The MartialBody Blog

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

April 2017
We have all seen lines of martial artists repeating a specific punch or kick over and over as they attempt to engrain the technique. This is perhaps the most common sight in the martial arts and, although it has heavily fallen out of favour in some circles, repetition does still have its place in the early stages of learning. But behind the repetitions, the techniques, even the free form sparring or competitions there is a layer of ability that is rarely consciously trained. An ability that usua...
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March 2017
Whole body power forms the bedrock of some Martial Arts, indeed it is a performance enhancer that we should all be interested in. However, our ability to move every part of our body in harmony is as fundamental to our Health as it is to our martial effectiveness. In this article, we will explore one aspect of this whole-body work, which I call the attribution of effort technique.When we move without competence or in a segmented way, we will often leave certain areas of the body uninvolved in the...
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February 2017
I have a challenge for you, name a top tier MMA coach that has a published a peer reviewed study, maybe a top tier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professor, how about a top tier Muay Thai Coach or wrestling coach?Yes, I struggled too and this article will highlight why scientific process and the peer review system is only part of the picture when it comes to researching and designing training protocols. Of course, the aim of all coaching is to produce quantifiable and clear attribute gains. Referencing and...
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An important focus for the martial artist or combat sports athlete is to create a body that minimizes power loss and maintains a certain type of consolidated strength. If you look at virtually any physical training methodology, you will see the initial sections of their training devoted to the fundamentals of alignment, basic strength and how to unify the body. In the MartialBody system we place a large emphasis on harmonizing the body and much of this attribute is due to 'Connection'.Co...
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January 2017
"If one reaches the deepest point, arms, legs and body remember what to do; But the mind does not enter into this at all"Zen master - Takuan SohoWhat is the highest level of skill in martial arts movement? It is not in the complexity of forms or the speed at which the adept can move, nor in the amount of medals won or the lineage of the style, it is the ability to move in accordance with the methods principles without having to consciously adhere to them. In essence it is the ability t...
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Today we will talk about one of the most fundamental aspects of the 'FluidBody' method, utilizing our 'intent' to enhance and fuel our movement. Some Traditional Martial Arts place this concept at the very forefront of their training, Chinese Xing Yi Quan being a prominent example. This is because 'Intent' as a reference for body and mind connection is a very useful way to enhance our movement and create more power.Intent can have many different interpretations, but in th...
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December 2016
In some martial arts the ‘spiral’ holds a place of special importance for the practitioners. Along with the circle, it is one of the most commonly targeted shapes in body development methods, but what is it about the spiral that makes it so useful?If you watch the motions of some grapplers you will notice the clear circularity and ‘twist’ in their throwing technique, the body coils as it exerts the forces required. But there is more to the meaning of the  'Spiral...
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Engage with any high level martial artist from almost any style and one quality you often encounter is the ability to seem heavier than they should.  Certainly, if you have ever interacted with high level grapplers you will have felt this attribute, and boxers will often talk about a fighter ‘heavy hands’. More often than not this quality is said to be a 'natural talent', however quality of ‘weight’ is a skill that can be trained and developed.In this article...
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November 2016
We can’t really look at movement skills without talking about how movement complexity and capacity is handled by the brain and nervous system. It is our brains 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. Indeed, some people theorize that movement diversity is the reason for humans developing such large and complex brains.In the Animal kingdom we are not the best sprinters, not the best climber...
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Martial arts are, at their core, simply ways to move. The movements can be those of war, violence, tradition, beauty, efficiency, ceremony, cruelty or profundity but they movements none the less. And these movements always boil down to a core set of mechanics.The development of the mechanics found in the combat arts is driven by the search for efficiency in creating and dealing with forces. These could be forces acting upon us, or forces that we produce to act on others. Forces as we mean them h...
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