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    Default Anatomical "movement" over "motion"

    American Chúan-Fa Concepts

    Anatomical Movement

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    In Martial Posture, everything is whole body height, width, depth, and weight distribution, sensitive. Additionally, for everything you do incorrectly, there is a correcting mechanism to maximize the circumstances. The position of the feet, along with every other part of the body sends a message of application the body recognizes even if you consciously don't.

    Standing in a bad horse stance with the feet pointed even slightly outward suggests something in posture that affects your ability to breathe by inhibiting movement of the diaphragm. Much like striking the body in a certain posture in a particular place and manner can affect the ability to breathe as well. My teacher called this "Sealing the Breath" because you can cause that same diaphragm to spasm.

    You can check the efficacy of my assertion by assuming that "bad horse stance," and then inhale and exhale to discover your breath or breathing has been "shortened" or become "shallow." Now without changing any other aspect of your stance, drop your buttocks down until it approximates the height of your knees, and check your breathing again. There should be a marked change in your "Depth of the Breath," or ability to breathe. In other words, you have assumed a posture that suggests to your body your intent to lower your height, and maintain normal breathing.

    If you assume the feet without the height change, you have a Posture that contradicts efficient Martial Posture Mandates. Much like Mind/Body Contradictions, it inhibits your ability to function or perform at maximum efficiency.

    In Martial Science, much like other sciences there is a direct cause and effect to all activity and the various postures the human body may assume. Martial Science draws on many different scientific disciplines, but all are in some way related to one another through the conduit of human anatomy. Unlike in the Martial Arts which are subjective Postures, in Martial Science there exists a significant cause and effect interaction between all the many parts of human anatomy whether static or in motion.

    In any examination of the many martial postures and their transitions, the efficacy of its many positions are predicated upon, among many factors, weight distribution and an exacting posture relative to the physical activity at hand, and load.

    The relative position of the feet to each other, and their movement, also significantly determines whether structural integrity is created or maintained.

    Let’s discuss for a moment structural integrity in posture, movement, and weight distribution. Any variations in these categories can diminish or enhance effectiveness on multiple levels offensively or defensively in the smallest of details.

    How you move your body in its entirety, the arms, feet, and even the head in particular, in martial science affects the stability and efficacy of the complete body posture for a variety of reasons.

    For most, this probably is not news. However, what is probably “new” information to most is that some of the basic things taught in most “martial arts” fall quite comfortably into the negative and inefficient category.

    Surprisingly their effectiveness can be demonstrated to be much less than perceived. That is, when these things are tested in the light of anatomical science reality, they fall well short of their well-intended goals. Let us define efficiency relative to human physical activity in general, and Martial Science in particular.

    However, one must be careful because many are now using the term Martial Science in conjunction with abstract and conceptual ideas of execution. Martial Science however draws upon true science of movement, that studying the martial arts will not yield.
    Essentially, the human body as a machine is a large gelatinous bag punctuated by multiple directionally dedicated and articulated appendages, connected by loose and flexible tissue of various density and viscosity. This semi solid shape is supported by an articulated and rigid substructure we call a “skeleton.” This necessary substructure skeleton, supports the human body as the primary load bearing entity, but also simultaneously provides it with mobility and sustains its general shape. It also supplies the major structural frame for anatomical rigidity or solid structure on demand. Additionally, it also provides a degree of protection for vital points on the body. (But that is for another day in a lecture called Muscle Reassignment).

    This relationship between the sub-structure frame, (skeleton) the connecting tissues, (ligaments, muscle, tendons), and the containment vessel epidermis (gelatinous bag) have a constant and perpetually active interaction relationship from one jiffy-second moment to the next. The “system software” or brain constantly monitors all external stimuli from thousands of body sensors in general, and certain ones in particular through the autonomic nervous system. This utilizes a mechanism called P.N.F, or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, (which functionally includes the Golgi Organ) and subsequently makes thousands of minute adjustments every millisecond to allow the machine on one level to function intuitively, and on another, to take directed commands from the central processing unit simultaneously.

    Proprioception and Kinesthesia, the sensation of joint motion and acceleration, are the sensory feedback mechanisms for motor control and posture. Theses mechanisms along with the Vestibular System, a fluid filled network within the inner ear that can feel the pull of gravity and helps the body keep oriented and balanced are unconsciously utilized by the brain to provide a constant influx of sensory information.

    The brain can then send out immediate and unconscious adjustments to the muscles and joints in order to achieve movement and balance. Why has the nervous system developed the sense of Proprioception, and why is it an unconscious aspect of the sensory system? Proprioception, also often referred to as the sixth sense, was developed by the nervous system as a means to keep track of and control the different parts of the body. An example that enables one to best understand this sensory system is one showing what happens if this sensory system is no longer there.

    A male test subject named Ian Waterman lost his "sixth sense" along with the ability to feel light touch when a virus killed the necessary nerves. The man still had all the nerves to control muscle movement but had no feedback from the outside world about where his limbs were except that obtained by sight.

    A normal person is able to move a finger, knowing where and what the finger is doing, with little effort. The normal person could just volunteer the finger to move back and forth and Proprioception would make this an easy task. Without Proprioception, the brain cannot feel what the finger is doing, and the process must be carried out in more conscious deliberate and calculated steps. The person must use vision to compensate for the lost of sensory feedback on the progress of the finger. Then he must voluntarily and consciously tell the finger what to do while watching the feedback.

    By its very evolutionary design the human body unit operates in one of two non-destructive modes, operating either efficiently, or inefficiently. The inefficient mode I have termed “Disassociated Anatomical Movement.” In order to accomplish this, this extremely complex machine has an inherent ability to “disconnect” or create a more loose and flexible relationship between its many articulated parts, expressly for the purpose of performing movements and/or postures not necessarily anatomically structurally sound, but necessary for fluid human movement.

    Therefore, by the very nature of the body, not all movement is necessarily effective, efficient, or even structurally sound even though it may be performed quite easily. This is the reason humans do not move like rigid robots or automatons. It is also, why you might voluntarily assume a posture that inhibits your breathing momentarily. Humans have learned behavior, good and bad and are capable of both quite easily.

    Most modern martial arts place a heavy emphasis on immediate satisfactory results, and therefore usually are conceptually driven. This allows practitioners flexibility to achieve immediate short-term goals of questionable or elementary effectiveness.

    Unfortunately, these arts usually have levels of efficiency defined by some ranking process, and they include belts despite the lack of knowledge and quantifiable basic skills. Martial Arts clearly have taken on a business life of their own. A look in any Martial Arts Magazine will yield pages of books and videos for those who believe they can actually learn this way and virtually teach themselves to mastery.

    When any physical activity is taught with only an emphasis on conceptual movement or motion with no regard for anatomical structural requirements and physical mandates, than inefficient movement is the most likely results. The reason this can be confusing is that most Martial Arts instructors teach from this aesthetic perspective emphasizing the look, or even sound of a movement over the proper anatomical execution to obtain the desired results.

    A lack of knowledge has created a plethora of interpretations as numerous as there are instructors. Thus, the western term “Martial Arts” is indeed accurate because of this interpretive aesthetic perspective. Art, (in this instance artistic movement and postures) is clearly subjective, whereas Martial Science and its proper anatomical movement and postures are not. This explains why one Martial Art may have so many different interpretations from instructor to instructor, school to school, and even student to student.

    This methodology is also inherent in cultural based martial disciplines of “do” (way) type arts that choose to emphasize a cultural and artistic methodology over an efficient anatomical results driven perspective. It is also, an unintentional byproduct of modern, eclectic, commercial, self-defense arts that lack sufficient foundation material beyond their conceptual design, as well. At least the traditional “way” arts emphasize consistency of movement and execution from student to student.

    Oddly enough some of the most effective of these modern types arts are stripped down bare bones courses that at least allow participants to be attacked and retaliate against a person dressed in some forms of protective armor for a more realistic assessment of perceived skill development. This methodology also has the effect of introducing a level of Adrenal Stress to training that is also missing from most martial arts self-defense instruction.

    Subsequently, training in improper movements like stepping backwards into any stance as an example, is an inefficient methodology that is readily revealed and demonstrable in realistic practice and application. Using this most basic of footwork to obtain a stance causes the body to go into its loose “disassociated“ mode to achieve the objective.

    The architectural human frame is designed to locomote forward partly deriving its balance from the swinging of the arm opposite the forward moving leg. Although the body can walk and move rearward, it does so inefficiently and in a definite disassociated mode.

    When you walk backwards, your arms do not swing naturally and balance is more difficult as a result. Additionally, moving forward aggressively without the ability to move your arms creates the same “disassociated” condition to a lesser degree. The principle area affected in all of these situations begins with the Primary Disconnect Mechanism,” the Pelvic Ring. The same holds true in any lateral movement as well.

    However the converse of stepping backwards to meet resistance moving in the same direction as you’re stepping, is stepping forward when you are being pulled forward. Both of these movements are inefficient and must have correcting mechanisms to regain structural integrity.

    Stepping rearward without the mechanism makes alignment impossible. Stepping forward however because the body functions to locomote forward naturally may create alignment, but only predicated on either how far or how many times you step, or if an additional correcting mechanism is involved.

    Therefore, to teach any execution that by necessity requires inefficient movement forward backward or laterally, first there must be a recognition of these absolute anatomical facts, and second a mechanism must be designed to compensate, re-connect, or re-associate the body unit into singular structural integrity for efficient transference of power, or to resist body mass driven assaults. Additionally as previously stated, proper weight, distribution and postures are also mandated based on anatomical parameters, not aesthetics.

    Other good examples can be found in various forms of footwork taught in most traditional and non-traditional arts alike. Lateral and forward movements where feet move toward one another create similar results of instability and structural disassociation as “stepping back.” Although all of these activities are a staple of most arts, anatomically speaking, such maneuvers lack structural stability, absent a necessary compensating mechanism.

    This is why grapplers entertain a measure of success against those unprepared or unknowledgeable. Most are always taught to step back in preparation to defend themselves and without the requisite skills to counter our own inefficient body mechanics, our chances of success are diminished significantly.

    What has happened is the step rearward has created the Disassociated Anatomical Condition, at the hips separating the lower platform (hips to the floor) from the upper (hips to the shoulders) platform, causing them to work semi independently of each other with no shared structural integrity. Thus, there is no significant stability to counter any realistic physical pressure from any angle, and specifically from the front.

    This relationship of the hips to the rest of the body can be explored in another simple observation. When walking in a normal manner, if a decision is made to change the gait or stride significantly, before one can jog or run, a “skipping action” must be made to change the relationship of the hips to the torso. This is done naturally without conscious thought but never the less it must be done to run efficiently. This action is termed a P.A.S., or Platform Aligning Skip.

    In my own advanced version of Kenpo principles in American Chúan-Fa™ we teach a variety of mechanisms to counter every Disassociated Anatomical Movement we may be forced, by necessity to perform. These mechanisms are known as Platform Aligning Mechanisms (P.A.M.’s) and/or Body Alignment Mechanisms (B.A.M.’s), and the previously mentioned Platform Aligning Skip (P.A.S.). Because of their variety and complexity, they are explored in detail in the physical curriculum and are taught situationally within the context of specific self-defense techniques.

    The important thing to remember is that all rules of Martial Science are specific, and therefore apply to specific circumstances. Any variation of any portion of the body, no matter how minute, may cause a complete breakdown of structural integrity, as well as other anatomical properties for later discussion. This means all methodologies have correcting mechanisms to compensate for inefficient movement or improper posture, associated with forced improper utilization of Proprioceptive body mechanisms.

    In Martial Science Postures, there are rules relative to weight distribution. As an example, whenever the feet are parallel, weight distribution (absent a correcting mechanism) must be 50/50. This is the over-riding base for the beginning of understanding correct postures and corresponds with the traditional Horse Stance found in most arts for a reason.

    However, that is not all. The position and manner of the hands, wrists, head, shoulders, fingers, muscle tension, skeletal tension, height of platforms, etc. in addition to weight distribution will ultimately determine whether you are correct structurally or not.

    Having the ability to not only understand, but read martial posture in real time as it occurs is part of the maturation process of a Martial Scientist and Practitioner in and of American Chúan-Fa. This yields information of what a person may or may not do, and where his vulnerabilities are at their greatest.

    It tells you how deep your attacker might be able to breathe, and where to strike him to see to it that he can't. It is the difference between a Martial Artist, and a Martial Scientist. In the Martial Arts, the Art IS in the Art. In Martial Science, the art is in HOW you use and express the science.
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    Thanks Doc!!! Great stuff and gives a little more insight into your side of the discussions for me. Hope to see you at the camp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
    Thanks Doc!!! Great stuff and gives a little more insight into your side of the discussions for me. Hope to see you at the camp?
    Yes sir. I know you already do exemplary work that very few in the Kenpo Lineage have touched because it takes a tremendous amount of intelligence and personal discipline to address. However, I'd like to think that I might be able to contribute something to what is already obvious to me a successful system you have developed. When you get a chance please hit me up at my email address because I need some information from you for the camp dinner sir.
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