The weighted vs. unweighted pivot question has come up on this forum more than a time or two in the past.
I know, because I brought it up here myself before.
I studied under the Wu style of Eddie Wu, and his lineage teaches only weighted pivots, period, beginner, intermediate, advanced, no matter. Previous even to that I studied what was called "Yang style" TCC and they taught only weighted pivots, period. So when I began my study of the YCF forms I was mystified by these unweighted pivots, this "giving back" of weight to the back leg before moving right back onto that same leg. It took time, it felt awkward, it doesn't particularly look too elegant either, at least to a student of purely wieghted pivots from two previous schools.
What could the purpose be for this? Was this the "watering down" I'd been so advised about by former classmates of the Wu style?
Well, now that I've been studying this style for a couple of years, I definitely see the pros and cons of doing the "less weighted" pivots, they are not truly "unweighted" pivots if you look at them.
This is not a "simplified" movement, by any stretch of the imagination.
First off, have you tried to do this after learning wieghted pivots? I mean really tried and thought about what it is you are doing? Because this is not a "simple" thing to do, at all. It's infinitely easier to do the pivots with all of your weight on one leg allready.
Infinitely, at least for me and quite a few others that I know.
The difference is that to do "less weighted" pivots you must actually have better balance and more control of your center.
Do either of you know the reason behind these "less weighted" pivots? Do you know the reason for the "weighted pivots"?
There are martial pros and cons, there are energy circulation pros and cons, there are a lot of pros and cons of many kinds, to both of these styles of "pivoting".
Ask your instructor, like I did, WHY you do the pivots as you do. They can tell you.
The martial aspects are only one reason.
That said, I have been left to wonder why the Yangs removed "weighted pivots" from their forms. Both are very usefull, both are
Does anyone know?
I practice Wu style with the "weighted" and Yang style with the "unweighted", but have been curious as to why each style chose to use only one.
I have some personal theories, going back to my all consuming love for "frame size" and then of course the "lean" that the Wu style uses and the Yangs don't. But they are just theories.
If anyone knows the "why", I'd like to hear it.
I now find myself in the position of using and understanding both types of pivot. I can tell you, quite honestly, as a student of both pivots that there are numerous places in the Yang form where an unweighted pivot would be quite superb and there are many places in the Wu form where a "less weighted" pivot would ease things quite a bit.
Any ideas? Anyone? I'd love to hear them.