Rooting in Aikido, Martial Arts, Qigong (engl. subs) | Aikido Okuden Seminar Salzburg 2014


I will demonstrate some typical problems. He is now standing firm. He will shift his weight to one side. He is doing it right… … but a typical mistake is… …to tilt your hip upwards. That is not stable… …and creates tension in the back. He needs to lower his center of gravity… …and flatten the lower back. Now he is not so vulnerable… …because he is aligned… …and his body forms an entity. His groin is relaxed. As soon as he puts tension in the groin… … he will notice immediately… …that he is not rooted any more… …because the energy is going upwards. Another mistake is… …to turn your knee outward when shifting. That puts strain on your knee… …and is also not stable. Your knee should be aligned with your toes. Others tilt their knee inwards. That is not right either. Some put their knee here… …then they shift… …and hold their knee in place. That is not the idea. When the knee is in this position… …it is no problem to shift. If you shift beyond the knee… …it becomes unstable. So keep your knee aligned. When you shift… …you have to put weight on one leg. I don’t want to go into detail… …with regard to energy channels. But when he tenses the back… …this is what happens. Try to find a state of inner connectedness. .. using the deep yin muscles In the beginning this is via the superficial muscles … then the deeper muscles … …then the inside of the bones,… …then inside the joints. Then he can withstand the pressure. He can calmly “sit” in his groin… … and is very stable, even when… …I put strain on his upper body. He even remains stable in this direction… …which is normally weak. This forms an entity… …and he is relaxed here. That is the main principle of turning. If you don’t manage this… …your structure will be disrupted. Then your energy is on the outside… …and you will be easily stressed. This is why rooting yourself… …is prerequisite to finding your center. If you are is not rooted… …your center cannot be nurtured. Then you can use your center… …as mass to give you momentum,… …but you will not be able… …to accumulate energy from the earth. Connecting the energy from above… …with the earth… …will transform your inner structure. Your center is not an isolated entity… …but needs to be connected… …with heaven and earth in order to… …have an effect on your body. Then it gives you a lot of strength. Practice this for yourselves. This is one of the most basic exercises… …whether you practice… …Qigong, Taiji, Aikido or Karate,… …this exercise helps you… …to find your center. Relax the lower back… …and ground yourselves. Up here… …your stance is stressed and tense. This is like sitting down… …very relaxed. Turn into the groin… …one side opening, the other closing. Now you have a nice arc. Don’t turn your shoulders too far. Align your head. Don’t stick out your bottom… …but lengthen and flatten your back. I will pull now. If you stick out your bottom… …you won’t remain stable. Or if you tense the groin… …you will feel the effect immediately. Play around with your stance,… …test the effect of slight alterations. Now you have established the frame… …and you can send energy into your arms. Your spine forms an entity… …from your tailbone up to your head. Your shoulders rest on your pelvis,… …relaxed and not tilting foward.

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