Practice your self defence applications with your arms relaxed besides your body (not just from an on-guard position).
Archives for September 2011
I’ve heard of monkey Kung Fu, but I think this monkey is making a monkey of monkey kung fu 🙂
So far so good. My knees are holding up since I’ve got back into training the 360 degree spins on one leg.
My right leg can now do a 360 spin but I’ve only managed to do a 270 degree spin on my left leg. It’s still a bit wonky but with a bit more practice I’ll get a 360 spin in.
The 360 degree spin on one leg is part of my Tai Chi form and in the past I have practiced it in two parts to avoid further straining my knee. A 180 turn, pause and another 180 turn to complete the 360.
What I do now is practice in my socks indoors and do eight repetitions daily on either leg and pay particular attention to each part of the spin – relaxation, balance, kwa, rotation.
I’m determined to build up to 360 degrees without wrecking my left knee.
Only 90 degrees to go!
I was working on a Tai Chi self defence application in front of a mirror the other day which involved a low kick, parry and strike at virtually the same time.
As I did this I noticed and felt off balance performing this Tai Chi application.
Well, I was too focused on the strikes and paid little attention to balance just like most beginners would do.
To correct this mistake I focused on sending the Chi down the supporting leg and deep into the ground rather than in the direction of the striking hands and kicking leg.
As soon as a I did this I felt anchored to the ground and the following repetitions felt smooth and natural.
It just goes to show that no matter how many times you practice a skill you still need to be observant and be able tap into the feel of a techinque so you don’t drift into errors.
Learning is a treasure which follows its owner everywhere