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November 2018
The Working Centre

The Working Centre

In a previous article I outlined the importance of the centre point. This point, when unmoving in relation to the tissues and structures around it, allows the exponent to rotate so as to diminish incoming forces. But, once we have developed our idea of the centre point and our ability to utilize it, we can move on to train this general area of the body more deeply. This further exploration is to develop what I call the ‘working centre’, an area of the body that has been the subject and focus o...
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October 2018
Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Martial arts from around the world employ a huge variety of tools to aid their solo or partner training. From specially designed heavy weapons to strange contraptions of steel spheres hung from frames, if you dig into the various martial traditions you can find almost any object used as a training tool. In this article we will look at why using tools is so important for body skill development and how we can use tools like sticks, balls, clubs and weights in our MartialBody training.
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Finding perfection in the imperfect

Finding perfection in the imperfect

In any body method training, where the maintenance of attributes is a priority, there is a level of precision that is required to maximise the results. We will often be working within the confines of movement concepts or patterns that must be strictly maintained if we are to build specific attributes. However, for martial artists there is another type work that is important to us. This is the work that we will do in the ever-changing conditions of a fight where perfection is often sacrificed for...
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September 2018
Removing, Building & Moving

Removing, Building & Moving

In this short article I will explain the rationale for the design of the MartialBody system and how each of the Bodies link to each other progressively producing the ‘Martial Body’.
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July 2018
Going Light – Understanding the ElasticBody

Going Light – Understanding the ElasticBody

It is common in some Martial Arts for practitioners to be focussed on their ability to ‘Root’ and maintain a constant sinking quality. We see this tactic in myriad videos of TaiJi practitioners performing fixed step push hands for instance, where the slightest step is seen as a failure or defeat, or in the tests of a martial artists structure, where people push against them, the person not moving and inch as a result. This is a skill that can be extremely useful in arts where grappling is a fo...
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April 2018
How to use MartialBody Training

How to use MartialBody Training

As with any training method, sometimes if it can be hard to understand how certain movements or skills apply to your individual situation, particularly how their fit into the system you train. This can become a very real problem if you are an athlete preparing for competition or are looking to achieve a specific goal within a set timeframe. The reality is that we have limited time to train so understanding why we are training what we train is very important.
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November 2017
Agility

Agility

The power of a technique, a method or a strategy is only apparent if it is brought to bear as planned. When we think about defending ourselves in a martial exchange the consideration of power and how we can minimise its effects is one of the first problems to solve. There are many ways we can avoid, re-distribute, transform or neutralise forces affecting us in the martial context. But one of the most useful, if often shunned, is the use of agility.
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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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