All weight is underside
- Jan 8, 2006
- Reaction score
- North American Tectonic Plate
In short, most martial arts stuff is so the teacher can micro-manage basics, which causes a whole slew of problems for the student, but other than the fact that it might be a good idea to solidify some basics before operating at full speed, there is no damn good reason to stand or use a counter-balance as a base.
Why is standing still so valuable? If you move, you take the stress off the nervous system and the body, and simply continue to compensate in a way that you are used to. But if you practice “not-moving” long enough, the brain gets the information that it is going to have to deal with the fact that this body will stay in this position, like it or not. The result is that the brain begins to reorganize to make the posture less stressful, and hence begins to enervate the muscles differently to aid in maximum efficiency. Almost all so-called internal arts either practice include standing practice, or use simple repetitive movements, through which one achieves similar results, in essence achieving “immobility within motion.”