Quiet day is good. Best thing to do in the morning is practice Tai Chi.
Just kept going with the form practice until I decided to stop. As my teacher said the objective is to practice.
Once done with the mentally intense practice of Tai Chi I thought of doing something more physical.
I haven’t touched the pole for a few months. So let’s get some practice in if only for short time.
Pole practice especially with the focus on just doing a few simple, repetitive techniques is good for practice speed, power and stamina.
We don’t work on one factor at a time. We work on all of them at the same time. Power is only useful if you are fast enough to use it.
And the ability to use power depends on whether you can get to the position you need to be when you need to be there.
That’s why in SKD we will at a later stage learn the long pole that Master Leong taught. It is a very short sequence but that’s good because we don’t have to burden our mind with trying to remember too many movements.
This is part of our previous SKD session last Sunday.
The development of striking skills begin with bigger movements rather than smaller movements.
Why we begin with bigger movements is because it is easier to feel what we are doing. It is also easier to develop power through a bigger motion.
When we can feel what is happening, example how our arm is moving relative to the waist, how our legs is assisting the swing by coordinating the rise-fall movement that allows us to use gravity to accelerate down and use the same movement to come up etc, then its time to work on reducing the size of the movement.
A smaller movement is faster and is more useful when used for probing and entering.