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Old 01-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #36
Rob Watson
Location: CA
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 697
Re: A simple mechanical model of body use.

Sy Labthavikul wrote: View Post
IWhen my taiji partner was teaching me about peng, he kept telling me to pretend I was crushing an egg between my shoulder blades and pushing the resulting mess down into the ground, again with my shoulder blades ("scoop back and down"). My inner PT translated that as "retract and upwardly - yes, upwardly - rotate the scapula" and low and behold my arms went up, elbows first. My deltoids of course were working - but they weren't operating in isolation.
Is this not how one begins to operate when using a slightly refined seated kokyu ho dosa? You know the 'technique' osensei said to end every class with.

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