The 7 Big Capabilities - Stretching and training

‘The Big 7 Capabilities’ are the main focus within the Wing Tsun community following the 3 Principles. They allow us to always be able to look at ourselves and see what attribute within ourselves we must improve to bring us closer to reaching our full potential with the knowledge we currently possess. Here i will be giving my own opinion upon what the Second Big Capability means to me in my personal experiences. So let’s get started!

‘The Big 7 Capabilities’ are the main focus within the Wing Tsun community following the 3 Principles. They allow us to always be able to look at ourselves and see what attribute within ourselves we must improve to bring us closer to reaching our full potential with the knowledge we currently possess. Here i will be giving my own opinion upon what the Second Big Capability means to me in my personal experiences. So let’s get started!

The big Capilities are:

Attention, attentiveness, imagination

Suppleness, dexterity, flexibility

Balance

Physical unity

Perception, interaction of the senses

Timing and sense of distance

Fighting spirit

Supple, dexterity and flexibility. Are the core of defence and manipulation of your opponent’s force. The ability to absorb the force given to us in the form of a strike, shoot or grapple, and dissipate it. Or even use that energy to our advantage to take our opponent off balance to ready ourselves to a counter attack.

Is the essence of counter attack and offence in contact if creating boy unity in an counter attack, striking pattern or use of our own force. It could be said that creating body “dis-unity” in our own joints and shapes to not absorb the energy into our own bodies (by evasion of the strike, or redirecting the energy away from our centre of mass) is the essence of the second big Capability.

Here any 3 main points to consider when training the second Big Capability:

Flexibility and strength training:

Unless the majority or your time or your profession chosen profession in a dynamic field of movement such as dance or gymnastics. We know little of the what our body’s subtle, yet amazing range of balance and movement and flexibility available to us. To develop a relaxed yet effective way to create deflection to any type of force, we need to discover not only what our body’s full potential can do for us, but also what happens when we train both our mind and body to deal with something both physically and mentally straining. Teaching us how we can cope with adversity and overcome it.

What to consider when training our muscles:

Torso and waist flexibility - since our face, chest and stomach our usually the main targets for strikes. maintaining flexibility and suppleness is important in there regions. We ability to absorb energy and disconnect from it defending against an attack will allow you not only to keep balance when force is given in these areas, both also allow you to counter, move and flank with ease as using that force to move around you opponent with become easy for you.



stretching and suppleness in the triceps and biceps:

It’s important to keep fit and healthy. Whether you do this by going to the gym and channelling yourself with free weights or on the machines. Or using your own bod weight with exercise like push up and sit ups. Keeping fit is vital to maintain healthy living and is always encouraged. However with an increase in muscle mass, comes an increase in rigidity in the muscles. However this does not mean you become less flexible is you become bigger, rather the opposite. Becoming aware that this will happen if you don’t stretch, always keep in mind to stretch after you warm up from an exercise and when you cool down. This will keep you fit and flexible and ready for training.

For much of the same reason keep stretching in the fingers, palms and forearms. We may use them everyday, but they too are prone to stiffness and rigidity. Stretch often!

Train the mind:

The mind is a muscle that needs training just as much as the rest of your body does. The ability to keep focus and concentrate, both of your surroundings (heightening awareness) and of immediate threat (attention in the face of danger) is possibly the most important part of your training. You can’t stop an attack if you don’t see it coming, and even if you do. If you can’t stay calm and focused when dealing with the attack, knowing it’s coming does nothing for you. Remember to notice you surroundings when aggression starts to escalate either towards you or around you. Who is the main aggressor? Has he got friends coming back? Is anyone else seeing me as a target? But also focus on the main threat in front of you that you may have to deal with. Can you calm him/her down and if not, what is the most effective way to walk out of this safely.

practice the form to dissipate energy:

The form is the core of how you move in wing tsun. When you panic or become scared or frightened, if you train hard and well - your training will not betray you. You shapes and structure will be good. Always keep practicing the form and the form will protect you in kind.

Practice with friends:

practice with a partner to dissipate force in a relaxed but escalating environment. Through this is no easy feat in the beginning. Understand how your body can absorb energy with ease will be become a rewarding and almost fun skill to develop. Have fun and keep practising until you get it, however going up stages of aggression after you mastered a technique is important. Have fun, but aim to improve you techniques both slowly and relaxed and under pressure in a sparring like scenario.

Train hard!

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