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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Pawing Jab for Dirty Boxing (diary entry)

23.06.18   We reach the six-hour point of my client’s course on Dirty Boxing/MMA Stand-up. Today I took a layering approach to three areas of restriction, which we revisited twice before moving onto MMA sparring. All of this was surrounding the concept of the pawing jab.   The pawing jab is a setting up technique. That is its specific purpose. Jabs are not commonly used as knockout moves, but it does happen. There is the shifting version favoured by the […]

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Over-Hook Double-Arm Trap (diary entry)

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20.06.18   Tonight my client continued with our theme on trapping. We continued down our old school boxing route and explored a technique taught by the early 20th century world champion, “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, adding to it from an MMA perspective.   We warmed up with mirror footwork. Then we combined clinching and breakaways, setting up various basic strikes. This moved into plumb and pummelling exercises, and finally a couple of rounds of wrestling sparring.   Previously we used the […]

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MMA through the Ranges at Kingham Hill

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20.06.18   Today was the final lesson of this term’s course on Self-Defence/Mixed Martial Arts. Last lesson we switched entirely over to the MMA programme. This lesson offered a mixture of basic footwork, clinch, kicks and submissions.   The warm-up began with various techniques on the move – blitzing/bull-rush forwards, side-step transitioning from stand-up to clinch ranges, sprawl/knee combinations, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls. Everyone then partnered off for some important mirror footwork and coaching. Simple prompts consisted of jab/cross, sprawls, […]

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More Head Movement (diary entry)

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19.06.18   The fifth hour of my client’s early morning Basic Course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training continued the focus on bringing hooks into the structures established in the first three lessons. Although footwork was covered, more attention was placed on upper body mobility and using it for the purpose of better application of techniques.   We began with some mirror footwork. Here I emphasised developing keener observation and reaction skills. I encouraged my client to look […]

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The Hook & Home Workout (diary entry)

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15.06.2018   We’re on the fourth hour of my client’s early bird 5:30 a.m. lessons. This morning we introduced the hook and looked at how it fitted into core boxing combinations.   The warm-up began with mirror footwork. We then revised jabs, crosses, slipping, and bobbing and weaving. After a few corrections were made, we moved onto the lead hook. I spent the bulk of the lesson training this technique. My view is that it is more difficult than the […]

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Trapping & Transitioning (diary entry)

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14.06.18   Tonight, my client continued looking at dirty boxing and its relationship with MMA in its entirety. We warmed up with some mirror footwork and take-down entries. Then we trained transitioning between the clinch and stand-up ranges and back again. This brought us back onto the dirty boxing tactics of Duran, Frazier, Hearns, Foreman, Corbett and Johnson, which we revised along with Muay Thai set-ups for kicks. From here we began looking at using dirty boxing tactics to set-up […]

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MMA at Kingham Hill

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13.06.18   Today’s lesson at Kingham Hill School shifted our attention from self-defence to Mixed Martial Arts. It was time to look at this training in earnest and within the context of the mainstream sport. We warmed up with a series of aerobic specific training exercises – blitz running, reaction direction test, sprawl/knee burpees, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls.   I then taught the jab from a Western Boxing perspective. This technique sets up a tremendous amount and its importance cannot […]

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Peek-a-Boo & the Art of Good Head Movement (diary entry)

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12.06.2018   The fourth hour of my client’s 5:30 a.m. sessions in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training brought more emphasis on upper-body mobility. We spent a lot of time on the slip, coordinating it with footwork and the basic 1-2 combination. Then I introduced the peek-a-boo guard as well as bobbing and weaving.   The lesson began with mirror footwork. This teaches better dynamic movement when facing an opponent, anticipating and predicting actions as well as understanding […]

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Up Close & Dirty! (diary entry)

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06.06.18   The second lesson of the day was a two-hour session focusing on dirty boxing/stand-up MMA. Please note that this is an advanced course connected to the transitioning work I have been doing with this particular client and not part of a set 10 hour course I am also teaching to another client. To avoid confusion I will always indicate the stage of this other course in these diary notes.   We began with the cover and discussed the […]

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Ground-Defence at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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06.06.18 We entered the final stage of self-defence training in this particular course. I could expand matters into more multiple aggressor-based training, protecting others, takedowns and even weapon defence, but my mandate is to move matters in MMA training soon. Therefore, we finished with a look at symmetrical ground-fighting.   The warm-up consisted of a series of ground-orientated exercises – bear crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls and snaking/shrimping.   We began with fighting from the back using the guard position. […]

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Speed, Footwork and the Slip (diary entry)

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05.06.18 This morning’s 5:30 a.m. lesson brought my client up to the third hour of his Basic Course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. Subjects today included bringing the cross more into the regular action, further developing footwork and introducing the slip.   We began with solo footwork exercises, which were built on with punching. Then we covered a couple of exercises designed to promote better speed and defence when punching. The first one looked at just getting […]

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The Clinch of Boxing & Wrestling (diary entry)

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02.06.18   This morning’s lesson on Dirty Boxing/Stand-up Mixed Martial Arts brought us to the four-and-a-half-hour point. After the warm-up we moved into five rounds of specific sparring broken up with discussions on improving techniques. My client’s confidence has grown a lot in just 48 hours I am happy to say with a good understand with out to use and deal with boxing clinches. The wrestling is also strong. We now need to go back over Muay Thai clinching aspects […]

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Restrictive Punching (diary entry)

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01.06.18 The 5:30 a.m. brought my client up to the three-hour mark of his 10-hour course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked a lot on foot work, retaining posture and stance through movement, and jab/cross combinations. The warm-up focused on forward, backward and lateral movement before working angles and the v-step. This was then layered with jabbing and crossing. I also introduced him to some specific conditioning exercises such as the squat and stance change. This […]

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