It’s easy to grow Internal Power, no matter what style of Karate you do. The problem is that there are so few accurate descriptions–we are lacking directions, you see–that very few people ever make the simple connections.
Now, I read the existing descriptions, mostly Chinese, a few Japanese, and I couldn’t get it. But I kept coming across this thing called ‘Moving the body as one unit,’ and I tried to put it to work.
Unfortunately, it being alien, I screwed up a few times, but I finally formalized the procedure.
1) Start moving all body parts at the same time.
2) Stop moving all body parts at the same time.
3) Synchronize motion of the body parts, taking into account the length of the limb, the amount of weight, the musculature involved, and so on.
Now, there’s more, but it all started with getting these three things down. Once they were down, I was growing internal energy. The problem…I didn’t know it.
Internal energy, when you don’t know what you are doing, grows slowly. Fortunately, once you know what you are doing, it can grow speedily.
So, after a couple of years of following and refining the three steps listed above, a guy showed me a spinning kick out of Tae Kwon Do. I liked it, but it was not combat useful, so I changed it. I stood in a horse stance, swapped feet, and kicked with the back foot in a ‘spinning’ horse stance.
Actually, it was more of a ‘pop hop’ kick, but you don’t see the hiop part because you move fast and keep the head in the same place in space.
Zingo Bingo, internal energy exploded from the tan tien, and brother…I FELT IT!
Of course I had a couple of years of internal energy stored up from doing the forms, that helped–grin–but the explosion was just as the old CHinese and Japanese texts had described…with one difference.
The Internal energy descritions came from Tai Chi, or Aikido, or Wudan based arts, and the descriptions described a slower pace, a slower emitting of energy. So, while the descriptions were accurate, they confused.
1) Do your Forms
2) Use your body as one unit (I call this concept CBM–Coordinated Body Motion)
3) Have patience.
Just remember, it’s like cooking, sometimes you have to sit watch the pot simmer. But, following the directions above, you shouldn’t have to wait as long.
For further and very exact directions as to how to grow Internal Power Karate style, or kung fu style, or in any martial art, check out the book I wrote. It’s called http://www.monstermartialarts.com/Matrixing_Chi.html, and it’s at Monster Martial Arts.