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Old 03-14-2004, 04:03 AM   #1
Bart Verweijen
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Power trough relaxation

Hi all,

Hope I post this in the right forum.

Have you ever had this feeling too? Walking in the dark trough a room you know, and you want to switch on the light. You think you are one meter away from the light switch, but actually it's only 20centimeters, so while you are completely relaxed you hit that switch with an enourmous power.

Another example: walking up the stairs; you think there is one more step coming, but there isn't, so you step up with big power onto that last step.

I've had more experiences like this, but I think you get the picture.

My question: the above examples are all because you don't know about it (unconscious); do you think it is possible to train so one could use this power in a conscious way ?

Thanks for your replies !
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Old 03-14-2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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I hate it when I want to lift a glass or bottle, which I think is full but is actually empty, then is zooms in the air.

It's just you anticipating the force needed. You guess wrong, you get surprised. It's always you using more power than necessary, which is just a waste of energy, IMO.

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those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid.
Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win."
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:55 AM   #3
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Hi Tom,

You are probably right, but I am still a bit surprised by the state of relaxation one is in when this happens...

Thanks for your thought.
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Old 03-15-2004, 02:55 PM   #4
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I hate it when I want to lift a glass or bottle, which I think is full but is actually empty, then is zooms in the air.
Or when you walk into the sliding door...
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Old 04-04-2004, 08:01 PM   #5
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These sort of experiences teach you that a sort of focused relaxation is required. You could gain little tricks like tapping the stair or wall in front of you so that you know it is there. There are similar ideas in Aikido as well, because quite often Martial Artist forget that there are more senses than just sight. It helps to listen and feel your surroundings so that you know what is happening.

You may here your uke breath differently or the likes, and it helps to read the moves... I mean, it might not work for everyone, but I found it helps greatly.

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Old 04-05-2004, 07:48 AM   #6
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Yep, a relaxed body moves more fluidly and faster since it doesn't have to fight antagonistic muscles. When we put the "usual" intent through a relaxed system, we get better results.

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Old 04-05-2004, 09:23 AM   #7
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The one that gets me is.....I am in the kitchen....just about to reach for something on the counter and something gets my attention. I turn my head away from the counter to look at the distraction...but I continue to reach for the object on the counter and my hand smacks into the side of the counter. And I cannot believe how much it hurts!!!!!

Now....either I am a whimp(please feel free to disagree with me!!) or when we are relaxed, we can be quite powerful!!!!
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Old 05-08-2004, 05:03 PM   #8
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Re: Power trough relaxation

When we are relaxed we are quite powerful, because we are moving but then we don't feel the need to hold back as much, and we just let ourselves move. Since we aren't holding back, pretty much all of strength goes into it, so we are quite powerful, Larry.

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Old 05-08-2004, 07:00 PM   #9
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Re: Power trough relaxation

When you are relaxed, antagonist muscles are not fighting against each other and therefore speed and power are not being dissipated by resistance from other muscles. It also allows you to feel the energy of the technique since your mind is receptive.
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