This week time was spent on a crucial component of the art – realistic attacks while moving slowly. The challenge is to mimic the actual physics of a given attack so that we can learn to deal with it while maintaining our Jiulong principles. The attack we worked with was a punch towards the nose which we meet with the wedge. (more on the wedge in future posts)
The challenge is to keep the momentum of a punch realistic by ensuring the attacker does not change its direction upon encountering the wedge. This means continuing the punch in the direction is was traveling as that is what would happen at full speed. The trouble comes in when the wedge is applied that causes the punch to be deflected. Since the goal was to hit the nose, the attacker tends to change the angle of the punch when the deflection is felt. But this can only be done in slow motion as the attacker has time to make that change. In reality, the direction change is not possible since its happening so fast. We must always stick with reality!
There was also an interesting discussion about the purpose of Quiet Sitting. It is so important to be quietly training the mind to be able to create sensations in the body that we revisit this concept often. We look at various aspects of the practice and this week it was on noticing. I mean really noticing. I mean really really really noticing! 🙂 Noticing what? In this case we spent some time noticing one’s inner reactions to being mildly startled. In the midst of Quiet Sitting, Shizi Jan said “notice your reaction to the sudden sound of my voice”. Indeed everyone felt a mild startle response. It passed of course, but it led to an interesting discussion about reactions, being startled, and how long the effect of being startles lasts.