Dis amazement video.
This video, explains 3 very useful concepts in Chinese weightlifting.
The graph above illustrates well what what “kwai,zun,di” means to us. It’s very simple.
First you have the straight line, that illustrates your center of gravity that usually doesn’t change that much except after the pull.
Then you’ve the bent line, which illustrates the bar path.
The nearer you get to the straight line, the better your lifting’s going to be (theoretically)
Dis amazement video, towards the end you’ll see this guy squatting a triple. And the coach says “Jiang de kan jue ma”. It means “That’s the feeling you’re looking for”
Now in Chinese weightlifting, the “kwai, zun, di” is considered religion. I think we can all agree. Fast, accurate/close, git low (I just made a better rap song that Lil Wayne ever did) is damn good in weightlifting. Even if you’re not strong, you just need to have enough strength to get past the sticking points. With speed, you’re like a spring. Without speed, you’re like a drunk man’s penis.
This combined, with “kan jue” which means “feeling” is probably the magic to Chinese weightlifting if anything. A LOT of emphasis is put into feeling, which is why we do slow first pulls. Yes, without doubt, you’ll produce a lot more power, moving fast off the ground. Soviet research has proven that. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
It’s just that Chinese are more artsy fartsy. They think that if it doesn’t dance a little, all too stoic. They don’t like that. 4000+ years of culture gives you a lot to play with.
With the Chinese, there’s a GREAT amount of emphasis on how beautiful the lift looks. We also believe that the more beautiful a lift looks, the more you’re going to REPEATEDLY hit the lift. We don’t want to gauge the lifter’s lifts by mere KGs. We want to see grace and dance in the lifting. Now don’t forget, a lot of weightlifters have gymnastics influence and points are given for grace. So clearly, they’re going to impart their influence on grace to the weightlifters.
Btw, Katherine Webb’s an amazingly gorgeous woman with her makeup on.
No I do not like her boyfriend one bloody bit. I wish I could squash a hot butter waffle into his left nostril. Yes, I am reasonably certain I would’ve made a much better partner for reproduction. Her looks, my brains, within 1 millennium, the world’s going to be a much more beautiful and intelligent place.
Weightlifters in China, focus on a slower first pull not because they can’t pull fast. We think, that the faster you pull from the ground, 2 problems occur
1. You’re not as accurate (face it), so reproducing these results may not be certain when the time really matters
2. The floor’s too far away
Now you see, while everybody looks at it as if we’re lifting a bar off the floor and overhead, we don’t!
We see it as lifting the bar from above the knee only. This way, we minimize the variance of joint positioning in the first pull, in order……to set up for the most PERFECTLY positioned SECOND pull (of third pull in our dictionary).
We’ve found that too many people mess up a lift, cuz they’re trying to lift fast into the second pull and extend. We think “Why don’t we lift slow and steady, so we bring the “FLOOR” closer to our hips and be so much more accurate as we’ve REDUCED the distance to our “power” position?”
The below knee portion is considered EXTREMELY important, but not for the same reason of generating force that most people may think. We think it’s extremely important because we don’t want to “miss” the good position/timing for the SECOND pull. Besides that, we truly don’t give a rat’s ass about the first pull. No this isn’t a stab at deadlifters. We’re not even in the same sport.
So when you see the Chinese do pulls with ridiculous weights on top of their snatch and clean max, don’t just shake your head and say they know nothing and ASSUME these guys don’t have groundbreaking research crew. There seems to be this odd stigma of “I know best, the Chinese are just experienced and have tons of people” You, do, not, know, that. If they know nothing, they’re doing a damn good job at knowing nothing because they’re still breaking records.
Just give the Chinese science a chance. It’s actually much deeper in science than you may think. I know, because I’ve sat in numerous discussions on technique and if you think your research books are deep, sit in one of these.
They’re SO much simpler to understand and it works so well.
“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself” ― Albert Einstein
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“One should use common words to say uncommon things” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
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