More RBT Thoughts, and. . .Welcome New Gutterfighters!

 

The Trunk

 

My mind is still swimming with thoughts and ideas on resistance bands after this past weekend’s seminar.  We talked a lot about the different planes of movement.  Martial arts requires that you be especially efficient in the transverse plane (think of rotational movement), because the hips are the powerhouse for punching, slapping, elbows, knees, kicking, etc..  This requires a strong trunk and a reactive trunk.  It needs to turn on for stabilization at the right time, without us having to think about it, of course.  Dave explained how typical abdominal exercises that most of us do, like sit-ups and crunches, just don’t cut it when it comes to making our trunks functional in the way they need to be to prevent injury.  He showed us many different exercises to train in this vein, including progressions for isometric planks—very challenging, to say the least.  I don’t have near the level of expertise he does to even explain all of it, though it does make complete sense when he lays it all out.  I can experiment with the exercises more to get a kinesthetic sense of what he is saying, just as I did during the seminar.  He talked about how teaching people to walk and run more efficiently, and training their bodies to move and react properly, will make every other movement involving the extremities that much better; all our movements, he says, are an extension of walking.  As better walkers and runners, we can certainly be better, more efficient martial artists.  I am excited about the implications of what we learned, and now it’s time to be my own guinea pig.

 

The New Kids

 

I wanted to welcome our new Gutterfighters who attended class Monday night.  We threw a lot of stuff at them and they did a great job!  Our head coach is full of surprises and there is never a dull moment around here.

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