Proactive Pad-Work – Defence Only

This video shows the isolation of the defensive training side of proactive pad-work. The coach seeks openings and continuously attacks. The student uses footwork, blocking, parrying and evading tactics, learning how to use his defence to hinder his adversary’s attacks.

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Proactive Pad-Work – “You will get hit!”

Training mandate – Strike targets whenever see them and until they go down or are covered. Protect at all times. Mirror coaches footwork. Coach to strike every time they see an opening, especially when the pad is being struck. Tactical benefits – Both student and coach learn from each other in a way that is close to sparring. Attributes – Develops faster reactions for attack and defence. Building confidence and cuts down on hesitation through nervous decision-making. The student hits […]

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Two on one – focus mitt training

Training mandate – Strike targets as they appear. When you receive strikes you switch your attention to the striker. Training must consistent i.e. one pad-man must be holding for strikes whilst the other must be attacking. Tactical benefits – Trains the dynamic of facing multiple aggressors Attributes – Develops the acceptance that you will take punishment when fighting and keep a strong defence at all times Variations – Postures can be changed, making it more transitional and multi-ranged.

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Revision of all Types (diary entry)

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Image by emilong via Flickr 04.10.11. Due to illness I was very grateful that Aaron O’Leary was able to cover my class last week. Aaron has a good background in boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu and has attended various combatives seminars with me. The feedback I received from all my students was very positive and I looked forward to seeing what they had recalled from his special lesson on groundwork.   However, tonight it was important to review self-defence in order […]

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Describing the Importance of Feedback on Proactive Pad-Work

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This video comes after two rounds of specific work on the focus mitts. The first round was a simple flash-pad workout. The student just hit whatever target the coach threw at him/her, responding to the targets with the appropriate instinctive technique. The second round was defensive only. The student covered, parried, blocked and evaded strikes thrown by the coach, using footwork to smother and corner the coach. Now I am explaining that the third round will be a combination of […]

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Vagabond Warriors Functional Fitness Mini-Circuit

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This short 2 minute round functional fitness circuit of 6 stations is designed for the development of generic martial arts techniques. In this instance the students are developing hand strikes. Those attending are of various abilities, experience and age. The stations for this functional fitness circuit at "Vagabond Warriors" are. 1. Odd-ended bar bell – developing strength in the hook hand strike 2. Drop bag and strike – developing the the delivery force for a straight hand strike 3. Side […]

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Chaos! Trashing the Class in Telford (diary entry)

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Image by shakirfm via Flickr 30.09.11: Today was the the penultimate lesson of my children's self-defence course for Telford. The focus of this session was to up the pressure and to see students responded to a less than ideal training environment. Usually for various reasons a training area is kept clear, clean and open. However, this is obviously not the case for a likely self-defence situation. One key thing students need to understand is that fights travel and they will […]

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When Logic Won’t Prevail Try Emotion and an Argument About Aesthetics

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Image via CrunchBase It must have been a lazy day for BBC Breakfast. Despite all the other major issues in the world, the team decided a silly over-reaction featuring two children engaged in a legal and supervised sporting contest shown on YouTube warranted phone-in debates, an interview with the Culture Minister and an interview with an MMA coach. So what's the story? Allegedly a Preston MMA association hosted a night of matches that featured bouts with children aged as young […]

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Recommended VII: From Exreme Fear to Mindful Eating

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Image by Lord Jim via Flickr Fear   Fear has become a mainstay of Reality-Based Self-Defence training for a long time now. Both our understanding of how it alerts us to danger – immortalized in such RBSD “Bibles” as Gavin De Becker’s “The Gift of Fear” – and in the way it can restrict us from realizing our potential – see Geoff Thompson’s “Fear: The Friend of Exceptional People”. There have since been a plethora of titles handling either good […]

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From the ground up (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 19.09.11 Eastern Green Primary Schoolonce more hosted me as an all-day coach. I taught half hour taster workshops on mixed martial arts and the CCMA approach to students aged from five to 11. With such short spots it is very useful that CCMA’s warm-ups are not abstract exercises, but relavent movements that replicate what students would be doing on the focus mitts and in the sparring. We did some shadow boxing that covered all ranges then some […]

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Specific Training – Testing Hooking Strikes from Different Positions

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Having "quarried" a basic technique – in this instance a hooking or round hand strike – through a striking versus grappling pressure test, the student then trains the selected techniques from various restricted positions. Here we see the round strike utilized as a backhand strike, an uppercut and a forehand strike. He is held in positions that roughly resemble primal grappling holds i.e. the bear hug. This type of training shows both the limitations and versatility of the selected technique.

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Getting to Grips (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 12.09.11 After  a completley student-led warm of relevant exercises – shadow-boxing, sprawling, rolls, snaking and so on – we focused completely on grappling. This began with some Greco-Roman positional work. I started this section with some overhook/underhook pummelling that increased in resistance to a game to get both underhooks in. Students then began away from the clinch and fought for the back position, working circular attacks and counters. Moving onto freestyle wrestling, the students fought for lowline […]

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“There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Alive” – Review of Dan Gardner’s “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear”

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Cover of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear According to Dan Gardner, bad news easily outsells good news. He should know, having worked within the newspaper industry for his entire career. Gardner has first hand experience of seeing the way papers are driven by a need to report shocking headlines. Popular writing excites the senses and there is no quicker way to make something a “thrilling read” than to use fear. That’s great when it comes to writing fiction […]

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Exploring an arm-lock (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia We began the lesson with a revision of all basic functional and relevant training exercises from breakfalls to shadow boxing and finally back onto the leading knee principle touched up last week. However, this time we followed the shadow version of the lead knee strike and double leg takedown with a direct application. As explained before, the leading knee principle is an example of using two different techniques to drive maximum power off the leading leg. Usually […]

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September Vagabond Warriors Report (diary entry)

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"Vagabond Warriors" is perhaps the CCMA service that means the most to me. It is intended to be more than a seminar. It's a think tank and an open forum for revolutionary training ideas. By using the C.S.I. (Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality) model we are always about change. Not change for change sake, but everything we do and everything that we work on is up for review. This is what makes us very different from the majority of combative systems. […]

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