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Weapon Attribute Training (diary entry)

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09.08.17   My client has just recently undergone (non-training related) minor surgery and has eight stitches. We adapted by doing some technical work that wouldn’t stress the affected area. Having not covered stick and knife work for a while we revised some basic angles of attack and built up some dexterity drills. This began with single stick – high and low. Then we brought in the knife. Next we performed a single knife on knife flow drill. This was followed […]

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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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Thai Clinch (diary entry)

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03.08.17   At my client’s request we looked at Muay Thai. On my decision, we looked specifically at Thai clinch with a small detour into MMA. We began with a light solo warm-up of shadow boxing and technique movement patterns. This quickly moved into light partner warm-ups from the clinch. We focused on neck-wrestling from the plumb position and footwork. Gradually one-for-one technique placement followed.   Tonight I taught two lock-off positions and a breakaway/counter. This will eventually move us […]

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DFLT on Peek-a-Boo (diary entry)


01.08.17   Tonight my client’s double lesson focused on peek-a-boo boxing tactics and techniques. We began with some footwork using agility markers. We warmed up on basic obstacle jogging and then progressed into footwork patterns, looking at angling and then incorporated bobbing and weaving. This was then brought onto an obstacle pole. This exercise involves the fighter moving under a pole and encourages good bobbing and weaving. I had him retain his peek-a-boo guard and we gradually added on various […]

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Muay Thai Self-Defence (dairy)


20.07.17   Tonight’s lesson brought my client to 10 hour point of his course, completing Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This is where I like to bring clients back to the self-protection line and look at ways to integrate their attribute training into this area.   This time I looked at one aspect of the fence – a posture termed “the pleading fence” by Geoff Thompson. I mention it briefly on my “Cross Training in the Martial […]

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Putting MMA through DFLT (diary entry)

12.07.17   Tonight was my client’s first day back after his holiday. We decided to do an overall look at MMA. Warm-up consisted of light upper and lower body mobility exercises, focusing on shoulders and hips, gradually increasing intensity. Then we worked through a routine of quadruped shoulder circles, dynamic cat stretches, Indian press-ups (increasing in intensity from a dynamic stretch to a callisthenic exercise), plank squats, dynamic Asian squats and Indian squats.   Our technique warm-up began with a […]

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How Bad is your Bullshitsu Infection?


“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” ― Christopher Hitchens   I am currently in the process of editing, researching, writing and re-writing a multi-volume book entitled “Bullshitsu and the Fight to Make Martial Arts Work”. It is a project that I started around 2005 as an examination of the legacy of the R.B.S.D. (Reality-Based Self-Defence) movement, but has since evolved into a critical overview of martial arts subculture in […]

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Over and Under Punches (diary entry)

18.05.17   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the seven and a half hour mark in his 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. After revision we looked up and under punches – namely the lead hand anchor punch (made famous by Muhammad Ali and Jack Johnson), the rear overhand (David Tua, Ernie Shavers and MMA’s favourite knockout punch) and the liver and spleen shots (so beloved of Ricky Hatton and Bas Rutten). These […]

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Coaching Notes on the Jab (diary entry)

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15.04.17   Today began my client’s first basic course on western boxing for martial arts cross-training. We covered one and a half hours of a scheduled 10 hour programme. The objective of the lesson was to develop footwork and the jab punch.   We warmed up using agility markers. This began with repetitions of gentle jogging around the markers. The client was encouraged to keep their guard up and to then repeat the movement backwards. I then introduced angling off […]

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Deconstructing the Triangle Choke under Pressure (diary entry)


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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Avoiding Shape-Seeking (diary entry)


29.03.17   Tonight’s lesson brought us onto the omaplata. This Portuguese word for “shoulder blade” has become the most popular term used to describe a type of shoulder key-lock applied by the legs. Despite the move existing in competitive judo (and especially in kozen judo), where it is known as “ashi-sankaku-garami”, translated as “triangular entanglement”. Apparently catch-as-catch-can wrestlers call it a “coil lock”. The omaplata’s name popularity is probably down to the fact that it is a very common move […]

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Self-Protection Ground Zero (diary entry)

Angry Fence to make space

11.03.17 Today’s double lesson was with a new client. He has a background in rugby and traditional martial arts. He has decided to begin his training with me on the 10 lesson basic self-protection course. As covered in the lesson and in previous diary entries on the same subject we began with a discussion on defining self-protection. Self-protection can be divided up into soft skills that we call “personal security” and hard skills we call “self-defence”. Soft skills cover attitude, […]

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Active Guard and the Relaxation Myth (diary entry)

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02.03.17 Beyond the superficialities of martial arts techniques there is a reoccurring and consistent point that is critical for any fighter: being proactive. Traditional Japanese martial arts scholars often articulate the driving force behind proactivity through the practice of zanshin. Modern Reality-Based Self-Defence teachers preach the concept of awareness to the point of semantic satiation. Fortunately tonight’s proactivity and awareness can be easily conveyed through direct physical training. The one snag is that training a proactive guard on the ground […]

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Closing the Distance (diary entry)

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15.02.17   Our seeking the clinch theme took on a wider approach tonight. Previously we trained how to attain a takedown against a striker. Covering and grappling made up a lot of this work. This lesson focused more on the general tactic of closing the distance.   After our muscle engagement/mobility warm-up of quadruped shoulder rolls, scapula press-ups, dynamic cat stretching, Indian press-ups and Indian squats, we moved onto the focus mitts. We began with some simple freestyle flash-pad training, […]

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Elbows and Takedown Defence (diary entry)


01.02.17   Tonight we covered takedown defence with more practical application, working under pressure and the use of elbow strikes. After warming up with muscle engagement/mobility exercises for grappling, we did some mirror footwork. I then added on targeting for strikes, working from various angles. This then changed to cornering work, specifically escape from cornering. This exercise has a particular relevance to the fundamentals and principles of takedown defence, as a fighter defending a takedown needs to be wary of […]

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Takedown “Revenge” (diary entry)

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25.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight with a focus on regaining a standing position and the use of strikes. We warmed up with our usual mobility exercises building onto grappling-style calisthenics and then we went into some basic techniques.   Two important factors – internal and external – were addressed within the psychology, strategy and muscle memory of this current subject.   Firstly, we have the internal. By internal I am talking about the fighter’s self, so to speak. […]

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