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Old 02-13-2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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Skin IS Structure Video 2

Thanks to everyone who gave me encouragement on the first rough sketch video. This is a better presentation of the idea. Not a sketch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVBN2qUFFA

Skin IS Structure
Taking the BS out of IS

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Re: Skin IS Structure Video 2

I think overall the idea represents a "piece" of the foundational components of IS. You're carrying too much tension in the shoulders when you raise your arms over your head and you break connection when you do the body lunge up - there's a very tangible disconnect between upper and lower body. Skin is a wrapper/container for the muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, etc. that can be conditioned over time to be more connected, stronger and better transmitters as the bridge of the "powers" of heaven and earth.

The definitions around those latter two seem to vary, so while I have my own biases on them, I'll say it's sufficient that the two "types" of power both require a connected body incorporating all the elements I mention above, which requires a level of physical work and conditioning (a lot of the aiki taiso can be repurposed - as they likely were originally intended to be - towards this pursuit) along with the requisite skill required to mentally trigger/activate/engage the connection points and manage the sum of the external forces acting outside and the internal forces within you for more practical applications.

So, I think the Skin as a drum idea is a nifty device, it's still only one instrument in the band and all of them are required to get tuned up in order to make music.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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Re: Skin IS Structure Video 2

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you break connection when you do the body lunge up - there's a very tangible disconnect between upper and lower body.
What specifically are you referring to?

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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Re: Skin IS Structure Video 2

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What specifically are you referring to?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:09 AM   #5
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Re: Skin IS Structure Video 2

Budd, I'm glad you spotted that. I don't ever raise my shoulders in any of the martial arts' movements I do. I was testing it out in the video, it seemed that I could do it without the skin slacking - and I was also paying attention to different things at the time. So, after experimenting a bit more with just that movement, I don't find a way to lift my shoulder at all like that.

For 1. It disconnects the shoulders. 2. It slackens the skin.

The first one I already knew, but I'm not interesting in that, because I'm not interested in all the various body parts in this. Just the skin.

So, you've actually helped me tighten this model up even more. It's good there are those who can see that far into it. The unedited typos and mistakes are proving more valuable than what I knew already worked. Thanks...

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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Budd, I'm glad you spotted that. I don't ever raise my shoulders in any of the martial arts' movements I do. I was testing it out in the video, it seemed that I could do it without the skin slacking - and I was also paying attention to different things at the time. So, after experimenting a bit more with just that movement, I don't find a way to lift my shoulder at all like that.

For 1. It disconnects the shoulders. 2. It slackens the skin.

The first one I already knew, but I'm not interesting in that, because I'm not interested in all the various body parts in this. Just the skin.

So, you've actually helped me tighten this model up even more. It's good there are those who can see that far into it. The unedited typos and mistakes are proving more valuable than what I knew already worked. Thanks...
Cool - It's good that you're into sharing what you're working on and it is helpful to see in terms of how it relates to your words. Please don't mind my short posting style as I'm often doing "hit" and "runs" in the midst of other stuff. Carry on!
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