In bjj, they often tell us to use a skeletal structure to block something. It’s more efficient, not requiring wasting strength. Of course that’s a big part of neijia, maybe the very first thing, but it’s much much harder in stand up with more variables and infinite ways to compensate and not realize it’s all wasted energy. The training method is mentally difficult. It requires first learning to stand, which seems so counterintuitive. I’m still trying to do that. After that, it requires finding “root” while partners provide some pressure. Later, you have to be able to do it while moving and while your partner is moving, under increasing pressure and speed. Of course, if “energy” seems to put you in that structure with no-mind, even better. Ideally all of it is internalized, happening all the time. I am at square one, no, square zero. However, laziness (desire for efficiency) is a great motivator. So is having seen the incredible elegance of seeming effortlessness demonstrated by others. Ideally I can use this method and conscious relaxation together to bolster each other – in stand up or on the ground. That neutralization should then transition effortlessly into offense, preferably so seamlessly your partner or opponent doesn’t even realize what’s happening. I can see all that. I’m just a kazillion miles away from it. In some ways it’s easier to learn on the ground since you isolate portions of the structure first, e.g., just the upper arm, not the whole body, and your base has a much larger area contacting the ground. It’s easier to get “rooted”. In other ways it’s much harder, but I think that’s only because the techniques are so different. Once those seem normal, I think going from ground range back up makes a weird, counterintuitive kind of sense I wouldn’t have expected before.

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