THE SCIENCE OF FORMLESS FLOW by Monya Gorelik, M.Sc.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

LIGHTNESS IN TAIJI CHUAN, SAIM IN FORMLESS FLOW and UNIVERSAL BEAUTY




One of the most important features of Taiji Chuan is lightness. The lightness is the source of sensitivity and some Masters consider sensitivity as a purpose of Taiji Chuan.
According to "The Classics of Taiji Chuan" practicing lightness opens the door to the realm of exceptional sensitivity. Finally, even "a feather can be felt". Practicing the lightness with every movement leads one to the most advanced techniques and highest achievements in Taiji Chuan.
The final achievement of this process, according to Daoism, is Wu Wei or Non-action in the midst of action.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

HOW TO BUILD UP AN INDIVIDUAL SAIM TRAJECTORY



SAIM or Self Annihilating Inertial Motion is one of the most profound inventions of Evolution. The very existence of SAIM, probably, is the most important reason for supreme efficiency of the highly developed living organisms. More than that, SAIM seemingly is a general law of Universe for every natural motion based phenomenon.

In this article I describe in general terms how to achieve SAIM and what kind of result we can hope to get. I wrote it from my personal experience. I don't discuss the technical results and methods of training, it means that this article isn't dealing with general form of SAIM trajectory, its dynamics and other technical issues.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

HOW AND HOW FREQUENTLY WE HAVE TO TRAIN?
STRESS RELATED ASPECT.




During our life we all frequently experience stressful situations we have to overcome. These situations can create harmful permanent muscular contraction or muscular armoring, accompanying chronic stress.

Many of us experienced this kind of armoring, chronic muscles contraction. This happens especially often in the areas of shoulders and neck as a result of psychological stress, but many suffer from this problem in other parts of the body. As a result, we experience muscle pain, headache, general tiredness, disturbed posture and movement and many other health problems.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

FORMLESS FLOW
and
TAIJI CHUAN (TAI CHI)



Formless Flow now is more than 25 years old.
Until some 15 years ago I still believed that what I had developed is a kind of Taiji Chuan or Tai Chi as many people in the West call it.
Gradually two things happened. The first one was the gradual but fast development of Formless Flow, then known as ISAI. The second one was my own gradually developing understanding that I created something very different from Taiji Chuan. Even Formless Flow was very much according to the most of the principles of Taiji Chuan, it became intrinsically very different art.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SAMENESS

This video clip demonstrates one of the most comprehensive principles of the Universe and how it appears in the natural human motion - SAMENESS


HOW TO DEVELOP HARMONIOUS MOTION?



This article is about the harmony between INBORN MOTOR SCHEME and ACQIRED MOTOR SCHEME.
The term Motor Scheme is about the representation and "intrinsic knowledge" of our movements in our Central Nervous System.
We all born with some inborn knowledge of movement and then we have to learn and to train motor skills during all our life.
Therefore there are Inborn General Motor Scheme (IGMS) and Acquired General Motor Scheme (AGMS).
These schemes are only general ones and can be changed according to different parameters in different situations.
There are different possibilities to classify movements.
The classification is needed for study, analyses, training and application.
In Movement Art and Martial Art the study and application of movement, including their classification, can be greatly supported by kinematic analyses, which includes mostly analyses of general trajectory form and combinations of accelerations and decelerations.
The general conclusion of my research is that in order to achieve the best quality of motion one has to achieve the harmony between Inborn and Acquired General Motor Schemes.
At this level Acquired General Motor Scheme (AGMS) becomes as close as possible to Inborn General Motor Scheme (IGMS) and we call it Natural General Motor Scheme (NGMS).
The human IGMS has very poor and restricted pool of parameters. Contrary to IGMS, proficiency in motion and development of different motor skills develops great and reach pool of parameters in AGMS or NGMS.
According to my research the Natural General Motor Scheme (NGMS) represents human Natural Motion, it's morphology and kinematics, as it was encoded in Taijitu and Fuxi Bagua and as it was shown in my previous articles.
When practitioner of any movement-based art or skill achieves NGMS his or her movements become extremely efficient, light, flowing and effortless, instantly changeable and very fast.

INTRINSIC PROBLEM OF MOVEMENT CORRECTION TRAINING





Every learning of the new motion starts at low speed.
At slow motion one can learn about the proper trajectory but can't learn about the speed and it's changes - accelerations, decelerations and their combinations.
At fast motion one can learn about the speed but not about trajectory.
This is a controversial situation when the proper trajectory of each motion is a result and the reason all together.
The same can be said about the speed.
The proper trajectories of the body and it's parts are the basis for the fastest, the most efficient and most changeable motion.
The speeds, accelerations and deccelerations of the body and it's parts are the basis for their trajectories.
Therefore the learning of the proper motion is a very gradual and slow process of endless repititions and corrections based on initial, inborn motions - motor reflexes.
This process can be exercised by individual during the early childhood, but the motor automations of the sufficiently grown individual with already formed motor skills can easily imped and destroy such a learning.
The individual with already consolidated motor automations has, therefore, the only one way to improve his movement - to implement both scientific analyses of the movement and the efficient training process based on this analyses.