Posture, stance, and breathing are the three most important foundations of any technique. Posture is an important part of any stance. Posture is correct body and spine alignment.
The spine consists of 24 moving bones supported by muscles. Pairs of nerve roots exit the spine from between these interlocking bones called vertebrae. The spinal column is an essential link between the body and the nervous system. The extremities are all controlled by the information sent through these links. When there is abnormal pressure or tension on the vertebrae, information from the spinal cord is hampered. Good posture keep the nervous system operating correctly.
For correct posture
- Neck and back should be straight and natural (not stiff) so the back muscles can transfer body pressures to the feet. Allow the body to assume its natural condition (relaxation) without any forced intent.
- Neck should be relaxed so the head is floating independently from the body, if head was hanging from the ceiling. When you release tension in the neck, the head will naturally float upward.
- Keep tailbone pulled in to lengthen the lower back. The body pressures are handled by the back, the neck does not participate.
- When executing a technique, if the mind is concentrate on the head, you will reach forward and the upper torso will lean. Concentration should be from lower stomach (Tan-den) outward, so the enter of mass adds to the power of a technique.
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