The MartialBody Blog

Articles on the MartialBody Method, Martial Arts & body method development.

November 2021
When training a body skill it is common to have the impression that we are building something that is somewhat unique, or special, something that we feel is powerful enough to make a difference.  This attitude can be seen in the multitudes of people studying martial arts skill that are wholly convinced of their unique supremacy. However,the reality is that all of these powers, body skills and methods that we hold so dear can become undone in an instant by those with an intelligent approach.
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October 2021
It is common for many martial artists, especially those with experience, to come to a given practice with an expectation. Martial artist from all walks of life, and from all systems will have a predetermined notion of what is specific technique or training method should be and ultimately what it should achieve.
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August 2021
The subject of today’s article is focus, specifically how our focus impacts our ability to develop a process for achieving our desired body method development. The discussion of focus is the discussion of the feeling that underpins our mental and physical ability to stay on track, to not deviate from a path we have set and to stick things out. But all though I talk often about the development of the body, without an ability to focus, everything else is irrelevant.
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In the connected body, we aim to develop whole body connection via the training of specific lines of tissue and neurology.  In the early stages of training it is important that we separate our body, working on one area and then the next, so that our mind can focus. However, later we must remove these imaginary boundaries between the various tissues and begin to think of the body as a whole. One of the ways that we can do this is through a process known as ‘linking the hands and feet’.
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May 2021
​​​​​​​In a previous article we looked at the subject of passive and active power. These two types of power can be used to define the ways in which martial artists interact and are helpful when examining the context in which our body method is used. Here we will examine the subject of active power in more depth in order to understand how Active and Passive are essentially two parts of the same coin.
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January 2021
When I worked as a Doorman, I would spend many hours on my feet getting people into and out of the venue. I would be observing and monitoring problems, making sure everyone was safe and sometimes getting physical to remove trouble makers. If you were to observe my posture throughout the night, it would be in constant change. From the upright confident posture needed for the front of house, to the fluidity needed to get through the crowd, to the fighting postures needed to deal with attackers, to...
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August 2020
When we take a higher level view of the hundreds of practices that encompass the Martial Arts or Combat sports we see that, regardless of origin, cultural background or goal, they boil down to our ability to produce or deal with forces. Even largely solo training methods like Iaido are reliant on a refined understanding of forces in our body to produce smoothness and clarity in the methods. This higher level view of the Martial Arts, peeling away the layers of context from them, gives us an oppo...
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March 2020
Training is a constant search for effectiveness and results, it doesn’t matter whether we are a bodybuilder, a martial artist, a violinist or the purveyor of any other skill. When we train or practice, we are searching for some type of improvement and aiming for our method to be as efficient as possible.To maximise the effectiveness of our practice we must be aware of its effects. We could measure our progress via external means with our results in competition, our ability to defeat a trai...
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With a large number of Martial Arts Academies, Gyms and Dojos closing their doors to students in order to stall the movement of Covid-19 though the community it can be a depressing or confusing time for some. Especially those (like Myself) who spend huge amounts of time in the Gym or Dojo training who are now facing a enormous hole in their weekly schedule.Many people are spreading sound information on best practices for maintaining hygiene, social distancing etc. However, I think there is proba...
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In this article we will be exploring a phenomena that naturally arises when interacting with someone who has highly developed body skill. This is the feeling that your own efforts are returned to you, or that when trying to apply effort in a specific direction it makes another area tighter or closer. The experience is one that can be frustrating, disconcerting and exhausting to be on the receiving end of.Here we introduce a few of the reasons for this strange sensation to lay a brief groundwork ...
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