The popularity of movement based exercises and the use of movement for self-improvement have been appearing a lot in the internet nowadays. These exercises seem to have a lot of interesting names and have been given different names for just a slight change in a small part of the exercise. It seems that these exercises are new exercises that have been recently been researched but have been present for a long time now but has only recently caught the eye of medical practitioners. In fact a lot of these movement systems have been present for a few hundreds of years already but have only been referred to as martial arts. I am not talking about those arts which try to strengthen the body by direct contact or by competitions. These time proven martial arts have withstood the test of time and are used or integrated in the more modern martial arts because of their benefits.
In my travels and experiences I have encountered two definite types of martial arts form. Forms are generally known as Kata’s, positions and styles as a general knowledge so as I know we are talking about the same thing and have the same thing in mind. The first type of martial arts are those martial arts school who teach their time tested forms so as to be able to pass on the techniques developed by the predecessors. The forms generally act as a blue print on the movements needed so as to perform the techniques that will be taught to the students. The form themselves are either a preparation for a set of steps of was developed for the wielding of a specific type of weaponry as such making use of the bodies innate ability to the maximum while teaching it to use less energy. The other type of martial arts is the ones that consider the form to be the normal body position of the body. Instead of teaching the body what the proper form is this type of martial arts allows the user to find the proper form instead. For the movement systems we will be talking about the second type of martial arts or the martial arts which tries to help you find which is the proper form and to keep the body as close to the neutral position.
Movement systems are basically guides of how proper movement is based not on any studies but based on the sensory inputs experienced by the person. How the person experiences the different forces on his body and how the body reacts to it. This is what movement systems are based on. Basically it is the awareness of the body in how to produce proper movement. This is important in martial arts and other sports since no one can be accurately measured to 100% similar to the norm. It is in fact a direct question to what is the norms in movement. Even though we have devised methods to know the range of the movement, strength of the movement, activation and other things the body of the person is still pretty much out of technologies measurement abilities as such the more you hone your skills to feel the movement the better the movement becomes.
What are these movement systems? Basically you have heard the Chinese Tai-chi I would presume. The Tai chi exercises while taking some sort of form they work so that every movement is based on the person himself and that each movement should be able to move and stop at any moment. There are many more others such as Aunkai and Sistema. They are movement based martial arts that help a person gain better awareness on what the body can do.
The similarities in all the movement system is that while they try to find the tipping point of the body in movement they teach ways on how the person can adapt to these tipping points further pushing the body to perform better as such be able to produce better quality movements that are person specific.
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