Tag Archives | Combat Sports

Fluidity of Techniques (diary entry)


18.11.17   This morning we brought the CCMA basic course on submission grappling/groundwork up to the seven and a half hour point. We focused entirely on submissions from the closed guard. After sport-specific calisthenics for groundwork, we revised the conventional arm-bar and leg triangle choke from guard.   An area I am very keen to express in training is the fluid linking of movements with minimal delay. This seems obvious, but often I find what gets lost in learning is […]

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MMA Range Training (diary entry)

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15.11.17   Tonight’s MMA lesson focused on bringing everything together. This is where we look at transitioning through ranges and skillsets within a limited rules format. Although MMA isn’t self-protection training, it provides a very rich training ground for mining practical attributes and provides an excellent area to test various specialised techniques in conjunction with others.   We warmed up with some dynamic stretching; focusing a lot on unilateral bodyweight calisthenics that allow for a large range of movement i.e. […]

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Building on the Mobile Scaffold (diary entry)

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08.11.17   Tonight we tested and then built off the foundation taught last lesson. I struggle for an appropriate metaphor here and keep on using the term “scaffold”. One doesn’t usually think of mobility, fluidity and transitioning when one thinks of a scaffold, but the point remains that a fighter needs to have a mobile base in order to fight effecienty. The movement from guard resembles the footwork required to effecient when one fights from a stand-up or clinch position. […]

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Escaping from Pins (diary entry)


04.11.17   This morning brought us up to the four and a half hour mark in a 10 hour basic course on submission grappling/groundwork for martial arts cross-training. Previously we looked at basic top positioning, pinning and transitioning from the top with a few submissions. Today we looked at defence from underneath. It wasn’t my intention to work much on guard-work, which comes under its own very large category, but there is some degree of overlap that flowed well.   […]

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Guard Position Mobility (diary entry)


01.11.17   Tonight’s lesson moved away from MMA clinch and Muay Thai to explore ground-fighting and working from the guard. This topic came up after MMA sparring in the previous lesson, where my client expressed problems with executing effective movement whilst holding a closed guard position.   We warmed up with our usual set of mobility exercises into calisthenics. Then we completed a series of calisthenic exercises specifically for ground-fighting. This consisted of various crawls and also snaking/shrimping variations to […]

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MMA Clinch to Ground (diary entry)

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25.10.17   Tonight’s lesson continued with MMA clinch-work, revising Muay Thai entries and adaptations, but focused on set-ups using the elbow and collar tie. We also did some ground work.   Training began with western boxing and Muay Thai shadow boxing, moving onto wrestling entries. This was followed by partner work, which included neck-wrestling, lock-off positioning for knee strikes, shoulder trapping and arm-triangle trapping. We then moved onto over-hook/under-hook pummelling. From here we looked at setting up knee-strikes, elbow-strikes and […]

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Transition to Submission (diary entry)


21.10.17   The second lesson in a scheduled 10 hour course on submission grappling/ground fighting for martial arts cross training brought us up to the three hour mark. We revised all the pins taught in the previous lesson, refining movement and positioning to promote fluidity. After a series of top position exercises – bear crawls, lizard crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls and frog jumps – we went back through the pin transition drill covered in the previous lesson. This then […]

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Muay Thai Clinch for MMA (diary entry)

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18.10.17   Tonight’s lesson looked at using the Thai clinch for mixed martial arts. We began with a series of mobility exercises and then some calisthenics before we moved onto the plumb position. This partner work began with neck-wrestling and some light grip-fighting. From here we did some one-for-one striking from the clinch and sweeps.   Next we brought Muay Thai clinch into the MMA arena. With a greater allowance for stand-up wrestling holds and even submissions, we were able […]

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Ground-Fighting Begins (diary entry)


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)


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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Clinch Sparring (diary entry)


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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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)


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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Low Line Takedowns (diary entry)


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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