Set scene: In a martial arts dojo, two instructors, Kevin and Eric, are demonstrating a drill
Kevin: *pushes Eric over*
Kevin: Ah, you see, he got pushed over. What’s the problem here?
Students: He wasn’t connected to the ground! Bad stance!
Kevin: Yes, very good. But there’s more to it. Let’s do it again.
Eric: *adjusts his stance*
Kevin: *pushes Eric over again*
Kevin: See? Still pushed over. The problem is that he’s relying on muscle. He’s stiff! He’s rigid! He’s trying to push me out of the way with his block!
This went on, back and forth, about five times. Every time, Kevin told Eric he needed to get more into his structure and use less strength. Eric adjusted and softened, just minute changes — so small you could barely see them.
Then Kevin would again push him over. “Too much strength! Less muscle, more structure!”
Finally, Kevin pushed and Eric didn’t move.
Kevin: Ah, there we go. Now you’ve stopped relying on your muscle. Your structure is holding you up. Read more