Dynamic Martial Arts

WU SHU'S GUIDING FACTORS OF FORMS EXECUTION

The art of Wu Shu is like no other- transcending the ordinary way of practicing Martial arts forms and pushing the individual further, beyond a totally new realm of understanding and execution of traditional Kung Fu techniques. Forged and tempered through time Wu Shu has evolved into a unique and complex art form. This article will deal with the basis of good forms execution.

Lets start by breaking down the basic factors involved in the performance of Wu Shu such as body types, rhythm, grace, flexibility, lightness, etc. First rhythm plays an important part in Wu Shu routines. The Word rhythm meaning the tempo or pace in which one executes a form. If one goes slow a lack of power or spirit is indicated. On the other hand, moving too quickly may create a stiffness in motion, or forms not full enough in the terms of extension. There is a definite tempo that lies between the two, revealing the dimension of each progression of movement giving the best appearance. In addition, one must also learn to add "spice" to the basic tempo in order to accent a technique and demonstrate power. Secondly, body types. Because Wu Shu techniques are combined in a way which prove very pleasing to the eye (i.e. high to low jump kicks, low arrow kick or sweeping techniques) arms should move in coordination with legs, highlighting some parts with pauses. The head head must snap along with wrists, hands and waist. The eyes, which are the windows to the soul, are also very important. In executing a form the eyes must be brightly opened and alert, reflecting a stern concentration which mirrors ones spirit. There are as many body types as there are people. The variations of techniques is manifold. Some people have inherited naturally fast reflexes resulting from shorter tendons and tighter muscle lubrication. Others have slower reflexes resulting from longer tendons and smooth muscles with accumulate more fatty deposits. Some may have naturally loose joints which make movements easier, with less friction. The less rigid the joints the more fluid the and melodic the technique. Still there are those with long legs and short arms, or short legs and long torsos, as well as those who fall somewhere in between. It is important that all these factors be taken under consideration with performance execution. It is true that in some sports there are some athletes who have a natural ability to excel, making the execution of their techniques look easy even when it proves difficult for others. This special trait takes them further and faster. Yet all Wu Shu champions are developed through time and dedication, and those outstanding individuals who show athletic promise are more likely going to get drafted into special training programs where a coach can customize their training to bring out the best of their natural talents. In the training even a simple kick is broken down, bit by bit (muscles, bones, torque, etc.) in order to fully understand and get the most benefit from its execution. But in all techniques the key points to remember are: BODY must be POISED and EXTERN, yet RELAXED. SHOULDERS must be PULLED BACK, but not tightened. CHEST must be PROUD and FORWARD, but not over inflated. STOMACH must be PULLED-IN. HIPS must be BACK, and depending on the technique, the BUTTOCKS must be UNDER or BACK

In performing a routine not only is the expertise or style displayed , but an artificial atmosphere, per say, is created and indulged. So spirit must shine through. If one is not fully prepared, or in full understanding of the form they slow down or "die out", exposing a weakness of spirit. One can overcome this by continuous drilling and practice of that specific form. Supplementary training, such as running, sprinting, swimming, etc. cause better oxidation of blood in capillaries and increase lung capacity.