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To be Victorious: Balance Trumps Brute Strength

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As I had mentioned on FaceBook, we will be continuing with a series of articles that focuses on elements for success in combat, competition and even general life circumstances.  Today’s segment delves into the concept of strength vs. control.  It is easy enough to wield your limbs around like blunt objects attacking without reverence or consideration for the efficacy of your efforts.  If you get that one lucky shot you may win, but the victory in that case is a false example of a successful strategy.

Brute strength can be very handy when explosive power is needed to fend off a threat, but the energy behind those efforts can be wasted if they are not focused.  Many people go to the gym and workout repeatedly with isometric activities building up large muscle groups, but then they plateau.  Some resort to supplementation of all sorts to overcome the plateau but the issue at hand isn’t the size or sheer strength of the muscle groups that is hindering performance, but rather the control over those large muscle groups.

Training with repetitive drills can certainly help by developing muscle memory and more rapid responses to various stimuli. (For example immediately raising your arm and placing your fist to your head to block a hook.)  However even more important than muscle memory is maintaining stability and control.  In this scenario we will consider this “balance”.  If you over train in one area of your athletic regimen you are likely becoming imbalanced to the point where any strength or agility you have gained is either negated or even negatively impacts your overall effectiveness.  Learning to maintain balance requires discipline and patience.

For example…  It is better to complement your training regimen with resistance and stability exercises that don’t just tax your large muscle groups but actually make your smaller muscle groups (those that control stability and support proper form for movement) work harder to catch up to or even exceed the potential of your larger groups.  Building strength through isometric resistance training is honestly a fairly simple task once you get your formula down.  However, developing control and enhancing your stability is something that requires hard work, consistency and discipline.  There is no short cut.  It is invariably a balance of mind and body that complements your overall strength.

Once you begin to develop true balance in your training, physical and mental conditioning then even with less raw power your performance will be far greater, more efficient and bring you much closer to the victory that you wish to achieve.

Also keep in mind that this article is intentionally non-specific as everyone’s training programs vary and their individual needs are best met with a truly customized approach.  Make yourself aware of your body and your mind and you will be better suited to developing the most effective training program to let you achieve your goals.

Do any of you have experience with growth through achieving balance in your training?  What are your stories?  We would like to hear from you!

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Luca Rajabi
Luca has been passionate about martial arts and eastern philosophies since childhood. As an athlete, inventor and entrepreneur Luca founded SciFighting on the principal lessons learned from his life experience "fighting" to preserve his health and fitness. Although born with inherently poor and inconsistent health he pushed forward to learn as much as he could about the sciences of technology, medicine and mental health. Years of study, working with physicians and combined analysis finally began to bare fruit by his early twenties. Starting with Fencing, cross training and body building then moving to Boxing, Western Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Eskrima and an eclectic assortment of self defense techniques. Luca's core philosophy is that to win a battle every fighter must balance their mental and physical health. Luca has said that "With well developed technique, conditioning and mental focus a sound strategy will most often win over brute strength alone." It is in this spirit that he passionately advocates for the "Science of Fighting".
  • Jason Bray

    I’ve also aimed at rebalancing my training programs over the years. From technical training, to strength and conditioning, to the mental aspect; I have deliberately refined my training over the years as well as my team’s. I have also found balance to be key. For example, even in the one segment of strength and conditioning I now do something I call SBP. I do two strength exercises per muscle, two balance movements, and two power movements. This enables me to still do a 3 or 4 day split as bodybuilders would, with the added benefit of balance work and plyometrics.

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