Tag Archives | Wrestling

Ground-Fighting Begins (diary entry)

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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)

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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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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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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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Big Throwing and Combination Time (diary entry)

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23.09.17   Tonight’s lesson on basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross training brought us up to the seven hour mark of the scheduled 10 hour course. After an unexpected and extended break between classes I thought it was wise to do a fair amount of revision before we looked at some new techniques. This wasn’t simply just going back over old material, but I looked at encouraging more combination work. After a warm-up of specific mobility and callisthenic exercises […]

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Low Line Takedowns (diary entry)

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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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Nelsons and More Throws (diary entry)

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29.08.17 Tonight brought my client’s 10 hour course in basic stand-up grappling for martial arts cross-training to the four and a half hour point. We trained in a limited space, so footwork was exchanged for more body conditioning. We began with a series of dynamic stretching/mobility exercises specific for wrestling, building up into calisthenics – quadruped shoulder rolls, dynamic cat-stretches, Indian press-ups, horizontal squats, dynamic hamstring stretches, Asian squat to parallel and Indian squats.   We then revised break-falls, sprawls […]

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Head-Locks and Trips (diary entry)

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19.08.17   Today’s 90 minute lesson brought us up to the three hour mark for CCMA’s 10 hour course on Basic General Wrestling for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised footwork, layering in hip-switching for throws, as part of our warm-up. This then revised rolls and break-falls, also combining these movements making them more directly relevant to throwing. The warm-up section was finished with sprawling patterns.   We then moved onto the collar and elbow tie-up, transitioning into “bulling”. From […]

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Clinch Combination for MMA (diary entry)

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07.06.17   Tonight’s MMA private lesson focused the clinch, but also contained setting up from stand-up range. After a warm-up of mobility exercises and calisthenics we went onto the focus mitts. This part of the lesson began with boxing combinations using MMA gloves, which allowed for some interesting angulations with the hands. Then we moved into high, mid and low entries. The cover was brought in to allow for a smothering counter-attack. I paid attention to transitioning from the cover […]

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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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Clinch-Work (diary entry)

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10.05.17 Tonight we looked at the clinch range in MMA. We primarily focused on the wrestling application with advice on solo exercises for my client to incorporate into his regular workouts, and then briefly moved in Muay Thai clinch before finishing with two rounds of specific clinch-based sparring. The lesson warmed up with over-hook/under-hook pummelling, bulling, lowline takedown slides and single leg link-ups. We then looked at solo drills using the heavy bag and solo takedown drills. We then moved […]

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Grappling with the Law and Black Dogs (diary entry)

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08.04.17   Today’s double lesson finished off my client’s 10 hour course on Basic Self-Protection. The material mainly consisted of primal/combat grappling and post-fight strategies.   Grappling is not normally selected for frontline civilian defence. In a high risk situation the priority is usually not to become entangled and to create/maintain distance. However, the civilian needs supporting plans when the striking range deteriorates and anti-grappling is not a viable option. Besides, in order to be able to operate efficiently at […]

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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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