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August 2017
The Pinnacle Fallacy

The Pinnacle Fallacy

There is a tendency in the martial arts, particularly the more traditional styles, for students to value the personal martial skills of the teacher above all other factors. It is thought that the teacher must represent the pinnacle of the arts expression if they are to be able to guide students towards their personal development. Of course, a teacher should have a deep knowledge of what they teach and should have at least deeply researched everything they are aiming to pass on, but this article ...
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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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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 importance of honest inquiry

The importance of honest inquiry

With the recent emergence of challenges where traditional Martial Artists are bested, often in seconds by trained ‘sport’ fighters, I think it is worth looking at perhaps the most important guiding principle of my practice and the foundation of the MartialBody method, The principle of Honest Enquiry.
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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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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
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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“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