[quote=“SP1B”]Maybe someone can help me here. I dont really understand how you can maintain momentum and energy? Like, how do you really get anything out of your “rocker step”? The only way i can see you keeping that momentum is by going fast through your wind up and looking like Robert Woodard. Otherwise it would get lost. But noone looks like that really? So maybe can someone break down where you get your energy and how to maintain it? Also, the faster the mechanics, the better? (Under control though)
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Momentum is important. How one generates momentum, however, depends on their strength, flexibility and what feel comfortable to them. Using a rocker step is just one way to initiate movement to create momentum.
Now, once you’ve started moving toward the target, you build momentum and energy. The way you maintain that energy is to have proper mechanics and timing. In particular, you need to perform the pieces of the delivery in the proper sequence and with proper timing such that there are no delays nor overlaps. So, for example, if you pause at the balance point, then you waste the momentum and energy that you have built up to the point. Similarly, if you rotate the shoulders at the same time as the hips, then you don’t take advantage of the energy from hip rotation to maximize shoulder rotation.
Moving faster generates more momentum and energy. However, it takes more strength and flexibility to maintain proper mechanics and timing while moving faster. For example, after the front foot plants, the front leg must brace and block the front hip to force the back hip to rotate around the front hip. The faster you move, the stronger the front leg must be. And the stronger the core must be in order to maintain good posture and balance. So move only as fast as your strength and flexibility allow.