'HeavyBody' is the first module in the Martial Body system. It focuses on our ability to release bound or tense tissue so that the body can move freely and thus bring our natural weight to bear on the situation. Using our own body mass, breathing and concentration to lead release of unwanted tension will allow you to use your weight when striking, when grappling and when wanting to resolve joint pain and injuries from training.
The HeavyBody is the practitioners ability to efficiently use their mass in both combative exchange and to heal themselves. The HeavyBody Attribute is closely linked with the qualities of softness, release and connection with the force of gravity.
When we injure our joints and their associated tissues the body will naturally immobilize the joint with protective tension. The core of the 'HeavyBody' Method is the skill of ‘releasing’ or relaxing and resolve these unwanted tensions. This skill allows practitioners to identify and resolve tensions which may be compounding injuries or niggles and allow the tissues and joints to move freely again. Opening the joints, breathing correctly and relaxing the tissues has a profound effect on our ability to heal ourselves. Using our own body mass to lead this relaxation and opening is a trick that can accelerate the healing process.
Efficient use of weight is a key characteristic of top level martial artists. Be that the positional security of a Judoka defending a throw, the top pressure of a BJJ competitor or the heavy hands of a boxer. The ability to utilize our weight in an efficient, effective and timely manner not only creates large volumes of force but also makes our movement more efficient. However, the traditional approach to strength and conditioning will not give us these attributes. HeavyBody training uses relaxation and release to create these skills, and is perhaps the opposite approach to traditional 'strength' training. The results, from even a short time training this work, are undeniable however. HeavyBody is a tool every fighter, martial artist or combat sports athlete should have in their toolbox.
Make no mistake about it, effective release and relaxation are hard things to do. They are the opposite side of the coin to contraction and tension and just like contraction they must be trained to become effective and fast. Much of the work in this area is related to neurology and our ability to ‘switch off’ the signals that are making unwanted tension creep into the body. We can consciously do this with a variety of physical movements and targeted breathing methods that will help us to connect to the ‘relax’ mechanism much like we do with the ‘contract’ mechanism..
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