Karate Thoughts Blog


Contents   /   Email  /   Atom  /   RSS  /  

1650+ Posts... and Counting

Koshi: Transferring Power Up And Down

One of the very useful things about the proper use of the koshi (and body alignment), is that power from the lower body can be freely transferred and directed to the upper body. Power from the feet and legs, for example, can be transferred to the arms and hands for a strong punch. Since the lower body is much stronger than the upper body, this is very helpful.

Although we don't speak about it much, power from the upper body can also be freely transferred and directed to the lower body. This is noticeable when we kick in a whip-like manner (as opposed to a large, trusting type kick). It is also noticeable when we use the koshi to step, raise the leg, or shift positions.

Have you ever watched a television show about dinosaurs? They certainly make them look real. When you see the raptors running, you will always notice that their tails act as counterweights. This is true of other animals, but it is really noticeable with dinosaurs (at least to me).

I think that our arms act as a sort of counterweight that allows us to step, raise our leg, kick, etc. more effectively. In such cases, the upper body's power is transferred through the koshi to the lower body.

The koshi, thus, works as a two way street. Power from the lower body can be transferred and directed to the upper body and power from the upper body can be transferred and directed to the lower body... usually in a crisscross manner.

Such a good thing, the koshi.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin