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There are lots of potential applications in every movement you make.
It is essential that you capitalise upon this.
Wasted movements represent a redundancy in your practice. These make you inefficient and sloppy.
Make sure that every latent movement is utilised.
Review the form, looking for 13 patterns. Some are obvious, some are hidden. Look in silk arms and small san sau too:
- every movement has a wardoff component
- large rollback is obvious, but small rollback is not
- many withdraw movements involve rollback
- look for the downward component
- push is almost as common as wardoff
- look for 4 directions of press
- not every squeeze has both hands touching
- pluck tends to be found in short movements
- look for 4 directions of pluck
- virtually every movement entails some form of split
- elbow is very common in the form
- seeing is not enough, consider what powers it
- when can you fold into an elbow?
- many weight shift movements offer bump
- remember that it is not simply a shoulder
- travelling is an option whenever a forward step occurs
- travelling is an option whenever a backward step occurs
- consider holes, options and opportunities
- look for gaps & deficiencies
- when can you disrupt the opponent’s centre?
- empty stances?
- unite upper & lower options?
- knees & kicks?
Form stores & releases power with each turn. Feel how each movement offers the potential of the next.
Cut the circle
Break down each movement to see smaller options.
Form movements were designed to flow together. Consider how the applications continue, flowing from one to the next.
See new options beyond individual movements.
Do not change the movement.
Perform an application using form.
Consider follow-ups that do not involve the next form movement.
Your partner attacks freeform, you counter.
Use as many yielding/chin na skills as required.
See which strikes are possible. Do not omit kicks and knees. Use stickiness to maintain contact.
Every punch can fold
Counter the attacker. Fold and unfold every strike. Deliberately maintain advantage by folding.
Every kick can fold
Counter attacker. Fold and unfold every kick. Deliberately maintain advantage by folding.
Every turn is another strike
Counter attack. Make sure that no turn is wasted. See opportunities for 13 patterns.
In silk arms,
the fist moves very fast, covering both sides of the opponents body from top to
bottom, fluidly changing from straight hits, to sideways cuts to hooks, like the
tip of a piece of silk blown in a high wind.
As this occurs, the arms and elbows appear to be boneless as they seamlessly bend and fold like undulating cloth.
18 April 1995
Last updated 09 June 2019