Root, not root … structure, not structure.

Practice without hesitating, but with a smooth, continuous motion. Flowing water, shining sunlight, a steady breeze, the intensity of verdant growth in the springtime, or that of snow and ice in winter. Steady, deliberate, conscious. Sentient. Follow the movement through to its end before transitioning toward a new direction.

Root not root. Learn root before “not root.” That is what Wang Ming Bo and Rose Oliver explain is the case at least some times if not most times. Beginners, learn root first before your learn about being free of root. Same thing with form. The physical and energetic configurations or edifices constructed by movement in patterns ad shapes gives you a lay of the land in terms of energy and movement. Once you know the landscape, you can frolic freely within it. This is a safe way of exploring the unknown abilities and knowledge that we are made of. Another way might be no form, only unstructured movement. Learn a form or some sequenced, structured movement, such as basic repetitions, in order to use more of your brain. Unstructured, freestyle movement requires only a small piece of the brain to perform while the rest seems to sleep.

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2 thoughts on “Root, not root … structure, not structure.

  1. I love the way you explain the concepts that are so hard to incorporate into a curriculum where many people are beginning their martial arts journey. Peace,and much respect, lrs

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    1. Thanks for your comments! Like learning martial arts, articulating what we are trying to do is a way of claiming what we know. I like your perspectives on Wing Chun, as well. Would enjoy learning it. So much history in your lineage.

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