This weekend during training, our group was discussing the idea of dropping your centre. In the video above, O’Brian Sensei talks a bit about the sensation of dropping your centre and how it relates to quick, movements.
Sometimes, it can be hard to articulate ideas about how a sensation feels – it’s a personal thing really; sometimes it’s hard to describe.
I was wondering the other day about the best way to describe ‘twitching’ and dropping. The two are linked, with dropping being a result of twitching.
So what is twitching anyways – as it relates to Karate? One explanation that I came up with is: Have you ever fallen asleep on the couch during the day? You know – maybe it’s a nice summer day and the sun is shining in your living room while you’re sitting on the couch. You suddenly feel a bit sleepy and decide to take a nap. I’ve noticed that sometimes this sort of sleep can be deep, but a bit restless – like you’re asleep but half awake at the same time. Have you ever had a dream whilst napping this way? The dreams can sometimes be so vivid. I remember in one dream that for whatever reason I felt as though I needed to flail my arm. Only thing was I actually flailed my arm – so hard I jolted myself out of my nap! The sensation that I felt was like I was instantly awake – and my arm had some sort of knee-jerk reaction. That’s the twitch sensation. Not sure if anyone can relate, but if you can then great. That sort of instant-on, muscle twitch movement is a little like what we’re trying to achieve when we do our techniques. Notice in the video of O’Brian sensei how he kind of ‘twitches’ when he turns in his stance. The movement is not stiff and ridged. It’s more of a quick twitch-like reaction. It starts in your core (abdomen) and the block is just an end result of an action that was started by your core muscles twitching.
This method can be applied to pretty much every technique we do. Granted, it can be harder to do when kicking – but it is possible and just like anything else, it needs practice.
We should be working towards this kid of technique. It’s faster while being more relaxed and you can twerk your movement, adding KIME at any time.