FORMS TRAINING, ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME?

A short articles from Sifu Chuck O'Neill . FORMS TRAINING, ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME? While I was teaching and also doing my own training I noticed several students practicing their forms (Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee). But what amazed me the most, was that they were doing the forms in a passe way. Just going through the motions, and not minding what they were doing or how they were doing it. I understand that there are times when we just aren't into training our forms, but that should be the exception, not the rule. Most of us don't put our mind and spirit into our forms. But if you want to excell in your chosen martial art, and what to get the biggest bang for your training time here are a few tips to help you through it.   Become One: Connect your Mind with every motion of your body. Think and feel every motion, your body should have a unity that can generate 'effortless power', but look graceful.   10 to 1 Rule: For everytime you do your form at 'Normal' or 'Fast' speed, do it 10 times slow. Now I know some of you are thinking, 'But traditionally my form isn't done that way!', well, that may be true, but if you really want to get the mechanics down, and KNOW where your body is during every motion, do it slow. By slowing down the form, it is like doing it 10,000 times.   Feel the Power: Focus on where your body should be generating power during any given movement. There are several ways to do this, but one of the ways it to put a 'Mind of Pressure' in each move. Meaning pretend there is some pressure that is giving you some resistance trying to prevent you from doing the action.    

A short articles from Sifu Chuck O’Neill .
FORMS TRAINING, ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME?
While I was teaching and also doing my own training I noticed several students practicing their forms (Sil Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, Biu Jee). But what amazed me the most, was that they were doing the forms in a passe way. Just going through the motions, and not minding what they were doing or how they were doing it.

I understand that there are times when we just aren’t into training our forms, but that should be the exception, not the rule. Most of us don’t put our mind and spirit into our forms. But if you want to excell in your chosen martial art, and what to get the biggest bang for your training time here are a few tips to help you through it.

 

Become One: Connect your Mind with every motion of your body. Think and feel every motion, your body should have a unity that can generate ‘effortless power’, but look graceful.

 

10 to 1 Rule: For everytime you do your form at ‘Normal’ or ‘Fast’ speed, do it 10 times slow. Now I know some of you are thinking, ‘But traditionally my form isn’t done that way!’, well, that may be true, but if you really want to get the mechanics down, and KNOW where your body is during every motion, do it slow. By slowing down the form, it is like doing it 10,000 times.

 

Feel the Power: Focus on where your body should be generating power during any given movement. There are several ways to do this, but one of the ways it to put a ‘Mind of Pressure’ in each move. Meaning pretend there is some pressure that is giving you some resistance trying to prevent you from doing the action.

 

 

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