September 8, 2014

Exercise Science vs Tradition

One of the biggest issues I have experienced in the past 24 years of martial arts is the convergence of traditional martial arts training and exercise science.  The advent of crossfit and other similar gyms has led many Joe Q Public to believe just because you have a certificate "earned" over a weekend seminar that you must be an expert.  Many martial artists and gyms fall into this trap as well.  After all in the martial arts you are taught that it is rude or disrespectful to ask your teachers qualifications.  This leads to problems when science trumps tradition in terms of what is safe and healthy for one to do to ones body!

Two articles recently posted on BJJEE (a great portal of info BTW) address this very issue in modern Mixed Martial Arts / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu happening today.  The first article talks about leg circles and their effect on the connective tissue in your knee:

Fitness expert Chris Shah believes:
"Doing this exercise standing is recreating the number one cited reason for ACL injury. Internal collapse of knee( valgus) you add that with no protecting torque and its promoting bad motor pattern. It’s your choice to do it. It’s hard for many in combat to suspend their beliefs because self value is tied to beliefs and certain exercises. Mastery promotes exploring where one is wrong or limited. I would en courage to suspend emotional investment in argument and research ACL/ knee injury literature. Again it’s your choice."

To read the entire article plus video click here.

Martin Rooney (MS Health Science) the world class trainer of BJJ and MMA fighters around the world had some interesting opinions on circuit training:
"I get guys telling me all the time that they love circuits cause they get so crazy sore. Great, but what’s the result? You do these circuits enough and you’ll get better at them and won’t be as sore, but you’re still weak.
You’re now a weak fighter who’s good at circuits.  
For Regular Dudes: If you want to burn fat and improve your conditioning, use circuits sparingly. Think one, maybe two sessions a week, with the remaining time spent on basic heavy lifting.
“You have to think of longevity,” says Rooney. “Performing five days of circuits a week doesn’t make you tough, it just makes you injured. You can lift weights forever, but good luck hitting those circuits in 20 years.”

To read his entire interview click here.  

Interesting food for thought.  Be honest with yourself and your training partners.

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