Strengthening Muay Thai’s Technique Transitions (diary entry)

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16.03.19 Ask different people what they view to be the jewel in Muay Thai’s fighting crown and it is a fair bet that you will get technique-based answers. It is only a guess, but I think the top answer will either be the “round kick” (roundhouse or turning) or specifically “the low round kick”. There is a lot of evidence verifying the devastation and effectiveness of this move when applied in virtually any full contact stand-up combat sport. Many a […]

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Elbows, Knees & Ground Work (diary entry)

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13.03.19 My second lesson of the day was my regular nephew and uncle team. The junior lesson covered horizontal knees, uppercut elbows, side elbows, diagonal elbows and chopping elbows in Muay Thai. The senior lesson looked at effective transitioning from the top position into pins, submissions and striking. The junior lesson warmed up with mirror footwork, building up basic combinations and then moving onto the clinch. When in the clinch we looked at various positions for setting up knee strikes […]

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Symmetrical Ground Defence at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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13.03.19   My Kingham Hill Self-Defence class focused on symmetrical ground fighting. We looked at fighting from the back in two different positions and general conditioning for this type of situation.   The class was warmed up with our standard tactical running, covering, switching directions and sprawling. Then we did an additional segment, which also brought in relevant ground movements. This segment included bear crawls – backwards, forwards and sideways – and snaking/shrimping – backwards and forwards.   We then […]

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Horizontal Knee & Breaking the Clinch (diary entry)

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12.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to the sixth hour of his Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at methods for breaking the clinch and countering after a clinch-break. The horizontal knee was also brought in to finish the section on knee strikes.   We began with some dynamic stretching, mobility and callisthenics. Next we moved onto mirror footwork, building up simple combination technique placements. Then we moved onto focus mitts […]

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Force Vector Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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11.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to his sixth hour of Combat Conditioning. We focused on pulling and pressing actions involved in martial arts actions covering stand-up, clinch and ground. This was followed by two 5 minute rounds of MMA sparring.   The lesson began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretches. This was then followed with line-work drills covering different stances and techniques. We first moved footwork from Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling […]

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Intercept rather than Block (diary entry)

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th09.03.19   The second lesson of the morning was the second hour of my junior clients Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised previous material and focused a lot on hand positioning, the high guard and introduced the round kick.   The lesson began with some basic specific calisthenics and mobility exercises. We then moved onto footwork and going through the four-punch combination to blend in kicks, knees and other techniques. Here I adjusted hand […]

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Combat Conditioning Technique Drills (diary entry)

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09.03.19   The first lesson of the morning brought my client up to the four and a half hour mark of his course on Combat Conditioning. We focused entirely on some technique development drills today.   The drills were:   Failed Single-leg takedown/Switch to shovel hook/cross flowing from one side to another (The above exercise was originally broken up into a single-leg entry flow drill and a v-stepping punching combination)   Jab/cross/sprawl/spear-knee Side control/knee/north south/kimura lock Reaction to kick catch: […]

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Catching the Teep & Striking from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.19   The nephew and uncle double lesson tonight saw continued work on basic Muay Thai and ground fighting.   The junior lesson brought in more clinch-work and kick catches. The clinch-work included some aggressive sweeps and the kick catch looked at unbalancing the teep. Previous techniques and combinations were revised on the focus mitts. The lesson finished with a round of sparring.   The senior lesson began with top position work, looking at striking from side control, scarf-hold and […]

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Grappling & Self Defence (diary entry)

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06.03.19   Kingham Hill moved back onto anti-grappling and combat grappling. We looked defending takedowns, symmetrical ground fighting, asymmetrical ground fighting and chokes/strangles.   The lesson began with a high energy series of running exercises, incorporating tactical escapes, grappling footwork, sprawls, covers and blitzing. This then progressed into partner running exercises, training striking whilst running backwards. Here emphasis was placed on moving the hips back whilst striking, training the importance of being able to hit whilst defending a takedown.   […]

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Catching Kicks & the Clinch (diary entry)

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05.03.19 The fifth hour of my client’s basic course in Muay Thai for martial arts cross training brought him onto the clinch. The picture above is a totally illegal form of takedown for Muay Thai, but perfectly legal in MMA. We also revised all previous techniques and introduced the diagonal knee strike. We warmed up with mobility training, sport specific calisthenics, mirror footwork and simple one-for-one technique exchanges. This moved us onto checking mid-section round kicks. From here we developed […]

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Junior Muay Thai begins (diary entry)

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02.03.19   The second lesson of this morning was the beginning of my two junior clients’ first course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at Muay Thai footwork, differences in stance, punching, the teep, the spear knee and two different guards.   We warmed up with basic line movements, getting the two clients used to the rocking motion inherent in Muay Thai and the more square-on stance. We looked at shifting weight for Muay Thai […]

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Combat Conditing Continues (diary entry)

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02.03.19   The first lesson of this morning saw my client complete his third hour of Combat Conditioning. We moved onto the reverse side and also focused a lot on circular techniques – hooks, round kicks, single-leg takedowns and kimura sweeps.   We warmed up with a series of sport specific calisthenics, dynamic stretching and mobility exercises for all ranges of combat. I did a good number of exercises that looked at working the oblique muscles and rotational movement of […]

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Tightening up Techniques (diary entry)

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27.02.19 My second lesson of the day was my regular evening double class with the nephew and uncle team. Both lessons went back over the previous lessons’ work and looked at tightening everything up. The junior class continued the nephew’s course on Muay Thai. The senior class continued to look at effective MMA tactics on the ground. The Muay Thai class began with mirror footwork. We exchanged one-for-one teeps and then round kicks. Then we went through the basic combinations […]

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Kingham Hill – Taking Control and Dealing with Crowds (diary entry)

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27.02.19   Today’s first lesson was my class at Kingham Hill School. We focused entirely on self-defence today, but also discussed the underlying importance of taking control.   Training began with some role-play. Here we worked on keeping up boundaries and working against the deceptive predator. Students used verbal commands and maintained their fence-line against various forms of non-physical engagement. One student played the role of the predator, using deceptive feedlines to breach the fence-line. At this point we looked […]

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Spear Knees & Slashing Elbows (diary entry)

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26.02.19   Tonight my client trained in the fourth hour of his course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We mainly worked on establishing combinations that linked punches with kicks and knee strikes. The diagonal knee strike and the slashing elbow were also introduced as was the check to a mid-section round kick. We warmed up with a series of dynamic stretches building up into calisthenics. This particular client wishes to increase his flexibility to improve his […]

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Final Boxing Lesson – Assessment Sparring (diary entry)

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22.02.19 My second lesson of the morning was my two junior clients’ final lesson in their 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised all combinations, slips, blocks and footwork covered before sparring for four rounds and then we assessed all areas that needed attention. Taking each client individually I warmed them up with mirror footwork and evasion training. Here we addressed the importance of moving in and out of danger as well exploiting […]

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