Table of Contents
A "semper fi" introduction
Like a Marine, the initiate will acquire knowledge not common to man. Sooner of later someone will say—"You're a Meridian-runner."
The Secret Steps
The Secret Steps
Discover the steps that gave the author this secret knowledge. Why is he a master on the subject?
The mental master versus the physical
This chapter exalts mental prowess above the pure physical. Here, the mental rules are more important than the physical skills.
The Talented Exercises
These are precise exercises to create the meridian-runner. The best equipment in this chapter is the human brain.
Platform drills—learn hip rotation with simple step drills.
Court drills—discover why the hips get frozen in confined areas, that is, on the tennis court.
Field drills—the pinnacle of Meridian-running: "the McFadden run". Find out how an elite athlete ran a curve, then transitioned into an inverted curve without breaking stride.
The hill—never be intimidated by a hill again. This is a valuable opportunity for a precise meridian tactician to bury the competition.
Your Sport is running
Mechanical advantage creates speed and lateral stress. Learn how to control the newly acquired skills.
A device favored by IQ test prompters demonstrates the deepest level of meridian training.
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A "semper fi" introduction
There are three ways a Marine gets in shape—running, more running and even more running.
What do you think you're going to do today recruit?
"Sir, running sir!" the group shouts in unison.
The group of men in the previous text is the U.S. Marine Corps. Their physical prowess is honed in basic training, and what emerges is a Marine. These men discover a brotherhood distinguished by a sense of duty to their country and loyalty to each other. That loyalty can be summed up with these two words, semper fidelis, always faithful.
Years later when these men greet one another, they say with zeal—"semper fi." Similarly, the person reading these lines will learn a secret code. Every step will make an indelible statement to those who have learned the code. You're a meridian-runner. The text takes the stance that mental mastery is foremost, and above the pure physical. Meridians can be deployed with a simple flip of a mental switch.
The motion of putting a golf ball has many meridian thoughts within the same act. Although the brain seeks balance in the swing, the mind is constantly making readjustments. If these thoughts aren't mastered, a paralyzing phenomenon can take place. Golfers the world over know this phenomenon as the "yips".
One major league baseball player's career was cut short because he couldn't throw the ball to first base. He had baseball's version of the yips, and he couldn't solve it. His name is Steve Sax.
In basic training, recruits are trained by veteran soldiers. The purpose of the strict training is to turn a civilian into a battle ready soldier. A soldier that won't freeze-up in battle.
"How sure are you recruit?" the drill sergeant bellows.
"Sir, 100% sure, sir," the soldier yells back.
Most profession athletes have trainers paid big money to make them excel at their specific sport. Unfortunately, most of those trainers have little or no idea about meridian training. At the end of the day, the athletes and the trainers are left with questions. Why did he drop the ball; why did she stumble over the hurdle; how'd he miss that put? They don't know.
What if the secret code of the brain was learned first? Then the errors of sport could be corrected without question. Isn't that an ocular two catch; did your long leg miss its position box; is that a blue line putt?
In accordance with this, these core meridian concepts will impact your thinking and your actions.
- Ocular 1 and Ocular 2
- Short leg and Long leg
- Battle arm and Shield arm
- Red line and Blue line
- 1's, 2's, 3's and 4's
These skills are unique to the meridian-running book. No other work has codified the rules of running this way. Just like a Marine, the text creates a specialist: a person who is an elite meridian-runner.
To discover how this information was acquired the next chapter steps into "The Secret Steps" of the meridian-runner.
The Secret Steps
Place the right index finger twelve inches in front of the outside corner of the right eye. Draw that finger on a diagonal to the left temple. During the exercise notice how the finger blurs and appears briefly to speed up. Somewhere around the bridge of the nose the brain switched from ocular 1 to ocular 2. This vision fallacy is corrected by switching the vision center to the receiving eye. Redo the exercise, but this time look only with the left eye (ocular 2). Notice the blur and speed up is gone—magic!
While the author was staging for cold weather training, there was a Major League Baseball game on TV. The Chicago Cubs were at home against the LA Dodgers and the Dodgers held a 1-0 lead in the NLDS (the Nation League Divisional Series). The shortstop (an infielder on the left side of the diamond) would make a crucial error in the game. His name is Theriot, and his vision blunder would begin the discovery of meridian training.
On a ball hit up the middle, Theriot set his feet to attack the bounding ball. He looks at the ball then turns his attention toward the base runner. He looks back at the ball, his bare handed attempt gnarls, and the ball falls to the ground.
Long after the game was decided, the thoughts were still running about the Theriot error. Later in the wilds of Montana, time would be spent solving the problem.
The Next Secret Step
For eight days the temperature never got above zero degrees Fahrenheit, and at night the temperature would plummet to minus thirty degrees. Brutal weather conditions allowed for two tasks: draw water and gather wood.
Notwithstanding, the brain is very active. Cold weather training is a time for reflection…
The Theriot error could have been prevented if:
a.) He remained ocular 1 and mentally checked the runner.
b.) After switching to ocular 2 to check the runner, he reacquired the ball in his ocular 2 vision field.
c.) After checking the runner, he clears his ocular 2 vision field and "looks" the ball into his hand, ocular 1.
The text illuminates how temperamental vision actually is. Because of this, the body must be trained to accommodate the shifting target line. Therefore, the one place on the body that can't rack, cave in, or otherwise get out of position…
In most athletic sports, power and performance is generated in the lower body. Invariably, the way the athlete aligns his hips is the difference between success and failure.
With this in mind, make a fist that represents a scale one to five. One is a very lightly formed fist. This hand pressure allows the wrist to flop back and forth. Two tightens the fingers but still allows movement with respect to the wrist and elbow. Three and four place pressure on the wrist and elbow and makes both less flexing. Five is a death grip, and is not used in any examples.
Meridian-running develops a three or four hip on the drive leg, while the opposite leg has a one or two alignment. This device allows the drive leg to create power, and the posted leg to develop stride length.
This may sound counterintuitive, but the posted leg is not the long leg. The stance is lengthened with the drive leg. The opposite leg is said to be shortened, and therefore the short leg. This will be explained in detail later.
In many sports, running gets the athlete in position to place the elbow. Once the elbow is aligned properly the hand flows directly with the body. Any shift in the target line or hip alignment could cause the elbow to fly out of position.
Let the text display how a meridian master would use this information to regain his heavyweight championship.
For months Muhammad Ali would berate George Foreman leading up to their Championship fight—"You're too slow to beat me, George." Many people remember the fight as the "rope-a-dope" fight. However, hidden within the Ali camp was a devious device.
Muhammad would continue to hit George with the same technique: Ali would fade back on his right hip, and when Foreman was within range, Ali would roll forward onto his left heel and deliver two and three punch combinations. Over and over again, Ali would hit Foreman flush. Then Ali would give ground. If George desired to push, Ali allowed him.
All along Muhammad continued to berate George, "You see George, you're not so bad." Then in the eighth round, like lightning, Muhammad would land flush and daze the champion. Ali would reset and again land another right to send Foreman to the canvas.
Muhammad used his lower body platform to hide his intentions. Continuously, he would hide on the red line and roll onto the blue line to deliver powerful combinations. For months Ali cultivated his plan, and it was simple: keep George in front of him!
At the press conference after the fight, Ali used these words—"Was I losing the fight before I knocked him out?" The reporters were nonplussed. The best answer was unspoken, George never figured it out.
the final secret step
The author has trekked thousands of miles on the road. Many steep hills have gotten in the way. The next steep hill will give the meridian secrets: with heavy pack, tired legs and hips, a new technique was attempted. Drive the right leg with power and with the next step post the left heel on the grade. Then relax and allow the bodyweight to roll into the hill.
Over and over again, drive, post and fall into the hill. It seems like half the energy is not being wasted. This is the final secret step for everybody: drive, post and roll.
The mental master versus the physical
August 480 B.C., the king of Sparta would lead a small force into battle. History would remember this event as the "Battle of Thermopylae". Though heavily out numbered, the Greek contingent would bottle neck the Persians for three days. Some scholars place the invading Persian force at 300,000 strong.
Before the Greeks were vanquished, nearly 20,000 Persian combatants lost their lives.
Unique to these Greek warriors was their use of the battle phalanx. The place of battle, called "the Hot Gates", was no more than a road between the cliffs and the sea. The Greeks relied on a tactic drilled into them since their youth.
This is your shield arm, this is your battle arm; this is your shield eye, this is your battle eye; this is your shield leg, this is your battle leg. At the pinnacle of this Greek training resided Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. Therefore the text strongly asserts that the Greeks were trained meridian masters.
Red line and Blue line
At this stage of the game the target line splits in two. The blue line is on the left and the red line on the right. For example, the blue line strategy of the Greeks would win the first two days at Thermopylae.
"Greeks superior in valor and in great size of their shields."
Moreover, Ali's shift onto the blue line would confound Foreman throughout their title fight. In accordance with this, the first law of meridian training is born.
Rule number 1:
Any moving object or thought process that crosses over one meridian to the other can be misinterpreted by the brain's central processing.
This rule identifies a consistent problem in sport: athletes are often stranded on one meridian. Vision is one culprit, but what if the brain can't process the shifting target line? Then again, maybe the Spartans can answer this question.
The text firmly states that Spartans are meridian masters. Somewhere in the Greek brain was a blue line strategy called shield operations. When they shifted away from the blue line they found ripe fruit for the picking. The red line was occupied with deadly pike maneuvers. From blue line to red line the Greeks mowed down the Persians in front of them.
The Spartan masters point directly to the second law of meridian training.
Rule number 2:
I can shift from one meridian to the other if I know the consequences. This rapid redeployment of actions may simply be too fast for my opponent(s).
The best way to internalize the previous is with an easy mental exercise…
Florida and California
On the right side of the brain build a house in Florida, and let it represent the right meridian. Conversely, on the left side of the brain, build a house in California. There resides the left meridian. Now, at the speed of light, switch from the house in Florida to the house in California. Then back again.
This profound mental exercise creates a well trained Spartan brain. Furthermore, from here on the text will use the houses in California and Florida as places of storage.
Long leg and short leg
The text defines the long and short meridian with the basic defensive basketball stance. The arms are up; the palms face outward. Push off with a short leg hop… Oops, that term will be defined later. Start again, to shuffle the stance to the right the right meridian needs to be lengthened. Prepare to position the right foot to the immediate right, now step. Before that step hits the ground, this information goes into the athlete's brain. You have isolated the long meridian, it is engaged and moving to the right.
Prime examples of the long meridian: the yoga warrior pose and the karate front stance. Soccer balls and football field goals are kicked with the short leg. The plant foot is the long leg. Also, many wrestling trips are staged against the opponent's long leg, because it is weight bearing and more difficult to reposition.
Short leg hop
Returning to the basketball drill, mentally point to the leg opposite the action. The left leg is said to be shortened, and in this instance, it is considered abandoned. The stance phase of the movement has stranded the left meridian and its coordination is under implicit athletic command. Moreover, the drill issues a tacit short meridian command—a short leg hop. The text paused thirteen sentences ago, because the term was undefined. Nevertheless, both long and short actions can occur nearly simultaneously. Now the basketball stance can shuffle to the right; moreover, there shouldn't be much trouble shuffling the stance to the left (just reverse the actions).
Many soccer players use a short leg hop so they can kick or dribble the ball with their repositioned long leg. The tennis player Novak Djokovic scissors his legs with the hop so he can hit the ball cross court. Finally, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers uses the maneuver to reposition his long leg and free his short hip. He's right handed, and he needs to free the short hip to make an accurate throw.
It's amazing how many athletes don't possess this basic meridian skill.
The one to five value system used on the fist is now translated into the lower body. Stand in an offset combat stance: the feet are shoulder width apart, and the left foot is slightly forward. Concentrate on the hip flexor muscles—begin to tighten the value system, one, two, three,… Push both hips into the torso. Flex past four to five (the death grip that is not used in any examples). Quit smiling and look down at the feet.
Dual meridian pressure has raised the heels off the ground and the toes are pointed upward. The weight has rolled directly over the balls of the feet.
Next, release the pressure on the right hip and roll that hip forward. Boxers call the maneuver loading the front leg. It racks the hips and is used to create a power punch.
In the next example a football quarterback has to throw the ball short in the middle of the field. It is a high release to the front of the receiver's visor. The jargon is a top-down throw.
The quarterback pushes his hip flexors in and rises onto the balls of his feet. With a high release point, the proper top-down throw is achieved.
In conclusion, loading the hip flexor allows the body to get into proper position. To much pressure and the body rises or the hips could rack. Nevertheless, that may be desired, as in boxing and throwing a tight spiral over the middle. How about shooting a shotgun or a bow and arrow, or fending off pesky Persians, or even knocking out a heavy-weight champ?
A complete set of meridian elements have been added to this chapter. Most likely, these elements are missing in most workout routines. Quite possibly, an entire meridian is barren or missing altogether.
The text illuminates how the shifting target line can be misinterpreted by the brain—sometimes this leads to devastating results. However, what if the brain could jump from meridian to meridian like flipping a switch?
Finally, does the value system in the legs and hips match the task at hand? Running uphill, rounding a turn, clearing a hurdle: these tasks have a powerful drive leg. As the text has emphasized, the hips could rack, and this creates inefficiencies in the stride length.
The next chapter places these core meridian concepts into practice. THE TALENTED EXERCISES bring out the meridian-runner, and makes that runner faster than they have ever been before.
The Talented Exercises
The athletic drills in this section are placed in four progressive stages. The goal is to fracture the meridians in two. Once the meridians are married again, the brain flows from side to side without hesitation.
The pinnacle of the chapter is the McFadden Run. With a brilliant touchdown run against the Jets, Raider running back Darren McFadden shows how fluid a meridian-runner can be.
Technique is part of talent, and meridian-running is a puzzle someone figures out in their brain. The first calibration is hip rotation. For that, a four inch high platform is required. Stepping on and off the platform shows the technical elements used in meridian-running.
Stage one 1
Platform drill one
The first exercise on the four inch platform is the left jab. Step onto the platform with a left leg lead. These exercises can be reversed if the person is left handed. In continuing, punch slightly down on the target line, and grip firmly the first two knuckles of the left hand. This technique engages the front shoulder muscles and adds meridian pressure.
Step up, jab, and step back. The next set of jabs is performed with a tighter hip flexor muscle. Strengthen the value system on the left hip flexor to three then four. Notice how meridian pressure has stiffened the knee and has raised the torso. The left heel has lifted off the platform and the toes are curled upward (reminiscent of an earlier example).
The left jab may sound like a meridian drill but it isn't. The drill is operating in Florida. A proper California jab originates in Florida as a right punch. Therefore, visualize a right punch, and step on the platform just as before. Immediately, switch from ocular 1 to ocular 2, and move from Florida (right brain) to California (left brain). Snap off a California left jab.
A good way out of the forward position is to regress to Florida. While the left foot remains on the platform, slide the bodyweight onto the grounded foot. Notice that left leg has straightened, and the front of the left foot is off the platform.
Platform exercise one concludes by shifting forward and back, and using the left heel as a pivot point. There are two frames stored in the brain: the Florida back stance and the California jab. Obvious to most, the frames should be stored in two separate sides of the brain.
By the way, Muhammad Ali trained daily in front of the public, reporters, and George Foreman observers. This is, leading up to their title fight. While Ali trained, he never showed anyone the secret device written above.
After the bell rang for the first round, Ali danced around Foreman, and settled into his back stance. Once Foreman was in range—like a spring loaded trap—Ali unleashed the deadly device. Ali hit flush with a California right. The two men then went into a clinch, and Ali said something to Foreman. Probably a repeat of an earlier prediction—"See George, you're too slow to beat me."
Stage one 1
Platform drill two
The second platform drill is a right calibration. Stand on the platform with both feet. Next, step off the platform with the left foot. When that foot hits the ground, throw a straight right. The level change has created the proper hip rotation. The right hip has rolled up and over the posted front hip (recall the exercise "loading the front leg").
Don't throw a punch, just keep the right hand raised (pre-punch). Rock back and forth, moving the bodyweight from front stance to back stance. Allow the front foot to move off the ground in the back stance then set it down again in the front stance.
Serena Williams has one of the most lethal first serves in tennis history. Her power is generated in her lower body. Serena allows her right hip to roll over her previously posted left hip and contacts the ball at its highest point.
The subsequent two drills in this section create a meridian profile to the learned exercise. A special hand is required for the straight right: a spider-man grip. Press the two middle fingers into the palm, and gently wrap the index and pinky fingers on each side. If the palm is facing up, then turn the hand over. Imagine a steel bar running though the center of the forearm to the center two knuckles. Grip the two center fingers past three to four—the fist is ready.
Take the brain to the house in California, but don't think of anything. Totally go invisible and silent on the left meridian. Quiet, wait… Step down and fire off a Florida straight-right. Surprise, notice how fast the meridian fired with just the minimum of practice.
The technique described is called "preloading a meridian", and it displays how fast the human brain processes information. Paul Pierce, a basketball player for the Boston Celtics, did the maneuver in a live NBA game. The move is reversed though, and Pierce went quiet in Florida. When he was no longer perceived as a threat, he fired the move in California. Pierce jumped the passing lane and stole the basketball with his left hand.
A new hand grip is required for the California right. Tightly wrap the ring and pinky fingers into the hand. Loosely curl the other two fingers next to the principal two. The imagined steel bar runs from the ring finger knuckle to the elbow. This bone is called the ulna.
The target line for this punch is toward a dot outside the opponent's right ear, and the drill begins in Florida. Now step off the platform, shift to California, and fire the cross-meridian punch—lightning. Also notice the right hip has traveled further with the punch.
Finally, at the age of twenty-eight, Rocky Marciano got a chance to fight for the heavy-weight title; he would face champion Jersey Joe Walcott. In the thirteenth round, Marciano was clearly losing the fight. Marciano feigns several left hooks, and backs Walcott to the ropes. Marciano is stalking quietly in his house in California. When he is in range a rapid shift occurs, he fires a heavy right-hook. The punch connects flush and knocks Walcott out. Marciano throws a perfunctory left hook and saunters to a neutral corner. Jersey Joe Walcott falls to the canvas: an emphatic heavy-weight knockout victory.
The next meridian test proves that two meridian thoughts can be preloaded on separate meridians. Frame one is the Florida right; the second frame is a California right. Start the exercise in Florida, step down, and slip the alignment mid-punch. Throw a California right-cross. Magically, the two outer knuckles on the right hand are tight, and the hip has traveled further.
In accordance with this, try switching the order of the punches. Then rapidly fire both punches in the same stance. Boxers call this doubling up on the right. Try to keep the houses separated, and let the actions go on their predetermined path.
Slip alignment is so important to athletics because of meridian Law number 2:
I can shift from one meridian to the other if I know the consequences. This rapid redeployment of actions may simply be too fast for my opponent(s).
The text maneuvers toward two goal tenders whose job it is to save the game for their respective teams.
Goal Tender number 1:
His name is Tim Thomas, an all-star goaltender for the NHL Boston Bruins. On this hockey night Thomas will face a lone attacker in the left wing slot (his right side). Tim's defensive weapons are his blocker and his stick on his right hand. His goalie glove is on his left hand. Thomas stands firm to take away the near side post (the hockey lingo is "sitting on the post"). However, he has left considerable amount of room to the far post. He sits soft (a waiting maneuver), and anticipates the shooter's next move. The attacker turns the puck over in his stance and prepares to shoot. In a few one hundredths of a second, Thomas reads the shot. He switches from Florida (sitting soft) to California. The shot is on its way to the far post. Thomas flips from ocular 1 to ocular 2, unfurls his glove, and makes the catch.
Goal Tender number 2:
Her team is clinging to a one goal lead in the Gold medal match. Her team is playing Japan in the 2012 Olympics. A bad turnover has placed a lone attacker on her goal. Her right foot is forward, and like Thomas, she prepares to defend the post. She sets her target line, ocular one. The Japanese attacker doesn't have a shot near side, so she lets go a solid shot high far post. The American goaltender immediately switches the target line to ocular two and fires a preloaded California maneuver. The goaltender's hands go up and the ball strikes her goalie gloves; the Japanese shot deflects and misses the cage. The American goaltender's name is Hope Solo, and her team went on to win the Gold Metal.
Both Thomas and Solo exert dual meridian pressure in front of the net. Moreover, their timing, skill and positioning are taking away options from the attacker. When the attacker does take the shot the goaltender releases on a predetermined meridian.
Stage one 1
Platform drill three
The last platform drill addresses the target line within the same meridian. For example, the Florida ocular one target line has an area to the right. To seamlessly realign to that area the brain must learn how to fade the target line.
A new punch is utilized in this drill, and it is called a short-right. Wrap firmly the first two digits of the right hand. Tightly close the thumb on the two; meanwhile, the ring and pinky fingers curl gently into the palm. The imaginary bar of steel runs from the first two knuckles to the crease in the elbow. This bone is called the radius.
Stand with both feet on the platform and prepare to step back. The short-right doesn't extend as far as the straight-right, so it is ideal for this task. Step back and ground the right foot—fire off three short punches in a row. They should be evenly spaced: the first on the target line, the second outside that line, and the last even further still.
Notice that the right hip "wants" to travel outward with the last punch. This is the desired effect. The drill concludes by shifting the weight back onto the platform and firing a California jab and right-cross. A perfect five punch combination.
Fading is not a "natural" mental exercise; it is, in fact, a series of mental guesses. The third punch in the above drill is positioned somewhere out there. The brain has to find the exact location. Many great skeet shooters have to make shots based upon fade information.
Furthermore, baseball pitchers must learn to fade the fastball. Slightly changing hip placement can realign the pitch outside the target line. The hitter is then faced with a dilemma: is the pitch a fastball or a fade (and vice versa).
Stage one is complete and has displayed many elements that confront a symmetrical or "natural" runner. The target line could shift, the hip flexor could tighten, or a lapse in concentration could cause the hips to fade. Anyone of the previous may cause unbalance and lead to consequences that are hard to define.
Stage two 2
The second stage is placed on a hard court surface. A basketball court works, but these exercises utilize a tennis court. Other courts can be adapted though. Also, a tennis racket is used, but it is not necessary.
On the court, both meridians will be preloaded with separate instructions. Although the first maneuver operates in the house in Florida, the left meridian has implied and separate information. For example, the dominant leg consciously drives toward the target area. Meanwhile, the submissive leg is expected to carry out its instructions implicitly.
Both of these preloaded instructions are important, so the text places them in separate but equal paragraphs.
Pretend for a moment that the right foot has been replaced by the foot of a velociraptor. Not only does the foot grip the ground, but also the talons cut into the hard surface. The foot is practiced by placing a coin under the big toe. Flex the toes from value three to four and shoot the coin backward. Vary the pressure on the toes until both the front of the shin and the calf muscles are tight. Invariably, this foot is not as strong as it should be.
Create a mental image of a half-moon on the bottom of the left foot. Unlike the raptor step, the half-moon foot can't stick. Moreover, the foot should be gently shaped to roll efficiently. Flex the toes back as far as they will go. Then softly roll from the heel to the ball of the foot without grounding the toes. The toes can touch slightly, but they can't stick. Notice also that the left knee bends little or not at all. Furthermore, the left hip is soft and has a value of one or two on the flex scale. At high speeds, the left leg is used as a lever to provide long stride length.
A side benefit of the odd shaped pair is running a curve, and that can be attempted now. However, attempting the curve toward the half-moon leg will make the person look like a zombie.
Stage two 2
Court drill one
The first running drill of the text begins on the base line of a nearby tennis court. The base line is from where the tennis ball is served. The run terminates where the service line meets the singles boundary line. The right side of the court is called the deuce court.
In other words, the run goes from the center of the court to the far right of the next horizontal court line. Mentally plot out a curved line between the two points. Take the brain to the house in Florida, and stand behind the service line with a left leg lead. Step into the court and place the right drive leg—run the curve. Concentrate on the right raptor step, remain ocular one, and run through the ending point. The speed is about fifty percent.
Do the exercise several times then pick up the racket. The goal at the end of the run is to tap the side of the racket head on the ending point. Therefore, the last step before the racket tap must be a long leg plant step. That's the right leg.
Judge the curve again with the notion of getting the action completed at the end. The meridian exercise concludes by getting from the base line to the boundary line as swiftly as possible.
"I am not left handed either."—The Princess Bride
Naturally the left boundary awaits, and so does the house in California. Switch to ocular two then run the left curve. Importantly, store the information in the left side of the brain. Begin at fifty percent and work toward the racket tap. Make sure the tap is with the right hand, the action reaches past the left long leg, and the vision center is ocular two. Again, be swift.
Stage two 2
Court drill two
The forward meridian action—the racket tap—has frozen the long leg. In order to free that leg, a special maneuver is needed: a short leg hop. Since this drill begins in Florida, a preloaded California move must be programmed.
Return to the right curve, and think out the ending steps. Therefore, to get the right hip off the court, the previous short leg stride must hop up. The subsequent step onto the right leg can now be shortened.
Recall quickly, platform drill two—the Florida straight-right. The short leg hop has allowed the hips to get into position to step into the court. After the hop, the right leg pushes toward the target line. There, the repositioned left leg becomes the long leg.
Moreover, the freed right hip allows for a more powerful and accurate racket swing. Do the maneuver a few times: a short leg hop, a push off the right foot, and a step down with the left leg. The repositioned right hip rolls freely over the left hip. This is the desired effect.
The drill is concluded by swinging the racket at an imaginary tennis ball. Make sure the target object is acquired in the ocular one vision field. Importantly, store everything that has just happened in the house in Florida.
"I switched the cups… ha huh, ah huh ha, ha"—The Princess Bride
The curve in the advantage court awaits. There, the left curve is finished adeptly with a right leg hop. The repositioned left hip allows the right leg to step into the court. With this, a backhand swing is accomplished. Remain ocular two and strike the target object.
Because of the difference in swing and body temperament, these actions are calibrated in the house in California. The drill is concluded when both houses can perform the actions swiftly.
Stage two 2
Court drill three
With a simple run to the net, the text displays the tactical advantage of a meridian run. A left leg lead is placed on the center point of the base line. Step into the court and place the right drive leg. The left leg rolls; the right leg drives. Remain ocular one, and stay in the house in Florida.
As the run approaches the net, stutter step to halt the forward momentum. Then orientate the hips and stance parallel to the net. The final movement utilizes the short leg hop. Keep the right side long, and the left side short. Look for the imaginary target object in the ocular one vision field, and shuffle the stance to the right.
The concise text describes a technique known as "stalking a meridian". The brain has shifted to Florida, and expects the target object to be delivered on the forehand side. A great deal of energy has gone into stalking that meridian.
In a senior's match, John McEnroe had an indelible approach volley. Half way though his approach to the net—John backed his hips several steps away from the target line. He flopped his left wrist over (John is left handed), and struck the diving ball—ocular two. The approach volley landed deep in the opponent's court. John continued to the net; the volley was not returned.
McEnroe emphasizes the fine motor skills necessary in "stalking a meridian". Few tennis players think the way John does, and probably nobody can accomplish what he did with that volley.
Court drill three concludes in the house in California. This time, stalk the net expecting a return to the backhand side. Drive the left leg and acquire the moving object in the ocular two vision field. Once at the net, shuffle the stance to the left.
Stage two 2
Court drill four
The last court drill reminisces the dual meridian pressure displayed by Muhammad Ali, Tim Thomas, Hope Solo, and Paul Pierce. Therefore, the drill begins at the net. Start with the parallel stance as described in Court drill three.
From the center of the court, shuffle to the right. The learned text creates a distinctive profile:
- ocular one
- left short leg hop
- house in Florida
- right long hip
- forehand racket preparation
But what if…
…Oops, a cross-meridian target object is on the way? Naturally the text has prepared the answer. Mid-shuffle, the stance switches from the house in Florida to the house in California. There, preloaded information is stored and waiting.
- ocular two
- right short leg hop
- house in California
- left long hip
- backhand racket preparation
Practice the drill to the right and practice the drill to the left. Do so until there is a fluid motion between the two houses.
In the "SEMPER FI INTRODUCTION" a few meridian questions were asked. Why did a person stumble over a hurdle, drop the ball, or miss a putt? Since the learned text has moved to a higher level, the answers don't have to be glossed over.
Critical to clearing the hurdle is the position of the long leg. Therefore, "stalking a meridian" in Florida gets the right drive leg to the launch point. A quick shift to California (ocular two) finds the clearing zone on the hurdle. Drive the short leg over the clearing point. Then, a preloaded Florida maneuver enables the trailing leg to clear the right side of the hurdle. Finally, a California heel strike carries the torso to a Florida right-footed "exit step".
Maybe hurdling was sent to humans from the gods to teach meridian-running. Nevertheless, making just one meridian mistake in the previous paragraph could, in fact, cause a person to stumble over the hurdle.
A game losing error would occur in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series (Red Sox vs. Mets). The Red Sox first baseman, Bill Buckner, was an aging player with bad ankles. He was often replaced late in games for defensive reasons. Significant to the discussion: Buckner both throws and bats left.
Red Sox relieve pitcher, Bob Stanley, would give up the tying run on a wild pitch. He was facing Mets centerfielder, Mookie Wilson. Later in that at-bat, Wilson would hit a routine ground ball up the first base line. Buckner's right-handed glove attempt is misjudged, and the ball rolls under the mitt's webbing. The ball continues to right field; Ray Knight scored the winning run.
Several meridian errors were made in the Buckner attempt, and let the text elaborate. First, Buckner's mechanical position placed his right leg as his long leg. As a meridian rule, the long arm is always opposite the long leg. Therefore, unknowingly, Buckner has foreshortened his glove hand. Furthermore, from the learned text, that being the forward racket tap, forward meridian pressure freezes the long leg. He's in trouble, and the ball hasn't arrived yet.
Buckner is probably left eye dominant and he is attempting to field the ball on the right side of his stance. If he shifts to ocular one too late, then the ball may appear to briefly speed up. Ocular shift is the coup de grace in the Buckner attempt.
In recapitulation, and clearly, Buckner should have stalked the ball on his left meridian ("stalking a meridian"). His long leg should have been his left leg. This gives his glove hand more freedom of action. Most importantly, this is a California catch, so he should remain ocular two. Finally, always make your opponent play an extra inning, especially in the World Series.
Blue line putt
Often putts on the golf course are missed before the putt is taken. Many missed putts are misreads, and the blame is usually the shifting target line. That being said, always read a blue line putt ocular two. Then store that information in the house in California. The red line putt is ocular one and stored in the house in Florida.
Nevertheless, the putt could be for a major Championship. In that case, make 100% sure there is not a meridian error. The rest is beyond the scope of meridian training.
Stage three 3
The penultimate stage places the meridian athlete on the field—a flat, often times grassy, playing surface. There, the coordinated movements of the first two stages are translated into the running stride.
Although the drills are 70% mental and only 30% physical, be mindful of injuries. A proper warm-up and stretch should be employed. Also, the drills are easier with field markers: cones or paper plates.
Stage three 3
Field drill one
Pace off a vertical run that covers sixty yards. Put cones at the starting point, twenty yards, forty yards, and sixty yards.
Run the first twenty yards right meridian, the second twenty, left meridian, and the final twenty with the right side again. On the return run, start left, shift right, and finish left.
The target line slip aligns twice per run. Therefore, visualize the red line and the blue line separately. While "stalking" the red line, use ocular one and store the information in the house in Florida; the blue line is ocular two and is stored in the house in California. Fine tune the meridians until the movements become second nature.
Shortening the long leg
When transitioning from Florida to California, the right drive leg should be shortened. That is, it can't drive as hard. This relieves meridian pressure on the hip, and allows the right leg to take up its short leg duties. Meanwhile, the left hip is forced into action. The next step on the meridian left is called an "exit step".
The exit step
Sometimes called a pull through step, the "exit step" is an explosion of force. The step was placed in the "stumbling over a hurdle" text. There the "exit step" was used to restore balance, and create target line aggression. The reason being, jumping over the hurdle has placed a great deal of pressure on the left heel strike.
Another example of "the exit step" is used by NFL wide receivers. On pass patterns with complex turns, the device is known as "exploding out of the break". The wide receiver makes a move then accelerates to create separation from the defense.
"Shortening the long leg" and "the exit step" are important meridian tools. There are many opportunities to practice them in this section. Certainly they will be used in future runs.
Stage three 3
Field drill two—"The McFadden Run"
In the first week of 2011 NFL season Oakland Raider Darren McFadden would make an unforgettable touchdown run. The 70 yard TD run—most of it through the New York Jets secondary—was a curving thing of beauty.
McFadden got the short corner (no defenders to the left side of the line of scrimmage). Like he was shot out of a cannon, McFadden senses a big run. He drives his right long leg into the curve and avoids the left boundary. Maintaining the curve, he then avoids a blocker and defender near the boundary. Well within the field of play and further down field, McFadden has to avoid a scraping defender.
The second curve
To buy time and to break the defender's angle, Darren shifts to California and inverts the previous curve. He's running toward the boundary again; the defender desperately dives to slow McFadden's momentum. Darren skips out of the arm tackle, and switches to Florida. An excellent downfield block springs McFadden for the final part of the touchdown run. The crowd goes rah!
First, the person reading these lines now has enough meridian skill to appreciate "The McFadden Run". Second, they now have enough skill to reproduce it.
The previous field course is reset to create the two curves. The twenty yard cone is moved ten yards to the left; the forty yard cone is placed an equal distance to the right. There should be a cone at the starting point—start to the right of that cone. The run finishes at the sixty yard cone—finish to the left of that cone.
Mentally plot out the curve to the twenty yard cone. The action reaches the apex just inside that cone. Continue the first curve to the midfield point, then the action changes foot. The inverted curve reaches its apex to the left of the forty yard cone. The second curve is concluded to the left of the sixty yard cone. Run straight for ten more yards.
With the visual image implanted, create the meridian profile.
Begin with the first curve:
- ocular one
- house in Florida
- right drive leg
- left short leg
- right power hip
- soft left hip
- right raptor step
- left half-moon foot
Continue the curve to the mid-field point and prepare for the transition:
- right shortened drive leg
- ocular shift
- strong left "exit step"
The inverted curve begins:
- ocular two
- house in California
- left drive leg
- right short leg
- left power hip
- soft right hip
- left raptor step
- right half-moon foot
The inverted curve continues to the sixty yard cone then another transition takes place:
- left shortened drive leg
- ocular shift
- strong right "exit step"
Finish the run according to the house in Florida and run ten yards.
Briefly, the return leg of the course can be reversed if two more cones are added. Place them opposite the existing twenty and forty yard cones, and ten yards from the center line. This way the return leg starts in California instead of Florida.
Got a friend
Once the course is mastered, and beyond meridian error, invite a friend to run the course. Take notice of the friend's meridian errors: chopped steps, unbalanced torso, and poor foot placement. Then show the friend how to smoothly run the two curves.
Stage three 3
Field drill three
Here the text again addresses the target line within the same meridian. From platform drill three, this is known as fade information. Moreover, inside that drill, there were several degrees of fade. The second punch was one degree of fade from the target line. The third punch, as the text says, "somewhere out there", is two degrees of fade.
That being said, the course runs directly at a cone placed forty yards away. Start in the house in Florida and run twenty yards. Then fade the target line one degree to the right. Let the raptor step create the fade. Take a mental note of where the target line crosses the forty yard line. Place a stick or a pencil at that spot.
Two degrees of fade
Redo the run, but use two degrees of fade. Take notice of how far the target line has faded from the cone. Reposition the pencil from its previous spot to the new spot. Also, and most importantly, feel how the right hip "wants" to travel outward.
Three degrees of fade
This is the extreme fade within the house. To achieve it, the raptor step must dig into the turf. Keep the torso balanced and fade each raptor step. Once the run is finished, move the pencil again.
Correcting for fade
The meridian-runner can restore balance to the running stride within three degrees of fade. The drive leg, raptor step, and hip alignment are working together. The house in Florida is now filled with information a "symmetrical" runner doesn't possess.
Restoring the target line
Platform drill three explained how to get out of the faded position. Recall that the drill used a California left jab. Here, the faded raptor step is shortened, and the bodyweight transfers to a California "exit step". Therefore, add a California "exit step" to the second faded run.
This section is closed and stage three is concluded when the house in California is also filled with fade information. At that point, pick up the cones and go home.
Stage four 4
The final test of the meridian-runner is a steep grade. Any inefficiencies in stride length or hip alignment are quickly punished. Notwithstanding, the hill presents a valuable opportunity to a precise runner.
Forward meridian pressure seeks to paralyze the runner's hips and that drives more energy into the bended knee. Soon the legs begin to tire and the hips start to rack. This leads to inefficiencies in foot placement and stride length.
The text has a more precise answer to the previous paragraph. A strong drive leg is selected and the short leg is set in a supportive role. The short leg is like a pole vault that carries the torso up the hill. Meanwhile, the long leg drives the pole vault to its next position on the hill. Therefore, the short hip never has a chance to stick, rack or otherwise get out of position.
This leads to longer stride length. Moreover, the short leg has little or no knee bend, so energy is not wasted in the lower leg. This energy is said to be conserved, and is transferred to the powerful drive leg.
The drive leg operates independently, and has a precise duty to perform. Because the leg uses the same linear pattern, the foot placement is more exact. Once on the ground again the raptor step consumes more turf. Like a machine, the drive leg has rhythm and has no intention of breaking down.
Stage four 4
The hill—drill one
Practice on a hill nearby. Lead with the left leg, and place the left heel on the grade. Remove any tension from the left hip, and force the bodyweight onto the left leg. Allow the torso to fall into the hill. Catch the bodyweight with the right drive leg.
The hip collapse
Redo the exercise, and this time search for the place where the left hip rapidly collapses. This alerts the right drive leg to take action. Rock back and forth in the forward stance—search for the hip collapse.
During the previous action switch the attention to the bottom of the left foot. Smoothly transfer the bodyweight from the heel to the front padding of the foot. The left toes point upward and this is important because the front of the foot can't stick. The half-moon step allows the left hip to rotate properly.
When the hip collapses and the front of the left foot is no longer useful, the right drive leg takes over. Waiting in its house in Florida is a hungry animal. The raptor's claw tears into the hill and propels the body upward. When its energy is spent, the left meridian searches for the next heel strike.
Stage four 4
The hill—drill two
Run the hill with precise foot placement. Moreover, keep both feet in line with the hill. The hips should not sway, rack, or fade.
Continue the drill until the actions are beyond meridian error. In the future, when a hill is encountered, a mental switch is fired—it's time to destroy this hill.
Your Sport is running
The brain has many programs running concurrently. These programs may or may not be efficient depending upon the situation. For example, what if the brain tells the body not to fall down? Immediately, the brain begins searching…
…autonomically the brain senses foot position. Then, the brain repositions the feet to establish balance on the horizontal surface.
Scientists say that there is a mechanism inside the ear that involuntarily relays balance information to the brain. The internal ear is so powerful, that innately, and at a very young age, humans begin to walk.
The last field drill pushed the long hip to three degrees of fade. In a standing position, fading the hip past three degrees creates a quick imbalance. The ankle could turn over, the knee could give out, or the foot could slip.
For the sake of discussion, make the left hip the meridian in crisis. Since the extreme fade has frozen the long hip, the brain searches for the correct solution.
Humans have a quirky maneuver in a loss of balance situations: they pronate the free hand and use the first two fingers as a hook. The brain searches for a grasping point—a banister or the edge of a table. However, there may not be anything to grab onto.
A nimble dancer might slide the short leg behind the paralyzed left leg. Like a weird kickstand, the dancer uses the top of the toes to regain their balance.
A skateboarder might give into the urge to fall. In an instant, the heel of the left palm seeks the ground behind the frozen meridian. When the hand hits the ground, the person spins around the contact point and hops up. Skateboarders would probably find the situation amusing.
A wrestler might try to hop out of the paralyzed left meridian. Once the left foot is off the ground, the person rapidly repositions the left leg. Wrestlers hate to be taken down, even by thin air.
Dealing with lateral stress
The text now deals with three cases of extreme lateral stress. While examining each case, try to think of what the athlete should have done. That being, base upon learned meridian knowledge.
Case number 1:
Robert Griffin III, is a Heisman Trophy winner and a rookie standout for the Washington Redskins. A dynamic quarterback who often runs the ball, RG III severely injured his right knee late in the season.
Entering his first playoff game, RG III's injured knee is heavily bandaged with a knee brace. The stress of the game has caused a noticeable limp. Trailing late in the game, his team needs him, and he doesn't want to leave the game.
He's in the shotgun, a football formation where the quarterback is five yards behind the line of scrimmage. A sack on first down has created a second and twenty-two situation. The ball is snapped between the center's legs to the waiting quarterback. However, the center's snap goes awry.
RG III reaches low to his left to catch the errant snap. When the oblong ball strikes the ground, it rolls vertical onto one of its points. The quarterback steps back with his left foot to lengthen his left arm. His quick thinking has frozen the left meridian. The left knee has also toed inward with the attempt.
To alleviate the pressure on the left meridian, the athlete instinctively repositions his short leg. With this forward step he rotates his body ninety degrees toward the western sideline. During the action, his previous left-handed attempt has contacted the ball. Unfortunately, the ball is redirected into the middle of his stance. At this time, RG III looks like a deer on a frozen lake, but it does get worse.
He can still save the play, or so he thinks. He reaches down with the opposite hand (his passing hand) to retrieve the upright ball. From pillar to post, this action only freezes his right meridian. Stranded in a bad game of twister, both knees are dangerously toed in.
Time to end this meridian nightmare: his forward momentum has caused the right hand to overshoot the ball. Therefore, he desires to back up on the frozen right meridian. To no avail, he's too late, and the football continues though his stance. Stop, pause all meridian thinking, mentally point at RG III's right knee.
Regressing his bodyweight on the frozen right meridian has doomed his poor knee. The lateral stress has torn both the ACL and LCL. In pain, he crumbles to the ground—meridian checkmate!
Case number 2:
Derek Rose plays professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls. He's a point guard noted for his amazing lateral quickness, vertical leaping ability, and twisting aerial play. He's also the youngest MVP in league history (2010-2011).
His team would host the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2011-2012 Playoffs. Late in the game, the Bulls held a comfortable lead. In the course of action, Rose continues to attack the 76er's half court defense. He uses one of his signature moves, a cross over dribble.
Derek Rose starts left, pick up his dribble and pushes off his left foot. He's going to attempt to penetrate the lane with the powerful maneuver. Accelerating onto his right foot—he leaps. It is said that Rose has an impressive forty inch vertical leap from a running start.
The leap has carried him to the right side of the lane; he looks left to shoot the ball (ocular two). The powerful vault has placed Rose's body over three feet above the court. Inexplicably, he decides not to shoot. A second meridian thought occupies his brain…
Rose decides to pass the ball to a waiting wing player. On the right, the player is in Rose's ocular one vision field. Unknowingly, the dual meridian thinking has isolated Rose's left knee.
Three things are conspiring against Rose's left meridian:
a.) He has rapidly accelerated to his right and he has jumped into the air.
b.) He is over three feet above the court surface.
c.) He has disobeyed meridian law #1: a thought process has crossed over one meridian to the other.
The landing carries out summary meridian justice. Rose's left foot strikes the court first; he immediately tears both the ACL and MCL in his left knee. He senses catastrophe, so he jumps again. This time to alleviate the pressure he created on his left knee, and to complete meridian thought number two (pass the ball to wing man, Carlos Boozer). Rose falls to the court in pain.
Case number 3:
He is also a Heisman Trophy winner. For several years during the late eighties a comet appeared on the sports landscape. The comet's name is Vincent "Bo" Jackson. A dual sport athlete at Auburn, he duplicated the feat at the professional level.
In 1987, he played during the summertime for the Kansas City Royals. When the baseball season was over, he reported to play football with the Oakland Raiders. Bo's muscular frame (6'-1", 227 lbs.) possessed great size and strength. Moreover, he was gifted with tremendous speed. He has a NFL combine record—4.12 seconds in the forty yard dash.
Bo once ran up an outfield wall after catching a long fly ball. He didn't exactly run up it, he ran perpendicular to it. That being, while he was on the wall! After one of Bo's strikeouts—something he often did—he broke the bat over his upraised knee. Finally, he is one of only three men in NFL history to have two runs from scrimmage that are over ninety yards.
After four years, Bo didn't seem to have an athletic equal on the planet earth. This makes him a perfect candidate for meridian error number three.
The Oakland Raiders hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1990 divisional playoffs. Early in the second half Bo got loose for a long run. After avoiding some traffic near the right sideline, Bo accelerates straight down the field. Kevin Walker, a Bengal linebacker, takes a good angle to cut off a potential touchdown run. Walker first tries to wrap his arms around Jackson, but the running back is moving too fast. Instead, Walker "slips down" to attack the runner's short leg.
Walker has successfully grappled the right meridian and is driving down; Jackson attempts to run out of the frozen meridian. Bo takes a full stride with his left leg, but it only gets as far as the heel strike. As Bo's momentum and torso moves forward, he paralyzes the left meridian. With both meridians paralyzed, Bo lurches forward: he bends at the waist.
The meridian picture looks grim for the left meridian. A normal human would probably have one of these two things happen. First, the two bones in the lower leg would break. Nevertheless, Bo's bones break baseball bats. They don't break. Second, the left knee will hyperflex. This will tear the major ligaments in the knee. However, Bo's super human strength keeps the leg in perfect alignment.
The only place the massive amount of force has left to go is into the hip joint. As Bo is falling toward the turf his femur pops out of socket. Once on the ground, his muscles miraculously slide the hip back into place. He stands after the play, but the pain is unbearable. He said, "It felt like someone drove a ice pick into my hip socket." He sat down on the ground; Bo never ran a football again.
He was something, wasn't he? [end paragraph]
This chapter has gone through three levels of mechanical balance. The base level is innate and is tied to the inner ear. Over the years, the brain adds attachments to this base programming. The last level is occupied by elite athletes in the society. Humans search them for secrets to agility, power and performance.
Even at the highest level, the human brain is plagued by meridian errors. Programs that work well on one meridian aren't as nimble on the other. If the brain is faced with a paralyzed meridian, a program may solve it easily. Then again, it may not.
In the previous chapter, THE TALENTED EXERCISES, precise meridian instructions were given to leap a hurdle, run a curve, and power up a hill. There, the goal was "not" to strand a meridian. To achieve the goal, a long leg was programmed for a specific task. A preprogrammed short leg was set as a complement to the task.
When a non-meridian-runner ran the curve exercise, there were extra meridian thoughts. The foot placement was not as precise, and the hips began to stick. This created more inefficiencies. Notwithstanding, the meridian-runner was much more efficient with respect to foot placement. Moreover, Raider running-back Darren McFadden bears this out.
"The last level is occupied by elite athletes in the society."
How'd he do that? Darren McFadden is an elite meridian-runner. Moreover, the text explained precisely how to reproduce his run, that being, with zero meridian errors.
Balance versus Symmetry
Place the right hand palm down and extend the hand in front of the right meridian. Orientate the middle finger on the red line. Spread the fingers as wide as they will go. The hand displays the axis of movement. The ring finger represents one degree of fade; the little finger represents two degrees of fade. The first digit represents a "traverse" or "traveling" line.
This line, although important, was not elaborated upon. In substitution, the text used an ocular shift and a change in house. Though imperceptible, the short leg travels on the "traverse line" while running a curve.
Continuing from the outstretched hand demonstration, and most important to this discussion, is balance possible in the "natural" or "symmetrical" running style. Faced with no less than eight invisible lines of force, the runner is under constant stress.
In accordance with this, Olympic sprinters rarely run straight in their lanes. That being said, the first sixty yard run (Stage 3, field drill one) did change house three times but did, in fact, make it straight down the field.
Both Darren McFadden and the meridian student achieved balance within an asymmetrical running style. Here, the English language lets the text down, because asymmetrical means, "having no balance". Permit the text to change the words—"a meridian style".
Accordingly, adopting "a meridian style" of running creates harmony with the target line. If the target line shifts, and it often does, the symmetrical runner is subjected to a quick imbalance. These imbalances at the elite level can cause catastrophic results. Therefore, the meridian-runner is much more apt to stay on balance.
The text illuminated the meridian mastery of: McFadden, McEnroe, Thomas, Solo, Marciano, Pierce, Ali, Djorkovic, Rodgers, The Spartans.
On the other hand, the text took a critical view of the meridian errors of: Sax, Theriot, Buckner, RG III, Rose, Jackson, the whole Persian army.
In a world filled with meridian imbalances, one group succeeded much greater than the other.
Stride Length and Down Force
Examining the fastest two legged animal in the world returns two important concepts: stride length and down force. The ostrich, a flightless bird, is clocked at fifty miles per hour.
Even though human limbs have similar biological tissues1, they can only run half as fast as their feathered counterpart. Four researchers would undertake an exhaustive study to uncover the secrets to human slow footedness.
In their groundbreaking report: "The biological limits to running speed are imposed from the ground up," the four researchers,
- Peter G. Weyand,
- Rosalind F. Sandell,
- Danille N. L. Prime,
- Matthew W. Bundle,
would leave no stone uncovered. The work appeared in the Journal of Applied Physiology, January 21, 2010.
To visualize the essential problem in running speed, permit the text to create an analogy. A conveyor belt feeds boxes perpendicular in front of a line worker. The worker has the mundane task of separating the boxes. The person places the boxes on conveyors to the left and to the right.
The conveyor to the left is the blue line; the opposite belt is the red line. When the worker places a box correctly, the belts speed up.
The analogy begins to work, and it describes the basic running stride—a rhythmic placement of mass-specific force. However, there is a problem inherent to human running that the conveyor belts can uncover.
If a larger and heavier box is selected from the feed line, and if the box is not placed quickly enough, then the conveyors slow down. This is significant to the discussion.
The researchers isolated qualities such as stride length, down force, step frequency and aerial time. Nevertheless, the quality of foot-ground contact time was prominent in top running speeds. 2
It seems that fast runners select boxes from the feeder line that can be placed rapidly upon the belts. Moreover, no matter what size of box selected, the runner only has about a tenth of a second to place it. This places a fleeting time interval for the extensor muscles to act upon the ground.
By selecting the smaller box and reducing the interval of foot-ground contact time, caused one of the researchers to lament:
Why would runners apply force during all-out sprint efforts that are substantially less than maximal, particularly if doing so would limit the very performance they are attempting to maximize. 3
There are definite times in THE TALENTED EXERCISES where the text attempted to maximize ground contact intervals. The meridian student learned them well: the curve, the hill, the "exit step".
During these operations, the drive leg selects the largest box possible. In doing so, there is an attempt to maximize ground force application. This tactic enhances target line aggression.
Meanwhile, the text set the short leg in a passive role. There, the smallest box possible was selected, and foot ground contact times are minimalized. The short leg tactic develops stride length, conserves energy, and maintains target line aggression.
The hips could rack
In the court drills, the text pointed out that "the forward racket tap" froze the long meridian. This may have something to do with why runners select smaller boxes at higher speeds. Therefore, any misstep on one meridian might create a deleterious effect on the other.
One tenth of a second
This is a biological limit in both the researcher's text and the meridian-running text. Here, both texts are in agreement: the down force applied is placed within a fleeting moment to apply the force. 4
In accordance with this, the top speeds in both styles will be dominated by sprinters with fast twitch muscle fibers.5 That is, the sprinters that can apply the heaviest box possible in the shortest amount of time.
Who will win the Olympic one hundred meter dash? The sprinter who can place small boxes in the minimum foot contact time, or will a new tactical runner emerge? A sprinter who strives within the meridian style to select the largest box possible? The author seriously believes that the fastest runners in the world will soon be meridian-runners.
The text has displayed an invaluable opportunity for a runner to place a powerful step on the target line. However, the text has taken a consistent stance: the power step could place the opposite meridian in crisis. If the shortened meridian drives with a similar power step, then the hips could sway, fade, or rack.
The short meridian has a role to play—keep the short hip up and out of the way. When that short hip rapidly collapses, it creates the proper attack angle for the long meridian. This tactic increases the active time for the extensor muscles to operate on the ground.
This mechanical advantage is clearly seen while running a hill or rounding a curve. In those examples, if the short meridian drops, then the long meridian is placed in crisis. Consequently, the angle of attack for the long meridian is thrown out of position.
Four running experts where brought forth: Weyand, Sandell, Prime and Bundle. They testified that the conventional running style was inefficient. The extensor muscles could exert much more ground force pressure, but for some reason, the muscles did not. 6
This leads the text to a direct hypothesis: could the mechanical advantage gained on the hill or the curve be directly translated into the straight line sprint? Theoretically, only if the ground contact time interval is maximized, then the extensor muscles have time to operate on the ground. This might be better achieved in the meridian style as opposed to the conventional style.
In accordance with this, the top speeds in both styles are set. As the time interval to apply the force drops, so does the mechanical advantage.
In continuing, meridian training could prevent injuries. Often target line aggression or dual meridian thinking can strand a meridian. If the forces are not controlled, the results may be devastating. The text gave three examples of stranded meridians. The first two examples resulted in multiple ligament tears, and the last was a gruesome hip dislocation.
Long distance running
Another clear mechanical advantage to meridian-running is distance runs. Similar to the problem faced on the hill, extreme distance tires the lower legs. Once the legs tire, the hips begin to sway. Because of this, foot placement is less exact, and this leads to stride length difficulties.
Restoring the target line
One of the most important characteristics of meridian-running is adjusting to the target line. The meridian-runner has a plethora of foot positions to restore the target line. This is done before things get out of hand. Therefore, the runner that practices meridian-running is much more in tune with the target line.
Stalking a meridian
In terms of tactical running, "stalking a meridian" gets the long meridian in the right position. The runner has better foot placement and timing. This translates into greater athletic performance.
These conclusions bring this chapter and the meridian-running book to a close. From the day a person is born, the individual begins collecting information about locomotion. The brain studies, copies and practices new forms of movement. A new tactic has been added to the brains central processing—meridian-running.
Above, is a device known to IQ test prompters as a "galloping V". It is used to create and solve number progression problems. The author used the device to create deeper levels of text.
At the bottom of the diagram is the concept known as deltas. A delta, or distribution, is beyond the scope of the meridian-running text. Nevertheless, the Spartans deployed complex and deadly pike deltas on the red line. Beyond that, the text could go no further.
Often, athletes preload a meridian with complex deltas (i.e., Muhammad Ali, Hope Solo, Tim Thomas). Like a trap, the distribution is waiting to be triggered. Deltas may be as deep as meridian training goes.
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Bibliography and Selected Reading
1-Peter G. Weyand, Rosalind F. Sandell, Danille N. L. Prime, Matthew W. Bundle. "The biological limits to running speed are imposed from the ground up." Journal of Applied Physiology (2010): p. 950, vol. 108. Web. April 2010.<http://jap.physiology.org/content/108/4/950.full.pdf >
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The author would like to extend his gratitude to David J. Hirschfeld and his family. He gave me permission to camp on his range land during cold weather training.
For: Dave and Tami Hirschfeld, Hannah and Isaac—runners all.