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April 2017
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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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
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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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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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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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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February 2017
Friday Five - 24/02/17

Friday Five - 24/02/17

The Friday Papers  –  This week I have been researching foot and lower limb strength and its effect on balance on mobility. These attributes are key to the skills of the martial artist. Here is one of the studies focused on ‘balance training’.“However, lower-extremity resistance training conducted on even and uneven surfaces meaningfully improved proxies of strength, power and balance in all groups.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5122203/Insp...
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Friday 17-02-17

Friday 17-02-17

Friday Papers - "training principles for fascial connective tissues. Inspired words - Ueshiba's thoughts on training Foody Friday - Black currents as an ergogenic aid. From the Martial Arts world - Rogers Return To Check out - Highlight top tier Martial Arts Coaches
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Where does ‘The Research’ fit in?

Where does ‘The Research’ fit in?

I have a challenge for you, name a top tier MMA coach that has a published a peer reviewed study, maybe a top tier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professor, how about a top tier Muay Thai Coach or wrestling coach?
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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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“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