FIVE SECTION CIRCULAR ORBIT METHOD
This portion of the training is unquestionably one of the most unique and profoundly benefits of the program. Based on the natural movement of the human body, long-term practice of this unique method has proven to bring positive and widespread changes to the performance abilities and health of the practitioner.
The following section will provide insight into the rationale behind this universal training method.
UNIVERSAL ORBITAL PRINCIPLE
Like the rhythms and movements of the universe, all bodies follow a circular path. The moon and earth rotate upon their axes. As our moon orbits the earth, along with the other planets, we orbit the sun. The sun too, follows its own rhythm within the Milky Way Galaxy, and so on.
In our solar system, the sun might be regarded as a focal point of movement, leading the planets in their orbits. Collectively, the celestial bodies create a unity within the solar system, and further between the collective solar systems, simultaneously travelling along their orbits, while rotating upon their axes. Hence the model of the functioning universe is circular and dynamic.
The human body is a reflection of the universe following analogous circular rhythms. We are at once involved in a mutually influential relationship with all that lies outside of our planet, with our environment, and the microscopic physiological processes that occur within our bodies at every moment. Changing seasons, day and night, activity and rest, respiration and circulation and the movement of submolecular particles, the observations made about the universe also apply to our own bodies and vice versa.
THE HUMAN UNIVERSE
Human motion is a result of balance in structure and function. The nervous system commands, balancing oppositional muscular forces exerted on the skeletal framework, resulting in various types of movement and work.
Just as planets revolve upon their axes, the human body is its own ‘solar system’ with various body segments orbiting one another and rotating upon their given axes. These body segments and pivot points are determined by human joint structure. The shape of articulating bones, the space between, and the tissues that unify result in the characteristics of a given joint.
There are many types of joints in the body. These include: hinge, saddle, ball and socket, and fused. Even the seemingly immobile joints such as the plates of the skull, also have shown to follow rhythmic movements, expanding and contracting according to a diurnal cycle, also affected by environmental factors such as atmospheric pressure, temperature and so on. While invisible to the eye, this expansion and contraction illustrates the dynamic state of the living being, always moving, constantly seeking balance. This expansion and contraction is also observed in the universe, solar systems, galaxies and planets. This might be described as movement at rest or in fixed position.
The visible movements produced by the body clearly follow an orbital path. In all joints, there are at least two separate bones articulating. For example, in the elbow, the humerus and ulna (upper and lower arm bones) form the joint. When either bone is fixed, the other bone may only produce a rotational movement within the scope of its anatomical structure. Moreover, the rotation of one joint always involves the simultaneous rotation of the neighbouring distal joint. This mirrors the revolution of moons around planets and planets around the sun. With 206 large and small bones in the human body, each joint can perform a variety of circular patterns. Imagine the complex motions that may result by combining all the joints in their circular systems together!
PLANES OF MOVEMENT
Science recognizes and three axes: x, y and z that pertain to movement within these three dimensions (fig. 1). Thousands of years ago, the Chinese first made empirical observations on the motions and rhythms of celestial bodies and earthly phenomenon according to the concepts of planes of motion. In fact, these two perspectives discuss the same universal principles.
Observed from the lateral aspect of each plane, by connecting the edges of the three axes, the four planes of motion result, each have their own surface: lateral (xy), vertical (yz), planar (xz), and elliptical (xyz) (fig. 2-5).
When two or more planes of motion are combined, one is able to construct a unique force of angular motion known as ‘ball force’. This ball-type structure is represented by the following diagram:
It is this regard for totality that has led to a unique perspective on human health and development, refined and proven for thousands of years. There is a mutually influential relationship in the development of Chinese martial arts, medicine and science.
It is the goal of the martial artist to identify, refine and employ all the parts of the body in concerted effort. These motions are guided and controlled by the mind, thus, harmony between mind and body are of paramount importance.
Performance is directly proportional to the ability to control and unify the entire body. Success is measured through such factors as sensitivity, awareness, aesthetics, improved health and well being, coordination, timing, speed and power generation.
Systematic training in Four Circular Principle Axis of Angular Motion has numerous benefits. The body is divided into five sections and developed according to its natural structure and function.
FIVE SECTION CIRCULAR ORBIT METHOD
The body may be divided into five sections: head (cervical spine), arms (upper limbs), back (thoracic spine), waist (lumbar spine) and legs (lower limbs) (fig. 6). These five sections may be trained to enhance the body’s natural movements within the four planes of motion.
The four planes of circular motion are the basic principles of human motion. How do we apply them to physical training?Rate and Respiration: Speed of execution may be fast, medium or slow, depending on ability. Breathing should match the movements.
Duration: Every circle type is repeated in multiples of eight reps per set up to a maximum of sixty-four reps. The number of sets depends on the ability of the practitioner.
Quality: The upper body must be soft, smooth like willow branches in wind. Do not use force, avoid stiffness. The practitioner must strive to feel natural, relaxed, peaceful and calm.
Method and Technique (not shown)
CIRCULAR TRAINING METHOD BENEFITS
Founded on the Four Circular Principle Axis of Angular Motion, the Five Section Circular Orbit Method is a scientific exercise method. It uses only the most basic of human movement.
With the Circular Orbit Training Method, there is no distinction between static and dynamic martial training goals. Standing, sitting or lying practice posture is irrelevant. The only requirement is to follow natural body motions and rhythms. Thus, it is very easy to perform and benefit from the exercise. As long as one understands and adheres to the principles of the method, execution will be correct and benefit derived.
It is important to train the body to follow the correct position and execution, as described above. This will connect the body and promote unity. These movements are the foundation of all physical skills and must not be overlooked.
Importance For Martial Arts And Sports
The Five Section Circular Orbit Training Method is an indispensable training tool for human motion, and is compulsory study for martial arts training. Failing to recognize and understand the fundamental movement principles of the body, one’s potential development in the martial arts or any physical endeavour will be severely limited.
The human body is a complex organism. The cell is the basic unit of structure and physiology. Many cells combine to form anatomical structures (i.e. vessels, specialized tissues). Different structures together form the organs (i.e. heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys). The organs are grouped in nine physiological systems: cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, genitourinary, reproductive, endocrine and lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and the nervous system; all forming a mutually influential coexistence.
Using the fundamental circular movements of the human body, one can stimulate these systems and positively influence one’s health, promoting balance and harmony. Through the concerted function of the systems, each cell in the body is nourished and strengthened, promoting one’s vitality, protecting health and alleviating sickness. Significant health benefits are thus derived, particularly for the Nervous, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Digestive System.
Long-term practice of the Circular Orbit Exercises has a positive effect on all systems in the body, promoting optimal growth, development and vitality.