Point Alignment

 

One of the areas of Kung Fu and Tai Chi that many instructors do not know or understand is what I call simple “Point Alignment.”

There are points that are in the body called Pressure Points or Acupuncture Points. They’re both one and the same. The terminology might be confusing or you might think that they are different points, they are not. With Acupressure, you massage the points in a specific way to relax the nerves, muscles or joints. With Acupuncture, you do the same thing with needles.

However, Acupuncture is more complicated because they are working with meridians inside the body where your body’s energy flows. By manipulating this energy flow, they can direct this energy to heal organs, improve your joint health, and a host of other issues.
Now all this sounds complicated, but let’s break this down. First, your body runs on electrical energy. Basically, electrochemical energy and that is how your brain communicates with your body and your body communicates with your brain.

For example, if you touch something hot, the information travels to the brain and back again to pull your hand away. If you want to wiggle your toes, the brain transmits that to your toes.

Now just as with electrical wires in your neighborhood, there are clusters of where these wires meet before branching off to other areas… such as your house. The body also has clusters of nerves, before branching off to other areas of your body. These we can call the acupressure points and are the same points that we use for self-defense.

In Kung Fu and Tai Chi, we use the cluster of nerves to create pain in an opponent without any real damage. We can press, strike, slap, chop, and claw. All these are designed to create different reactions from your opponent.

Now, these same nerve clusters (I call just “points” from now on) can be used for massage. In Tai Chi, as part of our relaxation routines, we massage these points in very specific ways to relax the nerves, joints, and muscles.

However, there is another way that we use these points in Kung Fu and Tai Chi… and that is Point Alignment. By learning how to align these points, you can improve your strength and power. Your body moves more smoothly and easily through the moves, etc. Highly trained athletes through repetitive practice align these points sub-consciously.

In Kung Fu and Tai Chi, we teach how to align these points. The better your understanding of these points the better balance, strength, power, and the more natural a move will feel. You’ll feel more energized because you are using these points correctly. It’s just like plugging in a lamp. The light will not turn on until the flow of electricity travels along the path of the wire to the lamp.

All moves pass through these points to pick up the energy needed to execute the movement effectively. We can take a simple punching move. The hand starts at a specific point on the waist above the hip bone aligned with that point. This gives you the most strength when your fist is placed there. Next, the punch travels toward the center of the body… why the center? That’s where a lot of the mid body points are located. The punch at the end becomes aligned with the solar plexus.

Now it can get a little more complicated. We want to form a triangle with the points as it is related to the fist. The point between the two eyes and the Dantian must be aligned with the fist. That means the head should be in a certain position. The Dantian, the point below the navel forms the other part of the triangle.

By learning this type of alignment, you’ll soon discover the many benefits: improved energy, muscle tone, balance, etc. After years of training, you’ll begin to feel when these are aligned. You’ll be healthier because you are working with your body’s natural energy… and just like lifting weights or running, the more you do the better strength you have or an improved cardiovascular, you’ll have stronger and more natural body energy.

Besides self-defense, this is one of the major reasons that we spend time on making sure that your postures and hands are always in the correct position.