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March 2017
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 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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January 2017
Unconscious Competence - 'Fluid Body State'

Unconscious Competence - 'Fluid Body State'

"If one reaches the deepest point, arms, legs and body remember what to do; But the mind does not enter into this at all" Zen master - Takuan Soho
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Linking the Mind and Body

Linking the Mind and Body

Today we will talk about one of the most fundamental aspects of the 'FluidBody' method, utilizing our 'intent' to enhance and fuel our movement. Some Traditional Martial Arts place this concept at the very forefront of their training, Chinese Xing Yi Quan being a prominent example. This is because 'Intent' as a reference for body and mind connection is a very useful way to enhance our movement and create more power.
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December 2016
The utility of the spiral

The utility of the spiral

In some martial arts the ‘spiral’ holds a place of special importance for the practitioners. Along with the circle, it is one of the most commonly targeted shapes in body development methods, but what is it about the spiral that makes it so useful? If you watch the motions of some grapplers you will notice the clear circularity and ‘twist’ in their throwing technique, the body coils as it exerts the forces required. But there is more to the meaning of the 'Spiral' than simply the...
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The Skill of being ‘heavy’.

The Skill of being ‘heavy’.

Engage with any high level martial artist from almost any style and one of the qualities you will feel is their ability to seem heavier than they should. Certainly, if you have ever interacted with high level grapplers you will have felt this attribute and boxers will often talk about a fighter ‘heavy hands’. More often than not this quality is said to be a 'natural talent', but in fact this quality of ‘weight’ is a skill that can be trained and developed. In this article, we wil...
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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