The Source Of The Fluid Movement Principle
Fluid Movement is one of the 5 essential principles of The Merisoiu Technique along with Organic Movement, Earthing, Mindful Control and Food Discipline™.
When I coach my clients they see it as Tai Chi or Qigong. They are not wrong but not quite right either.
The Fluid Movement principles comes from Martial Arts indeed but it is deeply rooted into Karate Shotokan.
I’ve been practicing Karate Shotokan since 1995 and I think I had my first competition in 1999 or 1998.
So you can safely assume that no matter what I do there is a touch of Karate in it. And my coaching makes no exception.
Tai Chi and Qigong and both Martial Arts. There are many common elements between different disciplines. Of course, they influenced each other.
So yes, if I coach you then you will notice similarities.
What are the Fluid Movement sequences
In Karate we have Katas which are movement sequences executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form.
By perfect form we mean technique, posture, the established pace or rhythm.
Each movement in every Kata, there are Katas where you take 54 steps or more, has a purpose. Since this is a Martial Art we are talking about, the purpose is usually self defence.
However, there is more than the eye can see. If you take out the self defence aspect of Katas you can turn them into beautiful movement patters that contribute to health.
What are the Fluid Movement sequences meant to do
I have created the Fluid Movement sequences to solve the following problem for my clients:
Some of them are aimed at stress management. Calming the nervous system and bring peace and relaxation.
2. Improve focus and patience
And with this productivity in your work.
3. Reduce the risk of injuries
Injury happens when brute force meets brute force (Tai Chi Philosophy).
The law of physics states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
What happens when we use force, when we stump around when we walk? That’s the action. The results is the reaction which will be aggressive as well.
The sequences requite a lot of softness and Mindful Control (another one of The Merisoiu Technique 5 essential principles).
Practicing the sequences you become more aware of your posture, breathing , movement your body as a whole. As this happens you begin to move softer and more fluid.
Thus your action turns into something soft, calm and controlled. As a result the reaction will be soft and calm as well.
And so we reduce the risk of injuries by becoming aware of our bodies and moving softer and more fluid.
4. Feeling more comfortable in one’s own body
These are the more advanced Fluid Movement Sequences which work on mobility and flexibility.
5. Improved posture
Remember, the Karate Katas are a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form.
Posture is essential and in the Fluid Movement sequences you will learn to keep your posture in various given positions and moves. This is again part of the Mindful Control principle.
6. Core strength
Do not be fooled thinking these movement are slow and easy. To have control over your body you must have core strength.
Correct breathing, Mindful Control component again, is a very important aspect in my coaching, whether running or moving slow.
Correct breathing also strengthens your inner core which is responsible for posture and movement in general. Your core is where your strength comes from.
Furthermore deep breathing may boost your body’s immune system and so helping your body heal in a more natural way. It is not recommended to replace your medical treatment with breathing exercises though.
Does this sound like something you would like to bring into your life? If so contact me.