Auxiliary Training Methods

Traditional training methods are

essential for learning the proper

way to perform the movements

and to understand the principles of

your particular style/styles of martial arts.

I am sure that we can all agree upon this statement.


But there comes a time when auxiliary methods can be

used to gain a little more insight into how certain concepts are acquired

in order  to progress in your martial arts development. These auxiliary exercises

may often come from practices that do not have much to do

with martial arts but they are highly effective at producing a particular result.


One such exercise is particularly effective in training an aspect of

ba gua and hsing-I where the palm in many styles has a rounded

shape right in the center. For some people this concept is difficult and

results in them not holding the rounded shape at all, or distorting the

shape of the hand to get the hollow palm.


One cool exercise is a magician’s practice where a quarter is held

in the palm of the hand to be hidden from view. The hand should be relaxed

and soft but maintain the hold on the quarter. The Trick is called palming.

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Palming teaches you to hold the shape of the hollow palm correctly.

This exercise is a fun way to teach this concept and can be incorporated

in your spare time as a cool auxiliary practice. It brings results pretty quickly.

Give it a shot and see how it works for you.


Train Smart, Train Well

Riverside Tai Chi

Sifu Jesse Powell


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