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March 2019
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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October 2018
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 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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June 2017
The Friday Five - 23/06/17

The Friday Five - 23/06/17

The first MartialBody Foundations course is now Live! Grapes, Connor vs Mayweather, Roger TV
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May 2017
The Friday Five - 05/05/17

The Friday Five - 05/05/17

Announcements!For those of you waiting for the MartialBody Foundations/Fundamentals courses to be released I am just putting the finishing touches on the First Section, HeavyBody. Then closely afterwards the Sable and Connected sections will be released! Very exciting and I am very happy with the way this work turned out.Stay Tuned!----------------------Inspired words -A funny quote from the Internal Arts Adept Serge Augier. He said this too the room of students when I hosted him in the UK in th...
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April 2017
The Friday Five 21/04/17

The Friday Five 21/04/17

The Friday Papers  –There is a huge amount of debate regarding the best way to ‘Stretch’. I have looked into a few of these varied methods while researching for the MartialBody programs. Static stretching and static holds have a good base of research behind them. For example:““After stretching, passive torques were significantly reduced at >50% of range of motion (ROM). Shear modulus at a given fascicle length was significantly reduced at >80% of the chan...
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The Friday Five - 07/04/17

The Friday Five - 07/04/17

The Friday Papers  –This week I have been researching Reactive Neuromuscular Training. A System which uses external influence (such as resistance bands) to cause a reaction in the body that resets natural stability in a joint, posture or similar. Here is some interesting research in its applicability to shoulder rehabilitation.“An RNT program as part of a sport-specific functional exercise progression can re-establish dynamic stability and neuromuscular control. Clinicians can e...
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March 2017
Friday Five 31-03-2017

Friday Five 31-03-2017

The Friday Papers  – This week I have been looking at the review of material supporting Thomas Meyers Anatomy Trains theory.“To provide evidence for the existence of 6 myofascial meridians proposed by Myers based on anatomic dissection studies"https://www.anatomytrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/wilke-pdf.pdfInspired words -“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”Thomas A. EdisonFoody ...
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Friday Five - 03/03/17

Friday Five - 03/03/17

The Friday Papers  – Learn all about Fascia, a foundation of the connection training in MartialBody“The literature supports defining fascia as an innervated, continuous, functional organ of stability and motion that is formed by 3-dimensional collagen matrices.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3430451/----------------------Inspired words -A little bit of wisdom from the mists of the past this week with a verse from one of the Tai Chi Classics.“The feet, l...
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Friday 5 - 24/03/17

Friday 5 - 24/03/17

Well, its been a couple of weeks off the Friday Five! But its back! :)The Friday Papers  – Been hitting the ‘Rumble Roller’ this week. I am not sure if this is a torture device or a beneficial tissue health tool… but a study in latest issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research seems to point to the latter.“Okamoto et al. (11) suggested that foam rolling restores muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and soft-tissue extensibility. MacDonald et al...
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