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Archive by author: Coach ChrisReturn
Head coach and Founder of MartialBody.com
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November 2019
Plumbing the Depths

Plumbing the Depths

One thing that always struck me about some of the old body training methods was how simple they looked. Someone would just move their arms a certain way, take some simple steps or even just stand there with their arms in a static position. It all looked so very simple, so very normal. That was until you came to practice them, really practice them, and like the layers of an onion more and more complexity, challenge and difficulty would be revealed. This is part of the paradox of Body method train...
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October 2019
Rehabilitating Injuries

Rehabilitating Injuries

In this article I am going to explore one of my favorite joint and tissue rehabilitation techniques, one which can be used in addition to modern rehabilitation and physiotherapy techniques. This is a method that I have used for several serious joint and tissue injuries over the years and one which I always turn too first whenever a minor injury occurs.
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September 2019
Keep it moving

Keep it moving

Movement is the bedrock of martial arts, whether looking at footwork, how we punch or kick, how we move another person or even how we stand still (paradoxically!). There are, of course, many ways that we train to move that are specific to our martial practice, in this article we will briefly look at the merit of deviation away from the standard or common patterns of a Martial Style of movement.
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August 2019
Embedding body methods

Embedding body methods

An integral part of body method training, regardless of origin or source is the process of ‘embedding’. Even if we look at modern strength training methods, there is a period of training where embedding the correct technique occurs prior to the increase in load. But this idea is never truer than when looking at attribute training like that found in MartialBody. Without this idea at play in every training session, it would become easy to be disheartened or worse still, not actually develop anyt...
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July 2019
Throw & Takedown Resistance

Throw & Takedown Resistance

In this first video in the new Context series, Coach Chris shares how the MartialBody Attributes of 'heavy / stable / connected" can help us to naturally be more difficult to throw or be taken down.
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June 2019
Excuses, Excuses! 10 Training traps.

Excuses, Excuses! 10 Training traps.

In this final article on the subject of ‘training’, we are going to look at some of the ways in which we avoid the difficulties inherent in Martial Arts training. Some may strike a cord with you, some might remind you of training partners current or past. It is important to point out that I have personally done many of these things, especially early in my martial arts training life. So this shouldn’t be read as preaching but as coaches guide from my experiences and observations, that may then...
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Body Cross Training

Body Cross Training

In this article we examine a training technique that can be found in a number of traditional martial arts and training systems. It goes by many different names, and can be seen in methods from China, Japan, Indonesia and even Russia. I call it ‘Body Cross Training’ and it is one of the most comprehensive connection training methods that I have come across in my investigations into body method training.
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April 2019
Stagnation & plateaus

Stagnation & plateaus

Leading on from my last article on the challenges of solo training, now I would like to look at the topic of ‘stagnation’ & the linked phenomena of ‘plateauing’ in Martial Arts training. I think it would be fair to say that for almost all martial artists who have trained for some time, in any style or method, this feeling will crop up from time to time. Unfortunately, I have seen it be the undoing of many a talented individual. Hopefully this Article will serve as a brief route through the d...
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March 2019
The Lonely Road

The Lonely Road

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.
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One Part Moves - All parts Move

One Part Moves - All parts Move

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 Power’ and how...
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“It was rarely the techniques that impressed me when I met the Elite Martial Artists of various styles. It wasn't what they did ... it was how they did it! It was they 'felt' ... their highly developed  power, accuracy, subtly. When I realised this, I knew my training had to be focused on those things, not just techniques. "

Coach Chris Davis - MartialBody Founder