Tag Archives | submission grappling

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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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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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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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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Flow and Resist (diary entry)

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05.04.1   Tonight’s lesson brought the various individual techniques we have been focusing on back into a chain. This encourages better flow using the guard and combination work. This was all preceded by various mobility and muscle activation exercises specific to ground grappling.   Yet again my attention was drawn to the underlying principles of the techniques. Working these submissions and sweeps requires active core engagement. The hips need to be mobile and the spine needs to be tight as […]

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Anti-Grappling Tactics (diary entry)

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01.04.17   Today’s double lesson consisted of the seventh and eighth hours of my client’s basic course on self-protection. The lesson was begun with a series of relevant movement exercises, using transitioning and striking, and finished with an anti-grappling pressure test from various positions.   Previously we had moved to the threshold of anti-grappling tactics. Our over-arching strategy for a frontline civilian counter-assault is to get back into a strong striking position. Striking is the default trained method for dealing […]

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Avoiding Shape-Seeking (diary entry)

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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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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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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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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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Takedown Countering (diary entry)

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18.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight, but this time the focus was totally on grappling counters and we looked primarily at the single leg takedown.   Warm Up   We began with mobility exercises – quadruped shoulder rolls, progressive scap press-ups and dynamic cat stretches.  This moved onto callisthenics – Indian press-ups and Indian squats. Then we covered more specific muscle engagement – hip thrusts, single leg hip thrusts, shoulder bridging, combat base squats and sprawling.   Grip Fighting […]

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Takedown Defence Work (diary entry)

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11.01.17   Tonight’s focus was on takedown defence. We studied this mainly within the context of MMA fighting rather than self-defence, but the fundamentals are pretty much the same. Although anti-grappling tactics feature this isn’t the same as takedown defence, which features a lot of grappling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that wrestling offers the richest and most proven base for this part of the clinch fighting range. I know! Shock horror!   Wrestling – […]

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Attacks to the Back

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30.12.16 Continuing from our previous lesson on clinch and ground from the back, tonight we looked at single-hook back-mount, the arm-bar and the fireman’s carry throw. The first two came off the way the shoulder throw was being used as a tactic in the previous lesson i.e. as a reaction/counter to someone placing their weight to far up the top end of the turtle position when attacking with the seatbelt hold. The third technique was offered as a tightly timed […]

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Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

  23.11.16   We continued our shoulder throw theme tonight, looking at two variations and bringing it into the ground game plus a submission. The colder temperature inspired a more vigorous warm-up with careful attention taken towards promoting progressive mobility and the inputting specific actions in view of the techniques about to be taught.   We began with tight forward rolls, backward rolls, break falls and (combat) base squats. Then we did some turtle drilling in preparation for the groundwork […]

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Shoulder Throw (diary entry)

Shoulder Throw (diary entry)

  16.11.16   Tonight after a three lesson hiatus off our clinch-to-ground programme we returned to some throwing practice. Previously we focused on more wrestling-based takedowns, throws and slams; this included suplexes and single and double-legged takedowns. Tonight we looked at the shoulder throw. This technique and its variations can be found in most grappling styles, but Judo possibly has the best reputation for its refined execution under pressure. The throw’s continued teaching in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling and […]

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