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The Four Stages Of Anatomical Indexing 

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Ron Chapél, Ph.D.

Or; Anatomical Indexing versus “motion master keys”


I. Stage One – Alphabetic

This is the preliminary physical stage of learning in any physical activity, where the alphabet “letters” or basics are learned and “pronounced” singularly and properly in preparation for the next stage of learning.
II. Stage Two – Phonetic

This is the secondary stage of learning in any physical activity. It stresses the basics of proper [url=http://sublevelkenpo.org/moodle/mod/book/view.php?id=3″]execution[/url] and constant physical correction, anatomical alignment and structural integrity, as its primary function. Its primary goal is to begin the process of training the body, and creating muscle memory and synaptic pathways associated with the activity in preparation for the next stage of development. Here the term “Phonetic Basics” is appropriate to distinguish what is learned from more expeditious and intuitive action to come later in one’s development.
III. Stage Three – Script/Cursive

Here the movements began to take on a more fluid look as the mind and body becomes comfortable with the activity. The “corners are rounded” although the movements are still significantly large and pronounced as we execute with a flowing, smooth, and unhesitating action. It can be compared to drawing a square as opposed to drawing a “circle.” A circle may be drawn rather quickly but a square takes more time. The square is phonetic, while the circle is scripted movement.
IV. Stage Four – Shorthand/Abbreviated

When the movements externally begin to become significantly shorter and more direct in their scripted [URL=”http://sublevelkenpo.org/moodle/mod/book/view.php?id=3″]execution[/url], it becomes “shorthand.” This is where external speed begins to emerge beyond the ordinary. Although the movements originally learned in “Phonics” are present, they now flow with a shorter more directed action, but still retain the structural integrity of the now well-trained substructure anatomy. While “shorthand” may be desirable in some applications, others demand a stage 3 scripted execution. Still others may demand a stage 2 phonetic application.
V. Stage Five – Internal/Chi

Here the indexed movement is no longer needed and for the most part is externally imperceptible, creating all the alignment and structural integrity necessary for the functional activity internally. This is the ultimate in functionality and speed with true economy of movement created by the external training of the body to have the subsequent effect of training the internal to the extent that the exaggerated phonetic external movement is no longer necessary to achieve structural integrity or anatomical efficiency.

This methodology although expressed differently in other disciplines, is well documented within the older cultural arts from the Chinese, Indonesian, and East Indian, and movements that may appear excessive or unnecessary have only to be properly interpreted. Nevertheless, all stages are functional, although as you develop mental and physical familiarity to any movement, it naturally becomes more expeditious in [URL=”http://sublevelkenpo.org/moodle/mod/book/view.php?id=3″]execution[/url], even though an application may demand a different stage.

However, just because some movements may be internalized does not mean that all applications allow such [URL=”http://sublevelkenpo.org/moodle/mod/book/view.php?id=3]execution[/url]. Some applications require large movements to maximize efficiency physically in real world interaction.


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