A Quick Message From our Head Coach, then Free Educational Content!
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Hello Kabuki friends and subscribers! 

My name is Brandon Senn and I am the Director of Coaching and Performance here at Kabuki Strength. Together with a staff of 6 incredibly talented coaches, I head up the Education side of Kabuki which includes our coaching services, courses, and the regular production of educational content - which brings us to the purpose of this education newsletter! 

Over the last few months, our team has been creating tons of free educational videos on various topics related to human movement, technique, soft-tissue modalities, cueing, and various other strength/performance-related topics. All of these videos are being posted in multiple mediums for our subscribers and followers - including on our official Kabuki Education instagram page (as IGTV videos), YouTube, and our Digital Video Library.

The purpose of this newsletter - which will be published roughly bi-weekly (2x per month) - is to aggregate some of our top pieces of content from the previous weeks and share them with you all in an easy-to-read format that you can have delivered straight into your inbox and reference later.

We hope this will be a great reference and source of education for our subscribers! 

Thank you, 

Brandon Senn

PS. If you have video requests/ideas for us to film, simply reply to this email and we'll add them to the list!

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Round back vs neutral back deadlifts. Which one is better, which is safer, which one is stronger? The truth is neither variation is better than the other but, we will provide you with context to choose one or the other in this video. 

Just because you deadlift with a round back doesn't mean you'll get hurt and just because you deadlift with a straight back doesn't mean you'll remain injury free. Injury risk management means stacking your chips in the "less likely to get injured" side not simply avoiding "risky" movements. 

Finally does deadlifting with a round back mean you'll deadlift more with a smaller ROM....probably not. 

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A common fault we see with belt squats has to do less with the movement itself, and more with the positioning of the belt itself. Please watch this video if you utilize a belt squat in your training.​

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Kabuki Strength Coach Brandon Morgan discusses at a high-level a basic hierarchy of nutrition for body composition goals. This is an excellent overview video to get an understanding of what variables to consider when dieting for body composition goals. 

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You may have noticed that we have a minor obsession with feet and the human-to-ground interface here at Kabuki Strength, and today's guest is an expert in the field! Dr. Ray McClanahan is a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon, who today runs his own practice - NW Foot and Ankle - right here in our hometown Portland, Oregon. For those not familiar, podiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the foot, ankle, and related structure of the leg. The good doctor is also the inventor of Correct Toes, which are anatomical toe spacers designed to be worn either barefoot or inside footwear - and here's the important part - while being active.

Dr. Ray has loads of clinical experience dealing with foot/ankle issues and provides us with valuable insight into his views on barefoot training, the foot-to-ground connection, rooting during loaded movement, issues with footwear, and other nuanced topics of the sort. Our hosts had a great time bouncing concepts/ideas off the mind of an incredibly talented MD like Dr. Ray.

We hope you enjoy!

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We often see lifters and athletes performing the ab wheel roll-out either incorrectly, or in such a way where they don’t get receive the maximum benefit from the movement. In this ~4min tutorial, coaches Kyle Young and Brandon Morgan go over some of the nuances of bracing during the ab wheel rollout. Using these techniques and improving the efficacy of an accessory movement like the ab wheel rollout can have tangible impact on an axial-loaded movements.

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Click the image above to watch this video for an overview of our flagship and most popular Virtual Coaching service. Weekly Virtual Coaching includes comprehensive assessment and engagement to promote the best possible coach/athlete relationship. Our team has spent years building systems and processes to help optimize and provide the best possible feedback and direction forward week to week using various methods of autoregulation, frequent feedback, and video analysis. We view this coaching as a long-term athletic development process, not just a 12-week program to peak you for a meet. This means we’re devoted to the holistic picture of helping you to improve in the direction of your specific goals and approaching them from all possible angles to help you to the greatest degree possible.

Something that sets us apart from other coaching services is that we are exactly that, a coaching service. This is not a template or even just an individual program. Our goal is long-term development of the individual and we try to cover all the bases for that as it relates to training. In addition to receiving an updated training program weekly, you will also be given a movement plan at the beginning and as needed later which gives technical cues to work on based on video analysis, and corrective drills to begin to address faults in technique. This helps us ensure we’re developing movement quality in conjunction with other athletic qualities to help optimize not only your performance but also longevity.

Remote coaching has some unique obstacles not present during tradition in-person coaching. Most challenges revolve around communication which is why we’ve created systems to manage multiple communicatory paths. We combine the objective information provided in your training log with the subjective information provided in your weekly check-ins to decide what needs updated and ultimately to determine how effective the training is. Ultimately, once you become part of the Kabuki Strength Team you become the most important person to us. Your goals become our goals and we only have your best interest in mind.

If you'd like to learn more, sign-up for a free strategy call with a coach at the "Learn More" button below.

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As an organization, Kabuki Strength stands humbly at the intersection of two eternal virtues, experience and knowledge. From the very beginning, one of our core, foundational tenants has been education. It is this never-ending pursuit, application, and expression of knowledge that is central to our mission of making the world a better place through strength.

Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with and receive mentorship from some of the brightest minds in the industry. These incredible researchers, educators, coaches, and clinicians are the ones weaving the fabric of our collective understanding of how the body works, how to strengthen it, and how to fix it when it breaks. They spend much of their time in the clinic, on the field, in the lab, or in the classroom; working relentlessly to push us one step further.

We’ve found that of the greatest challenges facing our community is the disconnect between the pursuit of knowledge and its mainstream application. In an industry influenced by dogma and the incessant search for instant results we often lose sight of the men and women who build our foundation of knowledge. For them, recognition is scarce and in today’s day and age popularity often determines the success of an idea or person, rather than efficacy or truth.

We want to change this.

We are committed to sharing our platform and working with the clinical, academic, and strength & conditioning communities to teach, coach, and equip more and more people with the tools and knowledge needed to better themselves. If you listen to our Strength Chat podcast, you will have heard many of these incredible men and women tell their story and share wisdom.

Today, we are proud to announce and introduce a new initiative towards this goal – the Kabuki Strength Advisory Board. We are honored that these world-class individuals would lend us their time, their knowledge, and their name in our pursuit of making the world a better place through strength. 

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For those who aren't familiar, all of our educational content is available in an indexed, searchable video library! 

This includes all the free content you see us post on Instagram or YouTube, as well as hundreds of private videos on various topics related to human movement, strength training, technique, cueing, IASTM and soft-tissue modalities, and more! Videos can be saved to a custom playlist, as well as "cast" via AirPlay or Chromecast. 

A subscription to the video library costs $10.99 per month, or $99.99 per year. 

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Upcoming Courses

The Kabuki Movement System is a curriculum of clinically-backed courses covering a wide range of interconnected topics around human movement, biomechanics, strength, and athletic development.  At a typical course, our coaching staff works with groups of up to 60 individuals in a lecture-workshop format, alternating between in-depth learning, hands-on floor work, and practical application in the gym. 

We currently teach three courses – Principles of Loaded Movement, Advanced Athlete Preparation, and our capstone Coaches Certification held at Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland, Oregon at the end of the year. Over the last 3 years, hundreds of athletes, trainers, coaches, clinicians, and regular gym-goers have invested in themselves and their clients by attending one of our seminars around the country. We invite you to join us at one of the 3 courses remaining in this calendar year, plus our capstone Coaches Certification taking place at The Lab on Nov 30 - Dec 2. Hope to see you there! 


Principles of Loaded Movement

Sept 14-15 @ Minnesota
Oct 5-6 @ San Francisco

Advanced Athlete Preperation

Nov 9-10 @ Las Vegas

Kabuki Coaches Certification

Nov 30 @ Portland
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