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Why do I teach moving from the pelvis?

September 6, 2019

This should actually be a much longer post with many more reasons, but this will do for now.  🙂

Yesterday after class, one gentleman who has been coming for a few years now told me “I finally get the idea of moving from the hips”.  I told him,  “great, now refine that movement and center it in your pelvis”.

Granted, I have been telling him this for two years but yesterday he was ready to hear it.


It took him that long to make the change from:

  • pushing off legs to
  • moving from is core (once he found where it was) to
  • moving from his hips and now to
  • moving from his pelvis

This idea is better done explained live, or perhaps via video but I will try it in just words here.

When you move from your hips, the hips are engages and not really ready for any transitional movement that comes directly after.

The after is moving in any direction via a step or a shift.

When the hips are engaged it take a relaxation of the hips to make the next move. 

In my opinion and way of movement, this causes a break of the flow.  It makes multiple individual movements vs one continuous stream.

For example, try this:

  • standing in wuji or a simple balanced stance, shift to one side, using your hips
  • feel how your hips were “tight or engaged” through your whole pelvic girdle?

Now try this:

  • standing in wuji or a simple balanced stance, shift to one side, relaxing your hips and using your pelvis, generating the movement between your hips
  • see if you feel your hips “open” and the joints (sockets) relax.

Here is another to try:

  • standing in wuji or a simple balanced stance, shift to one side and step forward with one leg into a forward onto your heel, weight on back leg
  • using your pelvis,  draw yourself forward toward your front foot, slowly dropping your heel as your shift
  • imagine your are drawing your pelvis to the wall in front of your, keeping your hips relaxed.
  • next,  draw yourself to your back leg, imagining using your pelvis to push your sacrum to the back wall.

Does this make sense?

Let me know?



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