The Eight Pieces of Brocade – “Drawing the Bow like Shooting Vultures” – some details


The Eight Pieces of Brocade – “Drawing the Bow like Shooting Vultures” – some details
The second exercise in the Eight Pieces of Brocade teaches many valuable things. Today we are going to explore the structure of the posture. Students will often ask teachers why some other practitioner does the posture differently. I was taught to always explore the values of a posture or movement myself. I was given the tools where I could look at any movement for defect. Defects are especially important when talking about energetics. I give some examples showing the ramification of the defect. Once you have this knowledge, then you can use it to exploit the defects in your opponents postures. Because you’re becoming mindful of these possible defects your awareness is forced to grow. Eventually you start making these defects in yourself less and less. The result is that you stop offering defects to your opponent as you move. Attempted attacks often hit the wall making movement less and less important. This exercise is also very important in learning to establish your center axis. Every time that I do this exercise I am not only training my listening and awareness, but I am refining the movement of my body around its axis. When you look for the defect in your own posture, you will soon see it in others.

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