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August 2020
Powers, forces and methods.

Powers, forces and methods.

When we take a higher level view of the hundreds of practices that encompass the Martial Arts or Combat sports we see that, regardless of origin, cultural background or goal, they boil down to our ability to produce or deal with forces. Even largely solo training methods like Iaido are reliant on our ability to handle the forces acting on or from our body in a refined way to produce smoothness and clarity in the methods. This higher level view of the Martial Arts, pealing away the layers of cont...
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March 2020
Turning inside

Turning inside

Training is a constant search for effectiveness and results, it doesn’t matter whether we are a bodybuilder, a martial artist, a violinist or the purveyor of any other skill. When we train or practice, we are searching for some type of improvement and aiming for our method to be as efficient as possible.
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Fighting yourself – introduction

Fighting yourself – introduction

In this article we will be exploring a phenomena that naturally arises when interacting with someone who has highly developed body skill. This is the feeling that your own efforts are returned to you, or that when trying to apply effort in a specific direction it makes another area tighter or closer. The experience is one that can be frustrating, disconcerting and exhausting to be on the receiving end of.
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5 things you can do when your Martial Arts gym is closed.

5 things you can do when your Martial Arts gym is closed.

With a large number of Martial Arts Academies, Gyms and Dojos closing their doors to students in order to stall the movement of Covid-19 though the community it can be a depressing or confusing time for some. Especially those (like Myself) who spend huge amounts of time in the Gym or Dojo training who are now facing a enormous hole in their weekly schedule.
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January 2020
Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

Perhaps the biggest area of misunderstanding and confusion I encounter in the debate around various martial arts is the ‘sport vs street’ debate.  This goes along the lines of ‘we don’t do sports, there are no rules in real fighting’ from the traditionalists or the Self-defence instructors, and then on the flip side ‘I know how to have a real fight unlike those guys doing staged attacks’ from the combat sports athletes.
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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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“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