Podcast Episode 66: Conditioning for martial arts and self-defense

The next crossover podcast with Iain Abernathy is coming up soon and one of the questions we received for it triggered this episode here: what are some of the important principles of conditioning for martial arts and self-defense? Not what the “influencers” on social media say, but what sports science actually says? I cover this and more in this episode.

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How to use the Hyperice Viper 2.0 for Martial Arts and Self-Defense Practitioners

Last month, I published my “Stretching and Mobility Exercises for Martial Arts and Self-Defense” instructional video and promised to do an additional video for the resources page. It took a while due to technical problems, but here it is, my review of the Hyperice Viper 2.0 and how to use it as a martial artist or self-defense practitioner. The first part explains the basics and theory. The practical demonstration starts at 11min.25sec.

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I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the Vyper is worth every cent for me, and not just when it comes to mobility. It’s not cheap, but it has done so much for my recovery that it’s hard to put into words. I still use it every day, usually twice a day.

There are knock-off products available at a much lower price point. I haven’t tried any of those, but in my experience, there is often a reason why they are cheaper: lower quality. If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to give those a try. I prefer to save up a bit longer and then invest in long-term quality.

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Podcast Episode 008: Interview with Dennis Dilday

In an effort to make up for the delay of the last episode, episode 008  is an extra long one. I interview Dennis Dilday, who is both an experienced chiropractor and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner.  We hadn’t talked in a long time, so this is us catching up and talking in detail about the art we practice, self-defense, health, injury prevention, body mechanics and much, much more. Enjoy!

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Tony Ferguson’s horrible deadlift

Here’s a video of Tony Ferguson, a professional athlete and UFC champion, doing a deadlift last year:

There is a reason why I write my books and articles the way I do and this is a part of it:
Martial arts is one of the fields in which even the best have some of the worst training practices.
This video illustrates that clearly.Tony is an excellent fighter, there is no doubt about that. But I see only two explanations for this horrible deadlift:

  • He is trained by an incompetent conditioning coach. There is zero reason to let any client perform a deadlift in this manner, let alone with this much weight. Zeroat all.
    I teach all my clients how to properly hip-hinge without weight or with a broomstick. No exceptions. Technique comes first, weight second. If they don’t like it, they can find another trainer, because I won’t be responsible when they go to snap city and end up hospitalized.
  • He thinks he knows how to deadlift, but never really learned proper technique. Which would mean he is his own conditioning coach. As a professional athlete looking for every edge you can get, that’s just stupid.

I’ve rarely encountered a field other than martial arts where the most counterproductive or antiquainted training exercises and protocols are used by professionals. When I write in-depth about topics, it is precisely to avoid giving you incomplete information that can lead to injuries or worse. I’ve often been criticized for being too wordy, but it doesn’t bother me. Those who think TL;DR is the way to excellence will eventually find out that they missed their shot. Those who keep on studying and try to learn and improve, those are the practitioners who get to the top and stay there.

hip hinge

Showing Barry Eisler the range of motion in a proper hip hinge

There is a corrolary to this: I rarely talk about topics I don’t have experience with or knowledge of. I try to avoid adding bullshit to the already massive amounts of information that are shared all over the internet. So I usually either stay quiet on those topics or refer to others who are more knowledgeable.

I would dare say that if he hasn’t already, Tony could do worse than find a good coach to teach him the basics of the deadlift…