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February 2019
The Error in the code

The Error in the code

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 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, was in Martial Arts that can sometimes produce these strange...
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January 2019
The Role of Breathing

The Role of Breathing

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.
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November 2018
The Working Centre

The Working Centre

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 and focus o...
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October 2018
Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

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 how we can use tools like sticks, balls, clubs and weights in our MartialBody training.
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Finding perfection in the imperfect

Finding perfection in the imperfect

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
Removing, Building & Moving

Removing, Building & Moving

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’.
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August 2018
Of Mind & Movement

Of Mind & Movement

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’.
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July 2018
Going Light – Understanding the ElasticBody

Going Light – Understanding the ElasticBody

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 grappling is a fo...
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May 2018
Strength Training & MartialBody

Strength Training & MartialBody

This short article is motivated by a discussion with a student who was asking how and where more conventional Strength and Conditioning training fits into attribute focused training methodology. It would be easy to think, looking at the MartialBody Attribute list that it doesn’t, however this is not the case. In this post I will outline where I think Conditioning and Strength Training fits in, and how it is not the only consideration when specifically looking at improving the performance of the...
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The Weight Responsibility

The Weight Responsibility

In some Chinese Martial Arts there is a concept known as ‘double weighting’. Some people use this term to describe the distribution of weight in the legs and how to efficiently control the position of our mass. However, there is another very interesting definition, it describes the situation where you make the opponent responsible for a proportion of your weight in addition to their own, often causing a bias of distribution and ‘doubling weighting’ them. In this article I will explore some o...
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