“If you want to get faster, you need to move faster.”
The statement above represents a common belief you see being advocated today in most fitness and athletic circles.
I think it’s B.S.
Moving faster is ONE way to get faster – and it’s a valid method.
But it’s NOT the ONLY WAY to get faster.
It’s not far removed from the belief that the ONLY way to get stronger is by lifting weights.
Last July, after a baseball game ended, I heard a coach telling the players that they had six weeks off before fall ball began.
“You guys need to live in the weight room,” he advised.
The coach adamantly believes that the key to being a better hitter and pitcher is weight training. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Yet, because that’s the only whirld this coach understands – based upon his knowledge base, he’s “right.”
As a practitioner of internal martial arts, I’ve worked with men and women who look like an “average” Joe and Jane – yet they have incredible strength and power.
Their balance keeps their bodies aligned. They’re never out of position so the strength and power flows through their structure with ease.
At the same time, these men and women have allowed their breathing, their focus and their ability to relax be the keys to
greater strength. Nothing is forced.
I remember one day when I was training in China with my teacher, Master Liu. One of his students was a thin, wiry looking woman of about 45 years. He first had me watch her train. My oh my, was she ever graceful.
Liu remarked how she had a lot of power, but from the outside, she looked soft and flowery. When she finished her routine he had me stand before her. He positioned her “soft” palm on my upper chest.
He asked me what it felt like.
“A heavy stone,” I replied. “Very heavy.”
This was a huge awakening for me.
You can look soft but be very strong. At the same time, you can look strong and be weak.
Oddly enough, many people you see with the big strong “look” – aren’t really strong. They just look like they are.
Over the past several years, behind the scenes, I’ve trained in a completely different manner than when I first came out with Combat Conditioning.
The goal is no longer doing 500 Hindu squats in under 15 minutes – or cranking out a ton of pushups – or holding a bridge for several minutes.
There’s nothing wrong with having the above as goals – and I’m all for it if you do.
But for me the goal is not what I can do on the outside. It’s what I can do INSIDE.
Can I adjust my spine, shoulders, elbows, ankles, knees, wrists and ribs – by myself as I train?
Can I feel my tendons, ligaments, muscles and spine as I train?
Can I adjust my breathing as I train to make myself calmer, more powerful and more connected?
Can I do what I used to do (let’s call that Combat Conditioning 101) with 90% less effort?
Can I get stronger and healthier and more flexible – and appear to be growing younger – by training my tendons and “energy” body more than my “physical” body?
The answers to all the above are … YES.
So now it’s time to bring people a WAY of training that goes beyond my earliest courses. As good as they were and ARE – what I have to offer NOW is way, way better.
I think of my training as a WAY of Strength through Relaxation. If I am relaxed, then the strength, flexibility and so on take care of themselves.
At any given point, I can still demonstrate the exercises that gave me a measure of fame and fortune – and I do from time to time for those who must “see to believe.”
For example, members of the Furey Faithful wanted to know if I could still bridge and touch my nose.
So I created a video of me quickly getting into a “lips-to-the-mat” bridge and put it up on the Member’s site.
Okay, great. But what I have to teach my students NOW, is in my
opinion, far more important.
Later this week, my students will see and learn from several videos that demonstrate how to get a flexible, pain-free and strong neck – by doing a series of flowing Taoist longevity exercises I learned in China.
All of these exercises are done standing on your feet. All of them are done slowly. Nothing is done fast. Yet, improvements come fast.
How can that be?
Well, when you’re most relaxed, you’re most powerful, in anything that you do.
Show me a powerful golf swing, and it has to be a relaxed, effortless swing.
Same goes with the way I train today.
I’m looking forward to passing this knowledge on to my students. And it would be really, really cool, if you’re one of them.
We had so many new members enroll last week that we had to get a new server for all the videos. Their exuberance literally shut down the system for a few hours.
Now that we have that fixed, I’m getting blasted with questions. Really good questions, I might add.
Anyway, due to the number of questions flying my way, I’m going to limit the number of new students I can take each month. Right now, I think we can handle another 200 – but then we’ll need to take a breather for a brief integration period.
So here’s the situation: If you want to get started now with my new program, then jump on this offer right away. Remember, beginning is half-done. Getting started is more than half the battle. So if you feel the urge to get going on this NOW – then go with that urge.
Don’t delay – do it To-Day.
Matt “Coach” Furey
P.S. The benefits of enrolling in the Furey Faithful (aka the Matt Furey Inner Circle) are enormous. We’re talking about 12 solid months of digitally delivered videos and more – that you aren’t going to get anywhere else. Additionally, those who get in under the deadline will be able to attend my next Longevity Seminar for no charge. That alone is worth 10X the fee to be a member. Enroll today.