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To deal with conflict in the face of pain, the mind must be trained to guide the body with confidence and resolution. Grandmaster Safakhoo has developed a regimen to enhance and increase resistance to pain. While sparring class prepares students for real life situations, pain resistance training enhances their performance.
In the art of Nabard, body conditioning contributes to fifty percent of training time. Iron Body training involves exercise routines in which the students gain strength and stability. The benefits of the training allow the students to perform and improve their techniques.
To facilitate comprehension of his survival strategy, Master Safakhoo created a raw natural fitness regimen called Iron-Body Training. Iron-Body encompasses Master Safakhoo's concepts ofLog Trainingand Rock Training. Log Trainingis now a patent pending workout regimen which is revolutionizing the fitness industry as the first workout designed specifically for the fitness needs of martial artists.
Iron-Body prepares Nabard practitioners to proficiently handle, combat tasks such as: Grappling, throwing, weapons handling, pain resistance and endurance. During Iron-Body participants are challenged to perform all movements in unison while silently enduring each exercise with expressionless faces. The leading instructor or ostad signals the start and stop of each movement by chanting a rhythmic guttural sound called "tabl" (Farsi-meaning drum rhythm or drum beat) intended to guide the listener into an active meditative state where it is believed mental and physical union is achieved. It is from this state that practitioners seek to discipline both mind and body to overcome pain in order to utilize proper strategies while in combat.
Log Trainingemploys instruments known asLog Training Devices(LTDs) Master Safakhoo gleaned inspiration for LTDs through observation and experience. Log Training utilizes natural wooden logs varying in size and weight, as strength training devices. Wooden logs are fitted with custom grips and handles, allowing safe maneuverability throughoutLog Trainingroutines.
Safakhoo's fitness regimen succeeds to equally strengthen: muscles, joints, and tendons, by integrating upper and lower body techniques. From either upright or reclining positions, practitioners maneuver LTDs vertically and laterally through various posterior or anterior sets. Each set can be performed at various speeds to create the desired resistance. This old-school training method exploits biomechanics to offer a time-tested natural body conditioning regimen appreciated by athletes of all disciplines.
In addition to Log Training Devices (LTD) Master Safakhoo has created several other training devices. His inventions include: The Universal Training Dummy (U.T.D.) and The Triflex stretching device. (see Safakhoo's inventions)
Martial Fitness For The Martial Athlete
These moves illustrate one example of Martial Logs moves. Log Training successfully integrates scientific-theory and Safakhoo’s bio-techniques into a rhythmic and istonic regimen which exploits human ability. Log Training is the ultimate cardio-strength training hybrid; it forces muscles to rapid-fire throughout the series of isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic rhythmic-rotations.
Constant resistance is created due to the angle of muscle-force relative to the distorted gravity produced by the off-set handles. To stabilize the log’s weight while enduring constant-resistance, agonists (prime movers), antagonists, stabilizers and assistor muscles must all be engaged. In this way, the entire body is forced to participate in each of the 250 movement patterns of Log Training.
“No matter how much training you have done in the past, I guarantee that with Log Training , your body will experience a workout as capable and as powerful as you are! Each time you Log Train, your body will discover something new and invigorating.” -Safakhoo
The Log Training exercise regimen is specifically designed to work stabilizing muscles. The thought here being that any athlete is as good as his stabilizing muscles are developed. For example, the weightlifter requires strong stabilizing muscles to maintain balance, the hokey player engages stabilizing muscles when he strikes the puck in order to keep the stick under control, and the same for the golfer: well developed stabilizing muscles keep the athlete from throwing his or her body with the device. Now let us consider the combat athlete in particular.
Safakhoo coined the name "Martial Logs" to describe Log Training moves associated with martial arts training, specifically those preformed with an opponent. Martial Logs movements focus on honing the body's ability to perform common motions of combat. For a strike, whether it is a punch or a kick, to be effective, it must be under absolute control. Unless the striking arm or leg is under control, the body will be pulled in the direction of the strike, throwing the body off balance. When striking with the fist, for example, one must be able to strike through the opponent and withdraw the arm quickly, and the same goes for the legs and kicks. It is the stabilizing muscles that are engaged in controlling these strikes. Blocks, too, require control from stabilizing muscles, especially in a martial art like Nabard where strikes and blocks are interchangeable. A skilled combat athlete should be able to strike in any direction; hence, the combat athlete requires an exercise regimen and device that can accommodate the entire range of motions so that maneuvers in any direction are controlled, rapid, and strong. Existing widely available exercise tools do not meet these demands. For example, kettle bell exercises, despite their virtues, do not mimic the motions of martial arts techniques. Moreover, kettle bells are not very forgiving devices and using them puts one at risk of serious injury such as shoulder dislocation. Log Training Devices, on the other hand, were designed for the combat athlete and this is evident in their construction and in the particular exercises. While there is always a risk of injury associated with exercise, Log Training Devices are much more forgiving that kettle bells or free weights since typically one uses lighter weights in Log Training exercises than one uses in typical dumbbell exercises; this is because the focus is on developing the stabilizing muscles and muscle groups employed in combat techniques, such as contorting dodges which demand considerable abdominal strength and speed. Additionally, ballistic motions, such as those associated with kettle bell exercises, are not emphasized in Log Training, which helps to minimize the risk of injury.