I’m a martial arts coach and a personal trainer, so I like to use martial arts techniques to give my students a great workout.
Many times I’ll have a student that feels I’m being too technical when I try to get them to perform the techniques better. They’ll say, “I’m not going to get in a fight, I just want to get a good workout.” Which translates into ‘I don’t care about doing it right, I just want to look better.‘
Regardless of whether you’re working out to look better, to perform better, or to learn self-defense, moving your core will benefit you. Your fitness goals and your reason for training doesn’t really matter, the best way to accomplish your fitness goals is by practicing core mobility.
If you want to get stronger, faster, more flexible, longer lasting, more agile, and more coordinated, you should practice core mobility. If you want to look leaner, more ripped, and more athletic, then you should practice core mobility. If you want to perform better, live longer, and feel better, you should practice core mobility. If you want to achieve balance, discipline, and focus, you should practice core mobility. If you want to increase energy flow, endurance, and power throughout your body and mind, you should practice core mobility.
I’m not going to make exaggerated claims or anything, but if more people practiced core mobility, we could actually bring an end to war, hunger, and homelessness. But seriously.
Whatever your reason for training, whatever it is that you’re after, practicing core mobility will help you reach your goals better than any other form of training.
It’s basically an unwritten rule in martial arts, that you have to move your core. Meaning, if a martial arts technique is to actually work, if any move is to be effective, you have to put your core into it. The heaviest parts of your body have to move in order for you to perform martial arts techniques correctly. Martial arts techniques that don’t mobilize the core just don’t work in real life. Techniques that lack bodily movement lack the necessary energy to make an impact. Movements that are made dynamically, lacking kinetic energy, are ineffectual and unproductive.
A lot of people think that martial arts is about having a lot of strength and endurance, when all it really boils down to how efficient your movements are. Throwing a knockout punch, getting a takedown or a submission, is all about how well you can move your weight around. Being able to move your weight around is all about efficiency.
Martial arts is about moving your body efficiently and finding an easier way around your opponent’s resistance. The power is derived in the motion carried by your moving body weight, not the amount of muscles that you’re flexing.
We often train ourselves to use excessive force, with weightlifting and other forms of heavy resistance training. Resistance training that teaches us to resist and strain, instead of teaching us to move fluidly, efficiently, and powerfully. Simply put, excessive force isn’t efficient. It wastes energy and makes you vulnerable to exhaustion.
So, martial arts mainly pertains to being able to move and reposition your own body effectively and efficiently, more so than it pertains to repositioning and moving your opponent’s body. Of course, you want to have the ability to reposition your opponent’s body, but you don’t want to use more force than you need.
You want to use leverage, with timing and precision to outposition and overcome your opponent. To acheive the right leverage, with timing and precision, you have to have control of your body and you have to move efficiently and effectively. It’s not about outsizing the opposition with force and aggression.
Let’s say you’re like the person that doesn’t care about learning martial arts technique, but you just want to get in really good shape. You want to look good, feel good, perform well, and live longer. What type of exercise are you going to do?
Martial arts! Obvi!
The more you move each time you perform a technique, the more calories you burn, the more parts of your body that are involved, and the more your body moves. The more you practice these techniques, the more your core and body is moved, and the more energy that is moved and burned, the more powerful you will become.
Moving your core is a challenge for your whole body and mind. Moving your core increases energy flow like no other exercise. It takes a lot of mental control and coordination to move your core, so core mobility and martial arts is also a great workout for the mind and the soul. It’s a balanced workout enabling you to perform better in everyday situations.
I can go on for days about how martial arts and core movement is really good for you. But what I’m really getting at, is that core movement is an intregral part of martial arts, as well as personal fitness, longevity, and sex appeal.
So, just know that the best workout is moving your core.
When I said that core movement can end war, hunger, and homelessness, it sounded like a joke, but now all you have to do is imagine a population of people that practices martial arts daily. As the world becomes more healthy and energetically balanced, negative things like war, hunger, and homelessness will begin to disappear.
Also, having more energy flow, discipline, and control, through the practice of martial arts, will make you a more powerful being, capable making a greater impact, capable of getting what you want. So, yes, core movement is going to make your dreams come true.
Whatever your purpose in life, whatever your life goal, whatever you want to do with your energy, you’ll be able to do it better, if you practice core movement and martial arts. You’ll reach your goals and you’ll achieve your life’s purpose, if you practice core movement and martial arts.
So, if you just focus on doing one thing, if you only think about moving the center of your body when you workout, you’ll become a more effective martial artist, and you’ll get in awesome shape at the same time.
It really simplifies things, when you think about your center, a single point in the center of your belly. They call it your center of gravity. It’s the average location of the weight in your body, a single point to summarize the center of balance for all the weight in your body. It’s a point that ties all the other parts of your body into one central location. All you have to do is focus on that, and all of your wildest dreams will come true.
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