Introduction to OCIS

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Introduction to OCIS

"People think core training is abdominal training "says San Diego–based trainer Paul Chek who's worked with surfer Laird Hamilton snowboarder Shaun White and volleyball legend Gabrielle Reece. "In reality the core is the functional link between the arms and legs. If you don't have the capacity to transfer force from your legs to your arms your performance in almost every sport fails."

This publication is my first attempt to systematically document the results of my studies in applied bio-mechanics. In it you will find a conceptual discussion of the biomechanics of the functional strength training that I have incorporated based on my researches, adapted from exercises in Balintawak Eskrima, and inspired by my examination of internal martial arts. This system, Optimized Core Integration Strength (OCIS), may be used as a training aid for any martial art, or in truth, any physical activity.

How I got started in this approach
In the mid 1990s, I read an ad for classes in “silk reeling”. These were exercises described as the best way to increase your “internal strength”. Now, it was clear that this had something to do with the martial arts, and probably with Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) but the term “internal strength” didn’t ring a bell at the time. I’m sure that I had encountered it before, in my several decades of martial arts training, but it had not stuck. Still, I was looking for something along the lines of a Taijiquan class, and had already learned a little bit (incorrectly as later became apparent). I decided to investigate the “silk reeling” classes, to see what they had to offer. I thought that some cross-training might complement my skills in the Filipino art of Eskrima, which I was teaching.

The visit to the “silk reeling” classes started me on a journey of exploration on methods of training the body that have led me to understand human movement in a totally different way. This has led me to re-study works on physics, biomechanics, Tensegrity, myofascial trigger points, anatomy, functional strength, Pilates, yoga, bodywork, stretching, Tajiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan), Hsing Yi, and other topics. In the end it has brought me to a deeper understanding of what my Eskrima instructor had been doing extremely well, but intuitively, for the many years that I have trained with him.

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