Power Relative To The Monster and Darkside
Training for power is having the ability to tap into our natural explosive energy. There is a difference between the monster and the dark side when you train for power. The monster is an innate, instinctive, fight or flight survival element in our sub-conscious or inner mind. Anyone placed in a corner, who is threatened personally, or whose family is threatened, will have a natural ability to go into a highly alert survival mode. That means everything else in their life becomes secondary, and they just focus on surviving. Their thoughts, energy and hormonal secretion allows them to be exceptionally sensitive and responsive to whatever it is going to take to survive. It is a pure survival instinct.
At the same time, with the monster, you must bring out the dark side. The monster is your survival instinct, whereas the dark side is the caldron of awesome energy that we all possess that makes us rise to unbelievable heights of energy. The dark side is tapping into emotion. Primarily think of the emotions of hate, anger, fear, or a touch of insanity. Somebody in the state of fear can do incredible things in strength and speed. The body will go into a state of alarm magnifying its energy tenfold triggered by the emotions.
See the instinctive, survival part as the monster and the dark side tapping into the emotional energy. The reason that there is a separation between the two is because when you are tapping into technique and awesome power, you do not necessarily have to tap into the monster for survival. What you are tapping into is the expression of sudden explosive, dynamic energy. The monster is focusing, surviving, an attitude of seek and destroy. The dark side does not only tap into your own energy, but seems to draw energy from the cosmos around you. . This abundant energy, that really exists,has an electrical charge ready to be tapped into.
Bringing the monster and the dark side together, makes an awesome harmonious expression of explosive technique. The two concepts will come together and allow you to respond. The monster allows you to go in a state of readiness if you sense some type of negative situation. You do not suddenly go into a high explosive energy state, but go into a sharp focused state of readiness. You immediately interpret what is going on, and see if it is an immediate threat to you. This is the monster side of you, that tends to protect yourself or your family. The monster is going to evaluate whether you have to bring out the dark side.
The way you can trigger and exercise the monster is to build up your reaction time. The quicker you respond to potential threat, the quicker the monster comes out and gives that full attention. The spontaneous closed bi jong; the startle and noodle exercises will develop the monster. These exercises are geared to help make the monster react quicker to a potential threat situation. You can go through your life and never have the monster come out, But it is always there, ready to come out at your command. It comes out spontaneously, when needed. The nice guy part of you now slips into the background as the monster takes charge.
When training the monster, you are not working on the explosive, powerful part of it but having the ability for the monster to come out, focus and center its energy into whatever is happening. When you bring out the dark side, you are bringing out the explosive energy. Training for the dark side is different from the monster because you are not interested in speed in itself; You are interested in the awesome, explosive power that gives you the ability to overcome about anything. Speed is an important part of power because of its explosive nature of adding emotions and startle together. This makes for an explosive type of energy. You do not want to eliminate speed totally.
You are thinking in terms of types of energy that fuels the technique so it becomes totally destructive. When you practice the dark side, think of something that makes you exceptionally angry and actually makes you feel that for a moment that it is really happening. The subconscious does not really care if what you are feeling is true or not. It is reacts to the way it is programmed and trained, The subconscious gets caught up in mental flow and cannot differentiate between reality and fantasy. That is why when you train and stand in front a heavy bag, go through some psycho‑dynamics using your imagination that someone is attacking you. Feel that adrenal rush that causes the body to go into a physical state of alarm. You can feel yourself get juiced up.
You want to pair the feelings of anger building up into the exploding of technique. Feel yourself exploding into the bag with your strikes or kicks. Feel an expression of ferocity. Pair up the drawing out of the dark side with technique so that they become one. When you are becoming explosive, your body goes into a state of readiness and from that you go into a particular technique appropriate for that situation. You do not just explode and go all over the place. Your technique is done as a spontaneous reaction for survival. The monster and the dark side should be classified as an A-level technique and be trained until it has become a part of you.
The power base is the point from which you develop and project your striking power. For instance, if you punch out with your arm, your shoulder would be the base. If at the same time you twisted at the shoulder, then your waist would be the base for the upper segments. If you turned at the waist to complement the shoulder action, then your leg would be the base. Each segment can act as a secondary power base; the total body segments can coordinate into the primary power base.
The primary power base uses body segments in such a way that each segment works with, but against the other segments. This seeming contradiction is called the push‑push principle. The converging and torquing theories are both examples of the push‑push principle. The unique striking capabilities of Bruce Lee were dependent on the total understanding of the principles and the complete application of the power base technique.
A simple explanation of the power base is this: instead of using the arm as a simple extension of body energy, take each segment starting from the base, develop as much inertia and kinetic energy from its power potential so that each succeeding segment acts as a spring board. It adds to the force already generated thereby arriving at an extremely high level of intensity at the moment of impact. The power base is usually coupled together with a floating punch.
Bruce Lee’s power capabilities were only unique in so much as he used all of his energy potential when striking. Most individuals do not use their potential and therefore even though being large frame, their use of energy is limited. Do not compare yourself physically or kinetically to anyone else when developing your power base. It is important that you gain confidence in what your energy potential is since it is more than adequate, regardless of your size to take care of you no matter how big and strong your opponent is.
To illustrate this push‑push principle, the example of a baseball batter is used. As the pitcher delivers the ball, the batter begins to slowly lean forward, moving the bat behind him. The ball fires towards the plate, the batter begins to push off the rear foot so the lower segment of the body moves outward. At the same time, he twists the upper torso in the opposite direction thereby creating a torquing strain in the waist and upper torso. This torque tends to load the body energy.
As the ball moves closer to the plate, the body twists around at the waist to meet the incoming ball and the rear leg pushes hard toward the ground adding to the power of the turning action. The shoulders add to the twist action by quickly turning so the lead shoulder multiplies the forward momentum of the body. While the leg is pushing, the body twisting and the shoulder turning, the arms stay behind this body motion with the hands drawing the bat with the motion.
As the body reaches a point of perfect coordination, the arms begin to swing the bat rapidly around the body with the burst of power suddenly drawing it in line with the incoming ball. To add even more to the dynamic energy that is being generated, at the last second, the wrists will snap the bat around so the maximum of total energy output explodes out the arms, through the wrists and into the bat. Rather than relying only on the arms to swing the bat, the batter loads each part of his body in such a way as to achieve total use of his energy potential.
Another example may illustrate more clearly the push‑push principle. Visualize for a moment a rocket being blasted off into outer space. This rocket uses an accumulation of its total energy to break the pull of the earth’s gravity.
A rocket may have five segments, each capable of a tremendous amount of power. The bottom segment fires; it raises the upper segments faster and faster. When the first segment expends its energy, it falls away. The next segment fires and adds to the momentum already created. By the time the last segment fires, the nose of the rocket is moving with an unbelievable amount of thrust.
Unfortunately the above illustration has a weak link in its use of power. Allowing the lower segments to burn out before the next segment fires loses potential energy in the power base. What if, as the first segment was still firing strongly, the second segment fired? Not only would the second segment have its own power exploding, but also it would be pushing down against the lower segment that is pushing forward (the push‑push principle).
This double explosion of power would tend to magnify the forward thrust. If you continued to fire each succeeding segment while the others were still exploding, the amount of explosive potential would be again magnified. This is the way a power base is established in the body. Each segment uses its energy potential and adds it to the adjoining segments.