Cobra Punch and Back-Kicks (diary entry)

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20.04.19 Saturday morning’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We continued looking at advanced Muay Thai techniques, set ups for the cobra/superman punch. We also spent a lot of time on the back kick. In Submission Grappling we moved onto the next pin escape, repeating the escapes from scarf-hold I did with my client on Wednesday. We warmed up with Indian press-ups and standing leg raises. Then we went to the focus mitts […]

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Escaping Two Scarf-Holds (diary entry)

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17.04.19 Wednesday night consisted of a special 1 ½ hour lesson for my senior student, where we focused entirely on developing escapes and counter-moves from scarf-hold. We trained and tested defences against both the traditional head-lock scarf-hold – found mainly in Judo but also present in various other Wrestling sports as well as primal grappling in general – and the adjusted under-hook scarf-hold common to submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The lesson began with a series of ground callisthenics […]

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Clinch Course Begins (diary entry)

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16.04.19 Tuesday night saw my client embark upon his third martial arts cross-training course with me as we started hour one of stand-up grappling. This course is primarily concerned with take downs and take down defence. It is very loosely based on Freestyle Wrestling, but has elements of other stand-up grappling systems I have experienced that have relevance within the context of Mixed Martial Arts competition. After a warm-up of Indian press-ups and Indian squats, performed at a progressive pace, […]

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Jump Push Kicks, Knee Bombs, Side Control Reversals & Half-Guard Lockdowns (diary entry)

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15.04.19   Monday night began the first lesson of my client’s specially tailored martial arts cross training course. The course will focus half on stand-up striking and half on ground-fighting. Unlike most lessons and cross-training courses, these areas will be unconnected and will not be united by a single theme. Rather they are areas the client, now a two year veteran of my teaching method, has specifically selected. We began with a look at the jumping push kick and the […]

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Punching for Confidence (diary entry)

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14.04.19 Sunday morning saw the beginning of a new 10 hour basic course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training for two junior clients. The objective of this particular course is to build confidence above all else. For this reason there will be a particular emphasis on teaching the students to better coach each other. Training began with the basics on foot work. We moved forwards and backwards, looking at stances and fluidity. The jab was then introduced. Next […]

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Student Empowerment in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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13.04.19   Saturday morning saw my two junior clients pass the six hour point of their basic course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We did some coaching training in the form of pad-work order to better maintain skills outside of class and so I could also observe the training from another perspective. I also introduced another sweep and the horizontal knee strike.   We began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretching. Then we moved […]

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Escaping Kick-Catches & Scarf-Holds (diary entry)

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10.04.19   Wednesday night was my normal junior/senior nephew/uncle double lesson. The junior lesson continued Muay Thai training, introducing escapes from kick-catches, whereas the senior lesson continued work on escapes from pins, focusing on escapes from the adjusted scarf-hold.   The junior lesson generally concentrated on refining everything that has been covered over the course. We worked on maintaining stance and good hand positioning throughout the execution of various combinations. The back kick and spinning elbow were also taught as […]

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8 Rounds of Muay Thai (diary entry)

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09.04.19 Tuesday night completed my client’s Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course. We worked through all areas covered during the course and used the round format in order to confirm all the material. After a warmup of dynamic stretching and callisthenics, we trained for six rounds on the Thai focus mitts and two rounds of sparring. Round 1 – footwork, basic guard, 1-4 punch/kick combinations, teep setups and basic checking Round 2 – All of the above […]

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Testing Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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08.04.19   Monday night concluded my course of Combat Conditioning with this client. It was time to push everything over the hour and a half lesson to see how much progress had been made. After a simple warm-up the lesson ran over a period of 8 x 5 minute rounds with one minute break in-between. Five of these rounds were line-work exercises, designed for my client to use when home-training. The remaining three were sparring rounds. There was no time […]

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Half Way Point in the Muay Thai Basic Course (diary entry)

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06.04.19   Saturday morning brought my two junior clients up to the five hour point of their course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked on combining stand-up striking and clinch into combinations. I brought in the round knees at the clinch range and also taught tactics for breaking the clinch and following up.   The lesson started with the usual set of dynamic stretching and callisthenic exercises. We then did some mirror footwork and technique […]

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Six Rounds of Muay Thai & Escaping Side Control (diary entry)

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03.04.19   Wednesday evening continued the Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course for one of my junior client’s immediately followed by his uncle’s regular martial arts cross-training. The former brought everything together over a series of six three-minute rounds. The latter finished going over going through MMA for the ground top position and began work on defending from underneath, beginning with escapes from pins.   The junior lesson began with mirror-footwork and then mitt-work. Rounds one, two […]

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End of Spring Term Lesson (diary entry)

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03.04.19   Wednesday afternoon saw the completion of this term’s course in Self-Defence for Kingham Hill School. I put it the assembled class what would like to go through and we also had a fair amount of discussion time on self-protection in general. Topics included going in depth into using the fence – setting boundaries, training an automatic pre-emptive strike, mentally turning off the inner-nice guy, putting the metaphorical breaks on during a counter-assault and the effects of stress upon […]

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Counter Techniques in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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02.04.19   Tuesday night brought this particular client up to the penultimate hour of his 10 hour course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We went through the fundamental combinations, worked on the clinch and looked at counter-combinations.   The lesson began with the regular callisthenic warm-up and dynamic stretching before active engagement in mirror footwork. This developed into clinch-work, where we mainly concentrated on breaking balance and general movement. Here we began covering counter-movements; how to […]

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Martial Muscle Memory (diary entry)

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01.04.19   My client reached the eight and a half hour point of his 10 hour course on Combat Conditioning tonight. We specifically looked at muscle memory exercises, but also covered transitions and restrictive training.   We began dynamic stretching and callisthenics followed by switching between line-work and on the spot specific exercises. This included boxing footwork, building up into combinations and then connected to short sprints. We changed to height variations on techniques for line-work and then focused on […]

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Stand-up & Ground Fighting (diary entry)

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27.03.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team continued work in Muay Thai and MMA top position ground-fighting. The former addressed improving combination work, introduced the spinning elbow and back kick, whereas the latter worked on developing positions and striking set-ups for submissions.   The junior lesson began with a walk through of punch-kick combinations and clinch-work. Then we moved onto kick-catching and counters. This led us onto the spinning elbow set-up. We used this off a jab, off a […]

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Real Empowerment at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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27.03.19 After a short warm-up, I put much of the lesson in the capable hands of my students at Kingham Hill High School. My reasoning for this was simple empowerment. It’s a term that has readily been thrown around with no real meaning, often by manipulators. The core of my teaching method is to put people in charge. Self-protection, above all else, is about putting oneself in control of a situation or resting off an aggressor as quickly as possible. […]

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