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  • Joseph

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    9th March 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I meant he is the only one on his level, with in his own school. You’re right, there are loads of people with good short power, especially because it isn’t a super high level skill. His level is obviously very high. He did used to be a student of Mark’s, but has also trained with a few other high level people. Like I said though, there’s a trick kind you can learn via pure body mechanics, and depending on how connected your body is etc., you can have some average success, but to learn true short power is not a matter of just learning short power. It is a result of training properly in a whole system, because you need to your mind/body/energetic system to be transformed to a certain extent. It requires a lot of release in your musculature, a lot of connection and strength in your fascia, and the ability to direct waves of force accurately through your frame, so that energy/force does not ‘leak out’, etc. Mark Rasmus has a load of good techniques, but has also done an incredible amount of training in taiji, qigong, meditation etc., so he has a lot of qualities present in him that you cannot emulate just by copying a technique. The same goes for Mizner. If we could just copy techniques then everyone would be able to do this stuff.

  • Joseph

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    9th March 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Some people (including Mark Rasmus), say that this is only because of the traditional method of teaching, which takes far longer than necessary, due to cultural reasons. So processes that ensured that students had good moral character, or processes that restricted students from progressing in skill beyond their teachers could be responsible for slower progress. It is also difficult for us all to know what each other means by ‘qi’/’chi’, and what each of us means by ‘using it’. So Ma might have felt he discovered his qi after ten years, but someone else ‘in his body’ or whatever might have thought they got it after a year, we will never know.

  • Joseph

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    4th March 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Adam is definitely the only one who has skill and power at his level, but he is definitely not the only one in his school to be able to demonstrate this kind of short power. It isn’t a super high level skill, and is more or less a natural by-product of training in his system. You can learn different kinds of short power more easily, that are more kind of mechanical tricks. To really generate what Adam is demonstrating here though, it is a mistake to think of it as learning a technique. You have to train many qualities into your mind, body and energetic system, and it’s not a quick or easy training process. If you train diligently in his system, then I would say after a year or two you will crudely understand this short power, and be able to crudely demonstrate it yourself, and you would never have been explicitly taught it, or taught anything about striking at all. It depends on your goals – if you want a party trick one inch punch, then just train that using a Bruce Lee type method, and there’s loads of books on that. If you want a deeper more profound short power skill that you can release from anywhere on your body, it takes much more committed training, and there’s layers you need to train before getting to the minor detail of the technique.

  • Joseph

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    4th March 2021 at 8:13 pm

    No sorry I don’t know of any video like that. I don’t think one exists that would help out anyway, because the waves are not really visible, since they occur in the soft tissues of the body (it isn’t really the same as the mechanical lever based action of throwing a punch in boxing). It’s like watching a boat bob on a wave in the ocean – you can see the boat move, and you can see a bulge in the water, but I couldn’t show you a video of the energy in the water that results in that motion. The bulge you see in the ocean is just a surface result of the motion of the energy in the liquid, and the dynamics and pattern of the energy occur over more space, and in more complexity than you perceive via just the bulge, or the movement of the boat.

  • Joseph

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    4th March 2021 at 5:02 pm

    No, it won’t at all. This short power is not really based at all on fast twitch muscles. At his level there is a lot that goes in to it, far more than can be described in a forum post, and even if it was described, it wouldn’t be of much help, because you have to train it to understand it. I very superficial explanation is that waves of force are propagated through the soft tissues of the body, aided by gravity and of course the ground, and by a stretch in the fascia. As @Jason says, you need to train his system to get these results, because you need a few qualities to produce it, not just one quality in your muscles.

  • Joseph

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    27th November 2021 at 10:48 am

    One perspective is that the ‘shoulder’ that needs to be ‘set’ consists of roughly the scapula, the collar bone, and the upper arm bone, and then of course all musculature and soft tissue involved in that mechanism. So it is more than just the bone in the socket. For the shoulder to be set requires those three aspects to be correctly aligned, and to respond correctly to incoming force, and for all of this to occur as a result of release (song) rather than being held via muscular contraction in the ‘correct’ position. This is why it can take some work to remodel the tissues if some are tight, or have chronic habitual tension (i.e., basically this is for everyone), as well as perhaps to strengthen various aspects of the whole mechanism.