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Hi Marc,

Please have a quick look at this article

I would like to know if the concept is legit.  Does forming arches with your body provide the best stability and power for your body or are other body structures better suited for generating and receiving power (like the traingles talked about in styles like wing chun etc).  

Thanks in advance


Ummmm yes, no, maybe, sometimes, it depends?

I've never quite heard it phrased that way. He flirts with a lot of known concepts but he doesn't really settle down with one system. Yet he's talking in a way modern people can understand.

Here's the thing, what he's saying passes the initial sniff test, but it's kind of vague in details. And in the martial arts there are not only a lot of ways to do things right, but there's way, way  more ways to do thing sorta right. So I can't really tell -- from an article -- is he's getting the details right of the idea he's talking about.

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