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One good turn deserves another: a quick look at the Kwa factor

July 16, 2019

You may know of the Kwa,  or you may be saying HUH?

For years now I have been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong;  shifting, turning and carrying my core through movements.

It was not till a few years ago that I discovered that I was close to moving right all that time. Close but no cigar as the old saying goes.

The idea of moving from the pelvis, or Kwa was not new to me. Yet, when I really took a look at my own movement based on a course I was taking, I found I was moving from too high in my core.

I also found I had less mobility in hips and thighs as I thought, which as it turned out was affecting my knees.

So, I changed my focus, changed my method and my whole practice improved.

Try this quick test:  I have to ask you to be as aware of your body as you can  while doing this.

From a standing position facing toward a wall, nice and relaxed with arms hanging loosely by your side,  turn to the left corner.

Where did you turn from?

  • Was it from your shoulders, your neck, your chest, your midsection, or your hips?
  • Did your whole core turn as a unit or did your spine twist?
  • Did one hip pull back and one move forward?
  • Did your body fold into your inguinal crease?  Again maybe a HUH?

So this Kwa thing.  In general it’s that spot above your pubic bone. Below your belly button and between your hip.  Your pelvis.

Try this again.  Standing as above.

  • Place a hand, palm against your Kwa and focus on it.
  • Relax  your whole core  (from your hips to your shoulders)
  • Feel you hand on your Kwa and focus on turning it, only slightly.
  • Feel the rest of your core move with it.
  • Do this a few times, turning one direction, back to center and the opposite direction. Back to center each time.
  • Did it feel odd.  Perhaps a bit awkward or maybe even tight?
  • Did your upper body feel like it wanted to move faster, or on its own, separate from the pelvic area, or did it feel connected?

Most folks I work with find this difficult at first.  It takes practice,  relaxation and stretching out of the hips and the whole “girdle” area to feel smooth and natural.

There is a lot more to this, and I am thinking of doing an online course for turning, shifting and stepping in Tai Chi, Qigong and daily living?  Who’s in?

To your health!

Stan

 

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