Diary / Training Notes

Ground-Fighting Begins (diary entry)

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14.10.17   This morning we began the first lesson in a 10 hour course on submission grappling/ground-fighting for martial arts cross-training. Our initial focus was on building a strong top position by learning the basic pins and how to transition through them in an effective way. We began with a series of mobility exercises on the floor, which increased their intensity until they were fully-fledged grappling specific callisthenic exercises. This was followed with a series of crawling exercises – bears, […]

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Muay Thai to MMA clinch (diary entry)

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11.10.17   Continuing our work on the Muay Thai clinch tonight’s lesson primarily looked at sweeps and finished with Mixed Martial Arts clinch-work. As I have discussed previously, modern Muay Thai is not an obvious choice to focus on throwing, but the restrictions allows for some interesting developments. Plus the art has one very important element: the long-time practise of striking in combination with the clinch. The way nak muay move their opponents fluidly whilst striking is an art unto […]

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Child Self-Protection Course Begins (diary entry)

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09.10.17   Tonight I began a special personal training course based on “When Parents Aren’t Around” Self-Protection training for young people. My two clients were children at primary school. We aim to run a 10 hour course on self-protection and then look at other martial arts for cross-training, in an adapted form of what I advise for beginner adult martial artists.   Tonight we focused primarily on specific games to teach awareness, evasion and escape, building up to protecting personal […]

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Stand-up Grappling as Self-Defence (diary entry)

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07.10.17 This morning saw the final part of my client’s first course in basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross training. The 10 hour course focused mainly on takedowns and takedown defence. The final part of the course brought the training back round to self-defence tactics, looking at how the clinch range works within the context of counter-assault situations. For the most part, I am with the argument that grappling works best as a backup system in a defence against […]

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Clinch Sparring (diary entry)

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04.10.17   We continued our Muay Thai work by primarily working on clinch, but also spending a good amount of time overlapping into the previous lessons’ stand-up fighting range. We moved immediately into partner-work for the warm-up. This consisted of trading single techniques from the stand-up range, moving onto the clinch with some neck-wrestling and then onto some technique work. We looked at two methods to unbalance and potentially toss an opponent. The first consisted of combining a horizontal knee […]

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Takedown Defence, Counters and Escapes (diary entry)

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              30.09.17   This morning was the penultimate lesson of my client’s proposed 10 hour course. We looked more at combining ranges of takedown attack as well as takedown defence and escapes. This began with a series of callisthenic and mobility exercises, before we began some partner grip-work. This consists of “bulling” – necktie exercises – which progressed onto one-for-one grip attacks and escapes. We then moved this up into grip-fighting sparring. Next we […]

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Counter-Attacks in Sparring (diary entry)

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27.09.17 Tonight’s sparring lesson mainly focused on stand-up. We warmed up with a series of shadow boxing exercises, including mirror work and interspersed with sets of specific calisthenics. This moved onto combination partner-work in western boxing, followed by a round of sparring and then the same procedure repeated for kickboxing. The combination training was split into counter-attacks and in-and-out attacking. This procedure was very similar to last week’s class, except that after the round of kickboxing sparring we had a […]

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Big Throwing and Combination Time (diary entry)

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23.09.17   Tonight’s lesson on basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross training brought us up to the seven hour mark of the scheduled 10 hour course. After an unexpected and extended break between classes I thought it was wise to do a fair amount of revision before we looked at some new techniques. This wasn’t simply just going back over old material, but I looked at encouraging more combination work. After a warm-up of specific mobility and callisthenic exercises […]

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Combination Transitioning Coaching (diary entry)

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20.09.17   As promised, my client focused more on Boxing/Muay Thai sparring this lesson. We warmed up with sport-specific mobility exercises, muscle activation and calisthenics. Then we continued with the shadow-boxing programme, working through different strategies for different fighters. This was first done using Western Boxing and then using Muay Thai.   We then began partner-work. Prior to Western Boxing and Muay Thai sparring we drilled a type of semi-free sparring. This began with single one-for-one techniques, which then built […]

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Shadow Boxing, Kicks vs Punches & Sparring (diary entry)

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13.09.17 We began with a very specific warm-up focusing on shadow boxing. Having been an individual that has had to rely on a lot of solo training, I am keen to ensure that my clients receive a lot of information on how to maintain and improve material being taught in lessons. Shadow boxing is a very under-rated tool and it requires a good deal of mental input. Typically a fighter’s shadow boxing is not reflective of the way he actually […]

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Asymmestrical Combinations (diary entry)

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06.09.17   Tonight’s lesson looked at punching around the clock, drawing an opponent and asymmetrical combinations. We trained in Western Boxing and Muay Thai concepts with some ideas transferred over from Dutch Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do.   The warm-up consisted of mirror footwork and placing strikes. We punched around the clock, which is means we used an imaginary clock-face to dictate angles of punches. We jabbed, crossed, anchor-punches, overhand punched, classic hook-punched off both hands, liver-punched, spleen-punched and classic […]

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Low Line Takedowns (diary entry)

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31.08.2017   Tonight’s private lesson on basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross training brought us up to the 5 ½ hour mark. With this client, I usually schedule the last lesson as the only one hour one in the course, but certain time constraints forced us to adapt. Having worked for the past three lessons mainly on highline and mid-line throws (although not always within Greco-Roman Wrestling rules), we worked mainly on lowline takedowns.   We warmed up with […]

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Trapping for Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA (diary entry)

30.08.17 Tonight my client focused on trapping and striking. Having spent the previous two lessons working mainly on weapon-related training, I decided to start with an overview of boxing and using the jab to develop an efficient trapping entry tool. We began with a basic range-finding jab. These are thrown out in multiples, testing the guard and setting up for the rear hand. The emphasis was on fluidity and technique, which then helped develop speed. From here we brought in […]

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Nelsons and More Throws (diary entry)

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29.08.17 Tonight brought my client’s 10 hour course in basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross-training to the four and a half hour point. We trained in a limited space, so footwork was exchanged for more body conditioning. We began with a series of dynamic stretching/mobility exercises specific for wrestling, building up into calisthenics – quadruped shoulder rolls, dynamic cat-stretches, Indian press-ups, horizontal squats, dynamic hamstring stretches, Asian squat to parallel and Indian squats.   We then revised break-falls, sprawls […]

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Attack the Shoulder first? (diary entry)

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24.08.17   We took a hard look at weapon defence tactics. The lesson began with a revision of the angles one and two analysed in the previous session. Taking away the stick we looked at the most direct empty-hand adaptation of the criss-cross angle movement. This takes the form of two forearm smashes coming in exactly the same way as the stick. Such a movement is found in several South East Asian martial arts, especially Malaysian silat. It has a […]

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Head-Locks and Trips (diary entry)

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19.08.17   Today’s 90 minute lesson brought us up to the three hour mark for CCMA’s 10 hour course on Basic General Wrestling for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised footwork, layering in hip-switching for throws, as part of our warm-up. This then revised rolls and break-falls, also combining these movements making them more directly relevant to throwing. The warm-up section was finished with sprawling patterns.   We then moved onto the collar and elbow tie-up, transitioning into “bulling”. From […]

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