CCMA free workshop at Martial Arts Festival UK 4 April 2009

Pete Mills, pioneer of top martial arts website "Martial Edge", in action at Clubb Chimera Martial Arts free workshop given at the Martial Arts Festival UK. This is a core training drill used at CCMA to quarry instinctive and individualistic attacking tools. The student being trained uses "Strategy One" (S1), which contains any techniques used to create and maintain distance e.g. striking. The attacking student uses "Strategy Two" (S2) to close the distance. By giving students two different objectives it […]

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CCMA free workshop at Martial Arts Festival UK 4 April 2009

Pete Mills, pioneer of top martial arts website "Martial Edge", in action at Clubb Chimera Martial Arts free workshop given at the Martial Arts Festival UK. This is a core training drill used at CCMA to quarry instinctive and individualistic attacking tools. The student being trained uses "Strategy One" (S1), which contains any techniques used to create and maintain distance e.g. striking. The attacking student uses "Strategy Two" (S2) to close the distance. By giving students two different objectives it […]

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Proactive coaching – Defence structure when striking under scrutiny

Here we use two coaches to train one person. With conventional proactive pad work the coach is often only restricted to offering feedback to the side that is striking. With a coach behind the other side can be scrutinized as well. The body can also be checked. This is an example of putting a student on the spot. It should be coupled with both one-on-one and two-on-one moving proactive drills. In this instance we scrutinizing the straight strike, which was […]

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CCMA standard pressure test

In order to get an idea on how you will respond in a violent situation you need to put yourself under pressure. Most assaults will be against multiple attackers and most assaults will not be of the alpha male/alpha female match – it will be more a case of predator versus prey.

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Junior Self Defence exercise – “The Tunnel of Death” – The Martial Arts Show 2010

Junior training exercise, "The Tunnel of Death". As fun as this drill is it can also be used for senior self defence "hard skills" training. One student puts up their personal barrier, or fence, a coaching student touches the barrier and provides a target. The student strikes the target as soon as their fence has been breached. As soon as said student strikes other students pile in with their focus mitts. The striking student covers, defends and tries to escape. […]

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An old contingency plan (diary entry)

Brandon Kapitan vs Ronnie Gill

Image by superwebdeveloper via Flickr After the warm-up we went straight into the 11 punch combination. This time it was done transitioning through postures – standing, combat base, butterfly guard, in-guard and pulling guard. Then we moved onto jabbing. This was first done as a timing exercise, then as a form of specific sparring.   We then moved onto kicks, beginning with the front leg front kick. We looked at the different ways it can be applied as a jab […]

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Three phases of conflict & MMA (diary entry)

The standing fighter is attempting to escape d...

  Image via Wikipedia Despite the interruption of the Bank Holidays, I was happy to see that most students had been practicing and we were able to go back through everything fairly easily. The session began with a discussion on attitude and psychology, and how it counts at the pre, in and post stages of a fight. We discussed the differences between sport and self protection, and how these stages applied to both. In sport, pre-fight deals with the right […]

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Report on the CCMA Workshop at The Martial Arts Show (diary entry)

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  I had an enjoyable workshop at The Martial Arts Show at the NEC, Birimingham. I have been involved with this event since it began at The Martial Arts Festival. CCMA is usually represented by two workshops, an adult one on the Saturday and a children’s one on the Sunday. This year, however, there was so much on that we were restricted to a single mixed workshop. I am not complaining, we got a full hour whilst most other free […]

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Muhammad Ali: Human – A Review of “The Tao of Muhammad Ali”

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  Cover of The Tao of Muhammad Ali The Tao of Muhammad Ali It’s hard not to start this review with some trite clichéd truism like “Muhammad Ali is undeniably the most famous and celebrated sports personality of the last century”. I don’t know why the man’s name hasn’t just become a part of the English language to define a living legend. Ali’s life story seems to be a model for a mythological hero in any country’s culture – the […]

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Recommended V – Critical Thinking in Law, Hyserical Strength Investigated and More

Lou Ferrigno in the episode "Married"...

Image via Wikipedia Critical Thinking and Law My attention was drawn to Michael D. Cicchini when I heard him being interviewed for the sceptical radio show and podcast “Point of Inquiry” promoting his new book on common legal myths (here is the particular show). Law is an area that should be of particular interest to self protection coaches and students. Any self protection programme should mention the laws relating to pre-emption and the use of reasonable force (in these matters […]

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Easter Hard Target Report Day 2 (diary entry)

Knee (strike)

Image via Wikipedia 24.04.11 I usually finish Day 1 with some intensive transitional work, revising all the core techniques from various improvised postures. I like to warm up everyone on Day 2 with an introduction of to the best way to utilize each posture. If you have to fight from a position other than standing, you might as well take advantage of that position. That’s just good time management. So we looked at moving, transitioning and then practicing regaining our […]

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Easter Hard Target Day 1 (diary entry)

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  Yet again, I had the pleasure to deliver Mo Teague’s Hard Target System to a diverse selection of individuals. 14 were down for the weekend course, but only 11 made it through! Those who did make it through were not of an especially different physicality, age or professional attitude to those who didn’t. From my experience, it was more a case of they wanted it more! We went through the usual soft skills section; dealing with pre-fight issues via […]

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