Rooting

Occasionally I see demonstrations of rooting where the demonstrator goes really deep into his stance to withstand the strong pushing pressure.

Whilst I have no argument against this type of method part of me cannot help but wonder how resisting this way is useful for combat. This is because a really deep stance locks you into the ground.

In this clip I showed Stanley a simple way to root :-

The method is simple. Just align yourself sufficiently to the ground and move (turn or step) to adjust yourself to allow the pushing force to be minimized.

Caveat – you do need to be sensitive enough to feel where the pushing pressure is affecting you and adjust yourself to let the power flow into the ground. Use the neutralized power to help balance yourself better.

By rooting this way you don’t lock yourself into the ground. You can still move about stance and all.

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