☯ MIND INTENT ☯
Weapons have often been used in martial Arts to train the “Intent”. In essence, the practitioner places his attention at the tip of the weapon (i.e. - outside of the body).
The effect is similar to that of someone pointing at a far away place. The structure becomes springy and the slack is reduced. It also allows you to use the concept of levers, by keeping the point of contact (and maximum resistance) with the opponent, relatively still.
The intent runs through all our practice. Every movement and posture should have, as the boxing classics say, “Intent in first place. Intention should guide the form from the beginning to the end and we should not practice “empty movements” even for a short moment.
The process of the mind approach is to use intent to lead qi to trigger body form. Use the heart (mind and intent) to circulate qi; use qi to move the body first in the heart, and then in the body.
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