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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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November 2016
Embedding Movement Attributes

Embedding Movement Attributes

We can’t really look at movement skills without talking about how movement complexity and capacity is handled by the brain and nervous system. It is our brains that give rise to our ability to move in complex ways and our brains that allow us to retain good movement habits once they are learned. Indeed, some people theorize that movement diversity is the reason for humans developing such large and complex brains.
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Martial Movement

Martial Movement

Martial arts are, at their core, simply ways to move. The movements can be those of war, violence, tradition, beauty, efficiency, ceremony, cruelty or profundity but they movements none the less. And these movements always boil down to a core set of mechanics. The development of the mechanics found in the combat arts is driven by the search for efficiency in creating and dealing with forces. These could be forces acting upon us, or forces that we produce to act on others. Forces as we mean th...
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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