MOTION MECHANICS & INTEGRATION IN MARTIAL ARTS
Foundation Principles: The Systems of Biomechanics for
Martial Arts Simplified:
By Eric S. Kingston
There are systems out there that have no Kata (forms)
or set patterns. But because there are no expressed
Kata (forms) etc, does not mean there are no Working
Foundation Principles. Working Foundation Principles
are basically lines, spheres, time and vectors of
A system that works with biomechanics, how the
structure of things work, in this case the human body,
teaches one about understanding movement through the
working Foundation Principles of space and energy. And
ultimately, mastering the space around them.
Foundation Principles are what make ALL techniques
work. In other words, the tree may have branches and
leaves, but its roots are what nourish it and it all comes
from a seed. The roots are its foundation principles.
This concept of mechanics applies to ALL THINGS. If
you do not understand space, time, motion and varying
shapes of energy, your techniques will fall short
against a practitioner of high-level mechanics.
On the purely physical level you are basically dealing with the
realities of spatial dimensions, height, depth and
width. Within that, there are lines of energy and
shapes, etc. that are made when one object or more
interact. As objects interact, realities become more
complex and less and less infinite.
I also believe that the real reason that systems teach
Kata, was not to teach about imaginary fights, but to
teach one about structure, lines and spheres existing
within spatial energy. If one looks, and learns, Kata
with this perspective it will give one a greater depth
of learning, experience and expression.
The technique, in its most basic form, is the limited
expression of the infinite possible experience of
life. The infinite experience of life begins to be
understood by the way it expresses itself, i.e. within
the geometric structures of line, sphere and
interaction within the space-time continuum. And those
understanding, and mastering, this level internally
are “free” in their creative expression.
Hence there exists; the principle, the techniques and
the application. As I stated before all techniques are
built from theses Working Foundation Principles. This
applies to all physical manifestations of “things/objects”
interacting with each other.
Within the Spiritual dimensions of time and space,
principles evolve and become more infinite, like fractals.
Or as Einstein states “Imagination is more important than
knowledge.” Why? Because imagination is limitless. But
the more you work towards final application (on the
physical level), the more and more you bind the
infinite of varying principles) and work them down to
To sum it up:
Try to understand the Working Foundation Principles,
motion, time, lines of energy, influencing the space
around you so don’t become “a tree without roots.”
With Your Training In Thought,
Eric S. Kingston