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Chinkuchi Pushups: Addendum


As I have noted in previous postings on this subject, these are not easy pushups to do. Regardless of the validity toward the concept of “chinkuchi” being necessary for this to work there are anomalies I would question in the two performing the demonstration. 

First, as stated in other postings the feet are wide for balance. I am not sure why this is so because most pushups I have done including the ones in the military the feet are not spread wide but are touching close together. 

Second, take notice in both snap shots of the hands. The hand position may just be a fluke but for both it seems to be a position that boosts the ability to do the pushups. The hands on both performers is pushed up close to the front of the “chinkuchi pushup bars.” I wonder if that provides additional support so they can actually do the pushups. Please note, if I had a pair I am not sure I could do them either. I do believe, if I had a pair, I would be able to do them after a short period of training time and I firmly believe that would come from repetitive practice and not necessarily because of some ability with chinkuchi. Then again, it depends on your definition of chinkuchi.

In my definition it relates to certain physiokinetic principles such as structure and alignment. Even so, without some time training with the pushup bars it would be difficult for most to do. In addition, it takes more hand and wrist strength then mere structure and alignment. I am pretty strong and do pushups every day but it would still take some time and practice to get it to work and I would be working diligently to keep the feet together during the exercise. 

Third, the second snapshot actually shows the first finger and thumb wrapping around the front of the push up bar. This, in my eyes, provides more support and I also wonder if they actually both placed their hands exactly in the center of the handles and kept the supporting bars that run to the ground free from body parts if they could do it as well as it showed in the demonstration. 

I don’t do this to disparage the person or persons but do so to “question the teaching” that this is indicative of good chinkuchi. I also got the impression from my practice that chinkuchi is a more transient ability, i.e. sequential locking and unlocking process from the feet, up the body and into the arms, etc. where this seems more static. 

Then again, I am not the expert that these folks are and bow to their greater knowledge and experiences in the hopes that one day, one day soon, clarity in explanation will enlighten me to the chinkuchi push up bar as it relates to chinkuchi. 

I suspect that like most things this is about doing something others have no experience with and explaining it in a manner that seems logical but cannot be proven one way or the other. In other words a means to impress others as to ability and knowledge when in the end there is no real proof either way. 

I am using logic as one who has studied physical fitness and tried to learn how to do exercises correctly for maximum benefit, etc. I apologize if this angers some folks but hey, explain it completely and then do the pushups without spread legs and the hands positioned in the exact middle of the handles while doing the pushups. Then, provide the novice a chance then let them work on it for a while and in all likelihood they will do just as well with them and no where will they actually detect a change other than strength and technique. 

Knowing technique is ok but knowing its purpose and how it is applied and under what conditions is superior. This seems, to me, as inadequate in both technique and the knowing of it relating to chinkuchi. Just because I say it ain’t so does not make it not so and the one saying it is so does not make it so. 


Just trying to understand!



p.s. also, why do it on grass? Is it because the bars tend to sink in giving additional support? If this is truly a "chinkuchi pushup" system then why not do the pushups on a hard surface so that true chinkuchi or principles can be used to do the exercise?

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