Back to the Stand-up Range (diary entry)




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, overhands and liver shots. Then we briefly went back over a few basic combinations. Finally we worked the long-range jab, the short jab, multiple jabs and variations on the power jab –the drop-step jab and the pendulum/newton’s cradle jab. This last one nicely brought us onto Muay Thai concepts.


Once on the Thai focus mitts we began traknee (smaller)ining the pendulum teep and combined with shin-checks, punches and round kicks. Using the same delivery model we switched to the lead straight knee and then combined it with a horizontal elbow. Finally we looked at kick-catching with the spinning elbow.


The lesson finished with two rounds of Muay Thai sparring.


Photography by Charlotte Von Bulow Quirk. Tony Hughes and Jamie Clubb featured. Photo shoot for Jamie Clubb’s books “Mordred’s Victory and Other Martial Mutterings” and “Bullshitsu and the Fight to Make Martial Arts Work”.

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