Slow down to become faster
What at first glance sounds like a paradox, is a proven wisdom.
Because we know that in the calm lies the power.
Not only Far Eastern martial arts have been working according to this principle for hundreds of years. But also the Feldenkrais Method.
Movements are broken down into their component parts and executed in a very slow way.
The attention is guided and as a consequence the perception for what you are doing is trained.
For, as Moshé Feldenkrais said:
“If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.”
Sounds very easy and logical and yet it is a long way.
If one is aware of how movements are built and if one has repeatedly performed them in slow motion with full attention, they may also be retrieved and executed very fast when needed. Many top athletes train according to this principle.
It is very nicely laid out in the book written by Edward Yu “The Art of Slowing down”.
Although this book relates to running, it can be transferred to all ranges of motion and is not only worth reading for runners.
(Just click on the picture of the book to order it)