In episode 73 of the David Grey Rehab podcast, David welcomes Craig Mallett as his guest, a martial arts expert with a unique perspective on training.

David speaks about his experience of being coached by Craig and what he learned during that time: Daoist arts, Chinese, internal and external martial arts.

They discuss topics such as pain, habitual movement, body awareness, spatial awareness, training the mind to focus, and the differences in training styles between traditional S&C and physio world compared to internal arts.

Craig advocates for letting go of unnecessary tension while training. Overall, this episode presents a fresh perspective on martial arts training!

[00:01:39] Letting go of unnecessary tension. 

[00:09:48] Internal vs external martial arts. 

[00:18:09] Traditional vs. modern yoga. 

[00:21:34] Confronting challenges directly.

[00:29:24] Tension in our bodies. 

[00:32:24] Concentration and strength training. 

[00:36:02] Exchange of breathing and chi.

[00:42:02] Focusing on one thing. 

[00:44:59] Spatial awareness through movement. 

[00:49:10] Perception and reality. 

[00:53:11] Linking exercises to psychology. 

[00:56:00] Performance vs Longevity. 

[01:00:17] Movement expression in old age. 

[01:03:34] Building momentum in training. 

[01:08:06] Pain is not always bad. 

[01:15:11] Learning from mistakes. 

[01:19:48] Movement and tension.


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Craig is an instructor (and student!) of the Daoist tradition called Ba Men Da Xuan, under the direct tutelage of the guardian of the tradition, Master Serge Augier.

He started exploring self-cultivation methods in 2003, and accumulated significant experience training with some of the brightest minds in the world such as Master Dapeng Wang, Kit Laughlin, Simon Thakur, Emmet Louis and Dave Wardman, before joining the Da Xuan tradition in 2014. Having a lot of experience with many different modern modalities brings him a unique vantage point to his traditional studies. Within the tradition, he specializes in the internal and external physical practices, helping people to restore their relationship to their body and train in a way that is sustainable for the rest of their lives. He aims to present his teachings in a simple, clear way so that they are accessible to everyone, without the need for new-age fluff.