The MartialBody Blog

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

March 2019
For over 20 years now I have been immersed in training for the creation of the MartialBody. Until I crystallised the process of attribute training, this work was done under many other names, Nei Gong, Jibengong, Tanren, Tenko-no-Jutsu to name but a few. But regardless of the label placed on the methods one undeniable fact remained about these methods, the work is largely done alone.In the martial arts there is often a focus on training with the partner. Of course, to be an effective fighter it i...
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Much of the early training in the martialbody method is designed to create efficiency, economy and power when interacting with a partner. There are many names in the traditional arts for this sort of body development, but a common and understandable term could be ‘Whole Body Power’. This is a phrase used in many martial arts to mean that every movement, no matter how small, is backed up by the entire body. In this article I will delve into a few of the ideas behind ‘Whole Body ...
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February 2019
Examining the prevalence of over-reaction and ‘Woo’ in certain martial arts.To some, this subject will be a fun exploration of some of the more ridiculous reactions found in the martial arts world, to others a topic that hits close to home. Either way, I think that a close look at this side of the martial arts may be of merit. I have been considering how and why the sorts of things I discuss in this article arise. Not least because a large proportion of my training history prior to B...
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January 2019
Breath training, in one form or another, is a core component of many martial arts. From the Chinese styles to the Russian ones, almost every martial tradition has a component devoted to the study of breathing. It is understandable that the martial arts placed such a great emphasis on breathing methods when we experience the effect of combat or stressful situations. In this introductory article we look at some of the varied breathing methods and the context in which they are used.The Nature of br...
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November 2018
In a previous article I outlined the importance of the centre point. This point, when unmoving in relation to the tissues and structures around it, allows the exponent to rotate so as to diminish incoming forces. But, once we have developed our idea of the centre point and our ability to utilize it, we can move on to train this general area of the body more deeply. This further exploration is to develop what I call the ‘working centre’, an area of the body that has been the subject a...
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October 2018
Martial arts from around the world employ a huge variety of tools to aid their solo or partner training. From specially designed heavy weapons to strange contraptions of steel spheres hung from frames, if you dig into the various martial traditions you can find almost any object used as a training tool. In this article we will look at why using tools is so important for body skill development and the general approach to using tools like sticks, balls, clubs and weights in our MartialBody trainin...
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In any body method training, where the maintenance of attributes is a priority, there is a level of precision that is required to maximise the results. We will often be working within the confines of movement concepts or patterns that must be strictly maintained if we are to build specific attributes. However, for martial artists there is another type work that is important to us. This is the work that we will do in the ever-changing conditions of a fight where perfection is often sacrificed for...
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September 2018
Student Questions Answered.In this short article I will explain the rationale for the design of the MartialBody system and how each of the Bodies link to each other progressively producing the ‘Martial Body’.The system is designed to resolve or address 3 key areas that martial artists will need to focus on to produce the body capable of expressing the 6 attributes. These are: Removing Errors Building MovingThese 3 aspects of training represent the process that most of us must underta...
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August 2018
In this article we will look at the mind as it relates to the acquisition of new skills and movements. Movement, after all, is handled by the brain and nervous system, which in turn is the residence of the complex phenomenon we call the ‘mind’.It is our brains and nervous systems that give rise to our ability to move in complex ways and also our brains that allow us to retain good movement habits once they are learned. Further, it is our minds that harbour the awareness, consciousnes...
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July 2018
It is common in some Martial Arts for practitioners to be focussed on their ability to ‘Root’ and maintain a constant sinking quality. We see this tactic in myriad videos of TaiJi practitioners performing fixed step push hands for instance, where the slightest step is seen as a failure or defeat, or in the tests of a martial artists structure, where people push against them, the person not moving and inch as a result. This is a skill that can be extremely useful in arts where grappli...
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