The more I practice this art the more complex it seems to become. I had a workout and a discussion with one of my seniors this past weekend and he told me that I should make the hard techniques soft and the soft techniques hard. My initial response to this statement was "Huh"?
He then demonstrated the simultaneoues knee and wauke blocks from Sansei-ryu and completed the techniques by completely focusing his muscles as he finished the hand blocks.
He then went on to say that hard becomes soft and soft becomes hard. Once he demonstrated, I understood what he meant but I then tried to integrate his suggestion into a Sansei-ryu performance of my own. I was able to harden the same combinations he had previously demonstrated but I had trouble softening the harder techniques (such as the crane strike or the three shokens).
So here is my dilemna. As you complete strikes (as mentioned above) I was always taught the focus occurs at the end of the strike in order to maintain proper alignment and powerful finish. By softening the strikes as they hit the target it apears that the strikes become weak. So that implies that the softness must occur just before and just after the completion of the strike. Is any of this making sense? If so, could someone please enlighten me as to the proper finish and completion of a strike for an advanced dan student?