[Sorry for the messy title, couldn't come up with anything better...]
This question is rooted primarily in martial arts, but it relates to all physical movements. My personal exposure to it has been in fighting, and so that is what I use for simile, but it is still just as valid if you are to compare it to simple acts such as walking, running, or jumping.
A mentor of mine once explained to me that there were two ways to move your body. The first was to 'push' with your muscles, the second was to 'pull' with your soul.
It was explained that if you relax your muscles and move your 'spiritual body', your physical body will follow quickly, precisely, and smoothly. He explained the concept like using your body as a puppet instead of a suit of armor that is bulky and slow.
I've practiced both 'types' of moving, but it is much harder for me to 'pull' rather than 'push'. My mentor said that the 'pulling' motions should always be used when trying to intercept or redirect an opponent's momentum, and the 'pushing' motions should ONLY be used when one has the intention of crushing your target.
Is the 'pulling' concept really "leading with your soul"? Or is it just manipulating your muscles in a different way? Or is it both? Or I suppose neither?
Is there a benefit to being able to do both? Another mentor of mine refers to all 'spirituality' in martial arts as being gibberish, and the reason that the old / classical styles are obsolete and now everybody trains in MMA. I respect both mentors greatly for different reasons, but I really don't know what to think about their disagreement on this subject.
asked 20 Dec '11, 22:38
Think about any sport you've ever watched, and reflect on how the masters of that sport play. They all have several things in common:
Now, think about a simple instance in your life when you performed extraordinarily well. Maybe you hit a baseball farther than ever before. Maybe you turned in the best musical performance of your life.
What did that feel like? Did it take great effort, or was it effortless? How was your mental state at that moment? Were you thinking about anything at all?
answered 21 Dec '11, 00:36
well to answer your question yes you need both side pull when one is pushing and push when one is pulling. this way you are the master of the dance. has for the difference between your 2 master one see it has martial art a way of life. and the other see it only has a physical competition. but guess who knows more? is it the one that train is body and mind once in a while for a competition or the one that is always training him self with every breath that he takes has away of life(martial art)? has for the spiritual side in martial art yes it exist how other wise you could catch a punch when you do not know it is throw at you? how could you know someone is going to attack you when it is only taking form in their mind? how could you see someone coming at you in slow motion? experience and enjoy.
answered 21 Dec '11, 01:46
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