October 15, 2013
, Functional Fitness
, Martial art
, On Combatives
, The CLM
, The DPT
In the martial arts, we talk alot about two subjects…science and short cuts. Tighten up the circles, a quicker way to execute a throw,
The science and understanding of equilibrium is one of the fastest short-cuts to achieve results that we have at our disposal. First, let’s look at the physiology of equilibrium.
Human equilibrium is a delicate balance of three systems…the visual (eyes), vestibular (inner ear), and skeletal (our bones and joints). The nervous system coordinates these three systems to keep the body standing, in a state of equilibrium. The eyes are view the world around us and help us focus on the environment as our body changes positions within it. The vestibular system is the inner ear, our vestibular organs, and they detect forces acting on our body, like gravity. And the skeletal system holds the body upright and governs our movements.
The easiest way to view this: A person who is blind can stand and walk, but a person with vertigo can not. A person with no legs or an injured leg can not stand, as the skeletal system has no means of creating friction with the ground to remain standing.