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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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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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February 2018
Brute Strength

Brute Strength

In the continuing series of articles on force and how we deal with it, this article will be looking at an important if ‘shunned’ aspect, dealing with ‘Brute Strength’.
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January 2018
Changing the effect of a force

Changing the effect of a force

Continuing the articles on handling forces in the martial arts, in this article I will talk about a method of changing forces that are applied to you. Specifically, a method of altering the effect that force can have on a structure. Here I will outline the first and most basic concept associated with the method I call ‘Pairing’.
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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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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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Training to give up

Training to give up

This post is sure to ruffle a few feathers here and there, especially those in the traditional arts, but the purpose of this post is not to put down or slight anyone’s personal practice. The aim here is to provide some practical methods to combat a habit that can often develop unconsciously. Understand that I maintain a respect for all martial arts and those who study any method should not read my words as a critique of them personally or even the style they study, simply of the habit itself.
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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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Is Fascia training a fad?

Is Fascia training a fad?

Fascia, this seemingly benign material has become somewhat of a poster boy of health, fitness and movement in some circles and the Martial Arts are no exception. Some claim that Fascia is the answer to all the ancient riddles, while other say it is inconsequential. In this article, I aim to unpack Fascia and see what the science says about this tissue.
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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