Essentials of OCIS

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Essentials of OCIS

In Optimized Core Integration Strength Training, I have developed some body connection/integration drills inspired by my studies of various disciplines, including:

  • an observation of what Dom Lopez does in Balintawak Eskrima but had never been able to explain, including his uncanny control techniques and his ‘swimming’ exercises;
  • Chen Taijiquan static and dynamic foundational exercise – since I am not qualified to teach these, they only serve as my inspiration for what is possible;
  • Hsing Yi exercises – again, since I am not qualified to teach these, they only serve as my inspiration;
  • bio-mechanics, most specifically the bio-mechanics of pitching and batting; and,
  • physics in general, using the explanatory framework of basic Newtonian mechanics.

I call the body intergration discipline OCIS – Optimal Core Integration Strength. With my approach, I have a bio-mechanical model that I believe to be both corect and testable. I have exercises that help develop OCIS.

  • Extreme relaxation is a necessary component.
  • Another is correct form, including a good base, and proper alignment of the shoulder girdle, spine and hips – a modified Balintawak “slump”.
  • Another is good old fashioned resistance training.
  • Another is lots and lots of practice with specific exercises, to retrain the body. Unless you are willing to put in the time with the exercises, you won’t progress very far.
  • A training form, that I call Kawayan (bamboo)
  • Work with a light short stick
  • The last necessary component is probably the practice of trying to make your everday body motions conform to the OCIS discipline, to really make it your natural way of moving.

Optimal core integration strength is a great asset for martial artists, but any person can develop these biomechanical patterns of movement for any type of physical work or play.