1) Don't hit the Dummy too hard; overemphasis of strength will lead to choppiness and restricted flow of power. Gradually build up to more powerful techniques without injury or loss of relaxation.

2) Move in a semicircle around the Dummy; either foot can step forward from the Semicircle toward the center, but the leading step should always move along the circular path.

3) Stick to the Dummy arms; try not to lose contact with the arms between motions. When moving around the Dummy while moving the hands from one Dummy arm to another, stay as close to the arms as possible; snake around the Dummy arms, clinging to them with forward, inward pressure from the forearms.

4) Direct your power to the center of the Dummy; even those movements which appear to sweep the Dummy arms sideways are actually focused inward to the core of the Dummy trunk.

5) Always look at the Dummy; no matter what angle you face or technique you use, keep your eyes focused inward on the Centerline.

6) Adjust your movements to the size of the Dummy; be able to adapt to an opponent of any size. Learn to make alterations in the arms for a high Dummy and in the stance for a low Dummy. When sticking on the Wooden Dummy, stance mobility becomes very critical. Since the Dummy arm will not roll or flex like that of a live partner (unless you use the patented spring arms), you have to compensate by shifting your weight at just the right time to enable you to stay balanced, in control and in perfect structure at all points of the cycle. Once this ability to flow around a stationary object is mastered, it becomes much easier to roll arms with a live partner whose arms "give", or to manipulate the opponent's arm and move it off the Centerline, thus opening the body or head for striking.

7) Stay within 45 degrees from the front of the Dummy; never expose your back or
too much of your Dead Side to the Centerline. Stay within striking or kicking range
at all times.

8) Maintain "Body Unity" while moving; keep the waist and stance moving as one. This will maximize the power obtained through stepping and/or turning.

9) Learn to execute inside a Centerline; understand the Centerline Theory and its relationship to the principles behind each of the 108 movements. Be conscious of the Centerline and how it comes into play as Centerline advantage is created, lost and regained repeatedly in the form.


Written by Conrad Howard — November 22, 2012

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