Practicing Okinawan karate as an internal art?

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Practicing Okinawan karate as an internal art?

Postby Ryokan » Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:00 pm

Hi guys,

I've always been interested in the more internal arts (aikido in particular), but by chance and fortune, ultimately ended up in Kouburyu and then Goju-ryu.

I see some of the regulars on this forum talk from time to time about the internal aspects of the art, but I was wondering if there are simple practices that kyu levels can use to work on this?

Thanks!
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Postby Ted Dinwiddie » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:54 pm

Practice your basic movements/techniques and kata VERY slowly. Breath with the movements - exhale with movements away from your center inhale with movements towards. Feel your balance. Visualize the spine as a stack of quarters and try to move in a manner that keeps the stack straight. Feel for the power in the movements; the focus points. Feel for tension that is not right.

Try it, be serious about it. You will begin to notice things...
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