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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Create the Trap, Find the Clinch (diary entry)

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31.05.2018 Tonight, my client continued his Dirty Boxing/Stand up Mixed Martial Arts course and we made it to the three-hour mark. After a preliminary warm-up we did some basic wrestling drills. This was to build up a familiarity with gripping and clinching positions. We drilled collar and elbow ties, over-hook/under-hook pummelling and arm-drags. Then we moved onto some grip-fighting sparring, emphasising circling to break and regain holds. Next, taking Roberto Duran as inspiration, we engaged in some boxing sparring. Here […]

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Leading Footwork (diary entry)

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30.05.2018   This morning marked my client’s second lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued to develop footwork and the jab, and I introduced the cross. He also had an opportunity to engage in some light sparring.   Training began with some muscle activation exercises. After some mobility exercises, we did some squats and movement patterns. I encouraged keeping movement on the toes and engaging the leg muscles. Then we began the footwork training in earnest. […]

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MMA Revision & Trapping (diary entry)

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24.05.2018   Tonight’s lesson on transitioning MMA took the focus onto trapping. We spent the majority of the class going through all the ranges. This began with a series of movement exercises – snaking, butterfly guard movement, combat base knee-walking and various footwork. This was followed by transitioning through all these postures on the move. Finally punching combinations were added on top.   We then changed to partner work. This began with mirror footwork, drilling two, three and four punch […]

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Footwork and the Jab

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24.05.2018   Second early bird training this week with the usual 5:30 a.m. start and my client’s first lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training.   We immediately began with footwork – forwards, backwards, sideways and v-stepping. This was trained first in a standard freeway as a warm-up exercise. Then markers were introduced and we also used a tyre to discipline maintaining a strong stance throughout the movement. Next, we tested it with a cornering game. Attention was made […]

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