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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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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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March 2017
The Attribution of Effort

The Attribution of Effort

Whole body power forms the bedrock of some Martial Arts, indeed it is a performance enhancer that we should all be interested in. However, our ability to move every part of our body in harmony is as fundamental to our Health as it is to our martial effectiveness. In this article, we will explore one aspect of this whole-body work, which I call the attribution of effort technique.
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February 2017
Intro to the Anatomy of Connection

Intro to the Anatomy of Connection

An important focus for the martial artist or combat sports athlete is to create a body that minimizes power loss and maintain a certain type of consolidated strength. If you look at virtually any physical training methodology you will see the initial sections of their training devoted to the fundamentals of alignment, basic strength and how to unify the body. In the MartialBody system we place a large emphasis on harmonizing the body and much of this attribute is due to 'Connection'
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November 2016
Martial Movement

Martial Movement

Martial arts are, at their core, simply ways to move. The movements can be those of war, violence, tradition, beauty, efficiency, ceremony, cruelty or profundity but they movements none the less. And these movements always boil down to a core set of mechanics. The development of the mechanics found in the combat arts is driven by the search for efficiency in creating and dealing with forces. These could be forces acting upon us, or forces that we produce to act on others. Forces as we mean th...
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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