SPORTS SCIENCE NETWORK
Dr. Bob Ward
We Deal in Msecs...Microns...Meters...Mils...Reps/Sec
STARE AT THE DIAGRAMS...WHAT DO YOU SEE?
THE ANATOMY OF WINNING
NO SHORTCUTS TO THE SUMMIT
WHAT PRICE VICTORY?
SUPER BOWL XII 1977
DALLAS COWBOYS 27 DENVER 10
GAME DURATION 3 HOURS
PLAYS PER GAME 68-72
ACTUAL PLAYING TIME 12 MIN
PASSING TIME 6.2 MIN
PASSING TIME/PLAY 2.3-10 SEC
RUNNING TIME TOTAL 5.8 MIN
RUNNING TIME/PLAY 2-10 SEC
KICK OFFS (4/GAME) 45 YARDS
PUNTS (6/GAME) 40 YARDS
TRAINING AMERICA'S TEAM 1976 TO 1989
A SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT DALLAS COWBOYS
HUMAN SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT
COACH TOM LANDRY'S LEADERSHIP
COWBOYS PRACTICE FIELD 1976 TO 1984
SIGNS OF AMERICAS TEAM 1960 TO 1988
Many of the signs that are shown below were in place prior to my
appointment as Conditioning Coach and Sports Scientist for the
Cowboys in 1976.
Coach Landry and Alvin Roy the Strength Coach that preceded me must
have collaborated on the content of the signs, along with the coaching
Strength Coach San Diego Chargers World Champions
Established Weight Training and Isometric programs:
1. University of Florida
2. Ole Miss
4. Georgia Tech
5. United states Military Academy West Point
6. Louisiana College
8. Louisiana State University
9. Southeastern Louisiana College
10. Florida State
Trainer for the USOC weight Lifting Team
Dallas Cowboys Strength
Dr. Bob Ward and NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle
Randy White discuss training principles at the Forest
and Abrams Training Facility.
The following quote was attribute to Coach Landry as
an original quote, however, it was not a Tom Landry
SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS FOR FOOTBALL
TRAINING TOTAL BODY CONTROL (ABC'S OF MOVEMENT)
HUMAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS CONTRIBUTION
AMERICA'S TEAM TAKES TO THE MARTIAL ARTS
FAR EAST DALLAS FORTY
YOGA AND WING CHUN
DISCUSSING THE APPLICATIONS
ZEN FOOTBALL MIX AT TRAINING CAMP
CHEST PUNCH - RANDY WHITE
SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS
HOW THE MARTIAL ARTS WERE APPLIED TO TRAINING...
• THE PERFECT DALLAS COWBOY"
• NFL TEAMS
• HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS
A few notes that will help you see how the Martial Arts were Applied to Football:
Tim Tackett and Larry Hartsel can fill you In on their work with other NFL teams
that followed their association with the Dallas Cowboys program.
• Biomechanical Efficiency on the line (Field) Expand...
• "Muscles have one of the most desirable qualities of all:
Their function was precisely the opposite of words." Sun and Steel,
Recently, for instance, Dr Bob Ward introduced those who engaged in the
off-season program at the Cowboys training-facility to many styles of
Martial Arts Eastern Training.
By using a variety of exercise sciences and Disciplines:
2. Contact Breathing - Juko Kai
3. Jeet Kune Do - JKD Bruce Lee's Style
4. Filipino Escrima Kali Dan Inosanto
5. Wing Chun
6. Thai Boxing
7. Juko Kai Dr Rod Sacharnoski
9. Knife Fighting
11. Aerobic Dance
Ward developed a programs and activities which he felt certain would
improve his student's football skills. I'm a Physical Educator by profession
and academic training, he says, "so consequently, and hopefully, I have a
good understanding of how a Football Player must be able to move to be
effective. I saw that the Martial Arts provided a way I could explain the
various dimension of body movement and their importance to each player
for his specific position.
"The Martial Arts content is "Multi-Faceted" and is an excellent Resource to
draw ion for training All Elements of the Body.
Moving to your Left, moving to your Right,
The use of the Hands in football can be accentuated through the Martial
I think one would have to be blind not to see that."
EARLY (1976 TO-DATE)
It is only plagiarism when one takes the credit for something they didn't do...
Is there anything new under the Sun?
It is a pleasure for me to "set one facet of the record straight" by providing
The history of Martial Arts in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys) from 1976 to date.
There was a cadre of brilliant and dedicated Martial Artists that helped me
Implement their skills into a Football Context, and helped me pass this
Knowledge of human movement from the Martial Arts to a Super Bowl
Championship Team, while I was with Dallas, and, later, to other NFL Teams,
and Universities, and Colleges to improve their teams. In fact Valentine
Espiricueta is still very active with a first class group of defensive Players for
the Dallas Cowboy.
When Coach Landry hired me, I brought my Experience to the Cowboys in
1976 as a:
Sports Scientist, .
Incidentally, all the Contributing individuals came from my instructor, and
friend, Dan Inosanto except for one, Dr. Rod Sacharnoski (Juko Kai)
These Martial Artists provided the Knowledge for the development of a..
NEW SCIENTIFIC LIBRARY OF SPORTS/FOOTBALL
Today, many very successful coaches don't have a clue about the underlying
reasons why The Sports Martial Arts Program is a absolute essential part of their
Football Program. However, all it takes is a little study to show how this Body
Movement Knowledge is applicable to all positions, and for all players. Each position
or sport can draw upon this Library of Human Software Development to accomplish
their appointed assignments on the field more effectively and efficiently.
In fact, this body of knowledge is adding to the list of Basic Motor Skills that are
already taught in schools around the world .
SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS CURRICULUM
SELECTION OF CURRICULUM ELEMENTS
MOVEMENT SKILLS BODY MECHANICS
SENSES (TESTING, TRAINING AND CONTROLING)
BALANCE (STATIC AND DYNAMIC)
NEAR (RED ZONE)
PRACTICE (MOVEMENTS BECOME CONDITIONED REFLEXES)
PARRY (AGAINST A REAL ATTACH)
VISION (VISUAL FIELD -CENTRAL AND PERIPHERAL)
PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS
BASIC (UNIVERSAL BODY CONTROL)
DEFENSE (LIST SKILLS)
OFFENSE (LIST SKILLS)
1/2 RING DRILLS
BOUTS WITH DIFFERENT PARTNERS
PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR (RESPECT FOR THE OPPONENT AND ART)
MARTIAL ARTS TIMELINE
I respectfully list the following outstanding Martial Artists for their invaluable
contribution to the advancement of Tactical and Strategic Skills in Football,
and my personal knowledge:
Today - Football has Too many Strategists, and is Woefully
lacking in Tacticians.
Brilliant Warriors of the Past
Bob Ward (All I can attest to is my experience)
1972 - Trained by Dan Inosanto (JKD)
1972 - 1976 - Instructor Fullerton Community College Martial Arts
1972 -1976 - Instructor Fullerton Community College Fencing
1976 - 1989 - Sports Scientist & Conditioning Coach Dallas Cowboys
1990-2007 NFL Teams and Universities
2008- To-Date Randy White High School Clinics
Martial Artist Dan Inosanto was the major contributor in the development of
the Applied Sports
Martial Arts Program I brought to the Dallas Cowboys.
1. Dan Inosanto (JKD - Filipino Martial Arts)
2. Richard Bustillo (JKD - Filipino Martial Arts)
3. Larry Hartsell (JKD)
4. Tim Tackett (JKD)
5. Francis Fong (Wing Chun)
6. Chai Sirisute (Thai Boxing)
7. Dr. Sacharnoski (Juko Kai)
8. Valentine Espiricueta (Eastern Martial Arts)
9. Creating Big Plays with Randy White,Valentine Espiricueta and Dr. Bob
Ward - Video or CD
CREATING BIG PLAYS - SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS
San Diego Chargers
U of Michigan
U of Arizona
Mississippi State University
U of Texas
Dr. Bob Ward personal experiences
Carlton Stowers - Taylor Publishing Dallas, TX, p 92.
Dallas Cowboys 1960-1985 -The First 25 Years
Dallas Cowboy Sports Scientist and Conditioning Coach (1976-89)
HIGH TECH - SCIENCE TAKES THE FIELD
"In a time when high-tech has become a way of life, when biomechanics and
Computerized On-Field Analysis (OFAS a Computer Graphics program that
each player during NFL Games) and tests to judge strength, fatigue, speed, and
durability have become commonplace in the athletic arena, the Dallas Cowboys
worked to stay one step ahead in the area of conditioning their players in all
resources used in football."
Dr. Bob Ward Conditioning Coach - Sports Scientist for Dallas Cowboys
1976 TO 1989 standing watch over the manner in which the Cowboys prepared
themselves in all aspects of the game:
WORK...REST AND NUTRITION
Dr. Bob Ward, a onetime college Track Coach (Fullerton Community College,
Fullerton, CA-California State Champions 1974 and member of the USOC Elite
Throwers staff who goes out of his way to seek out new and inventive ways to
develop a conditioning program. Sometimes, in fact, it would seem the more
FUTURISTIC, and far-out it is, the better Ward likes it.
Training and Monitoring all of the required Resources necessary for playing
in the NFL.
Sports Speed 3rd Edition Human Kinetics
Sports Speed Encyclopedia
Kelly Assessment Psychological Resources
Mind Science - Intuitive Ability
WWII Recognition Tests
Traditional Motor Tests
Motorvator - Reactions - Patterns and Rhythm
Speed Electronic Tests
Agility Electronic Tests
Strength - Static Dynamometry
Strength - Dynamic
Power Trainer - Power Output
Contact Driver - Hitting and Diving Ability
Predicting Success in NFL Football
These elements included everything from the
• Amount of excess body fat one is carrying
• To the hand-eye coordination he has,
The Cowboys Conditioning Coach is a Sports Scientist who is ever on the
lookout for new routines and technologies which might be beneficial for
putting a better America's Team" on the field.
UT SW Medical School
CompuSport Dr. Ralph Mann
Battery of Tests
Monitoring Training Effects
Suggested Diets and
Total Body Range of Motion
Katch and Katch
Soccer Court (Handball Court)
Flexibility Training Routines
Functional Strength Programs
Positions Specific Training
Player Reactions - Not Without Questions?
While some of his suggestions occasionally draw smiles and/or rolled eyes
from the players he supervises, they test his methods nonetheless. When he
brought a couple of Aerobic Dance Instructors to the practice field to put
through some dance routines, everyone fell into place. These young female
instructors pushed most of the players to very high fitness levels
When, recently, he invited an expert in Wholistic Science and the Chinese
Martial Arts to training camp to demonstrate something called Dragon
Dancing, several players were interested to learn what he had to say. The
visiting instructor described now the movements of Dragon Dancing could
used to stretch muscles of the body, strengthen and tone, and even improve
cardiovascular fitness, and Ward busily took notes.
Alternate Plan from a Stanford graduate: Pat Donovan (Offensive Tackle), said, "if I
wanted to relax, I'd just open a can of beer, and recline on my couch, and watch
Eternal Vigilance Which is to say Ward, and the Cowboys are ever on the outlook
new ways to improve the Minds and Bodies of players. And while they don't
understand them, they give it a try Reality Check
It was Jackie Smith, the former St. Cardinals tight end who joined the Cowboys for
one final NFL season in 1978, who came up with one of the most interesting
responses to Ward's myriad of tests. Having put the new Cowboy through a
of test that determined everything from Explosiveness to Body Fat, Ward
presented Smith with a bound computer printout filled with charts and numbers.
Smith looked it over, then turned his attention to Ward who stood, awaiting some
reaction. Jackie shook his head. "Bob", "he said, " I can't read any of this. Can't
just tell me whether I'm alive or dead and let it go at that."
Training The Brain
Playing in The Zone
This is a method of therapy to improve movements of joints and
maintaining correct positions of standing, sitting and moving.
Sensory Deprivation Tank
Hutchison Michael, The Book of Flotation, William and Morrow, Inc, 1984.
Stern Gary, Physiological and mood Effects of Salt Water Flotation Periods,
Float To Relax, Inc. Denver, Colorado, 1980.
Then, a few seasons back, there was the "Sensory Deprivation Tank", something
looked as if it has been borrowed from a science fiction movie. In it a player
float on his back, buoyed up in salt water that kept at a normal external skin
temperature of 93.5 degrees. What he was there to achieve was the "Alpha State, in
which the Brain Waves slowed from 13 to 30 Hz (Beta) to 7 to 12 cycles per second
(Alpha). Research, Ward explains, has shown that when one's Body and Mind are
such a receptive state, the learning process could be multiplied ten-fold." By
relaxing, he said, "a player can absorb more information-Learn the game plan
quickly, things like that."
The tank was, also, fitted with a TV for viewing Plays and Skills, and wired for