on strength, speed, and size, but what about focusing on distance, timing, and rhythm which are used to counter those physical attributes, and can be used by anybody regardless of them.
Body alignment is the first focus for distance, timing, and rhythm.
We move with out feet, and they are the power behind the techniques (waza).
Working on a wrist lock (omote gyaku), both the upper and lower parts of the body are in alignment. As we take the wrist, we walk in the direction we want to take our training partner. Our feet should face and move in the same direction as the wrist lock.
Looking down at your feet as you move,are they facing in the same direction that you are walking in?
Or is one, or both feet facing in a different direction, or out of alignment as you walk?
What this means, if your feet are not moving in the same direction as your hips, is that part of the momentum that you are generating is not in alignment and is being wasted.
Depending on how far out of alignment your feet are you could also be out of balance, or opening up weak points (kyusho) in your legs and hips.
Taking a step back from all the stuff that looks like martial arts- punching, kicking, throws, etc. it is these little points of alignment and ways of moving the body (taijutsu), that really power the effectiveness of the techniques.