Bone Conditioning in Martial Arts (BMC)©
You can be the most skilled fighter in the world,
but throwing a punch hurts, and will always hurt
Preparing body in mass, speed, stretching, technical skills and cardio endurance is pointless if your training is not focused on being able to resist the pain that comes from impact. Does not matter whether this pain comes from defending or attacking: both situations lead to local distress that can jeopardize a fight, and making your sparring sessions continuously distracted by it.
What is BMC exactly? BMC© is the acronym for Bone and Muscle Conditioning (BMC©). It is an essential part of martial training because it aims at making the whole body less sensitive to (virtually) any kind of impact.
BMC© routines include any exercise involving both muscles and bones that are exposed to high and continuous impact during Martial Arts training, regardless of the style being practiced.
The term was introduced for the first time into the modern martial arts terminology in 2013 by Master Fabio Zambelli, with the objective of framing all bone and muscle conditioning exercises within a specific class. BMC© is now officially part of the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy‘s training program, and it’s considered one of the eight essential skills a students is asked to master in order to pass the 3+2 martial curriculum.
Where do BMC exercises originate from? Bone conditioning exercises have been fine-tuned for centuries in Shaolin Kungfu training as part of a daily mantra, but we have to make clear the fact that, even if BMC© may be seen as a specific routine developed mainly for bone conditioning in martial arts, it is also an extremely efficient practice when targeting muscles with the purpose of hardening them like rock.
Yes it hurts… It is a very painful workout, let’s face it, but following the motto “adaptation is the key to evolution”, your body – and your brain – will become accustomed to these continuous and voluntary grueling routines: it just takes time, like everything; and just like everything, if you stop practicing it for longer than a week, you have to start (almost) from scratch.
A merciless teacher for your Mind. By training the body to be less sensitive to the pain caused by any sort of strike, you will certainly focus much more on your next move, and not on your agonizing leg. For this purpose, the advantages of BMC© can be considered comprehensive only when combined with a proper Hard Qigong training, so this is where BMC© can be considered learned and embraced in full.
Compared to Fitness training, BMC© requires far more perseverance and consistency in training since it is difficult for the body to become acclimatized to the pain, but not that difficult to lose the level so painfully reached. If you are committed, if you persevere and combine it with Hard Qigong, you will certainly be able to grasp one of the secrets of Shaolin Monks training.