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Becoming a Supple Leopard

Becoming a Supple Leopard

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 16, 2013


Becoming a Supple Leopard by Glen Cordoza and Kelly Starrett, is a 400 page book that contains thousands of photos. Kelly Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy. Similarly, Glen Cordoza needs no introduction to the followers of BJJ and MMA. Glen Cordoza, is an expert in describing the subtle nuances of movement in sports as complex as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. Just as in his books on martial arts, Cordoza follows a logical progression, building a base and then adding steps in a way that makes sense and is easy to follow. Below is a brief outline of flow of the book.


What good posture is, and why it’s important.


Explains the notion of torque and the role it plays in any physical along with its importance for avoiding injury and increasing performance and stability.

Analysis of the categories of movement

130 pages of instructions of detailed movements. This is what Starrett referrs to as the “formal language of movement” and the movements he covers are nearly all the movements your body needs to do. The movements are divided into three categories:

Category 1: Move from a position of high stability to another, with connection  throughout the movement.

Category 2: Move from one Position of  High Stability to another, but with an element of speed in the middle.

Category 3: Starts in a position of transition, to move through one element of speed and end up in a Position of High Stability.

It is important to note that Starrett does not expect everyone to perform all everyday movements with perfect form. The objective is to follow these principles of movement in your muscle memory so that your body takes as default a pattern of movement more secure and more efficient for any given activity.

Diagnosis of Problems

How to recognize potential problems through the analysis of movements.

Tools, techniques and concepts for treatment

Explains the tools, mobility systems and methods of mobilization, and the creation of the treatment and mobility program.

The 13 Muscle systems of the body

This is the main part of the book. Its 170 pages of muscle systems and treatments. Working from the top down, Starrett and Cordoza explain how to restore natural movement to damaged tissues through a wide range of exercises that use the concepts and tools introduced in the previous chapter.

Glen Cordoza and Kelly Starrett have made a substantial contribution to athletes.The best way forward in any demanding sport or physical activity is to supplement what you learn from your instructor with your ability to identify weaknesses and find out how to improve them. Also, people that have the longest athletic careers are those who are proactive in their approach. And Starrett and Cordoza have made it easier for the whole world to do maintenance of themselves. Get How to Become a Supple Leopard flexible, and set aside 20 minutes each day for the rest of your life so that you can enjoy smooth movement and be pain-free for years.


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  • Erik
    November 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Becoming a Supple leopard, by Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza is a total lifeline. This book explains how to prevent injuries through proper body mechanics and it is a plan for the treatment of injuries that occur. After my experience I believe it is essential for any person, especially those involved in committing atrocities against their own bodies through the practice of sports.

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