As we’ve already mentioned each training session of 6DKF should be balanced in every aspect (use of legs, arms, use of the senses, quick reasoning, Qi development, use of rigid / flexible weapons, conditioning, breathing, attack, defense, etc.).
The problem is that, normally, in the vast majority of martial arts, this need to maintain every aspect of the preparation at the same level brings the practitioner to perform endless times the same basic exercises.
This eternal recurrence, while it favors the development of discipline and muscle memory, on the other side diminishes our adaptability to different contexts and therefore to realistic contexts.
The “error” behind this method is to trivialize the practice by tracing it back to the mere theory, to reduce the original voluntary gesture to a mnemonic pose while the mind (the reason) remains virtually excluded.
As a solution to this problem the 6DKF fits the concept of “constant change”, the most important training exercises are not many but they should never be carried out in the same way and / or in the same conditions.
Every day we need to find to face a similar challenge but different to that of previous times, this way our brain will be forced to:
- Get involved
- To consider new possibilities
- To discard the less versatile options
This is not a simple increase of difficulty (which in any case there must be) but of a constant mutation (sometimes mild sometimes more incisive but always aimed at specific targets).
In the next article we will see some concrete examples of “constant change” during our training exercises.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.