An old contingency plan (diary entry)

Brandon Kapitan vs Ronnie Gill

Image by superwebdeveloper via Flickr After the warm-up we went straight into the 11 punch combination. This time it was done transitioning through postures – standing, combat base, butterfly guard, in-guard and pulling guard. Then we moved onto jabbing. This was first done as a timing exercise, then as a form of specific sparring.   We then moved onto kicks, beginning with the front leg front kick. We looked at the different ways it can be applied as a jab […]

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Three phases of conflict & MMA (diary entry)

The standing fighter is attempting to escape d...

  Image via Wikipedia Despite the interruption of the Bank Holidays, I was happy to see that most students had been practicing and we were able to go back through everything fairly easily. The session began with a discussion on attitude and psychology, and how it counts at the pre, in and post stages of a fight. We discussed the differences between sport and self protection, and how these stages applied to both. In sport, pre-fight deals with the right […]

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Report on the CCMA Workshop at The Martial Arts Show (diary entry)

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  I had an enjoyable workshop at The Martial Arts Show at the NEC, Birimingham. I have been involved with this event since it began at The Martial Arts Festival. CCMA is usually represented by two workshops, an adult one on the Saturday and a children’s one on the Sunday. This year, however, there was so much on that we were restricted to a single mixed workshop. I am not complaining, we got a full hour whilst most other free […]

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Muhammad Ali: Human – A Review of “The Tao of Muhammad Ali”

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  Cover of The Tao of Muhammad Ali The Tao of Muhammad Ali It’s hard not to start this review with some trite clichéd truism like “Muhammad Ali is undeniably the most famous and celebrated sports personality of the last century”. I don’t know why the man’s name hasn’t just become a part of the English language to define a living legend. Ali’s life story seems to be a model for a mythological hero in any country’s culture – the […]

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Recommended V – Critical Thinking in Law, Hyserical Strength Investigated and More

Lou Ferrigno in the episode "Married"...

Image via Wikipedia Critical Thinking and Law My attention was drawn to Michael D. Cicchini when I heard him being interviewed for the sceptical radio show and podcast “Point of Inquiry” promoting his new book on common legal myths (here is the particular show). Law is an area that should be of particular interest to self protection coaches and students. Any self protection programme should mention the laws relating to pre-emption and the use of reasonable force (in these matters […]

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Easter Hard Target Report Day 2 (diary entry)

Knee (strike)

Image via Wikipedia 24.04.11 I usually finish Day 1 with some intensive transitional work, revising all the core techniques from various improvised postures. I like to warm up everyone on Day 2 with an introduction of to the best way to utilize each posture. If you have to fight from a position other than standing, you might as well take advantage of that position. That’s just good time management. So we looked at moving, transitioning and then practicing regaining our […]

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Easter Hard Target Day 1 (diary entry)

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  Yet again, I had the pleasure to deliver Mo Teague’s Hard Target System to a diverse selection of individuals. 14 were down for the weekend course, but only 11 made it through! Those who did make it through were not of an especially different physicality, age or professional attitude to those who didn’t. From my experience, it was more a case of they wanted it more! We went through the usual soft skills section; dealing with pre-fight issues via […]

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Mo Teague’s Hard Target System

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Jamie Clubb will be teaching Mo Teague's Hard Target System – a two day self protection seminar on core techniques. The seminar is presented using a PowerPoint presentation with Mo Teague's trademarked and pioneering Confrontation Map, CCTV footage of case studies, as well as a fully matted area and training equipment for hard skills training. Related articles Fourth Hard Target Weekend (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com) Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 2 (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com) Mo Teague's Hard Target System this weekend! […]

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Single Leg Takedown, Peek-a-Boo & Transitioning Continued (diary entry)

A single leg takedown attempt.

Image via Wikipedia 18.04.11 This was the last lesson before our Easter/May bank holiday break. Hopefully if we can get some more classes running on another day the interruption won’t be too severe. Today we continued work on the clinch and transitioning.  This time we worked on transitions to the clinch and from the clinch to the ground. After some footwork drills moved straight into basic positional drills. We went back over the arm-drag/counter and arm-drag/double leg takedown drill before […]

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Transitioning from Stand-up to Clinch (diary entry)

Two wrestlers in a clinch, using over- and und...

Image via Wikipedia Having explored a classic opening move, the jab, and a classic finisher, the armbar, it was time to look what can happen in between. We focused on the transition from stand-up to clinch in our MMA session. The class warmed-up with footwork drills and then onto some clinch positional work; this included neck-wrestling and pummelling before moving onto some basic “entry” drills. We looked at the arm-drag and arm-drag counters, and then arm-drag/double leg takedown combinations. Moving […]

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Jamie Clubb on The Den Show

Click here for the fifth episode of The Den Show radio podcast. It features an interview with me related to soft skills training for self protection. Subjects covered include the OODA loop model for awareness and the problem with most self defence training.

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Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 2 (diary entry)

John Boyd

10.04.11 Day 2 of “Mo Teague’s Hard Target System”, as taught by me, began with a warm-up through postures. Self Protection training should be time managed. It is my view that hard skills should be taught by maximizing every area possible. So if you are kneeling I would advise a combat base posture to be able to move more efficiently. If you are seated then a disconnected butterfly guard posture is preferable, so that you have all four limbs active. […]

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Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 1 (diary entry)

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09.04.11 This was my fourth time teaching Mo Teague’s Hard Target System, as a solo venture, for Response Security Training at their full-time centre in London. This time I taught a class that consisted of a mixture of martial arts students, door supervisors and students on the close protection course offered by RST. Backgrounds, ages, experiences and personalities were really across the board, which always makes for an interesting session. Diversity in a group often presents a challenge to an […]

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