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                               PRACTICING PATTERNS WITH FIVE MINDSETS

                                                       NOTES TO THE STUDENT

This is a system to help you get the most benefit from practicing the patterns. These mindsets are meant to be practiced in order, after you have learned all the steps of the pattern. At first you may want to spend extended time (several training sessions) on each mindset. When you feel ready, you may do all five mindsets individually in one training session. Practice all of these mindsets at various speeds and remember to relax but stay connected. The principles of living force and fundamentals of movement and alignment are the go to sources when studying the proper way to execute the techniques and stances.

Your instructor and seniors are there for you! Ask questions throughout the process.

 

1)    TECHNIQUE         

Do the pattern while mindfully studying the purpose of the technique, the tool used, proper path of execution, location of target and delivery of power.

 

2)    STANCES

Do the pattern while focusing on moving from your center with good posture, proper weight distribution, appropriate height and foot position.

 

3)    CONTINUITY  

Do the pattern while focusing on integrating your breathing with the movement, timing, and technique transitions. In intermediate and advanced patterns include focus on groups or combinations of techniques and dynamics (slow, fast, soft and hard).

 

4)    REAL APPLICATION

Do the pattern while imagining opponents attacking you as you apply the techniques of the pattern by blocking their techniques, grasping, thrusting and striking specific vital spots and/or joints on the attackers.

 

5)    YOUR PATTERN

Perform your pattern to the best of your ability while combining the previous four mindsets. Make it your unique expression while staying within the boundaries of our principles, fundamentals and the description of the pattern.