Full Body Boxing (diary entry)

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19.08.18 This morning’s lesson was intended to be a continuation of my Triple C course, but it changed into a boxing lesson. My client has a good background in Muay Thai and wanted to improve his punching skills. We looked a variety of punches, using set-ups from slips, bobbing and weaving, and the v-step. Training began with mirror footwork and then moved onto markers. This serves as a good coordination and cardiovascular warm-up as well as reinforcing solid boxing principles. […]

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MMA Stacking (diary entry)

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18.08.18 This morning my client’s course finished at the five and a half hour point of his course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. This one hour lesson was entirely focused on fighting inside the guard. We trained standing up in the guard, stacking, passing, punching combinations and transitioning into submissions. We began with top position callisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-leg bear crawls, lizard crawls, frog jumps and monkey crawls – followed by bottom position callisthenics – snakes and crab crawls […]

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Triple C Fitness Training (diary entry)

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17.08.18 Tonight began the first of two scheduled group lessons from my Triple C (Chimera Combat Conditioning) Fitness programme. My clients were a range of ages, experience and abilities. The session was fun with a mixture of basic techniques from Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Submission Grappling. All callisthenic, dynamic stretching and mobility exercises were specific for these sports and their over-arching discipline of Mixed Martial Arts. We began with some simple all over movement exercises to loosen up […]

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Sweep and Oblique (diary entry)

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15.08.18   Tonight we continued with my clients series of lessons on Muay Thai revision. We are going right back to basic combinations, boiling movement concepts down and looking at certain patterns. This is part refinement of techniques, part layering of new information.   The warm-up consisted of a series of specific exercises designed to promote better body mechanics, speed, muscle memory and general strength conditioning for Muay Thai. We began with mirror and line footwork, along with a little […]

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North-South and Fighting in the Guard (diary entry)

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13.08.18   My client’s course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting reached the four and a half hour point. Tonight we continued work on the top position, adding in some extra options from side control and working on the north-south pin. We then began looking at fighting inside the guard.   Warm-up consisted of a series of mainly top position calisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, frog jumps, monkey crawls, lizard crawls, press-up jumps, row walks, knee-pin transitions, seal crawls […]

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Movement & Coordination in Boxing (diary)

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09.08.18   Tonight my client completed the second hour of his 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. Topics included training automatic responses and coordinating footwork with upper-body mobility.   We warmed up with basic footwork drills. We moved through simple lower body movements and moving off on angles and then layered in the jab/cross. This was done as a line-work exercise and then as a technique placement exercise before being performed as a one-for-one […]

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Adapting the Mechanics from Stand-up to Clinch (diary entry)

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08.08.2018   Tonight we continued going back through Muay Thai basics and took a completely no equipment-based approach. This allowed for developing more accuracy, better placement of techniques and a review of solo training to improve performance.   We reviewed all combinations covered in the previous two lessons, which are based on the simple jab, jab/cross, jab/cross/hook and jab/cross/hook/cross patterns. The lead non-punching technique in each case was delivered as a switch-action. We covered the round kick, the teep and […]

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Striking from Knee-Pin & Mount (diary entry)

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04.08.18   This morning, my client completed the third hour of his 10 hour course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. We focused combinations from the knee-pin and mounted position, and then tied them together in a complete conditioning exercise to promote technique muscle-memory.   Today’s training method was to establish the pin, isolate strikes from the pin, put the strikes into a combination, add on appropriate submissions and then link the pins. Strikes and submissions were taught as a means […]

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Jab/Cross & Footwork

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02.08.18 Tonight my new client began a 10 hour lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We covered basic guard, stance, footwork, the jab and the cross. After some standard mobility exercises we moved onto footwork moving forwards, backwards, laterally and stepping off on angles. Guard retention, balance and the importance of lining up the body were carefully observed alongside mobility through the footwork. A vital area I emphasise early on and throughout my fight coaching is protecting […]

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Duck Walking the Teep (diary entry)

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01.08.2018 I appreciate this might lose me some readers, but my love of hard rock and rock music in general does not extend to AC/DC. It’s not that I cannot appreciate their contribution to music history or respect their status in rock lineage but more a taste issue. Nevertheless, if Angus Young’s version of Chuck Berry’s duck walks works as a point of reference for the Muay Thai switch-kick then I am happy to bring it into the mix…   […]

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Ground ‘n Pound Begins! (diary entry)

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26.07.2018   This evening saw the beginning of my client’s first lesson in MMA ground-fighting. As the title suggests, this will involve both striking and submission work from top and underneath positions. My starting point for this course was to look at establishing strong pins and transitioning through pins to work the top position. In order to do this the fighter needs to have specifically trained core muscles. He needs to be able to coordinate weight distribution, maintain firm stability […]

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Cross Cover when Kicking? (diary entry)

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25.07.18   Tonight my client began a series of classes on Muay Thai. This began with a two hour special lesson. He is my most experienced regular client, but we decided to go back to basics. During the time we have been training together his knowledge and skills have grown considerably, and I have continued to advance my knowledge on coaching methods. We made the decision to focus in detail at the fundamentals of the art, looking at the simplest […]

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Self-Defence Dirty Fighting (diary entry)

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13.07.18 I write this diary entry an entire week since I took my annual holiday and in something of haze. Delayed flights meant that I haven’t had much sleep in the past 24 hours and I drove back in at just shy of 7 a.m. Therefore, you will have to forgive the somewhat delirium that is creeping into this post. I also have a lot of projects I want get started on and continuing now I am back, which are […]

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Transitioning in the Dirt (diary entry)

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10.07.18 Tonight’s special double lesson reviewed dirty boxing tactics and transitioning. We worked all ranges – stand-up, clinch and ground.   Warm up Ground mobility movements and specific exercises – snaking/shrimping, crawls, bridging and layering on combinations Footwork exercises – v-step, forwards, backwards, lateral and blitzing with Boxing and Muay Thai combinations Transitioning – All four postures – lying on back, seated, combat base and standing whilst using punching and kicking combinations   Drills Bulling into inside punching, sweeps and […]

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Bringing the Entire Dirty Business Together (diary entry)

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07.07.18   This morning my client reached the nine hour mark of his course on MMA Stand-up/Dirty Boxing. We focused on drilling various tactics, bringing everything together and finished on bag routine.   The lesson began with a bulling wrestling warm-ups. This moved taking the dominant grip and drilling entries into sweeping. Then we drilled breakaways into trapping/punching combinations. We then changed to breaking from a Thai plumb clinch grip into round-kicks. Next we went back to taking the dominant […]

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Tangle and Clear – Dirty Boxing (diary entry)

05.07.18 After a brief hiatus, my client returned to his Dirty Boxing Course reaching the seven and a half hour point. Today was primarily concerned with layering all material that had been previously covered. We also used different rule-sets to focus on certain principles in different ways. We were primarily concerned with old-school modern Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and MMA. However, we also touched upon self-defence and how the pawing jab shares similarities with referencing tools.   Warm-up   […]

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