Attack Lines (diary entry)

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21.08.19   Tonight’s junior lesson introduced another attack from the two-on-one for stand-up grappling as well as foot sweeps and the senior lesson went over some core material to be covered in Sunday’s Vagabond Warriors Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training.   The junior lesson began with agility ladder warm-ups, this time including double leg takedown drills. We followed this with bulling/collar and elbow tie, where we continued our work from the two-on-one. It was important to ensure this […]

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The Kimura Grip & Completing the Pins (diary entry)

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20.08.19   My client reached the fourth hour of his Basic Course on Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we finished the basic pin series, looking at knee-pin (knee-on-stomach), reverse scarf-hold and full mounted position. No new specific submission techniques were introduced. We looked at the versatility of the Kimura key-lock and also used the arm-bar, the arm-triangle and the Americana key-lock.   We warmed up with a straight series of crawling calisthenics – no agility equipment this […]

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Flowing Under Pressure (diary entry)

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19.08.19   Reaching the fifth hour of my client’s first course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training it was important to bring in more resistance and to promote more fluidity between techniques. We worked on basic combinations, drawing connections between different techniques and also worked on close range fighting.   The lesson began with a warm-up on the agility ladders before we paired off for some punching practice. We built up the 4 punch combination with a […]

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More Fighting the Reverse Side (diary entry)

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15.08.19   Thursday began my client’s new course on sparring development. We will still be following progress from the previous two courses, but there will be a larger emphasis on fighting conditioning and better sparring in general. Today we looked at Western Boxing and Muay Thai.   The warm-up looked at agility ladder and cone activities, focusing more on tightening up footwork along with general coordination. The first half of the lesson generally covered the same ground as Wednesday’s lesson. […]

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Beyond the Southpaw (diary entry)

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14.08.19   My regular Wednesday client had a special extended lesson tonight, where we focused more on switch-hitting. We specifically looked at fighting from a southpaw perspective and countering a southpaw from an orthodox stance. This is something I will also address in tomorrow’s lesson with my other client’s new course on sparring.   The lesson began with some more work on the agility ladders. I added in a shifting/pendulum movement and also focused moving in and out an attack […]

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Transition, Position, Submission (diary entry)


13.08.19   The third hour of my client’s course on Basic Submission Grappling moved us onto submissions from adjusted scarf-hold, north south and resistance-based work. I reinforced the importance of consolidating positions and maintaining pressure as well as tactile awareness throughout the transitioning. It is not good enough to just teach individual positions and submissions. The maxim “position before submission” cannot be emphasised enough, but I think it should be prefixed with “transition before position”. The top position should be […]

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Attacks from the Two-on-One (diary entry)

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07.08.19   Wednesday’s junior lesson looked at some more agility training for wrestling and building attacks off the two-on-one. The senior lesson was concerned with switch-hitting and fighting the southpaw.   The first half of the junior lesson looked at various drills on the agility ladder. After some general and wrestling specific footwork we moved onto various crawls and escapes, including the sit-out using the ladder. This is great for developing balance when in motion and provides my client with […]

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Side Control (diary entry)


06.08.19   The second of my client’s first basic course in Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting confirmed basic pin transitions and looked at three basic submissions.   We began with a series of ground calisthenics – bear crawls, lizard crawls, frog jumps, snaking (forwards/backwards/sideways), monkey crawls and agility ladder drills.   Next we moved onto the pin transitions. This was an exercise introduced in the previous lesson to familiarise my client the basic pinning positions and how to move efficiently from one […]

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Power to the Round Kick (diary entry)

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05.08.19   My client’s fourth lesson on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training focused better development of the round kick and maintaining a good defence. I also introduced the hook punch and some longer combinations.   The lesson began with a gentle warm-up followed by a circuit of agility ladders and agility cones. We went through forwards, backwards, lateral and angled footwork as well as chopping steps. The ladders reinforced simple individual movements whereas the cones dealt with […]

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Switch-Hitting (diary entry)

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03.08.19   Saturday’s lesson saw the conclusion of this client’s specific course on stand-up fighting. We have been looking to better develop a stronger all-round Western Boxing and Kickboxing/Muay Thai skills with my client. Although we covered the material I wanted to on this course, the next block will include some extra work on countering the southpaw. Today’s lesson was all about switch-hitting.   We began with some dynamic stretching and then onto our recent regular routine of agility/coordination training. […]

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Exiting July with a Teep (diary entry)


31.07.19   Wednesday night the nephew and uncle double lesson got underway with lowline takedowns for the junior section and advanced Muay Thai combination work for the senior section.   Both classes warmed up on the agility ladders and cones. The senior lesson included some revision on the L-Step and V-step work. We also looked at using other technique suggestions. The junior class also used the cones to set up for a sprawl double-leg takedown combination. Here we addressed the […]

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Submission Grappling from the Top (diary entry)


30.07.19 Tuesday night saw the first hour of my client’s first course in Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson began with the top position and was mainly concerned with learning the major pinning positions and transitioning through them. We warmed up with bear crawls, lizard crawls, seal crawls and caterpillar crawls before snaking/shrimping forwards, backwards and from the side. Then we moved onto the first technique. Side control is a good solid position to begin from. It […]

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Using the Arms in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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muay t29.07.19   My client’s third lesson Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training on Monday dealt with creating a strong connection and defence when throwing basic combinations. We covered teeps and round kicks off either the jab or jab/cross combination.   The lesson began with agility ladders, working basic footwork drills, building to more complicated positioning. This was then progressed on the agility cones where we worked the L-Step and the V-Step.   We then moved onto the […]

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Vagabond Warriors Boxing Workshop Report (diary entry)


28.07.19   The first of our Vagabond Warriors Workshops focused on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We spent the majority of the lesson training footwork, various guards and the jab. These are all key components for setting up everything else in modern boxing.   We began with an overview of cross-training. I discussed the problems with “welding” martial arts styles and techniques. That is forcing together two fighting aspects that do not complement each other. This creates a […]

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Muay Thai Southpaw (diary entry)

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27.07.19   This Saturday was my client’s penultimate lesson in his special course on Stand-up Fighting. We continued our work on the southpaw, this time from a Muay Thai perspective.   We began training on the agility ladders and cones, going through various drills that will be covered in tomorrow’s workshop. This included chopping steps forwards, backwards, lateral and angling on the ladders, in and out ring movement, L-step and V-step on the cones.   Then we revised last week’s […]

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Creating Good Fight Behaviours Early (diary entry)

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22.07.19   Monday evening brought my new client up to the second hour of her Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training lesson. We moved onto the focus mitts and I introduced my client to teep counters, low round kick counters and the low round kick.   The lesson began with a warm-up on the agility ladders. This was followed by some mirror footwork with an exchange of punches and teeps. The idea with this type of partner warm-up is […]

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