The third in my client’s second course on MMA for martial arts cross training was another extended lesson. Rather than systematically going through the ranges, we moved backwards and forwards on them quite freely. This began with the warm-up, which although started with some standard shadow boxing drills, covered arm-dragging from both clinch and butterfly guard. All ranges were covered, including takedown entries for low level and mid-level takedowns. Here we also covered overloading technique exercises, such as the squat-and-kick exercise.
Going back to kick catching again, we looked at the spinning elbow, double leg takedown (sometimes referred to as a Frankie Edgar Takedown) and the single leg takedown using this entry. We also discussed different reasons to opt for either a scooping deflection of a kick or to catch it. This might be influenced by overall strategy or the range of the kick when it is was first intercepted. The single leg takedown from a leg catch can be executed as a type of slam, leaving the opponent in side control. From here we worked on arm-triangle submission and a transition into the D’arce choke, as well a revision of the Americana key lock. In all instances we layered the execution of the technique with the use of strikes. We then looked at the jab/single leg entry, moving onto a knee-bar and an ankle lock.
The lesson finished on the Thai focus mitts with a blast out on some heavy single shots, including the knee-bomb.