Fighting from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.20   Friday night’s lesson brought my regular client up the two and a half hour point of this particular course on Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting. As per our last lesson, we thought it best to thoroughly revise material in previous courses on this discipline before moving onto new material.   After a preliminary warm-up we did 2 x 3 minute rounds of grappling calisthenics, dedicating 30 seconds to each exercise. These exercises worked top position, guard, submissions and escapes. Next […]

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Kingham Hill MMA 2 (diary entry)

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05.03.20   Thursday night’s lesson continued my after-school Mixed Martial Arts class at Kingham Hill School. We brought in some extra techniques for the stand-up and clinch ranges.   The lesson began with a warm-up of dynamic stretching and sport-specific callisthenics. Then we did some line-work, training basic punching with backwards and forwards footwork. The jab was coupled with the cross and then we moved into Kickboxing with the introduction of the Thai low round kick. We also coupled the […]

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Under the Guard & Specific MMA sparring (diary entry)

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04.03.20   Wednesday night’s Junior Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting revised the previous lesson’s guard pass and introduced stacking and going under the guard. The Senior MMA lesson went through both the MMA and Dutch Kickboxing drills I taught yesterday in addition to a ground fighting exercise before rounds of intense specific sparring.   We began the junior lesson we some revision on a sit-out exercise. I teach three sit-out exercises. However, this particular one is good for teaching dexterity that is helpful […]

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Grappling Range in Self-Defence (diary entry)

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04.03.20   Wednesday lunchtime’s lesson continued my sixth self-protection course for Kingham Hill School. Today I introduced them to stand-up grappling/the clinch in order to better understand how build next week’s anti-grappling techniques.   Grappling is not the preferred option in an immediate high situation. There are exceptions, such as being corned unarmed by an armed assailant, but even then interception of the weapon hand and control via grappling is best assisted by striking. Low and mid-level threats might be […]

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New Pads, Harder Kicks! (diary entry)

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03.03.20   Tuesday night’s second class was my teacher training client. We used Dutch Kickboxing as inspiration for a series of drills to promote a more aggressive approach to our close-quarter fighting as well as more free flow at the new range and the chaining of kicks with punching combinations.   We began with back and forth kicking. This drill is designed to prompt a fast response to receiving a kick. Each kick should be delivered as soon as the […]

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MMA Guard & Ranges (diary entry)

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03.03.20   Tuesday night’s first lesson was my client’s second hour of his first Mixed Martial Arts course. We worked more on transitioning, the MMA guard and how each range relates to the bigger fighting picture.   Training began with the usual warm-up which we then progressed into some movement exercises. Here we first isolated movement patterns from various stages of a fight – Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, kneeling, seated and from the back. Then we blended these areas in […]

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Punching Dexterity (diary entry)

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02.03.20   Monday night was the penultimate lesson in my client’s third Muay Thai course. We have been mainly focusing on punching techniques. Tonight we looked at improving chaining and overall dexterity in punching combinations.   The lesson began with a warm-up of dynamic stretching, shadow boxing and sport-specific callisthenics. We then went straight onto the focus mitts to go through various different combinations. These culminated in an 11 punch combination. We then brought in the belly pad to chain […]

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Junior MMA & Western Boxing (diary entry)

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27.02.20   My junior MMA client has reached her seventh hour where we looked MMA from a Western Boxing perspective.   After a warm-up, we went through a full footwork pattern – forwards, backwards, sideways left, sideways right, v-step left, v-step right, v-step switch stance and v-step pivot. These movements were then mirrored with me and then we added on jabbing and jab/cross as well as switching levels.   Going to the focus mitts, we looked at several Western Boxing […]

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MMA at Kingham Hill Begins (diary entry)

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27.02.20   Thursday evening began with Kingham Hill’s first Mixed Martial Arts lesson. I introduced the class of mixed ages and abilities to the three ranges of fighting. We did some shadow work and then some pad-work.   After a warm-up we began with the stand-up stance and guard. From here we went through a simple footwork pattern – two steps forward, two back, two to the left and two to the right. This was then performed in a lower […]

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Guard Passing in Submission Grappling and Boxing in MMA (diary entry)

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26.02.20   Wednesday night’s junior Submission Grappling looked at guard passing and the senior MMA took a Western Boxing perspective.   Junior Submission Grappling covered going through the closed guard after our usual specific callisthenic warm-up. The warm-up involved a sit-out exercise that promoted the coordination of stepping through and back with the legs, something that would be crucial in the guard passing technique. The pass was one first taught to me by Kevin Webb back when I was training […]

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Situational Awareness and Inattentional Blindness (diary entry)

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26.02.20   Wednesday’s lunch time Self-Protection lesson with Kingham Hill School was largely a soft skills affair to start off the second half of term. We went through awareness as a presentation and discussion before revising the hard skills material from previous lessons.   We first looked at the phenomenon on inattentional blindness using a couple of videos. Firstly, we looked at a drama that demonstrated how an individual going about their normal regular day can be completely oblivious to […]

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Low Kick Clinic (diary entry)

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25.02.20   My teacher training was entirely focused on low kicks this Tuesday night. We trained for their correct execution, defence and chaining with punches and other kicks.   We used the Dutch style of drilling low kicks, prompting immediate return kicks after receiving a kick. This was first done directly to targets and then as a shin-check exchange exercise. We looked at correct pivoting and driving through the target. The use of the hands also came into play before […]

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Developing MMA Foundations (diary entry)

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25.02.20   Tuesday night’s first private lesson began my client’s first MMA course. He has got this to this point having completed 10 hour one-to-one individual courses in Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling as well as two 10 hour courses on Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting.   The purpose of his first lesson was to build strong connections between the different ranges and to condition him the fast shifting between levels. The art of the sport of MMA is in its transitioning; […]

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Punching in the Clinch (diary entry)

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24.02.20   My client reached the eighth hour of her third Muay Thai/Kickboxing course on Monday night. The course has been mainly focused on punching technique. Tonight we looked at the use of punches within the clinch.   The lesson began with a light warm-up of shadow boxing, going through basic punching combinations and footwork patterns. We then moved onto the focus mitts used the teep to set up punching combinations. These combinations were then sandwiched in with kicks and […]

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Clinch Closed Workshop (diary entry)

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21.02.20   Friday night saw our second closed workshop. This is a two-hour service I offer for my private clients on a semi-regular basis, working with them to find organise a suitable meet-up time to intensively train certain areas I cover. It offers them the appeal of a club-like atmosphere and the opportunity to train with like-minded fellow clients. This time we looked at the clinch.   We warmed up going through the basic footwork pattern I have been covering […]

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Three Sequences of Rounds (diary entry)

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20.02.20   Thursday night’s lesson was my client’s sixth hour of her Junior Mixed Martial Arts course. Tonight we had a review of all ranges, seeking to both isolate areas and transition through them. This was achieved through three sets of rounds which added in cardiovascular endurance.   We began with a warm-up of simple dynamic stretching and specific callisthenic exercises, targeting movement patterns and activating motor units for the tasks that lay ahead. This prepared us for the first […]

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