Tye's Kung Fu
Kings Park Park
8717 Trafalgar Ct.
Springfield, VA 22151
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7 Attitudes for Better Forms
One must be relaxed all throughout one's body, except
for the areas
directly involved with the current movement at hand. No extraneous tenson
is allowed - if it is present, it will detract from the efficacy of the
One must maintain a good connection with the ground.
The idea is to do the
technique with the aid of the ground. This obviously requires good
balance, as well.
One must strive to perform each movement in as exact a manner as
mimicking what has been shown down to the smallest detail. Remember to
be careful that this includes the correct timing.
One must also strive to capture the spirit of the movements.
at the timings, subtle gestures, and facial expressions of your instructor.
One must "see" one's opponent, even if it is for a solo form.
It is a waste
of time to perform the movements without visualizing your opponent - there
is no purpose without visualization.
One must maintain proper focus at all times.
Look at your targets. Make
your intent obvious for all to see. It's not enough to merely walk through
the movements - you must practice as if you are actually applying the movements
against a real opponent.
One must always be aware of one's surroundings.
While you are practicing or
performing, you must be alert to what is going on around you. You must be
ready to adapt at all times, i.e. making sure not to slip, you have enough
room, you won't hit the dog that just walked next to you, etc.
As you can see, these seven points all build upon one another. They are either
extensions of the previous points, they go hand-in-hand with the previous
point, or the previous point is required for the
current point to work. These are simply the most basic attitudes one must
maintain to get the most out of forms work. No doubt each instructor and
each style will have many more additions and refinements.