I'm back baby!
I love the new forum, and there are stickies now!! And I see you've been keeping things running smooth Lane!
Some random thoughts of mine from reading this thread.
1. I think that all martial arts can be associated with the IMA because IMA is something natural that has been lost in us over time, just as it has been lost from EMA over time. Weather there is evidence in the system of it ever being taught or not is a different story. But I can't help but view my training as if I am getting something back that was supposed to be there, rather than getting something new.
2. I think that the internal connections of foot to hand, knee to elbow... is just one view of the connections. Another view of those connections are connecting inside and out. Layer to layer, bodily system to bodily system. I'm starting to see a circle of 'perpetual' energy within my bodily systems. I don't know how to describe it, but each system fuels the next, and it is all directed from the CNS through the bones. Its just like science would describe it if you were to research anatomy, but it is different because with IMA, you learn how to 'do' it.
3.When it comes to IMA, something very important to keep in mind is that any thing that feels 'mystical' is usually just something you don't understand. Many principles you learn that seem esoteric at first are later on used to do something that is very down to earth, natural, and real. If something seems mystical to me, I just learn it, put it in the back of my mind, and when I am at the right place in my training... it reveals itself to me as what it really is.
4.GEARS! Interesting description. Although I feel I can do this with ease on one side of the body, on the otherside, my gears aren't in place... or something. I'm closer. Although I must admit that sometimes I feel as if the distance between me and my goal can only be measured in Zeno's paradox. If so, I hope I'm clumbsy enough to go more than one half one of these times.
I definately find I'm still not relaxed enough, and that I still haven't been able to see that side of my body as one whole peice. I've come close, but it doesn't feel natural. Occasionally bouncing up and down rapidly sort of shakes things into place better, but its pretty much hit or miss.