Persistent movements: examples and learning

What do the Persistent Movements consist of in 6 Dragons Kung Fu?

An “unstoppable” and “rational” force.

Having defined, in general terms, what are the persistent movements (read Advanced concepts: the Persistent Movements), now let’s see some practical examples:

  • A kick (read How to kick (simple explanation)) that, against an opponent’s parry, continues its unstoppable motion up to unbalance or hit its intended target
  • A fist (read How to punch (simple explanation)) apparently rigidly but that, if grasped by the opponent’s hand, can surprise him softly returning back on itself (read 6DKF’s interactions: from the strong blow to the light touch)
  • A shoulder that, turning, deviates or accompanies an attack and throws the opponent to the ground
  • An encounter kick that would have for us a bad outcome (eg. a break) that softens instantaneously to avoid damage (read Liquid, Fluid and Solid: an exchange sample)
  • A foot resting on an unstable / mobile structure that adapts to the dynamics of the land without causing damage (sprains injuries, etc.) or loss of balance (read The concept of Dynamic Equilibrium)
  • A kick that borns from a fall to the ground with elasticity and hit with a final tightening
  • A shot with the fingers that maintains rigidity if affects delicate parts and instead softens if it faces a resistance that could hurt us (read Diamond Finger conditioning)
  • A blow that starts in a certain way, in a certain direction and that, instead, changes at the last second its path, speed and impact incidence (read Introduction to the idea of Precision Control)
  • A gripping that modulates its intensity and direction of force at the variation of the opponent’s resistance so as to maintain the most favorable trajectory (read Hand grip strength conditioning)
  • The release on the ground or against the opponent of the force of his own attack (as it happens in Tai Chi, read The 10 principles of Tai Chi)
  • At a high level, it can (be for instance) an elbow attack that after an instinctive evaluation does not stop, even finding unwanted obstacles in its path (read Conditioning check for the impact)

The ones we have seen are only a few examples but the key points behind this skill are:

  • First to preserve our integrity
  • Second to reach our targets

A note by Master Kongling – Like many other Kung Fu concepts, it is not easy to describe the Persistent Movements; they partially exist even in other martial arts but until a practitioner does not start to feel them, it is very hard for him to understand what we are talking about.

How to acquire the Persistent Movements skill

The best way to acquire this skill is to:

  • Work on the basic exercise – Practice the fundamental technical training of 6 Dragons Kung Fu (read /// Subscribe (it's free!) or Login to see this content ///)
  • Work on conditioning – Balance, speed, power, instinctive reasoning and impact resistance conditioning are the most important prerequisites (read Physical conditioning: how it works)
  • Allow the errors to come – Forge it on years and years of creative experience (reasoned and above all practical, read Measure ourselves with errors)
  • Work on reasoned personal experience – We have to evolve with personal / spontaneous experimentation (to base our martial growth only on the passive study it is a very bad attitude)

A note by Master Kongling – The Persistent Movements should be imagined as the connection point between: reflexes, balance, instinctive reasoning, tactile sensitivity, experience, conditioning, power, trajectory study and the ability to change our state (solid, liquid, etc.).

Each skill of 6DKF is not infallible, like any other possible tactic / technique / strategy / capacity, is prone to errors and it has “shaded areas”; it is up to the practitioner to increase its effectiveness.

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Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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