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March 2018
 Keeping the centre point

Keeping the centre point

In this article we will explore an important point that is required if we are to avoid opposing force directly, and as in the recent article on pairing it is an aspect required for ‘rotation’. However, rather than exploring what happens to force applied to a surface, here we will be exploring the importance of the centre point and how maintaining that point is vital when looking at directions and rotation.
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November 2017
The Structure & Force

The Structure & Force

In this article we are going to look at the ways in which forces applied to our body can be handled without the requirement of movement. This subject is the first to look at, before we discuss movement, tactics, attacking, returning, etc. As soon as we touch someone, or they touch us our body is interacting with a new force. How we deal with that force is an expansive topic but here I will simply highlight some of the most common, and slightly less common methods that we use.
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October 2017
Working with Force

Working with Force

In this series of articles, I will be delving into the mechanics of force in the martial arts and the various ways in which it can be addressed. In the martial context, we could say that it is how we deal with forces applied to us or those that we generate ourselves that defines every exchange.
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September 2017
When does distance learning work?

When does distance learning work?

Is it possible to learn A Martial Art online, via a book, a training manual or a distance learning program? Let’s cut to the chase, No, it isn’t. But there is more to this question than meets the eye and in this article (and as someone who offers online courses) I will delve into where I think online training and tuition does work and why it remains viable for some and for certain methods.
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July 2017
“Float like a butterfly, Squash like an Elephant”

“Float like a butterfly, Squash like an Elephant”

The title of this post was said to me after rolling with a fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach. I thought it was an amusing but accurate description of what the MartialBody can bring to the grapplers toolkit. So in this post I will be outlining some of the ways in which I have found this body development training to be useful to the grappler.
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No Islands...

No Islands...

There is a tendency in all practices to find and hold up the most talented of individuals. The F1 driver who wins the World Championships, The MMA fighter on a winning streak, the innovative coach or teacher with seemingly new and interesting ideas. But ‘No man is an island’ as the saying goes and behind every one of these people is a web of influence stretching back in time.
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June 2017
What is MartialBody?

What is MartialBody?

In this post, I will outline the basic concepts that underpin the MartialBody approach and why it is laid out in the manner in which it is. For those who know my background the perception could be that MartialBody is a repackaging of the ‘internal arts’ which I had studied for many years, and while this is partially true, it is certainly not the complete, or even majority, of the story.
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The Place for Cooperation

The Place for Cooperation

The Place for Cooperation In my previous article, I explained how honest enquiry was a vital part of testing the validity of a skillset or training methodology. In this article, we will look at where co-operative training fits in to the developmental model and how to avoid the pitfalls.
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May 2017
The Quality of Stability

The Quality of Stability

Stability can be thought of as our ability to maintain control of our posture, position, motion, and mass, either when we move ourselves or when we move in association with a partner or opponent.
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April 2017
An introduction to the Attribute Approach.

An introduction to the Attribute Approach.

We have all seen lines of martial artists repeating a specific punch or kick over and over as they attempt to ingrain the technique. This is perhaps the most common sight in the martial arts and, although it has heavily fallen out of favor in some circles, repetition does still have its place in the early stages of learning. But behind the repetitions, the techniques, even the freeform sparring or competitions there is a layer of ability that is almost always ignored. An ability that usually spo...
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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