Welcome to another weekly update. This week I want to talk to you about C.O.P. also known as Consistency Of Pressure. The reason I want to talk about it is because it is literally the most important principle we have in the Ngo Dac Na system.
So much so that no other principle works correctly until this one is mastered. Without having the C.O.P. you won’t be able to transfer energy or know which direction your opponent’s energy is going.
Without understanding the C.O.P., it’s nearly impossible to get any martial art style to work correctly.
I hear you! You want to know… How do you get the C.O.P. to work?
Simply put we found through our own personal training that getting the C.O.P. has 2 parts.
Part 1: You have to develop consistent pressure to yourself. The best way to do this is through learning and doing our Tai Chi form regularly.
The reason? Because by doing the Tai Chi form you go through all the different hand and body movements and learn to connect your body. In order for your Tai Chi to look right you have to have consistency of pressure, if not your form will not look correct.
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Part 2: Once you are comfortable with your Tai Chi form and you FEEL that your energy is consistent, then you have to learn how to maintain your consistency against a resistant opponent. The best way to learn this skill is through push hands.
The Reason? Push hands is to Tai Chi what Chi Sao is to Wing Chun. Both exercises teach you how to maintain the C.O.P. in your body. The difference is that in Chi Sao you are hitting someone which triggers more emotional responses and could create bad habits. Where as in Push Hands you are not getting hit and therefor it’s a little easier on your emotional state. Which basically makes it easier for you to learn the skill set. 😉
What’s amazing is the fact that once you understand C.O.P. you can literally apply it to any martial arts and it will naturally bring your skill up in the art of your choice.
So if you haven’t yet started your Tai Chi/Qigong training yet, then NOW is a great time to get started.
One final thing to mention this week, is we started putting up the VIP training videos for those of you who attended the D.C. seminar and are working toward their NDN certification.
Only the VIP members will have access to this training module. Right now you can access it through this post, next week Sije Jamie will be adding easy access via your my home page aka ‘My Training’.
Extra Credit: In the title I say…
You have to be a C.O.P., if you want to know your F.O.E.
What does F.O.E. stand for? Let us know in the comments section below. 😉
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