I've read a number of articles written by Chi Runners comparing Chi to Pose. Unfortunately the information they present about Pose is almost always inaccurate and misleading. If I've made the same mistake here with Chi Running, please let me know.
In my last post, The Physics of the Pull, I briefly described the reasons why Pose Technique requires that the runner pull his foot directly into the Pose very quickly. The short answer is because it minimizes counter balance which impedes falling. In Pose Running, the Pull is a one-step process, in which the foot goes directly from the ground to underneath the hips.
From everything I've read and seen of Chi Running, the Chi Running equivalent of the pull is a two-step process. First the runner lifts his foot from the ground directly up, and second he pulls his knee forward into the equivalent of the Pose. This leaves the weight of the trailing leg behind the runner longer, thus creating counter balance and impeding falling forward.
For further reading:
- Your Pose Running Coach's Blog: The Physics of the "Pull"
- In this post the author did not correctly describe Pose Running - http://echifitness.com/blog/2010/03/23/significant-differences-between-pose-method-and-chirunning/