In any combat situation our mobility (active or passive, positive or negative) is critical, more in our movements we are able to be unpredictable, fast and constantly balanced, more chances we have to prevail.
In the 6DKF there are several methods of moving:
- Upper mobility (with upper limbs)
- Lower mobility (with lower limbs)
- Stable anchorage (with immovable entity)
- Unstable anchorare (with mobile or partially mobile entities)
Contrary to what we could think, these types of movement have in common the fact that they always take advantage from the entire body, what differs between them is simply the point from which the thrust starts as well as the mode.
However, before proceeding we need to mention what it takes to excel in balance management; in order to effectively learn the techniques that we will describe it is important to train our body:
- To outsource at least in part the soft power (useful to give inertia to the movements)
- To externalize explosive power into smaller space / time (useful to start movements)
- To assume instinctively partly or completely solid states (stiffening)
- To assume instinctively partly or completely liquids states (relaxation)
- To assume instinctively partly or completely elastic states (loading and unloading)
- To assume instinctively partly or completely fluid states (dispersion)
- To keep our center of gravity in constant dynamic equilibrium
- To manage the dynamic space around us precisely (where we are, where we want to go, what elements come into play, etc.)
The more these skills are developed, the more we will be able to move in a fast and unexpected way, to change direction abruptly and (above all) to always be in favorable positions of attack / defense.
Probably the introduction of so many concepts may have created some doubt but in the next few articles of this series will describe in detail and with practical examples the four types of mobility that we have mentioned.
As we have seen, there are several categories of exercises for the development of the "soft power", the first one we analyze belongs to the group of air movements.
The practice we are going to describe is called "wind wake" and it is (initially) simple:
- Let's take 2 strips of cloth with a length equal to our height
- Let's tie the 2 ribbons on our wrists
- Let's perform the Dragon Motion (which we have already spoken)
- Let's try to avoid the bands to overlap or get caught
- We do not have to forget to use the whole body, combinations, etc.
- Let's always imagine to face an opponent or multiple opponents (attack and defense, we do not do juggling)
- Let's try sometimes to release big power after a rotation
- The exercise can also be performed with legs and ribbons tied to the ankles (harder)
- When the quality of our movements is very stable we can start to tie small weights (eg. gravel) at the end of the cloth tape (advanced level)
- After a lot of practice we can increase the weights and / or replace the ribbons with ropes or chains (for expert practitioners only)
- It makes no sense to go ahead of time with the use of heavier and more dangerous tools, first we have to master a perfect movement
- Only when we have the right mobility we can think about evolutions (and only if we can maintain a certain quality of movement)
- In particular for handling the chains on our wrists and / or ankles it takes years of practice and a soft power very well defined
Immediately this simple practice will allow us to have full visual control:
- On the quality of our movements (accuracy, direction, etc.)
- On the difference of power of our movements
- On all the details that we have described in the article "How to combine softness and power" and "How to Improve the 6DKF's Dragon Motion"
In the long run this practice will make us able to handle much of the power that before, without realizing it, we have wasted: for this reason we must pay attention to this new type of force when interacting with other people (also and especially in everyday life).
In the next article of this series we will see other exercises (water movements).