Baby Steps…We all need them.

I was watching one of the Barbershop films the other day and Cedric The Entertainer dropped the line “Baby steps”…on one of his co workers getting ahead of themselves.

It got me thinking.

The more I thought about it and the more I applied it to what I do as a performance soft tissue therapist…correctional exercise specialist…and trainer…the more I saw how it was actually the heart…at the epicenter of my system and ethos.

The more I further…thought about it…I started to realise how “Baby Steps” transferred to the real world…to each and every single one of our lives…on a daily basis.

I considered the power they held and the benefit to having that ideology in the forefront of your mind.

What are you talking about I hear you say?

Well I mean it in the conventional manner…but I also…don’t?

Look at it this way…what does a baby do…it progresses.

It learns…it grows…it develops.

It doesn’t do it overnight…but over extended periods of time…over sustained instances of failure…which amalgamate and culminate into a success…a forward progression.

A baby first starts to crawl before it can walk…but to me the devil is in the detail.

They have to learn and perfect how to crawl…before they learn how to stand…they then have to learn how to balance and stand…before they learn how to walk.

It is a cycle of sustained resiliency in the name of constant progression…developed from exploration…expression…free will…inquisitiveness…adaptability…and most importantly…failure.

Getting up every time they fall down…a great analogy for life hey?

Here is where the clinical side of me and what I do comes out.

What I described to you there is the true formula of how to succeed in any endeavour you wish to realistically pursue…so…never…ever forget about the baby steps.

I don’t just mean this is relevant to people at the beginning of their journey…because it is perhaps just as much…if not more relevant to people who already have the experience in their field.

What we tend do for example as human beings…is learn to crawl…learn…to stand…learn to walk…then forget about it for the rest of our lives once it becomes a natural motor skill.

This is when and why we develop dysfunction…compensation…postural deviation…and injury…because we forget about the baby steps and progress to more advancement…once we progress to more advancement…we tend to forget that what got us there in the first place…is what needs to be continuously developed and maintained.

Without what got us there in the first place…there is no progression…or if there is…it produces little to no longevity.

For example…when you learn how to ride a bike…or skate…or play football…it’s advancement…but…every motor skill and functional ability needed to crawl…stand…balance…and walk…is still needed.

Not only are they still needed…they are the basis for what it is you are no attempting…or doing.

The better you are…the sharper you are…the more efficient you are at those basics…the better you are at riding that bike…controlling those skates…shooting that ball etc.

The better you maintain…the better you continue.

A structure is always built on a foundation of support and integrity.

Where I differ with the conventional interpretation of “Baby steps” is by suggesting that they are in fact the actual steps needed…the blue print…foundation…and neccesity of any endeavour you pursue…no matter your level or experience.

We have to keep going back to those basics…keeping them integral…to allow us to keep developing our skills.

It is exactly why you have a service and an M.O.T. test on your car…because no matter the engineering…no matter the speed…performance…make…or power…it’s the baby steps that go into making that car run that matter.

If you don’t maintain the levels of oil needed…the correct pressure in your tyres…drive it responsibly etc etc…your car won’t run…or it will until there is a problem that stops it in it’s tracks.

The last example I’ll leave you with is this…

When somebody comes to me who wants to learn how to squat but physiologically can’t…the squat automatically becomes the advancement.

I will perform specific movement screens…R.O.M. tests and palpation to assess the restrictions…and try to figure out why…but if they can’t squat…I’m not going to get them to.

The reason I’m not going to get them to do it…is because they can’t?

If they can’t structurally or physiologically get into the position…I’m going to address the way they walk…stand…sit etc…before I move on to patterning a functional squat.

I’m going to address the baby steps…the true mechanics that allow for the advancement.

I’m also going to advise that those same steps be put…indefinitely…before any want for individual exercise progression to ensure consisent progression…maintainance and longevity.

The last part of this post…is this…

If you take that previous example…during the process of rehabilitation I will use some very advanced techniques and treatment methods…which are also naturally the advancement in this situation on my side…but it is the movement screening and palpation that allows the process to begin and continue with the client.

Without those we would never know how to exit the cycle of dysfunction.

This is what I always fall back on…regardless of how technical some of the things I can do are.

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SOFT TISSUE LIFE

Many people know I have been a personal trainer and performance coach for a number of Years now.

What you may not be aware of…is that I’m actually a soft tissue specialist, accredited to the highest level in the industry.

I was assessed by…and trained under Nick Mooney…clinical lead soft tissue therapist of London 2012 Olympic games.

I’m qualified to work with people from the general public…all the way up to the highest level of elite sports…movement…and performance.

What Is Soft Tissue Therapy? 

S.T.T is the precise assessment…treatment…and management…of soft tissue injury…pain…and/or dysfunction…primarily of the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Specialists who provide soft tissue therapy have a background and knowledge of anatomy…physiology…pathology…pathophysiology…biomechanics and postural analysis…as well as tactile/palpatory and functional movement assessment.

Specialists at the highest level are also experienced and qualified in prescribing specialist individual exercise and home care.

( Lee Cleaver soft tissue specialist)

The GYM? Motivation…Perhaps??

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The gym is like a free shrink or psychologist…It will always shoulder…any problem you ever have…allowing you…to free your mind…and to be within your own thoughts.

We live in the day and age of complete and absolute information over load.

Attacked with constant barrages of information…bombarding us like massed artillery fire…24/7…366…including leap years.

There is no rest…there are no gaps…no pauses…nor breaks…it just keeps on going and going…controlled and orchestrated by such a vast…vassst array of different channels…outlets and media.

I don’t even think it could be quantifiable.

My friends…take that time for yourself…to shut the world out…and wake up tomorrow mentally and physiologically stronger.

Never forget how amazing you are…never forget the power you hold…but also never forget that your mind needs that time for itself.

It’s an amazing day to be alive…so live it with vigorous passion…and a belief that instills infectious smiles.

Sometimes it may feel like what you want is always out of reach…or that it never happens for you…but don’t ever give up.

It’s always closer than you think…but more importantly…you are the inspiration for somebody else…whether you know it or not…so if you give up…so do they.

Never forget that we all inspire each other…and somebody woke up today looking up to you.

Smile…laugh…move…frolic…and be yourself…there isn’t time for anything else.

The body does not work without the mind…so next time you work out…focus on the power of your mind…rather than the aesthetics of your body.

Have the best day EVER

 

#CLEAVERFIT #WHATADAYTOBEALIVE

A Talk To The Troubled Youth…Next Stop Prison.

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I did a “motivational talk” for a group of “troubled” Mancunian teens who the next stop for…is prison.

One of the lads in the room was the brother of a close friend.

He asked me how I had changed so much…how I went from one of the biggest “dick heads” you would have ever met…to a guy people around the world are now starting to seek out for motivation. (According to his brother!)

I said to him I couldn’t explain in one talk…but I could give him 1 thing…a saying…a rationale…a belief…that…if any one of them bought in to…today…then tomorrow…would be completely different.

**”Later down the road…there is no in between”**

I understand that the later down the road is determined by looking at myself…and making those changes needed to be made…today…right now…this second…and sticking to them with a burning belief and desire…regardless of what happens.

If you can’t/don’t/won’t do that…then…the later down the road…is EXACTLY the same as it is today…or worse…EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Once you realise that you can’t make change…without creating it yourself…you realise that there is no In between.

I either do…or I don’t…I sink…or I swim…I’m awake
…or I’m asleep…I’m just a cog…or I’m the actual time piece…It was all down to me.

The ground in between…is either limbo…or invented excuses as to why we never progressed.

The In between is the salvation sought by those who never really wanted to do it in the first place…by those without substance…who were prepared to give up on themselves…who…liked the idea of the ‘success’…but weren’t prepared to do what needed to be done…to get it.

The in between is saved for those who were blind to how amazing they actually were.

I genuinely saw something click in 2 of them…2 of them got saved today…and that gives me the fire to keep trying with the other 18.

Please don’t forget that…to attempt to change the world for the better…It first has to start with our communities.

If you know somebody that needs your help…help them…beyond what is called for…beyond what you will be praised and noted for.

Give back…by being a human and looking out for your fellow being.

Do it…for the love…as they say.

Have the best day ever my friends.

Your Body…Is Your Body…My Body…Is…Mine

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My “split”…my “routine”…my “plan”…my exercises…and methodology…reflect and address…who…and where I am…”functionally” and neuromuscularly…OUTSIDE of working out…and why.

Logically…it has to be approached in that manner…no matter your desired effect from the training…otherwise injury…long term issue…or contraindication is guaranteed to occur.

If the effort does not have your well being at the forefront of it…then the effort is in vain my friends.

Your body…is yours…and there is no one size fits all…duplicate plan…that universally works in the name of specific individual progression…or longevity.

Whatever you pursue…pursue it from a personal retrospect…take into consideration…all of the considerations…and remember that it’s not about the generic norm the masses are sold on following…it’s about discovering yourself…your own body…and mind.

The best exercise in the world…that everybody rants…raves…and goes on about…could literally be the worst exercise in the world for you or I…who knows without assessment.

Sometimes you can change that in a person…sometimes you can’t…depends on the person being assessed.

You…are the only…you…in the entire world…start your journey today!

Follow Your Dreams – The No In between

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I’ve said many times before…that…when it comes to the hands of time my friends…Seconds…turn to minutes…minutes turn to hours…hours turn to days…days turn to months…months to years…and those years…well they can last a lifetime.

Give birth to every day with belief in who you are…what you stand for…and what you are capable of.

No matter what anybody says or thinks…never miss that opportunity to orchestrate your beautiful symphony…or leave your unique mark and imprint on the world.

You hear a lot of motivational speakers saying that “It’s never too late”….sometimes it isn’t…but sometimes…sadly…it is.

Never let it pass by…because I don’t care who you are reading this…each and every single one of you out there possesses something that’s so unique…so awe inspiring…so revolutionary…and so special.

What you have inside you is something that’s never been seen or done before…and if you haven’t already…then you should find it…identify it…grab it…and run with it.

Just like yesterday was…and tomorrow will be…today is one beautiful…exhilarating day to be alive…and we woke up the real trillionaires…rich in life…with our hearts beating…our lungs contracting…and the ability to live it as who we are and who we choose to be.

They say that following your dreams isn’t easy…it’s not…but the process behind it is…be true to yourself about what your heart beats for…find a way to do it…keep going…keep believing…keep learning…keep developing…and don’t stop.

Even if you don’t get the original dream…you will have developed the one you will attain along the way.

You only ever have two options in life…do…or don’t…there is no in between.

#WHATADAYTOBEALIVE #NEVERFORGETHOWAMAZINGYOUARE #CLEAVERFIT

Motivation…No Watered Down Hype

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People showed me love for my post on “fighting…The real truth”…and for that…my friends…I genuinely thank you.

It could have easily been incorrectly taken as me being disrespectful…and the respect and honour being shown within the words could have been missed.

I write these things from experience…in the hope they help just one person…so I’m buzzing I had a boxer fill in the contact me section asking me to get in touch with him.

He wasn’t a professional boxer…he was somebody who has been taking lessons for only 6 months…but feels like he is one of the worst in the class.

I don’t care what level anybody is at…or how long they have been doing anything…6 years…6 months…or 6 minutes.

We all start somewhere…and I think that is sometimes forgotten…the bigger some people get in their industries.

If I’ve got any time free to do so…then I like to try…to give back…I made a promise to myself that I will never allow that to change in me.

We emailed…then spoke on the phone…and from what we ended up speaking about…I asked him if it was ok for me to write a blog on it.

I truly believe our discussion could be of help to somebody…and perhaps offer a little more clarity to a transferable area in another part of their life they are having trouble with.

At the start…I asked him why he felt the way he did…and he pretty much told me it was because he couldn’t get the drills the way some of the others could…because he felt like he wasn’t progressing… and stood out as being substandard.

He was starting to wonder if it was to do with his movement…physiology…or structure…and read my post…so thought he would try getting in touch.

I said what I always say if it’s from an online query…which is if anybody ever tells you…about you…as in your structure and movement patterns…from behind a computer screen…or on a phone…without test and analysis in person…then the advice is not relevant…in any way shape or form.

I then proceeded to ask him how many times he was doing it per week…and…if he dedicated any time to research or practice.

He is currently…and has previously been…attending a class every Thursday night that lasts an hour and a half…and struggles to fit any more in with work and studying for university exams.

Maybe his movement…proprioception…firing patterns…or length to tension ratio are actually out…or dysfunctional…but unless he wants me to analyse in person…I can’t be of help…so I offered him some logical thinking…and advice towards his boxing issues. (I’m not a boxing coach but I’ve worked with quite a few different types of fighters…and have been around the industry)

I’ve had to make many changes in my life to be able to progress…had to face some harsh truths…and realities…so I usually question the reasoning…methodology and application in a respectful manner…before starting to consider anything about movement or physiology anyway.

I broke the first thing down to him which was the obvious…Once a week never being able to contend with twice a week…and twice a week never comparing to three etc.

It’s the fine art…and balance…of safely…individually…and specifically pushing beyond your current mental and physiological barriers to create a stronger…resilient…more mobile and efficient you within your chosen endeavor.

Processing it all to become a natural…dependable…reliable motor skill…while still ensuring it transferable and functional to your everyday life.

They are the goals first and foremost…and to be able to get anywhere near closer to those goals…you have to apply yourself in a logical…calculated manner…but most importantly you have to analyse how important it all is to you in the first place…in the grand scheme of your life.

We all make the same excuses in some way or another…you see it…or have done it on a daily basis…which is normal.

There are only 24 hours in a day…which can make certain things hard to do…but learning…and teaching the body and the mind how to progress at something…starts with doing it over and over again…time after time.

It all depends on how much you really want to do it…vs…how much you really like the fantasy or the idea about it.

It all depends on your current priorities…on if you are prepared to make and sacrifice your precious time for it.

If it…is…something you want that bad…something…you believe in that much…then you find a way…to find a way…all day…every…day. (just look at people who are physically and psychologically dependent on hard drugs or alcohol…they always find a way…to find a way…no matter the cause or effect…because…they want…they need…that badly…and as sad as that comparison is…it proves if you want or need things badly enough…you take the steps needed to get them…and to me it’s no different with your dreams and your aspirations)

If you stand there…look yourself in the eyes…in the mirror…like I have done myself…and ask the question “do I ever waste any time?”…just you…that mirror…and a room…nobody there to persecute or judge…then the results can be priceless.

If you can be honest to yourself…then the thoughts…can astound you…can create an unrivaled positivity…an answer to how to achieve those things you thought were always going to be…just out of reach.

We live in the age of constant distraction and agenda and when you start to realise that…you start to realise how much time you do actually have to evolve…to learn…to develop…to grow.

You can’t evolve without a stimulus for growth.

Take the times you stood waiting for the microwave to ping…water to boil…pasta to cook…bath to run…phone to charge…computer to load …programme to start…etc etc etc…all of those minutes…across all of those months.

Its not about…turning up to a class 5 times a week…its about what you take from that class…and apply to your everyday life in the pursuit of it becoming a natural everyday skill.

Take all of those minutes…across all of those months I just described…and think if you had spent them stepping…bobbing…weaving…ducking…diving…and throwing your guard up…practicing those drills you were having trouble with…they would now be instinctive…would they not?

That’s just the layer…once you’ve been honest with yourself about that…you start to apply what I’ve just said…and question further.

Imagine if 99% of those statuses you read…every single day for 6 months…were excerpts of an informed logical book…based around real world experience on your goal…where would your knowledge be now?

How much time do you spend on facebook…on instagram…or snapchat…twitter…youtube…google…texting…emailing…calling…how many minutes…across all those months…could have made you a better boxer…more confident in yourself and your ability?

We had no time but did we still go to those parties…those days out…nights out…or social events?

How many times did you willingly choose to participate in those activities instead of practicing? Only we can be honest with ourselves about that.

Don’t get me wrong…you have to “live”…you have to have a “life”…but again…it comes down to how much you really want it in the first place…and what your heart defines as living.

Nobody should ever tell you how to live…or how to spend your minutes…hours…days…or months…but…if you are struggling with time…then you have to analyse…assess…and…make that time.

You don’t need to go and dedicate your life to winning a belt…title…or championship…but if you want to get better…you are going to have to dedicate…more.

If it means that much to you…if it’s that important…it’s the only option to get what you want.

When I asked him if he had been on any nights out in the last month…and he said he had been out every Saturday night.

I respected him for his honesty and questioned if two or three of those nights out could have been compromised or exchanged for an extra boxing class 2 or 3 weeks in the month…to which he replied “yes.”

My words are not meant in judgment as it’s not about anybody being wrong…or right…in the way in which they choose to live their life…that is individual choice

It’s about…getting what we really…actually…do want out of it ourselves…in our hearts…and in our minds.

You can’t ever expect to be truly confident in something unless you practice…the more you practice…the more you believe and you see  your ability.

The confidence in a class…or in any setting that replicates any form of similar scenario…is a matter of belief in your ability…but secondly…your belief in that ability vs others.

Stop thinking about them…you aren’t training to fight them…or be them…you are there for your purpose.

If any of the people in that class have a lesson to teach…approach them…learn…develop…grow…get to know them…and do the same in return.

If any of them treat you with disrespect…then don’t bother with or about them.

That’s how you become comfortable in a boxing gym or any social surrounding…and how you let your talents flourish without comparison or fear towards other people.

I’ll leave you with this…very true about the boxing and fighting world…but also an analogy to take out into life.

If I snapped my fingers together right now and got you a world title shot for your weight class in 5 days time…they would all laugh…well at least the majority.

You would have papers…magazines…television…social media…pundits…fans…critics…you name it…laughing at you…crucifying you and calling you for your opportunity.

You would have people you hadn’t met for 10 years tuning in to watch you get knocked out and tell stories about the mistakes you have made in the past…the majority of the people around you…apart from the true ones…would be either wanting or expecting you to fail…spectacularly…but…remember…

If you went and knocked the champ out and took his belt…then mark my words…they would all creep out of the wood work…”Don’t you remember I went to school with you?”…”I used to work with you”…”I’ve served you in a petrol station don’t you remember?”

“I know him…I know him!!!”

Everybody would want a piece of you…and the majority would now want to be your best friend.

Don’t worry about others…and don’t expect support to come easy…things can change over night.

Find the true humans that you can connect with…go more…do more…practice in your own time…learn…develop…believe and prosper…or find what it is you actually have a passion for…and apply similar to all of the above.

Life is too short…to miss and waste opportunities…or spend our time chasing something we never really wanted that badly in the first place…but started it…and just went through the motions because we were too scared to get off the ride.

Be you my friends…find it…pursue it…chase it…live it…be it.

Have We Created The Mental And Physical Demise Of Our Next Generation?

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Had the mother of a 15 year old girl on the phone crying to me…She had seen my blog posts online and called me because she was at her “wits end.”

Her daughter has become obsessed with changing everything about her body…and she wants to book a session with me just to talk to her and do some basic exercise.

It all started off at 14…wanting a flatter stomach and a bigger bottom…and has now manifested into a full blown problem.

The next step for the mother to take would be to approach the doctors or psycologists…which in the conversation I did suggest…but she thought from reading my blogs that perhaps I may be a positive influence on her…while being able to teach her about how amazing her body actually is.

This young lady now feels the only option going forward for happiness…for acceptance…is surgery…she is at a point…at 15 years old…where she feels the only way to be happy is…surgery on the bottom…surgery on the legs…surgery on the stomach…surgery on the nose…and surgery on the lips.(she may not be thinking all those things at once…constantly…but these are still things she had said she has needed or wanted over the past year)

How does a 15 year old even begin to think like this…She hasn’t come to this conclusion on her own…She didn’t plant these seeds herself!?

We as a society are either creating this shit…or we are letting it slide by burying our heads in the sand…either way…it’s just not acceptable.

Don’t think for one solitary single second…that this is a singular incident…or that it isn’t getting to women of ALL ages…and even men now!

You would not believe how many times a week I get calls or have conversations like this…from people of all different ages…sexes…colours and creeds.

It isn’t a game…people need to really start realising the distortion…manipulation and propaganda we are being fed…and stand up.

Mark my words…the longer we let it slide…the worse it’s going to get…and it’s already gone far beyond a joke.

We live in a society that is trying to take away the power and the beauty of the individual mind.

Not on my watch.

#STANDUP #STEPUP#CLEAVERFIT#TRUE1%

SYMPATHETIC AROUSAL…YOUR BRAIN CONTROLS YOU

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Sympathetic Arousal…no…it’s not a sexy act…it’s what I want you to think about and remember today.

When you become stressed…it really messes with the homeostasis (balance/calm) of your body in it’s entirety.

Without realising…it changes everything about and within you…from the way you intake oxygen and circulate blood…to your hormonal and chemical state…to name just a few.

Once you allow it to get a hold of you…the bodies natural response is to let it take you over…whether you realise it or not.

Once it’s taken you over…it can be very hard to get off the ride.

Each symptom will lead to and create further problems…until you end up losing complete control.

Stress can kill in situations…stress can ruin…stress can distort…stress can lead to regret.

Nobody expects you to be perfect…so if you are experiencing it…don’t feel you have to rectify it over night.

Just take this beautiful day to remember how lucky you were to wake up this morning…it really doesn’t get any better than that my friends.

We were all born beautiful…all born gifted…all born amazing…all born capable of spectacular brilliance…never forget your worth.

Take it…and address it…head on…step by step…logically…and realistically.

It might not be easy…it might not be quick…but it’s going to be one exhilarating ride…that leads to lessons learnt…and positive mental and physical progression.

Fighting…The Real Truth

I worked with a fighter who is coming back from injury the other day…he was struggling to regain the full power of his punch…causing him frustration and affecting him mentally.

I asked…”what is it…that…you think it is you actually do”…to which he replied in the end “Box…I’m a boxer…I fight…I punch people…they try to punch me.”

“My friend” I said…”I invite you to look at things in a bit of a different light”…and if you are a fighter reading this…I also invite you to do so. (I’m not asking you to agree with me…I’m asking you to critically think outside of the box and come to your own logical conclusion…I respect ANYBODY that steps in any form of ring.)

What you actually do…is movement…and movement is totally and absolutely poetic in nature…every single time you move…you piece together the most elegant of sonnets…write the perfect verse…to the perfect beat…a togetherness of body and mind…in unison…together…as one.

What you do is expression…freedom…individuality…and feeling.

You create a beautiful symphony of speed…fluidity…timing…control…balance…reaction…and structural mechanics…every single time you play.

Stop thinking like the majority…stop allowing yourself to be pigeon holed…subsectioned and categorised.

To me there is no boxing…there is no MMA…there is no this…there is no that…they are merely the marketing tool used to sell you an ideology…product…set of rules…or brand.

All you have when you logically break it down…is movement…consciousness…and subconscious.

The neuromuscular connection and intricate design of human physiology.

I don’t care if you are dancing…if you are golfing…stripping on a pole…cycling…or punching somebodies head in…it’s all the same…it all answers to the hierarchy of movement and your unique…specific…individual chain of command.

The basis of a kick or a punch is no different mentally or physiologically to opening or closing a door…no different to leaping over a small railing…or sitting down in a chair.

You can label it however you like….boxing…karate…kickboxing…judo…but all you are telling me is about a method…a singular marketable ideology…that pulls people through the door who are looking for a certain specific need…but it still is…what it is…the connection and control of body and mind.

We seem to get caught up in all of the lights…the hype…the marketing…and we forget the fundamentals of what we are doing in the first place.

You can call it what you like but it’s still either going to be a form of flexion/extension…protraction/retraction …rotation/elevation/depression etc etc etc etc etc.

It’s still about structural and environmental length and tension relationships…motor skill and proprioceptive control…It’s still unique…it’s still specific…it’s still individual.

There is very little more intricate or awe inspiring as the human…being…It all starts…with US.

There would be no stances…no techniques…no styles…no disciplines…without…US.

You can’t say “It has to be done this way”…”WE do things this way”…”YOU shouldn’t do things that way”…”OUR way is better than their way…so don’t do it”.

Nobody…owns the right to do that…it has to be addressed on a singular logical basis…one technique may benefit one person over another…no matter how effective or ineffective it’s supposed to or proven to be.

Not one person has the same structure…the same dysfunctions…the same environment…or genetic make up.

To prescribe one method…one blueprint…one style…one way of looking at things…and then persecute for deviating away from it…kind of overts what the human body is all about.

The problem with why this fighter could not generate power…was naturally because of the injury…but majorly to do with a lack of understanding of his own body…and only ever learning how to do things with set generic parameters.

(Before people strart crying…pissing…and moaning at this next statement…I’m saying 99%…and I know it doesn’t apply to every single one…so if you get upset about what i’m about to say…then…it’s because…YOU…are admitting that you are the one…who is part of the problem…and are calling yourself..I say this with logic and experience)

The problem with 99% of fight camp instructors and fight camp trainers…is that no disrespect…but…they are fight trainers…they’ve only ever been trained how to fight…and how to fight in a particular style…method…perception…view…or ideology.

They don’t understand biomechanical functional human movement and it’s deviation/compensation patterns…they don’t apply the concept of biotensegrity…length vs tension ratio…origins…insertions…contraindication…palpation…or soft tissue/structure state or condition…so we end up with “THIS is how you punch…THIS is how you kick…THIS is how you take somebody down.”

I’m not saying they should all understand it…but at the very least…they should be working with somebody that does…and be prepared to evolve their outlook on what it is they do…while bringing their skill set and expertise to the equation.

It’s not about hate or persecution…it’s about logic…things need to be done right.

I’ll tell you this from my heart…the amount of gifted fighters I’ve seen that have never made it in a camp…because the people in charge only knew how to do things one or two ways..and were so stuck in their outdated or distorted mindsets…far far far outweighs the amount of gifted fighters I’ve ever seen make it.

The majority of these “top fighters” (again…not all) are there for the absolute taking…because they never realised that it was more important to learn about yourself…your own body…and mind…rather than a specific technique or style.

They only get away with it because they are fighting others with the same blind distorted ethos…just look at ANYBODY who became the best…the definitive in any combat sport…they never…ever stuck to a script…they followed a principality…but they adapted their body…adapted their mind and made it work for them and the situation…

My logic…is proven time and time again. (think about fighters who injure a hand…or leg and still win…they had to adapt completely whether they realised they were or not)

You can’t generate a powerful punch or kick…you can’t…dodge…duck…dive…bob…or weave without chemical reactions engulfing your whole entity before the end result.

The end result or product(the knockout punch etc etc) is not just a product of human movement…it is an amalgamation of many different aspects of physics…biology…chemistry…and mathematics…drawing in many different aspects of life and the world around us.

The power for example does not come from the thrower…it comes from the throwers ability to manipulate that movement…and neuromuscular connection…allowing them to create and generate a maximum amount of force…and damage.

Any break in the chain…and the end result is affected.

Guns…and bullets…are the same thing…it’s not the products that cause the end result…it’s the science and the mechanism behind them…you don’t even need a gun to fire a bullet…but add a malfunction or dysfunction to a gun…a bullet…or to the shooter…and the products stood for nothing…they either result in substandard or failed results.

You can throw a punch that would rattle the inside of somebodies brain with very little effort or power if you learn to generate the force from the right places…learn the science behind it…and you don’t need to even be in a stance or ready to fight (whether you land it is a different matter)

Some people can just punch really hard though can’t they I hear you say…and naturally…yes they do…it goes back to us all being different…but some people can also open a jar of pickles that other people can’t…that doesn’t mean you can’t train the other person to open that jar…doesn’t mean you should only work with the people that can do it…doesn’t mean that the person who can open the jar is doing so in manner of benefit…progression or longevity.

Assessment…modification…adaptation.

If you are a fighter that is struggling with anything…think…outside of the box my warrior friends.

Mr Cleaver…out ✊