In a recent class, I was fortunate to get some lower-body corrections from my peers and Shifu on the circles. These corrections and instruction have made a huge difference in kua movement and solidifying connection from toe to finger. Would like to share these learnings for discussion.
Start with a(or negative – doesn’t matter) where the hand moves inward relative to the torso. As the hand moves in this is the intent in the right leg:
- right foot spirals inwards (towards the centre line)
- right spirals outward (away from centre line) and
- right hip (illium) spirals inwards towards centre line.
These spirals do many things to the lower body namely:
- force the kua to open – painfully but gratifying
- stop the knee from moving or collapsing horizontally (and preventing knee injury)
- ensure a solid connection from the ground to the hips
These spirals are along the surface of the skin, like electricity moving along a wire. In the second part of the circle where the hand moves away from the torso, this same spiral focus moves to the rear (left) leg. The result of this focus has made the structure much more stable and the kua opening more quickly than ever previously. But it has also made the movement more stiff since the mobility of the kua now really determines the size of the movement. Anyone else have a similar experience?