Using the center axis as a spool


Using the center axis as a spool

The second movement of the Eight Pieces of Brocades is an excellent movement for training and establishing your center Axis. . There should be no precess or wobble when the body rotates around the Center axis. Any wobbling of the center axis will create momentum that can be followed and added to . This will destabilize your posture. Training with this intention overtime develops a stillness in the center axis. Even though I am rotating , I still have a feeling of stillness. This stillness allows me to receive my opponents push into my root therefore strengthening and stabilizing my posture. The rotation creates a spooling quality in which it rolls my opponent off of my centerline and spools him around my body. When my posture is correct his limbs will fall right into my hands and into a locking action. This is a very useful skill to develop and is one of the first things that it my students work on. This is the application of the principle of stillness overcoming movement.

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