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Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Nine pearls, three springs, one wave punch, and a lot of chi power, by Gary Kaiser - part 3 of 4
self defence studio vancouver, wing tsun kung fuHere a few ideas in regard to the rising step with punch.

1. The ankle joint which is stretched open during the step, closes to a smaller angle as the knee (and upper body) moves forwards over it.

2. The knees straighten somewhat, propelling the upper body forwards and upwards.

3. The hips drive in and up, moving the torso into the target.

4. The torso expands as the ribs separate, and the main bends of the spine straighten upwards.

5. The relaxed and rounded back allows the shoulders to move in and extend forward.

6. The previously low (protecting) elbow straightens while advancing, eventually lengthening the arm when hitting the target.

7. The wrist moves forwards, transferring power to the knuckles of the hand which in turn strike the target.

Test it yourself. If you keep your elbow low and put your upright fist solid against a wall, you should feel a linkage back to the sole of the foot.

While in this position do an isometric exercise. Slightly increase the pressure, joint by joint, starting at the ankle and moving up. The muscle work should feel even or smooth throughout the different body parts. You should feel a bracing or linkage from the ground to the fist. More experienced students may be able to add a feeling of a spiral (or torquing) motion to the push or power-flow through the body. The resultant power at the hand is magnified by each increment of movement through the "seven joints" (or "nine pearls").

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