Dan: You are correct, primarily taiji chaun and kenpo. I do taiji now, but got back to kenpo to help a friend work his techniques through green, where he was when he moved. As for age, I remember when dirt was clean. Drive in movies, paper oil cans, round tv screens in glorious black and white. I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot as clearly as when the twin towers fell. Dang, Im just old
Ok, fair enough LOL.
Im thinking we arent quite on the same page with structuring and pre-forming weapons. Didnt you, as a new martial artist, spend many hours forming your "blocks", strikes, etc. with a lot of wasted motion? I bet, from time to time, you still stand and do these with full chamber and full range of motion. What happens here is your muscles come into play and joints align in specific ways, and over and over you learn this is what an inward block feels like, both cognitively and in muscle memory.
Not so much because we have point of origin, and chambering a lot of times represents something else besides pulling the hand back to the waist. Mr. Durgan is big on letting the movements be exploited for everything they are worth.
As you progress, the inward block fires from point of origin, yet all the strength and alignment is the same. Your body has learned that this is how it is to structure that block, through a lot of wasted repetition. It still, however, looks like a block, even without the chamber.
In basic form yes, but we don't spend a lot of time doing stuff in the air unless it is a form. We spend a lot of time pushing hands or playing sticking hands and learning how to manipulate principles to our benefit.
A push is a bit different. Everyone knows how to push- theyve been doing it all their lives. However, you cannot completely remove the patterns of motion from your hands and arms in that 2 hand push to his chest. In order to push effectively, you will at least partially go through the pattern I described. Try it and see.
Yes I understand that and that is why I don't push people as the first part of an attack. You lose depth of penetration and speed as well as adding a telegraph if done the way you described.
You are right about drills helping you hide intent. However, they should never break your structure. Quite the opposite, they should enhance structure under stress.
Ah but in American Kenpo we break structure all the time depending on how the fight is going. We would be more apt to call it transition than breaking structure though and there is a lot that takes place internally that I am sure you are aware of.
BTW nice analyzation of the locking sequence shown in the videos.
Have a nice day