THE HARMONIOUS AND COLLECTIVE NATURE OF MOVEMENTS

            The individual pattern should be a harmonious collection of designed sequential movements, which progress logically through the last movement of the pattern.   The individual movements should be executed at the highest speed possible, while the overall pattern speed should not progress to the point of losing technique.  Each movement should have a beginning (point A for this thesis) and an ending point (point B for this thesis).  The movement from point A to point B should be accomplished with rapidity, without slowing or stopping during the movement.  In other words, the movement should “explode” from point A to point B, without hesitation.

            The proper performance of each movement is critical to the student’s personal development of speed (matched timing), angle of attack (geometry of movement), and the acknowledgment of developing power.

            I view the ending point of each movement of the pattern as “target practice on an imaginary person” or a board-break.  This visualization of the movement, over time, makes each movement more powerful and facilitates a more confident movement.  No matter how many times the pattern is performed, there always seems to be some error or dissatisfaction in execution.  We strive, as students, to perform each pattern with conciseness and as correctly as possible.  However, each attempt teaches us that absolute perfection is not possible, as we can never reach the state of perfection, although we must strive toward it.  The best model for training is to accept this state of imperfection, and then work to perform each movement with as much correctness as possible.  This concept carries over into our life.  Jesus taught, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  He taught this, knowing that perfection for the mortal man was not totally possible, but striving for perfection and maturity was necessary.

            The consistency of movements throughout the pattern system teaches our body to move freely and uniformly, and to begin the process of learning to move without thinking as much about each individual movement.   Over time, each sequence should be become more instinctive and regular in nature, and more powerful.  The collective nature of movements within each pattern challenges us to move smoothly and powerfully through the range of movements, to accomplish more than just doing the pattern as a memory skill or testing agent.  The patterns force the student to visualize movements, natural sequences, and demonstrate technique.  However, the real issue of the pattern system is richer and deeper.  Each individual movement and each individual pattern teach us progressively.  As we mature in the pattern system, our movements are enhanced with physical maturity (personal development of power by physically maturing), and a mental awareness of the movement (understanding the purpose of each movement).   Each step in the learning process is a step on the road to possessing greater knowledge of each movement.  This progression of learning never stops.   As we age, and our bodies change, we become stronger in some areas and weaker in other areas.  This is humbling.  Yet, the power of our individual lives increase.  Certain areas of power can be heightened (hand technique for example), as the use other skills may diminish, such as kicking techniques, due to injury.   One of the most important issues that our students can learn is that the personal development of power in their lives is more important than any physical power they may have developed by learning the patterns correctly.    

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