A – What do we mean by fast motion?

In combat, the technique’s purpose is not determined by the the gesture’s speed, but by a succession of elements that lead us to move with a correct timing.

B – What holds the gesture’s speed?

The psyche plays a fundamental role, often transmitting doubt, performance anxiety … psychological features that lead to a tense and rigid physical / mental condition. In this resting oppure relaxed is clearly necessary to “unlock” the body in order to move, reflecting on the action compromises our speed. The common mistake is the immobility of our starting position, which leads to nervous and poorly controlled movements.

Key points that slow down the movement:

  • psychological block

  • incorrect posture

  • passive intention

C- The relativity of speed in the purpose of the technique:

A mental calmness leaves room for listening and allows us to understand the intervention distances, the structure of the body (reconnecting each point, from the muscles to the nerves to the joints) and leaves our intention free to the opponent. In this way we are able to stay aware in the space around us and to finalize the technique with fluency reacting in “against time” on the intention of the other. It can therefore be summarized that speed is not equivalent to the speed of the gesture, as to time and fluidity of reaction. Training must be aimed at stimulating balance, weights, supports and our joint mobility (essential for connection).

D – relevant factors to be analyzed for the development of a rapid gesture:

Being continuos and loose while moving eliminates any adrupt move. In this way we seem to be quick even with relatively slow actions because we do not leave pauses or “empty moments” (for example the loading of the blows) giving space to the other to intervene. Act without a scheme and mentally open makes it possible to adapt the movement of the body like an elastic that closes, opens, widens, narrows and stretches in the space around us.

Focus to move in fluency:

  • active intention

  • timing


  • technical continuity

article by Isaia Antonaci

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