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In our adults training Balance along with Distance and Timing (plus others) is taught as a principal embedded in technique. In martial arts, like life, balance can take on many different meanings, some examples are ….
Let’s try a simple drill, imagine your standing in Ichimonji, you look down and draw an imaginary line that’s runs about 1 cm out from around the outside of your stancekind of like a skateboard but not as big and not on wheels .
You can shift forwards and backwards until your knees line up with your toes along the centre line (for arguments sake) North & South for some distance perhaps as much as 50 cm, but if you try to go East and West by leaning to the side for as little as 10 cm and your balance becomes unstable very quickly. Your heels start to raise of the ground, your toes start to grip the floor and your arms start to raise away from your body……..your body becomes preoccupied with the process of balance recovery.
Let’s go back in time …..remember when as a child you would walk along a fence and start to lose your balance, your arms would go out away from your body and wobble as you tried to regain it. Sometimes you would recover and sometimes you would fall, but for the time in-between the two outcomes your balance has been captured, you are occupied by the process of trying to regain your balance, you are neither in nor out of balance.
with that in mind if I say that
In martial arts terms this is exactly where you want your opponent to be, confused, doubtful, preoccupied and internally focused on themselves instead of externally focused on you.
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