Through training the body to maintain its optimal alignments, even during the free flowing environment of the fight, you can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your movement and limit unwanted energy expenditure. The techniques and training methods of the StableBody aim to enhance your proprioception and joint association to the point where you are working with dynamic stability without having to give it a second thought.
The StableBody is the practitioners ability to maintain optimal alignments and dynamic stability in all motions. The StableBody Attribute is closely linked with the qualities of alignment, harmony, rooting, connection and proprioception.
Misalignment and habitual postural flaws are one of the diseases of our time. With ‘Text Neck’ becoming a real problem for teenagers and ‘desk back’ affecting a huge proportion of the population martial artists are also prone to developing certain postural imbalances. For instance the Brazilian JiuJitsu practitioner may experience chronic tightening of the hip flexors due to the large amount of guard work. These sort of issues can cause knock on effects throughout the body, typically with back pain, knee pain and a cascade of other issues. But there is no need to stop our beloved practices, we simply need to train the body to recognize these imbalances and then we can employ methods to resolve them. Stable body training will allow you to become acutely aware of problems when they occur and then work to resolve them through training the posture naturally.
Moving with harmony and alignment means that your whole body backs up every movement you make. Many of the old style martial arts had the concept of harmonizing the limbs so that they work in unison with the torso at their core. In order for us to do this, we must have an innate understanding of our body position and base of support. Once we are moving with a trained alignment and stability our movements naturally become more efficient. We expend less energy to perform a given task and can train harder, for longer. The StableBody attributes make us feel stronger and harder to move around, even though we maintain out agility.
Firstly we have to train the body to understand where it actually is. Most people need to develop their proprioceptive sense in some way and this is the first step in the stable body training. To do this we train the feet, the hands and the connective tissue ‘suit’ in the body to be responsive and highly tuned to its position. We can then work to line up and harmonize the major body joints with the spine so that ‘when one part moves, all parts move’.
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