MomentumNovember 24th, 2012
One thing about speed is, you can’t force it or pursue it on its own.
In fact, if you were to try to do that, you will likely produce the opposite result.
Trying to force your body to go beyond its limits will tighten it up and will actually make you move slower.
No, the answer lies in focusing on the conditions that produces speed. This is the basic philosophy behind the AOV.
If you have good conditions, speed naturally happens.
I have mentioned three of these conditions – looseness, which has to do with body state; lightness, with the quality of your movements; and release, which deals with the dynamic nature of performing.
There’s one additional component to the second element, movement, and that’s momentum.
The logic behind momentum is simple.
If you stop and start in the middle of action, you will lose time and waste energy.
To move fast, it’s essential you keep the flow of your actions going, so you don’t waste time and energy stopping and restarting your actions.
By moving continuously, you’ll also be able to recapture spent energy from one action and use it to propel you to the next (a critical component of the automated engine I’ve written about before elsewhere).
Momentum is part of the larger and more fundamental principle of fluidity, which also happens to be another key element of the AOV.