Learn to Effortlessly Control Your Opponent
What is Zero Point Energy?
In physics, we know that Zero Point Energy is defined as the lowest point of energy any system can maintain and still operate.
The Basic Process of Learning Martial Art Techniques
In Martial Arts (and at Martial Arts Mesa), you begin by learning movement and technique. Then you learn how to add energy to these movements and techniques. Then you learn to refine the movements and make them more functional and economical. Eventually, you come to a place where you learn to conserve energy. Using a technique’s natural shape and function to do the work for you and conserving your own movement and energy down to what is only needed, what is essential.
When training martial arts this is where things really start to get fun because you start to understand the idea of economy of motion. It’s quite a boost of confidence when you begin to uncover, what seems to be, your superpower. Who said you wouldn’t need physics again after high school? Ha!
How Speed and Power are Generated
We know that all motion emanates and terminates within the center, or the Hara. In martial art training “hara” is seen as the reservoir of vital or source energy. In layman’s terms “hara” is the center of the body as well as the center of gravity.
Using that logic, all energy also begins and ends in the center. As you refine your movements, you discover that the movements themselves provide you with what you need and begin to require less of your own input to make them successful. This is why the quality of your repetitions are so important.
It’s like sharping a sword. The more careful and mindful we are at sharping the edge the more efficient the cut. Finding a state of balance where you’re not adding force or speed into a technique but instead, the technique itself is generating power and speed based on your refinement of the movements. Being mentally engaged in the deliberate practice of your techniques will allow you the ability to “feel” this state of balance.
Unbalancing Your Opponent
Conversely, as we explore Kuzushi (unbalancing) and begin to take our opponent’s center and begin to dismantle their structure. We find that we have limited their movements and their ability to generate any power. As we explore and refine our own movement, down to using the most economical function, we begin to understand the fundamental mechanics of motion itself and thereby understanding the most efficient means to limit our opponent’s structure and motion.
Keep in mind the more you learn about yourself, in regards to how the economy of motion works for yourself, the more you learn about your opponent (which I’ll discuss more in a moment). It’s a universal law that applies to all things.
Thus, taking us to the natural progression of using only what is needed to take our opponent’s center. Our senior students, at Budo Shingikan Dojo, really understand this concept quite well and it’s amazing to watch them in class.
Only Use Energy that is Needed
For example, as we learn to control our own center. And begin to move our center in and around points of conflict, in order to obtain Kuzushi and maintain control. We start to understand exactly what is needed to move in and take our opponent’s center. Bringing us to the natural conclusion of; utilizing only the absolute required amount of motion and energy to move in and occupy the space that our opponent once occupied.
Thereby allowing us to move efficiently and almost subtly to take and keep the space once occupied by our opponent and denying him the ability to move or regain his own
structure using only what is needed and running our technique in a state of economy and efficiency.
The Ultimate Goal of Martial Techniques
As you progress through your martial arts training you will find that this is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences in self-discovery. Getting to the point of really understanding the concept of economy of motion and seeing how you can gain speed, power, and control of an attacking opponent is empowering.
The amazing thing is, no matter how long you train you there always more that will be revealed to you and your technique only gets better and better as time goes on. Maintaining consistency in your training, however, is key to keeping your skills sharp.
Come learn martial arts at Martial Arts Mesa a.k.a. The Budo Shingikan School of Japanese Martial Arts. We’d love to have you!