In the following 3 (or more) part series I will begin to lay out the specific philosophies of training in the Warrior Fitness System. In each segment we will examine a particular set of principles, all of which happen to come in groups of 3; thus the entire series together is named, “The Law of Threes”. These principles are the beginning of how to teach and train technique within the Warrior Fitness System.
In additional upcoming articles, I will also begin to delineate the 3 Paths of Warrior Fitness Training, as well as the 4 Levels of Training Preparation.
Today though, let’s begin with…
The 3 Physical Components of Technique
Within the Warrior Fitness Training System, there are 3 main components which must be present in order to express the correct form for each physical technique. These 3 components are:
- Alignment – how the structure of the body is used for the maximum expression of stability, power and efficiency.
- Movement – how the body moves itself, with a weight, or with weapons to express maximum mobility, power and efficiency.
- Breathing – how the body breathes to unite movement and alignment to correctly express energy, power and efficiency.
“It is the breath that gives life to and actualizes the techniques” – Masaaki Hatsumi, Bujinkan Soke
Each of these 3 components must be taught correctly and integrated within the body of the trainee before they can be said to be executing the correct form of the technique.
The components of Alignment, Movement, and Breathing relate to both fitness and martial art techniques. For example, skills like the kettlebell swing, bodyweight squat, or push-up in fitness, as well as martial techniques like throwing a punch, striking with a stick, or cutting with a sword.
No matter what particular outer expression of the technique takes, these 3 physical elements of Alignment, Movement, and Breathing must be united within the practitioner to create whole body power and maximum efficiency. Only in this way can one be said to be doing the techniques of Warrior Fitness accurately.