Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Strike Again Harmonious Fists

Let's say that everything has a tempo.

I find patterns instructive and powerful tools for learning especially within beatings. For practice, getting a rhythm going just seems to create an expansive, hypnotic feeling. It's where you can let go of what's going on, step outside of yourself and look at what's going on in an objective fashion. Of course, I realize that this same pattern is the direct cause of problems in sparring or other one/two step applications because it builds up an almost neural pattern - a trap of repetitive training.

Last night I realized that without Nilon we established an otherworldly tempo of counting during the warm ups. Even if everyone finished the move at a different time the counting was always on the mark.

Later when we were doing partnered punching and movement drills I noticed the detrimental side of the rhythm. If a person has no rhythm then long-term drilling is subject to constant failure. It wasn't helped by me constantly stopping Older Sister and telling her to step and then punch. She punches with such confidence and vigor that I think she is more experienced than she is. She still makes the mistakes that everyone does...


Anonymous said...

Yea it's funny, if you let a class establish a steady rhythm, the blocks start to move even before the punches because everything is so set up. You lose that air of spontaneity.

I usually like to let attackers set their own sporadic pace, and even vary up targets as the drills progress.

Potatoe Fist said...

Our Teacher often has us shift patterns to get us out of the rhythm. But usually after we've set a rhythm up. Hah hah.

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