ISAI The Martial Art of Formless Flow: The harmony - cooperation of WHAT and HOW in motion

Monday, August 10, 2015

The harmony - cooperation of WHAT and HOW in motion

In most cases we deal with conditioned reflexes and motion patterns. We already saw that the voluntary and reflex are always mixed and conditioned reflex also always mixed with unconditioned. We investigated the recapitulation theory of motor control and fractal biomechanics of natural motion. We also know that HOW express itself mostly via WHAT – please see the chapter “The HOW in motion – how it looks like”. Now we do the next step in our research and will investigate the method of cooperation of HOW and WHAT. This cooperation is of utmost importance. Good cooperation will result in harmony in motions but the poor one will cause the motion to be awkward, inefficient and harmful to our health and well-being.  

In this chapter I will speak about principles of good and harmonious cooperation between WHAT and HOW, how to achieve this harmony in new motions and how to improve existing conditioned reflexes and motion patterns.

Every new motion, new conditioned reflex or motion pattern must be learned with consideration of fractal biomechanical principles. It includes SAIM, Fish Play and Fuxi bagua as it already was discussed in previous chapters. If the rules of Fish Play and Fuxi bagua will not be observed in motion – the SAIM (Self Annihilated Inertial Motion) can’t be performed. The result of this will be permanent tension and often even the pain of muscles, restricted stressed posture and motion and stress and anxiety of the soul. When we learn new motion pattern we have to follow the recapitulation principle in motor control. It means we have to observe these principles in all levels of motor control, starting from Ameba level and then progress from level to level until finally we master the movement. This method will build natural motion, the motion that closest to inborn motion pattern. This natural motion can be observed in statokinetic reflexes and in behavioral reflexes such as startle, shielding and FFF (Freeze, Fight or Flight) reflexes.

I believe the majority of my readers are already older the age of one year, they at least started to walk and developed numerous motion patterns including very ordinary patterns like walking. In most cases these patterns already were influenced by cultural conditions, conditions of life, imitating or coping other people and personal history, including inborn specific features, traumatic events etc. The old personal motion patterns, including patterns of usual daily activity like walking must be analyzed and relearned if need arises, so it could be performed naturally. For example, if the walking done properly and naturally the upper body will be kept in good balance during the motion and the arms will move much less than usually we see if any. This is a most natural way of normal walking, it is a most efficient one and looks very gracefully. In the Western world this natural walking is actually unknown contrary to the Eastern and African countries.

The need in the natural motion and way of life is quite popular nowadays in the Western World. We see fast growing popularity of natural activities and especially of walking and running. There are also some systems that stress the need in the natural motion under natural conditions such as climbing on trees, running in fields and forests, jumping from rocks and so on. All these are natural activities and must be distinguished from natural motion. Walking, even being the most natural way of motion, can be performed in very unnatural way as we can see on the streets of our cities. We see the great diversity of “walking styles” in Western society contrary to uniformity we can see in animal world and in so called primitive tribes. The general belief that walking is very beneficial for health is nothing more than wishful thinking. Bad posture and unnatural walking are very harmful to our health and especially to the knees, ankles and spine. The harmony in the motion can’t be automatic result of the natural activities. Rather it must be studied and trained specifically.

I will discuss this training method in the chapter “Harmony in motion - training method“.

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