Did you try checking your understanding of the post by analyzing it?
Here is my analysis :-
“One of the first wing chun proverbs says:
Comment – This is good, a proverb from a widely known reference standard for the practice of Wing Chun
“Power comes from the ground, a punch comes from the heart”
Comment – Good proverb
Lets take a close look at the first part: “power comes from the ground”
Comment – Yes, this is generally how all good martial arts do it. Nevertheless, a good reminder
To be able to draw power from the ground one must have found the channels inside his body for power to travel back and forewards to and from the ground.
Comment – This is the writer’s analysis. The general idea is sound. Its the specifics that I found a problem with. The general idea is draw power from the ground, well technically this is not how its done, but I can agree with the general thrust of the idea.
The specifics of using the channels in the body is what I have a problem with. Here is a thought – why use the channels? Why not something else?
First, to use channels and I am assuming the writer is referring to the meridians here, you need to know what they are.
Second, even if you know what they are can you really control them?
Three, Wing Chun is an art that is efficient and economical in its execution of techniques. I don’t find the idea of getting the power from the ground by getting it to travel back and forewards terribly efficient.
Just imagine, you see an opening or manage to secure an opening to launch your strike. You have a split second to do it. Can you draw the power that quickly in the manner described by the writer?
If one doesnt have this feature then their wing chun is lacking a crucial element. It’s part of being song or loose.
Comment – I think the writer is presumptuous here. Unless he has learned all the Wing Chun styles that is out there how can he say that the method he described is universally true?
Once one has found the pathways inside their body that connect all parts, then one can let force flow freely through the body.
Comment – I think I get the gist of what the writer is trying to say though I feel he is mistaken to say let the force flow freely within the body. Why? What’s the purpose of letting the force flow in the body?
You would think that as a combat system the objective is to let the body be able to exit through as many parts of the body as possible rather than to keep it moving around. Just consider your force is flowing now through the channels in the lower part of your body. However, you now have the chance to punch instead. You need to draw the power up. In the next second you find that you can kick and you quickly re-channel the power back down to the legs. Can you see why I think this way of using force seems like terribly inefficient.
This is simply kinetic energy and its directed by the mind, maybe or maybe not.. After a while you might notice another energy traveling through the body.”
Comment – The writer has fallen short here. Energy does not happen on its own. There is a causation.
In this case kinetic energy comes from potential energy. This in turn comes from what some practitioners term as store and release, or what I term compress and release.
If you study the implications of Newton’s three laws of motion you would realize that the body at rest is in a state of natural compression, the potential of energy to be released is there. In movement the compression is released and potential energy converts to kinetic energy enabling us to translate it into momentum.
Notice there is no requirement here to use the pathways in the body. This is very straightforward making it more efficient. A better example that also uses gravitational drop is described by Jack Dempsey in his book “Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching & Aggressive Defense”. What we do in Tai Chi is at its heart the same model plus some enhancements using the intent to finetune the process.