- Sep 21, 2005
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- San Francisco
Yeah, the way we do our forms, they are a very functional training tool. I think that often people focus on what the form looks like, and that is their interpretation of doing it right. But if they don’t focus on the deeper physicality of why it looks like it does and how do you correctly get to that position or posture or technique, then there is a real chance that it looks good superficially, but misses a lot underneath. It’s a corvette on the outside, but somebody put a lawnmower engine under the hood.I'm 'with you on this one. When forms are performed without focus of function then the form loses it's meaning and students lose the understanding of it. Sort of like what has happened with Tai Chi. Many people can do the form but not tell you the application and because of the lack of that knowledge stances and body positioning are often incorrect.
This is what Tai Chi is for some (video on page). It totally misses the mark with the first sentence in the video.
Video: Tai chi
A different video that misses the point too on so many levels. First time I've heard Tai Chi as being like ice cream and cake.
I didn't watch the whole video.
I think many people see forms as a catalog of techniques to remember. For me, it’s deeper than that. I think what is often overlooked is the how, in how is the technique in the form done properly. A punch is more than just, throw your fist out in this or that direction.