In karate displacements , we must be very fast to surprise the opponent. However in karate, we must also be very stable on our positions in order to be able to efficiently transmit the energy of the Hara towards the point of impact.
So to create a displacement, there will have to be breaking of balance. We will have to move from a very stable position where we are anchored on the ground to a very fast moving state to finish again on a very stable position.
It is a permanent alternation between states of fast movements and states of very strong stability.
We will try here to clarify this principle of "letting go".
What is the principle of "letting go"?
To fully understand the principle of "letting go", we will imagine our center of gravity, located in the Hara, as a ball of energy. Be careful, there is nothing spiritual about it, it is really from this center that will leave each technique.
You feel it in the belly by contracting the transverse muscles (deep abdominal muscles) and the pelvic floor muscles.
Once you feel your center and visualize it as a ball (or ball), you will ask yourself this question:
What should I do if I squeeze a ball in the hand and want to hit it to move it very fast? ...
All tennis players know the answer, of course:
I must first let go.
And yes, if you try to hit a ball without letting go you will not succeed because the movement will be hindered by your decision. First you have to drop the ball and then hit it. The ball must be suspended in the air to be able to strike in it.
For our displacementit's pretty much the same thing, you're going to consider your center of gravity like a ball.
Well, just before you push on the back leg, you will let go, that is, you will stop being very stable. Your hips relax so as not to hinder movement.
Warning, I said well "Letting go" and not releasing it " : The hara remains under tension, but you do not hold it anymore, as if you fall on the spot. You let go of the grip you have on your center of gravity, but it remains strong to be able to generate the explosive energy in the back leg.
Imagine that your center of gravity only holds by a thread, nothing prevents it from moving. At this point, the push on the back leg will have the same effect as the racket on the ball in the air, it will create a very fast movement in the desired direction.
This " let go Is almost simultaneous with the thrust, it intervenes only a fraction of a second before the displacement. It's a bit like dropping on the spot, but as soon as you're down a millimeter you push on the back leg.
I schematize and I try to find striking images (if I may say ...) because all this is not easy to explain and even less to understand. I hope not to confuse you too much
We will try to understand otherwise:
Imagine a cyclist : What do you think is the most difficult and especially the fastest: 1 - to cross a bump (rise and descent) ou 2 - to cross a valley (descent then climb)?
- In the first case, it must make a big effort to climb the coast and only then can accelerate in the descent.
- In the second case, it can accelerate from the start in the descent and use the stored energy to easily climb the slope.
In the end, he will use less energy in the second case and will have less time. The second case is undoubtedly the fastest and the least tiring (Being a cyclist myself, I know what I'm talking about ;-))
In fact by letting go and falling on the spot just before moving, we will use the gravitational force (to make it simple: our own weight!) to accelerate our movement (like our cyclist who accelerates in the descent).
Suddenly the trajectory of our center of gravity will be slightly curved. The hips go down slightly in the first part of the movement.
Attention, when I say " let go"I do not speak of a mental or physical state in which one abandons oneself. On the contrary, we always remain in a state of active vigilance (Zanshin) but we let go willingly the grip that one has on its center of gravity to allow a quick movement. There is a break in the balance.
All this is done very quickly and is hardly seen from the outside.
Well, I think now is the time to practice because what matters is that you feel this principle and the video should help you.
Do not forget to do some joint, muscular and cardiovascular heating, by downloading my book for free: The ABC of warm-upsThen I'll meet you on the tatami mats.
Here, I hope you have grasped the principle of "letting go". Work all the time, in Kihon, Kata, Kumite ... but also in your everyday life ...
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