Targeting and the arm-bar (diary entry)

Mark Mullen applies an arm bar to Ernesto Mart...

Image via Wikipedia We began by drilling the 11 punch combination and the punch/kick combination as a direct application for the warm-up. Target familiarization has become something of a CCMA trademark. I brought it into the Hard Target courses and do it whenever I feel it is necessary in training. Hitting pads all the time tends to get you good at hitting pads. There has to be overlap. You mould into the equipment you use and start developing abstract techniques […]

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Mo Teague’s Hard Target Seminar

Jamie Clubb teaches Mo Teague's critically acclaimed self protection course for Response Security Training at the Zeppelin Building in London. The seminar includes the patented Confrontation Map, exclusive video footage for soft skills training and the most up-to-date combative training methods. The course is suitable for everyone and often comprises of a vast range of different people from different backgrounds from complete novice civilians to ex-military and law enforcement personnel.

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Grappling – Taking the Back (diary entry)

One wrestler is trying to get the back.

Image via Wikipedia 07.03.11   Since last week was a striking centred class, today we looked at grappling only. Grappling is a rich area of combative study. Within reason, one can grapple at full resistance day-in, day-out and even several times a day with a comparatively much lower level of risk than with striking. It is both a human’s most primal method of unarmed combat and yet, particularly when on the ground, can be their most sophisticated.   We began […]

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The Survivor’s Club – A Book Review

  Despite our disproportionate fear of improbable disasters and the awe we hold those who survive them there is relatively little research into the psychology of what we collectively call the survivor. This might be because the term is so widely applied and too many factors seem to be involved for any single expert in one discipline to consider a connection. Rather than find one unifying principle, Ben Sherwood sees different survivor personalities, but each of them possess at least […]

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Vagabond Warriors

“Vagabond Warriors” Cross Training in the Martial Arts, St Nicholas Primary School Priory Road Kenilworth 12pm – 3pm Conact: jamie@clubbchimera.com

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Vagabond Warriors

Vagabond Warriors

“Vagabond Warriors” Cross Training in the Martial Arts On the 29th January CCMA launches its first “Vagabond Warriors” workshop. This series of workshops is aimed at martial arts cross trainers interested in functional fighting methods.  Although new techniques and tactics may be taught and exchanged, its primary concern is not to teach a system and certainly not a style but to show a different approach to training in more than one martial arts method. It will be based around the […]

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Posturing and Blind Spots

Posturing and Blind Spots

After an extended absence the class returned in fine form and the enthusiasm was as inspiring as ever. A few areas in the warm-up, led by Phil, exposed some all-round rustiness, but once we moved into our MMA lesson muscle memory kicked and it was easy to introduce new areas. Today’s class focused entirely on the sporting side of training. The CCMA approach dictates that we define purpose from the get-go. Sport and self defence can overlap, but their objectives […]

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Review of “A Killing Art” by Alex Gillis

Cover of "A Killing Art: The Untold Histo...

Cover via Amazon There have been copious books written about martial arts over the past century. Unfortunately, almost from the beginning, they have largely consisted of peculiar mixtures of mythology, facts and partisan writing. This has continued to the present day. It’s not that there haven’t been good writers or even many useful and enjoyable martial arts books, but very little objective journalism. Therefore books like Geoff Thompson’s “Watch My Back” and Robert W. Smith’s “Martial Musings” made for a […]

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