Body Movement & Flow are Key
Almost all sports require some type of physical movement. Movement is what can progressively move you closer to achievement or farther away depending on how you train and take action. Movement plays a key role in how a fighter can control a round and effortless fluid movement can bring out the best technique or strategy inside or outside of your playing field. As martial arts, sport and business evolve we have to continuously keep improving our movement. In today’s society the people who are not so strait line and take risk with their movement are the ones rising to the top.
Growing up as a child strait line movement was almost all we did in the sports that I participated in. When I played baseball it was all about hitting the ball straight and running straight to the base. Football required more movement but you would always hear the coach say, “The fastest way from point A to B is a straight line” or the famous “You gotta run North and South if you want to get that ball in the in zone.” Tae Kwon Do was a very straight line sport as well so that is what my body was use to. My training in the weight room would always be very old school, straight and solid and the same would go for my martial arts training. I am not saying that old school lifts and straight line movement is bad but I do think that it is very important to balance the old and new movements to create better success. After spending years in training traditional martial arts, sport and fitness exercises, I decided to branch out after my playing days and explore how I could become a better fighter from better movement and also regain my lost flexibility in which I credit to a lack of stretching and over compensated leg muscles.
My first new venture was yoga. After I got comfortable and began to relax in yoga I started to develop a new full body strength that I had never had before. I went in thinking my core balance, flexibility and movement would be outstanding but little did I know yoga would kick my butt. After a few challenging classes I decided to commit to yoga for an extended period to see what it would really do for my body. After about 3 months of training yoga I regained flexibility in my hips. My seated hip flexibility was so bad that I could not even sit Indian style but after I started to train yoga I regained that hip flexibility. I was able to hold longer planks, developed better balance, flexibility and mental focus. After seeing and feeling results from my yoga practice I knew that my traditional ways of training movement had to change.
Yoga opened up my mind to new movement and challenges that I could put my body through along with my students and clients. I then started to apply those same movements to my martial arts and fitness training. From the strength and flexibility that I had gained from yoga I was able to start implementing in new forms of upper and lower body training with resistance bands and multi-functional movement patterns. After a while, I decided to change my fighting style and take these movements to the ring. My new form was circular movement, keep them guessing on what I was going to do next and being explosive with my attack. This technique helped me win multiple overall men’s point fighting grand championships at some of the biggest sport martial arts tournaments in the world. The new movement patters also helped in the reduction of injury and developed stronger joints catered with better movement.
Movement has become a huge industry with thousands of yoga studios, functional training and movement gyms. The evolved movement exercises are helping athletes perform better and for much longer due to a healthier body. Now that there have been hundreds if not thousands of positive testimonials of athletes benefitting from these movements more trainers and professional athletes are starting to add them into their routines. Now that you know my story, I encourage you to begin to research movement and mobility exercises, take a yoga class and don’t get stuck in the same movement patterns day in and day out. Check out the video link below featuring world UFC champion Conor McGregor and world renown trainer, Ido Portal.
By: Chad Cannon (Certified Personal trainer, B.S Sport Science & World Champion Martial artist)