Your Spine and Internal Power: Master your Inner Compass

 Although teachers (when teaching correctly) can be valuable, it is UP TO YOU –– not your “master” or teacher to get you to ultimate understanding and self-mastery. Guidelines to your own mastery begin with physical and “energetic” principles of the spine. This page discusses the physical aspects of the spine. Later pages describe “energetic” and electromagnetic properties of the spine as they relate to the use of internal martial arts in close combat.

1. Physical Principles of Spine Orientation

LEVERAGE (fulcrum) VS. VERTICAL SPRING -Your body orientation in combat (which you will train outside of combat)

Spine and Body Positioning: How you will train = How you will apply

For Close-Combat Purposes (in contrast to Qigong or Muscle Training practices) the positions shown in the preceding photos require you somehow place and then stabilize - in a strong base - against your opponent

The hope for stability (e.g., the ability to solid plant two feet)in the midst of the chaos of real combat is not a realistic way of study.* In a real fight, your opponent will not stand still for you as you come in to set up your base.  (THIS POINT WAS COVERED PREVIOUSLY. YOU CAN READ MORE HERE)

* Even the world’s top judo masters can’t apply a “solid two placed feet” approach when confronting a skilled opponent. see world class judo competition.


Instead of a stable base (Fulcrum/ teeter totter) approach, train to place one foot as as SINGLE, MOBILE POLE (for just a moment) where you want it. Then POWER and SKILL is directed from that narrow base The principle is explained in this video:

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2. Your Spine & Mind-Body Electromagnetic Fields

Although science has yet to confirm that something called Ch’i/ Qi or internal energy exists, there are correlates of experience that practitioners identify as internal energy. For example, there can be sensations of warmth or electrical-like sensations that move within the body. Experiences can also include other sensations, such as the feeling of electromagnetic pulses that move along the spine.  The pages that follow focus on that latter class of experience: working and manipulating sensations that seem to travel along the spine.