• Master Ash

The Pillars of Power

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Brandenburg Gate

In class, we have talked a lot over the years how to create power. We began with the ground as being the foundation off of which we create movement. The greatest thing about the ground is that it's always there! It does not matter if you are feeling good, or feeling great. It does not care whether it is hot or cold. It does not matter if you are stretched out or stiff. It supports the entire world and therefore it can support you.

The ground is always there as our foundation for movement.

We then discussed the kinetics of connecting the ground through the mechanics of moving in the three cardinal directions in Ki Master.

By connecting the ground through the body to the point of impact we can amplify our power. It is the easiest way to be bigger and stronger than the sum of our parts. And is that not the purpose of training?

I have always believed that nobody is going to pick a fight with you unless they have the deck stacked in their favor. The antagonist will believe, mistakenly, that they are bigger, stronger or have greater numbers than you.

Through training we forge our bodies and acquire the skills to do things we could not do before. We train so the movements we want become reflexive, muscle memory and do not require our minds to dictate what we need to do next.

So we train to have a "strong mind, strong body".

GrandMaster Choi would drill those words into our collective minds. It is only in the past few years I have really begun to understand what he was saying. I will go more into detail in future posts, but for now believe in our training. It will provide the crucible in which we will be transformed into iron will, and an indomitable force.

Body throw against knife attack