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Bill Glasheen wrote:The style doesn't dictate how we should move, Shana. We breathe life into the style. Individually we are art in motion. Without individual expression and adaptation, it's all nothing.
Find your own voice, and enjoy it!
Dana Sheets wrote:Thank you for asking this question - it is an important one that teachers and students must deal with....cause the days of the amazon are long past.
[...]The thing to talk about isn't laziness but function. Why are the elbows not touching the ribs in the first place?
[...]part two: the gap between your arms and your body is a shock absorber.
[...]I was shown a simple drill by Mr. James Thompson (a direct student of Kanei Uechi) that he used to help people find their sanchin.
Hold your arms up above your head as if you were a kid playing cops and robbers and somebody said "Stick 'em up!"
Now let your arms drop down in front of you but lead with the elbows. At the point where your shoulders settle down into their sockets your elbows will bounce into an area - this area is your sanchin.
[...]Play with it and as your strength and stretch develop you will find a position that becomes more and more natural that will also become stronger and stronger.
[...]Your sanchin arms should not be supported by your breasts but it is OK for your breasts to be touching your arms while they are in sanchin.
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