In most traditional martial arts the spinal alignment is maintained in a straight upright position. But despite telling students over and over again, many of them still tend to lean forward. In the video below, I hope to provide a demonstration of why keeping the back straight and upright helps techniques to flow more easily, fluidly and efficiently!
If you’re an instructor, it could be a good way to teach your own students.
Ironically, it involves using a small drum on a stick, the same as in the second of the original Karate Kid films. These little toys provide a great metaphor for teaching technique!