To Turn or Not to Turn...the Waist

 

There are several ways we can utilize the turning or not turning of our waist when performing an action. However, before I list them I have to make sure you realize that the turning of the waist and the turning of the hips are not the same action.

Please keep in mind, that for this article, we will only be looking at turning of the waist with the hips as one structurally intact unit.

Here are the different ways we can utilize the turning of our waist when performing an action:

  1. We can not turn our waist at all; and, instead use it to help stabilize our body during the action.
  2. We can turn our waist with the action. This will add additional power not only from our core muscualture, but if done properly, from our legs also.
  3. We can turn our waist before we begin to turn our torso. This has the effect of using our core and leg muscles to push, as well as, pull our torsos across our centerline. Done correctly, this sequence of action can be method of twisting and/or turning our torsos.

Even though it will take a fraction of a second to ‘cock” your waist first, this method can also result in the fastest acceleration of our bodies.

There is no hard and fast rule as to which way will be the “Best Way” for a particular situation. You need to examine all of the variables and see which method will give you the most advantages for what you are trying to accomplish.

Some of the variables you need to consider are:

  • The amount of time you have to act.
  • Your starting position: are you in balance? Shifted left or right? Vertically in line or leaning? Where are you arms relative to your torso and each other
  • At the same time you are computing these variables for yourself, you need to get the same answers for your opponent.

At the same time you are computing these variables for yourself, you need to answer the same questions for your opponents actions.

And of course, all of this has to happen in a split second. How will you ever “Know” the answers to all of these questions so quickly?

The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: Practice! Practice! Practice!