Yet it's not.
It's really just simple mechanics. But who would have thought those mechanics would be quite so powerful!
Part 1 was filmed last week. It shows a performance of the part of the form I'm talking about. Part 2 was filmed this morning.
I do the applications slowly (mostly). But in reality, they are, of course, done fast.
Both videos involve some aspect of "stand up grappling" - which will no doubt surprise some folks given my last two articles.
Except that it shouldn't.I make it clear that I am an ardent practitioner of stand up grappling - I just believe that you need to approach it carefully in order to minimise the chances of being trapped into a grappling game and taken to the ground.
This is especially evident in my most recent video which involves a throw application.
I like this throw because it demonstrates how good technique and structure create inherent strength: even if the partner is being an absolute pain and resisting it every step of the way in a slow demonstration, you still win. A large part of the "structure" involves the maintenance of a "C" back shape which I have previously discussed.
When done with force/speed, the throw is much easier. When preceded by a "softening blow", it's even easier. This is about the only time you should be attempting some form of throw, lock or other stand up grapple in civilian defence: the lever should work even when fully resisted in slow motion. Then you don't have worry about using brute force to cover up bad technique. Besides - there's a good chance your technique will be off when you're under pressure: you need a margin for error.
Contrast the above with the "tricep lever" throw I discussed in my last post and you'll see what I mean about tempting fate with such a sub-optimal technique.
The "left single whip throw/projection" happens to be one of my favourite throws - because it actually works in unscripted sparring. And I rarely get dragged down with my partner.
What I love about the techniques in both videos is that they work entirely on "softness" - which is what makes them seem "mystical" or "qi powered". Of course, that softness is all about exploiting your opponent's lines of least resistance and maximising yours.
In particular I like to use the throw in the second video as a kind of test of whether you're able to use your whole body momentum in a synergistic way. One millisecond out of time, one millimetre out of alignment and it doesn't work. This is precisely the sort of "advanced" internal arts technique I spoke of years ago. It's hard to get right, but when you do - boy, it's good stuff!
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