Exploring centers – Some Posture testing examples
Posture testing is a constant method in exploring every movement-based exercise that we would do training under BP Chan. Traditional standing practice exists within most martial arts. This practice helps one to explore their body by standing in various postures. The postures may be explored only if we actually “stand like a balance, turn like a wheel”. Mr. Chan used to say ” I train this because I want to knowing who’s hand this is” . He was referring to the fact that when in standing positions he could reach out and touch his wrist without pulling his body out of center, but if he reached out to touch his hand, it would pull him out of center. Center can be explored by first standing like a balance and then adjusting various parts of your posture and listening to your feet for center. The following example has me showing several different posture’s and some of the common things that one may discover while training in those postures. This is one of the most basic elements of the standing practice. If you cannot feel that your posture is out of center and you start looking inward for Chi , you are very likely to collapse your posture. BP Chan would say “you have to fix the pot before you can cook in it”.