- Feb 24, 2020
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Can this work? Structure vs muscle? I posted a short preview on Kirin Rise YouTube.
Nice to see that you are creating content again Ed. I enjoyed some of the early Windy City stuff you guys put out years ago.
^^^ When I was a kid I got slapped for that!
OK seriously, I'm also a potter and have been teaching "centering" clay on the wheel to high school students for decades. Using structure, rather than muscle, is as important in efficiently throwing clay on the wheel just as it is in efficiently applying Wing Chun. But I admit I'm at a loss as to see how any of the structure applications I use in either the gung fu of making pottery or the gung fu of Wing Chun (both linear and centerline) would apply to the lateral force applied in arm wrestling! ...Especially if your arm wrestling opponent is elastic and "alive" in his motions --pushing, pulling, twisting and so forth.
In fact, left unexplained, the demo might look to some of a skeptical nature like just another martial arts parlor trick. So, why don't you explain what was going on.
When I was a teenager, maybe...…….14, 15 or 16, I was already a lit bigger and stronger than my dad who was a cranky little engineer from Glasgow. but no matter how much stronger, fitter and heavier I was than him, I could never beat him in an arm wrestle (or chess for that matter, but that's another story).That is, until he it explained to me: When people arm wrestle they invariably put their elbow on the table, take the other guy's hand, and push SIDEWAYS (from right to left). He however, would PULL towards himself, making my weaker structure, though, stronger muscles, try to push force through a reasonably weak structure in a side to side direction that the muscles were not really cut out for. He however would PULL me towards his body in a bicep-curl like motion in which he had all of his weight and natural way of the muscles working. So, while all he had to deal with was my arm, chest and shoulder muscles to work against, I had his arm, shoulder, chest and entire body weight to move (All working in a much more natural action than my side to side action).
I don't know if this is what the guy in the video is getting at, and doing, but I suspect that it might be.
Can you elaborate on what you were doing?
first concept you have to understand is that at no point am I pushing. If I push I lose. That in itself is difficult to grasp.