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December 2016
The utility of the spiral

The utility of the spiral

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' than simply the...
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The Skill of being ‘heavy’.

The Skill of being ‘heavy’.

Engage with any high level martial artist from almost any style and one of the qualities you will feel is their 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', but in fact this quality of ‘weight’ is a skill that can be trained and developed. In this article, we wil...
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