Wing Chun internal review
This should be Episode 3 Wing Chun Blast with Jin Young
Time for a recap, review, and re-training of old and new material.
Good videos, from a slightly different perspective on conceptual and mechanical concepts and applications for martial arts, not just one martial art.
Target Focus Training’s instructors, Tim Larkin’s group, had a similar effect on me as Jin Young’s instructors had on Young.
This describes more of the things I’m practicing with. More subtle manipulations of power, designed to counter direct line gravity assisted power or bodyweight force.
Dom Izzo is very strong in the upper chest and favors a forward moving mentality, a yang centered application of force. Thus that’s why he doesn’t experience the benefits of yin force (he said so himself one time), which is receding force or absorption. His primary point of power isn’t in moving backwards or indirectly tangent or around a point, but directly straight. That’s why some of the things in the Wing Chun Blast Episode 1 with him looks that way, in the intro chi sau.
Jin Young’s methodology is very strong on the root, so he doesn’t need to quickly bypass a block or attempt to speed eye catch an opponent’s strike, since Jin uses sticking energy. He literally sticks his arm unto an opponent, and controls the incoming attacks that way, by upsetting the opponent’s balance while preserving his own.
Every individual martial artist creates their own art. We wouldn’t call an artist an artist if all they did was sketch stuff overlayed on top of originals, now would we. So every one of these martial artists have learned things and learned how to deconstruct and re-engineer what they have learned: what some call critical thinking or independent judgment. So no matter what their technical differences are, spiritually and mentally their training methodologies are still light years superior than an athlete that has merely copied perfect technical applications and is good at sparring because of it.
One of the neighborhood girls that roam around with their friendship group, stopped by once to talk. This time they didn’t have the boys with them, since the boys didn’t seem like they wanted to get near me or talk to me. I wonder if they know something I don’t. But the girls, one who said she was 15 when some guy in a black car drove up the street and tried to pick her up (yeah), seemed to like talking about the martial arts I was practicing. So I showed her the basic strength against weakness concept where the arm escapes the hand grip by utilizing circular rotation and direct line force against that spot between the index and thumb of the gripping hand. So I gave her a physical demonstration, where her friends watched with interest, and she tried to pull out of my grip using her strength and I merely reset our arm position using my strength. Her face looked like she was really exerting herself, so I focused my eyes at a spot to the right of her head, to avoid pressuring her, and calmly repeated for her to use the technique to escape. She after 2 tries using strength, which didn’t work, finally used the rotation technique and it worked for her. That should have been a good lesson on the difference between attempting to out muscle people who are bigger and stronger than you, vs the efficacy of using physics principles against the human body.
If you watch Episode 2 of Structural Integrity, at around the 70% mark, you’ll see something like that arm rotation escape. A lot of these things I come up with using the base principles and experience working with training partners in dojos. It’s not something instructors specifically taught, it was mostly stuff I re-engineered and tested. Stuff people engineer themselves is very different from stuff people copy from other people.
Spiral Through the Heavens!
I also came to similar conclusions that linear and rotational force equals spiral power. Gurren Lagann and Naruto, believe it or not, helped me develop that conceptual framework, as well as the rotational principle in Target Focus Training. Proof positive that it doesn’t really matter where ideas come from, so long as the engineering applications work. So not only does a physics background help martial artists, but also anatomy, medicine, and Japanese entertainment helps as well.