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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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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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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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Body Shot Bob and Weave (diary entry)

08.08.17   Tonight’s double lesson continued my client’s training in the peek-a-boo fighting style of western boxing for martial arts cross training. We spent more time going deeper into footwork, upper body movement and combining the two. This began with the use of agility markers as the lesson’s warm-up. As I have said umpteen numbers of times, coordination work is great early on in any technical training session. Training puts the body under stress, which reduces our cognitive function. As […]

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Eppur si muove (diary entry)

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15.07.17   My client decided to focus on western boxing skills today. He takes a buffet-style approach to cross-training with me, having a strong background in various different fighting styles and having achieved a high degree of competency in at least two full-contact sports. He also has a background in academic teaching. The buffet approach isn’t my preferred way to conduct regular lessons, but it does have its advantages with some clients. My sessions with this client always produce interesting […]

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Muay Thai Footwork and Beginning Kicks (diary entry)

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08.06.17   Tonight began my client’s first hour and a half of a projected 10 hour course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This is his third course with me, having previously studied self-protection and western boxing for martial arts cross training.   We began with basic Muay Thai footwork. Muay Thai’s footwork resembles Western Boxing to a certain extent. Both cover the same ranges and angles. Both have drop steps and both used a lot of […]

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More than the Sum of its Parts? (Diary Entry)

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31.05.17   Is Mixed Martial Arts an art unto itself or the just sum of its parts? I have long gone with the former, but the issue is more complex than that. Martial arts specialise in different areas of a conflict. Although it is true that there are many examples of comprehensive systems of combat, all these arts will orientate towards one area. MMA doesn’t. In fact, it goes through trends. For a long time the Vale Tudo influence made […]

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Full Mixed Martial Arts Training (diary entry)

24/05/17   Tonight we looked at all ranges of Mixed Martial Arts. We began with stand-up, then moved onto clinch takedown drills, followed by Muay Thai clinch and then went through ground work before doing some integration work and sparring.   The stand-up was broken up into western boxing and Muay Thai. We built up through various punching combinations, slipping, bobbing and weaving, and basic tactics on the focus mitts. Then we switched to the Thai focus mitts. Here we […]

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High Line Takedowns (diary entry)

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17.05.17   My client continued working the clinch range. Tonight we looked at stand-up grappling exclusively without integrating into MMA. I aim to do this next week, depending on how the training progresses. Last lesson mainly worked on lowline takedowns, so it made sense to go upstairs for tonight. It was a mix techniques mainly used in judo (and ju jutsu/Brazilian jiu jitsu) and one mainly used in wrestling (Greco and freestyle). We trained the one hand shoulder throw and […]

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Put the Guard to the Test (diary)

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03.05.17   Tonight we revised guard-work and then began putting everything under pressure, progressing through specific to general rule-set sparring.   We began with our usual warm-up of mobility and callisthenic, muscle-activation exercises. We then drilled sets of solo movements – bridges, snakes, arm-bars, triangle chokes and oma platas. Next we did some partner drills – arm-bars, triangle chokes, oma platas, guillotines and kimura key-locks/sweeps from guard. Next we worked on using the mid and long range open guards to […]

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Back to the Stand-up Range (diary entry)

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26.04.17   Tonight my client took a brief break from submission/ground fighting and focused on the stand-up range. Over the next few lesson we will aim to have a review of MMA to address any outstanding problems and to add to the knowledge base.   We began with Western Boxing concepts. Taking the focus mitts it was straight into footwork, progressing onto upper body movement (slipping, bobbing and weaving) and onto various angles of punches – jabs, crosses, uppercuts, hooks, […]

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Oma Plata and Open Guard (diary entry)

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19.04.17   Tonight we revised chaining and guard movement patterns before focusing on the oma plata as a sweep and a gateway into open guard training.   The lesson began with specific sport-specific callisthenics and mobility exercises moving into techniques. We then drilled the arm-bar and triangle choke applications to promote flow. We checked and discussed angulating and correct posture. The shoulder stand was covered as a means to help promote a stronger core when executing submissions from guard.   […]

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Deconstructing the Triangle Choke under Pressure (diary entry)

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12.04.17   Tonight’s lesson continued my client’s series on chaining together of submissions/sweeps from closed guard. We are currently going back over individual techniques as they fall within possible combinations. Tonight we mainly looked at the triangle choke and looked at how it linked in with arm-bars and the oma plata shoulder lock.   We warmed up with mobility exercises and specific callisthenics. Whilst looking at ground movements I focused on the essence of bridging and snaking/shrimping. These are the […]

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Triangle Choke in MMA (diary entry)

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22.03.17   Having covered countering the leg triangle choke in MMA we looked at setting up the choke itself.  The lesson began with the usual series of mobility and muscle engagement exercises with a special focus on groundwork movements. We then began deconstructing the technique.   This time, when it came to the set-up, I looked at the importance of using the guard to immediately break the opponent’s posture. During the previous two lessons with this client – where we […]

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Breaking down and breaking through the triangle (diary entry)

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15.03.17   We continued our ground-fighting training for MMA with a look at handling the classic leg-triangle choke from closed guard. The lesson began with a simple warm-up of grappling specific exercises before moving onto a breakdown of this submission hold and the various phases where a fighter is vulnerable.   Breaking Grips/Releasing Hands to Strike: Much like any submission using the legs from closed guard the attack is usually initiated through climbing the guard up an opponent’s back. As […]

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