Comparing the Power of Karate to the Power of Kung Fu
The instructors in Karate and Kung Fu
don’t tell you what I am about to tell you.
The reason is simple,
they don’t know,
or if they do know,
they don’t really understand.
Which is to say they surround it in mystical terms.
there are no mystical terms.
There is only the real science of the martial arts.
power in karate comes from:
sinking the weight
thrusting the weight
turning the hips
This is simple stuff,
most instructors might know one or two of these things,
never all three…
AND THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE THEM TO CREATE THE FOURTH POWER!
But this is covered in depth in The Master Instructor’s course.
For here and now,
let it suffice to say
that every move should have these three items,
and in the proper mix.
power in Kung Fu is similar:
dropping the weight
thrusting the weight
turning the whole body
the two arts have the same principles
but they are different in a super major aspect.
That aspect is turning the hips (karate)
versus turning the whole body (Kung Fu)
Karate tends to turn the hips in a tight area.
putting the body weight into the strike very efficiently.
Kung Fu turns the whole body,
which includes the hips,
in a larger area.
don’t get me wrong,
there are going to be some arts
which overlap in this analysis.
And there is a simplicity here
which might be misleading.
But if you look at Shaolin on youtube,
and I use Shaolin as the example because it is considered
to be the grandfather of the martial arts,
you will often find the body spinning in a large circle.
Sometimes it will end in a stance with an explosion,
but the power was generated by spinning the whole body,
then condensing the power manufactured in the spin
and sticking it into the technique.
I have come across descriptions of Shaolin
which talk about the axis of the body
(the centerline of north and south pole,
or crown and anus)
and the rest of the body being a ‘flag.’
And this then gets real mystical.
I recommend Tai Chi Touchstones,
if you are interested in deciphering this.
Touchstones is not totally scientific,
but being translated by a westerner
it is couched in terms that can be taken as scientific.
we are talking two different methods here,
but based on the same principles,
with one of the principles expanded.
Which one is right?
They are both right.
You just have to know how to develop each method of power,
and then know when to use them.
I usually just say
go check out the Master Instructor course.
But let me give you the two arts discussed here.
The whole arts on the courses,
forms, techniques, theory, everything.
You can easily develop the two types of power.
Check them out,
they are easy to understand,
because they aren’t written mystically,
but rather scientifically.
Matrixing, ya know.
Have a great work out!
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