The MartialBody Blog

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

October 2017
This post is sure to ruffle a few feathers here and there, especially those in the traditional arts, but the purpose of this post is not to put down or slight anyone’s personal practice. The aim here is to provide some practical methods to combat a habit that can often develop unconsciously. Understand that I maintain a respect for all martial arts and those who study any method should not read my words as a critique of them personally or even the style they study, simply of the habit itse...
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September 2017
Is it possible to learn A Martial Art online, via a book, a training manual or a distance learning program? Let’s cut to the chase, No, it isn’t.But there is more to this question than meets the eye and in this article (and as someone who offers online courses) I will delve into where I think online training and tuition does work and why it remains viable for some and for certain methods.There is a tradition in old styles of martial art, where legend and tails of origin are lost to t...
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Fascia, this seemingly benign material has become somewhat of a poster boy of health, fitness and movement in some circles and the Martial Arts are no exception. Some claim that Fascia is the answer to all the ancient riddles, while other say it is inconsequential. In this article, I aim to unpack Fascia and see what the science says about this tissue. How these finding relate to the Martial Artist will often be clear, but I will attempt to spell out some of the more pertinent points, others I a...
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August 2017
There is a tendency in the martial arts, particularly the more traditional styles, for students to value the personal martial skills of the teacher above all other factors. It is thought that the teacher must represent the pinnacle of the arts expression if they are to be able to guide students towards their personal development. Of course, a teacher should have a deep knowledge of what they teach and should have at least deeply researched everything they are aiming to pass on, but this article ...
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July 2017
- Using the MartialBody in Grappling- The title of this post was said to me after rolling with a fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach. I thought it was an amusing but accurate description of what the MartialBody can bring to the grapplers toolkit. So in this post I will be outlining some of the ways in which I have found this body development training to be useful to the grappler.The attributes, that the various quotes from my peers in the post describe, are not the result technical knowledge or a l...
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There is a tendency in all practices to find and hold up the most talented of individuals. The F1 driver who wins the World Championships, The MMA fighter on a winning streak, the innovative coach or teacher with seemingly new and interesting ideas. But ‘No man is an island’ as the saying goes and behind every one of these people is a web of influence stretching back in time.In this post, I aim to cut through the illusion of individualism in endeavours such as these and, more precise...
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June 2017
In this post, I will outline the basic concepts that underpin the MartialBody approach and why it is laid out in the manner in which it is. For those who know my background the perception could be that MartialBody is a repackaging of the ‘internal arts’ which I had studied for many years, and while this is partially true, it is certainly not the complete, or even majority, of the story. Indeed, MartialBody, far from being a rehash of systems that I have trained previously, is an appr...
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In my previous article, I explained how honest enquiry was a vital part of testing the validity of a skillset or training methodology.  In this article, we will look at where co-operative training fits in to the developmental model and how to avoid the pitfalls.Solo training > Partner TrainingIt is common for some groups to spend almost all their time solo training. They will do forms, basic drills, body methods, movement loops, meditation etc. Indeed, this is a vitally important part of...
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May 2017
With the recent emergence of challenges where traditional Martial Artists are bested, often in seconds by trained ‘sport’ fighters, I think it is worth looking at perhaps the most important guiding principle of my practice and the foundation of the MartialBody method, The principle of Honest inquiry.“how much can you know about yourself if you have never been in a fight!” – Tyler Durden – Fight club.How do you know if a method is useful for you? How do you dec...
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Grab hold of any high-level Judo-Ka and try to drag them around the mat and you notice one clear attribute, stability. In the grappling arts especially the skill of stability is a core component of the training methods and one of the main attributes that is built.Stability can be thought of as our ability to maintain control of our posture, position, motion, and mass, either when we move ourselves or when we move in association with a partner or opponent.In this article, I will explore a few con...
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