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Virginia using Martial Arts to gain an edge

Strength coach Evan Marcus and the Cavalier staff have turned to Martial Arts this off season to help "make the team tougher, more physical and increase their hand skills for the game".

Marcus met Mike Storms, a martial arts expert, former Marine and creator of Combat Football, while he was an assistant strength coach with the Saints in 2002 and they have been working together ever since.

Storm has been teaching the course for almost 20 years, and has worked with some of the best players in the NFL during that time. He says that a great defensive line coach told him two decades ago "I don't care how big and strong you are if you have slow or soft hands, that what makes a great Defensive Lineman."

Storm and Combat Football help develop football specific skills through Martial Arts in order to gain an inch here or there that could create the edge that determines the outcome of a game.

Storm says that players are really responding to the in game application that it provides. "Take a great player and add to his skill set, make his hands and feet move in unison, strike and escape harder and faster, it's really like hand to hand combat between the D-Line and O-Line, and the Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs. Added in is some inspiring U.S. Marine discipline and hard contact drills, and the players are loving it” he explained.