(Essentials, Part II) Physical mechanics of the internal martial arts

Part II: Physical mechanics: Hard vs. Soft tissue body structure support as the basis of power development and advanced abilities. Includes principles of "Empty-Full," Suspension and Tensegrity, the body resilience principle of sung, ("springy-ness" or tenacity) and "block training" as a method to access advanced body mechanics

Part I: Principles of Body Mechanics
Hard vs. soft tissue support
There are two ways the body can hold and support weight. Support by “hard tissue” refers to holding the body by bones or “fulcrums” (see below) that rely on the body “locking” or resting in such a way that muscles, tendons and ligaments are required to do less work.


The issue of hard vs. soft tissue support lies at the core of understanding not only the lack of power in most internal martial artists, but how the internal martial art, in general, deteriorated over the last several generations.