What is Specific Physical Preparation for Martial Arts?

Every once in a while it’s fun to think about how much the exercises we train on a daily and weekly basis actually translate, or carry over, to the activities for which we’re training. Depending on your training program this can either be a great way to confirm that you are moving in the right…

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On The Habit of Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Attributed to Aristotle, but really a quote from Will Durant   Lately I have been thinking about the virtue of excellence. This wasn’t always an important virtue to me. When I was younger (and dumber) I believed that I…

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The Game of Thrones Workout

If I were to train John Snow, how would I do it? He needs to be all around functionally strong, possess no-quit endurance, and incredible amounts of sheer grit, or mental toughness! What determines whether or not John Snow and the rest of the 7 kingdoms survive the approaching White Walkers? To me, it comes…

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HeavyBody Foundations Course – My Review

The HeavyBody Foundations course is the first section in Coach Chris Davis’ new Martial Body System. The Martial Body system is an attribute-based approach to training. This non-denominational systematic method of training the body is not only revolutionary, but much needed by today’s martial artist! Coach Chris has spent many years training with high level…

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Breathing for Strength, Vitality, and Performance

  For millennia breath control exercises have been the secret weapon of advanced yogis, qigong adepts, master healers, and warrior-monks to forge phenomenal strength, super human body control, and extraordinary vitality. When disciplines such as yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Internal Martial Arts, and Qigong have been successfully used over thousands of years to heal the…

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The Downfall of Functional Training & How to Fix It

What Functional Training Has Become… The field of functional training has degenerated into seeing who can perform the most meaningless stunt while looking the coolest (ahem… sometimes). These exploits may look impressive to the uninitiated or easily amused, but they have virtually no carry over and zero application to movement in real life, on the…

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What is Fitness?

Fitness is probably one of the most controversial topics bandied about in social media, magazine articles, and by know-it-alls across the planet.  Just about every type of training under the broad heading of fitness has its own staunch supporters and sycophants, as well as its haters and rabid detractors. Nothing really has a place of…

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The Top 3.5 Reasons Training is Hard

The other day a student said to me during training: “This is hard.” My reply was, “Well of course it’s hard. You don’t come to me to learn how to do things you’re already good at, do you?”  But why is this difficult? In my experience,training is hard for approximately 3.5 main reasons… 1. You are…

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Fasting, Cold Showers, and Black Coffee

This week I decided to run a little experiment and see how long I could fast. I felt that after all the overeating and indulging of the holidays that my body, especially my digestive system, could use a break. I was inspired by my friend Logan Christopher doing a 5 day fast over New Years.…

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Bored With Push-Ups? Try These!

Push-ups should build all-around 3 dimensional strength from every conceivable angle and hand position. If you’re bored with your current push-up regimen, give these a try and let me know what you think!   Screwing Push-ups Knife Push-ups Wrist to Fist Push-ups How to Train Wrist to Fist Push-ups Multi-Directional Push-ups Whole Body Plyometric Frog…

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