Chinkuchi is the cultivation of energy (ki) through proper body mechanics.
Sanchin...it is done in two ways, with tension and with speed. ...This is done for health and for the cultivation of Chinkuchi. Sanchin is prolonged Chinkuchi.
The same could be said about the mechanics of throwing a baseball or swinging a bat, right? There is a "proper body mechanics" to each of those activities, and one most definitely is into "the cultivation of energy", right?
I like taking the mystical mumbo jumbo language and bringing it down to something we can relate to. I love the baseball analogy because.
1) Sanchin and throwing/hitting mechanics are actually quite similar in my view. The biggest difference is that we do things "smaller" in Sanchin for myriad reasons.
2) In baseball, you can actually see and measure the result of your effort. It's difficult to do that in Sanchin because we're just striking at air molecules in the kata.
Anyhoo... FWIW, I'm actually getting a little more comfortable with Nakamatsu mechanics these days, Dana. You'd be proud of me. I actually stole some neat stuff from you.
But what really woke me up to it all is I started seeing some body mechanics parallels when looking at video clips of the home run derbies at the All Star games. Fun stuff. Most people can't see the stuff I see without some pharmaceutical enhancements.
But it's there.
We should talk some time.
BTW, I came by to wish you Happy New Year. I love you and Heather both. Never forget that!