Proactive Head Movement (diary entry)

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09.07.2024 Hour five pretty much concluded my new client’s basic defensive tools in Boxing. Having added on slips, we brought in ducking and rolling. The pull-back isn’t really needed at this stage. The lesson consisted of the following 2-minute rounds plus time for advice on tactics and technique: One-for-one punching in a restricted area Attack versus defence (all defences learnt to this point with the inclusion of ducking and rolling) Ditto Attack versus defence to the body with an emphasis […]

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Half-Guard Games (diary entry)

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09.07.2024 The penultimate lesson in our Submission Grappling course continued work in half-guard. Tonight the focus was more on passing but served equally as well as a defensive learning experience. After a warm-up of sports specific dynamic stretching and muscle activation, we sparred through the following 5-minute rounds: Services

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Further Problem Solving

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08.07.2024 Work with my couple client has been particularly rewarding of late. We are into the second hour of our second course on Boxing and are working on very specific problems encountered by each client. Today started off pretty much where we left off: one client needs to work more on handling fighters on the move whilst the other wishes to improve general movement. We began with 3 x 2 minute rounds of 2-on-1 angle attacks and defence – boxers […]

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Omoplata Games (diary entry)

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05.04.2024 Hour six of my teacher client’s Submission Grappling course focused on the omoplata position. We broke down certain components into a series of 5-minute transitional games. Top player attempts to flatten out bottom player to win. Bottom player attempts to shift to an outside position with one leg over their opponent’s scapula, breaking top player’s posture to win. Ditto Top player attempts to move back to a square-on position to win. Bottom player aims triangle legs over top player’s […]

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Philly Shell and Head Movement (diary entry)

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03.07.2024 Hour three of my client’s course on Boxing brought us onto close range defence and purposeful head movement. We covered the material using the following games run on 2-minute rounds (with one minute rest or a lengthier interval for more advice on techniques): Jabs only sparring Attack versus defence – straight punches versus catches, parries and blocks Ditto Ditto but with the Philly shell layered into the defence for closer range attacks Ditto Straight punches versus slipping to the […]

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Foundational Jabbing (diary entry)

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02.07.2024 Hour three of my client’s course on Boxing looked at the underlying principles of the jab. After a warm-up, we discussed the jab’s primary purposes: gauging and maintaining distance. This reinforced the importance of good linear footwork, especially moving back by using the rear foot first. I also looked at the correct execution of the technique, minimising the impact of a counter-punch. We trained the following 2-minute rounds: Open palm touching guard and forehead – jabbing from edge of […]

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Half-Guard Basic Strategies (diary entry)

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02.07.2024 Hour eight of my client’s Submission Grappling course moved us onto half-guard work. My client really wishes to work through the basic strategies of this position. After a warm-up, we discussed external objectives before deciding on live games to play. The main aims of the guard in Submission Grappling is to sweep, take the back or submit their opponent. The top player generally just needs to pass, however, half-guard also has opportunities to submit. Half-guard is most commonly fought […]

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Two Problems (diary entry)

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01.07.2024 Kicking off their new 10-hour Boxing course, my couple clients began our session with a discussion on two problems they were experiencing. One of them has trouble when an opponent circles off. Upon further discussion, she also described perhaps one of the biggest weaknesses with the peek-a-boo style: counter-punchers. My other client, interestingly, is aware that he doesn’t move enough. Further discussion with him, uncovered issues with not feeling natural enough with movement. Therefore, I saw ways we could […]

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Darce Transition Sparring (diary entry)

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25.06.2024 Hour seven of my client’s Submission Grappling course continued our work with the darce choke and half-guard. We also explored a few variations on the choke. The main 5-minute rounds were as follows: Begin in half-guard with a shallow under-hook – attacker seeks to get the full darce position vs defender seeks to take the back or escape the over-hook Ditto Half-guard passing Ditto   Services

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New Boxing Course (diary entry)

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20.06.2024 A new client began his first private lesson course with me, having next to no previous experience in martial arts or self-protection training. A good portion of the lesson began with us further discussing exactly what service would best meet his needs. He has a strong interest in self-protection but one of his main reasons to book me in the first place was to improve overall fitness. Having trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a week, he had caught […]

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Working in the clinch and in the pocket (diary entry)

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19.06.2024 My 1.5 hour client continued made more progress with his Muay Thai in tonight’s class. After the previous class’s focus on developing more flow, we looked more into transitioning between the close and clinch ranges. This was covered in the following 3-minute rounds: One-for-one punching One-for-one kicking Boxing and elbows Boxing and knees Kickboxing Clinching with elbows Clinching with knees Hold clinch versus escape clinch and kick Ditto Toe-to-toe Clinching with all strikes Free sparring The lesson was finished […]

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D’arce Choke Positioning (diary entry)

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18.06.2024 Hour six of my client’s course on Submission Grappling brought us onto a review of basic chokes. My client was pretty confident with rear naked and guillotine chokes but wanted to look at some head and arm chokes or arm triangles. Using the half-guard as our base point, we went through the basic arm triangle and the anaconda. I also showed him the north-south choke. We then went back to the half guard and deconstructed the D’Arce choke using […]

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Counter-Boxing (diary entry)

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17.06.2024 We reached the final our of my couple client’s current Boxing course. They have both decided to continue with using Boxing as a great basis for helping to build the rest of their martial arts training. Tonight we focused on countering. Training consisted of the following 2-minute rounds: Bodyguard sparring Ditto Ditto 2-on-1 angle attacks and defence – boxers take it in turns to attack fighter in the centre squares – boxer in centre can only counter incoming attacks […]

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Flow and Counter (diary entry)

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12.06.2024 Having worked on attack and defence for a while before the randomised sparring interlude last lesson, tonight our focus went back to the all-important flow. My 1.5 hour client has now begun work on feeding better counters, looking for opportunities presented in a fight and making sharper decisions. The following 3-minute rounds reflected this new training emphasis: One-for-one punching One-for-one kicking One-for-one knees or elbows in the clinch Clinch entry versus defence Ditto Punches (attack) versus kicks (defence) Ditto […]

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Transitioning to Arm-Bar (diary entry)

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11.06.2024 Hour five of my client’s Submission Grappling course continued our arm-bar focus. After the usual sport specific warm-up we trained the following rounds of 2-minute sparring: S-mount to arm-bar position attack/break grip and escape (right arm) Ditto S-mount to arm-bar position attack/break grip and escape (left arm) Ditto Full mount with double-under-hooks to arm-bar position and escape (right arm Ditto Full mount with double-under-hooks to arm-bar position and escape (left arm) Ditto 5 minutes free sparring. Services

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