Thread: The fulcrum
08-12-2011, 17:27 #1
I like to suggest reminding the concept of the fulcrum while we practice HKD every time, whether it’s punching, kicking, joint-locking, etc.
Even when we sit to meditate, so to speak for Zen practice, we might choose some spot or point in or on our body as a center. Normally many say the point “Danjun”, meaning the farm of Ki, located near the lower navel. In my case, I try the point between 3rd and 4th vertebra, which is called “the door of life” in the eastern medicine, as it’s easier for me to locate the Danjun spot.
For woman, sometimes it is said that the spot between the breasts becomes the center, instead of Danjun, and it’s almost impossible for me to have that feeling particularly in the martial arts practice.
Once the Danjun is spotted, the fulcrum varies as my concentration point varies. Sometimes it becomes the heart, the lung, the 3rd eye, the genital, or an object outside. As you see, there are so many ways to do Zen.
By the way, once we start Zen meditation, we should continue at least 20 minutes for its effectiveness. (Some says 30.)
While we strike, hit or lock, using any part of our body, some point should be a pivot or axis. It varies as where the practitioner puts his or her consideration. It could be placed at the practitioner, it could be at the target person, or it could be the contact point between the two. And once the practitioner chooses his or her point, that point should be a fulcrum to maximize his or her breaking power.
And I think the ultimate goal of Hapkido practice is maximize the use of fulcrum in the harmony between the two parties.SungBook Bae
Ulji-Kwan Hapkido Sabum