Twist and Shout (diary entry)

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17.11.20 Tuesday night’s second lesson saw my teacher consultancy continue from the dog fight position. Last week we looked at as a means for escaping a type of side control. This week we attacked the back and I chose a particularly no-gi style back mount position. This began with the threat to sweep from dog fight position. Here the opponent will block and the fighter can ascend the back.After getting one hook in we threated with another hook. Typically submission […]

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Grappling/Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

17.11.20 Tuesday night began with my second of a four-part short course on managing grappling in self-defence. Last week we established the role the clinch played in self-defence situations. We discussed when to grapple. Tonight we revised clinching positions – collar and elbow, underhook/over-hook and we also looked at sprawling to defend low line takedowns and we also trained lowline takedowns in the form of the double-leg. With some of the students getting the hang of the pummelling flow of […]

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Tighter Combinations, Speed, Power and Restriction

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16.11.20 The second hour of my clients’ current 10 hour course, continued more revision on the set Western Boxing combination began at the end of the last course. The two lockdown partners worked together for partner drills, then on the focus mitts and then I divided them up into restrictive training and kicking. The lesson started with a warm-up of callisthenics, dynamic stretching and line-work. Then we shadowed the complete boxing combinations: pendulum step/jab/cross/pendulum step back/parry/parry/slip/lead hook/roll/spleen shot/roll/liver shot/lead hook. […]

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Bear Hugs & Bag Work (diary entry)

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15.11.20 Sunday morning’s PT consisted of half an hour self-protection teacher consultation and half an hour work on heavy bag combinations. Teacher consultation was in response to a question regarding dealing with rear bear hugs. My teacher client had been asked about this from several of her students. Although she had some reasonable counters, she was sceptical about a lack of mechanical effeciency. Such concerns are highlighted by big size, height and weight differences. Smaller people can easily be dominated […]

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Technique Isolation; Combination Innovation (diary entry)

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14.11.20 My client began the first hour of his Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training with a 12 round dissection of popular techniques. The premise for most rounds was to do two combinations primarily featuring the chosen technique. As we progressed, I encouraged my client to suggest his own combinations. This was to make the entire experience less passive and more proactive. Here and there I would suggest ways to improve the combination he put forward from a tactical […]

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Dogs, Snakes and Pancakes (diary entry)

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09.11.20 Tuesday night’s teacher consultation continued with ground-fighting revision. We used escaping side control as a starting point, covering reversals, arm-triangles and sweeping from the dog fight position. The reversal – a technique referred to by my client as a “pancake” roll – came from head-lock version of side control. Here we set up for escaping to guard and timed our reversal off our opponent countering the guard escape by putting more weight forward. The fighter immediately switches from snaking […]

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Barn Dance from Hell (diary entry)

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09.11.20 Athena School of Karate kindly re-booked me to teach another specialised topic: grappling for self-defence. This lesson was born out of teaching anti-grappling tactics in my 10 hour self-protection course. What I soon learnt from teaching a wide range of students was that in order to properly defend against the clinch range, one needs to be familiar with clinching. Wrestling is probably the oldest form of combat known to mammals and possibly the first codified sport alongside running. Although […]

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Adding Kicks & Restricting Movement (diary entry)

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08.11.20 Tonight my two lockdown clients began their next course. One of them is looking to improve her kicking speed whilst her partner will be going into an operation soon that will restrict movements with one of his knees. With this mind, I continued with the boxing combination I taught last week and adapted it for both of them. Prior to making these adaptations I went through footwork patterns, slipping and ducking before layering on the punching combination. Then I […]

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Rounding up Boxing (diary entry)

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07.11.20 Saturday morning saw the final part of my client’s 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We warmed up with a review of the material we have been covering from footwork to different boxing styles. The 12 round workout brought all of this into focus. Round 1: Footwork and head movement Round 2: Active guard and defence Round 3: Basic combinations Round 4: Philly shell Round 5: Peek-a-boo Round 6: Visualisation (long-range opponent, short range-range […]

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Escape to Sweep to Submission (diary entry)

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05.11.20 Thursday night I was booked in for a lesson by a teacher friend of mine. He and his two children are training in submission grappling/ground-fighting concepts with me. Much like my regular teacher consultancy lesson, this coach also has the assistance of a grappling dummy. Previously, I have introduced them to the pin transition exercise. This time we revised all this information – going through the complete drill from both sides – and they then chose to follow a […]

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Boxing Journey in 12 Rounds (diary entry)

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04.11.20 Today’s lesson concluded my client’s revision and layering of Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. The entire lesson was dedicated to 12 rounds plus active recovery that acted as mini lessons through his boxing experiences. Round 1 – Working the Jab and Footwork Round 2 –  Slips, Ducks and Pull-Backs (no punches) Round 3 – Bringing punches, footwork and head movement together Round 4 – Philly Shell – playing defence and baiting Round 5 – Philly Shell – […]

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Top Surfing and Escaping (diary entry)

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03.11.20 Tuesday night’s third and final lesson was my teacher consultation class. Matters moved in a totally different direction as my client now has her lockdown daughter present for partner training. Despite my client having an excellent background and level of experience in submission grappling, I was asked to cover this topic as a means of refreshing information and providing an insight into my approach to this area. We went through my clockwise and anti-clockwise pin drill. This is a […]

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Bringing Boxing Together (diary entry)

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03.11.20 Tonight’s second lesson was my client’s eighth hour of Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at developing much of what has already been covered and also bringing a lot of it together. After warming up we went into our footwork drills, progressing through steps forward and back into the pendulum footwork drill, pivoting off and creating angles as well as some lateral footwork drills.I covered set-ups for the gazelle punch and the Bizarro punch. We then did […]

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Attack and Defence (diary entry)

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03.11.20 The final part of my client’s 10 hour course focused entirely on developing a boxing combination. My client’s lockdown partner was injured several week back playing football and is due to go in for surgery. Therefore, we decided to turn training towards developing better punching. After a warm-up of some simple footwork, where we worked out what movement patterns were safest for him, we moved onto our combination. We built up a combination of jab/cross/parry/parry/slip left/lead hook/duck right/shovel hook/duck […]

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Southpaw and Cobra Punching Intensity (diary entry)

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02.11.20 Monday night’s second lesson was my client’s second hour of Muay Thai training and conditioning. A veteran nak muay, he had a very intense lesson working through southpaw concepts and then set-ups for the cobra punch. Prior to teaching southpaw, we looked at lateral footwork and getting to the outside of a fighter. From here we mirrored our footwork and used teeps to the liver or spleen to disguise stepping to the outside of the lead foot. Combinations from […]

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Adapting and Transitioning in Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

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02.11.20 Forest School of Karate invited me back to teach the fifth part of my “When Parent’s Aren’t Around” webinar. This section deals with the tenet “Open Mind” that addresses absorbing new information with a critical mind and adapting to situations. We covered postures and transitioning as well as a lot of work on dealing with multiple attackers.

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