The MMA Guard (diary entry)

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10.11.2018   This morning brought my client up to the ninth hour of his second 10 hour course on Mixed Martial Arts. Based on last lesson’s sparring we decided to move on from half-guard and to look at stand-up guards in MMA. This lesson focused entirely on the high (Muay Thai) guard.   We warmed up with some dynamic stretching exercises, which included various MMA specific movements to work through striking and grappling positions. This led onto mirror footwork, which […]

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Takedown and Submit (diary entry)

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07.11.2018   Tonight’s junior boxing lesson focused on moving in and out of the fight zone. Previous lessons have promoted footwork with upper body mobility, but we haven’t done a lot of work on tactics. This time I looked at a hit and run strategy for shorter fighters. We looked at slipping past linear punches and then moving out of the striking range only to come back in again from another angle. Forwards and backwards footwork, v-steps and circling were […]

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Asymmetrical & Symmetrical Ground-Fighting (diary entry)

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07.11.2018   My self-defence course for Kingham Hill continued with a focus on ground defence. We warmed up with a series of aerobic exercises using techniques covered in previous lessons. This serves as a good way to get students on the move whilst working on muscle memory. Between jogging whilst striking, the class had to react to quick changes in direction, covering, sprawling and changes in footwork. We all then transitioned through postures.   Ground-defence began with asymmetrical ground-fighting. This […]

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Right Hook as Counter-Punch & Leg Power (diary entry)

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06.11.18   Tonight saw the third hour of my client’s 10 hour course on Basic Western for Martial Arts Cross Training. The lesson had a strong emphasis on building responses and tactics. We also had a deeper look at the right hook and introduced the upper cut.   We began with mirror footwork and working the jab. From here the fighter gave and parried jabs. We then worked slipping and straight rights. Here the idea was to get flow of […]

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Testing Half-Guard (diary entry)

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03.11.18   This morning I reached the seven and a half hour point of my client’s further course in Mixed Martial Arts. This two hour lesson spent extra time looking at the half-guard from a submission grappling perspective and then when it is integrated into MMA.   We began with mirror footwork, building up into various drills from different ranges. This included underhook pummelling into takedowns, neck-wrestling into strikes and bulling (collar and elbow tie) into breakaway punching combinations. We […]

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Self-Protection Education (diary entry)

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31.10.18 Today’s class at Kingham Hill School continued my self-protection programme. We revised the fence, brought in incidental combinations, went through the cover response, did some anti-grappling and addressed some self-defence myths. Everyone warmed up on the focus mitts. We began with basic backwards forwards striking on the move. This is done at low intensity and designed to promote awareness of changing ranges as well as keeping things on the move. We then moved straight onto using the fence and […]

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Here’s the Hook (diary entry)

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30.10.18   Tonight’s lesson was my new client’s second hour of a scheduled 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at better for force generation for the cross punch and I also introduced the hook.   We began with some shadow boxing, focusing on footwork. This changed to mirror footwork, where I layered in upper body movement – slipping, ducking, and bobbing and weaving. Training then went onto the focus mitts. Here we […]

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Outsider’s Point of View (diary entry)

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29.10.18 Tonight’s junior Boxing lesson looked at improving fluidity of footwork and the 11 punch combination. The senior lesson focused on outside fighting for Boxing and Muay Thai. The junior lesson continued with the peek-a-boo style. We worked more on coordinating upper body movement (slipping, ducking, bobbing and weaving) with footwork. I used a restrictive training device to get my client up on his toes for five minutes and then looked at marked improvements afterwards in his performance. We also […]

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In the Guts & In the Pocket (diary entry)

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22.10.18 Tonight my junior and senior classes focused on body shots and working from corners respectively. The junior session continued my client’s sixth lesson in Basic Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. My senior session was focused on my long-time client’s stand-up fighting – Western Boxing and Muay Thai. My junior client began with some line-work. We looked at coordinating footwork and upper body mobility. By building up techniques and combinations step-by-step, my main area of work was to keep […]

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Tyre-d Training (diary entry)

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18.10.18   Tonight saw the final lesson in my client’s current course of Western Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts. We looked at putting everything together, revising the entire course, and also some new restrictions, using a tractor tyre, to build better upper body mobility.   Training began with a warm-up on the tractor tyre. The surface area of the tyre promotes better balance and awareness of foot placement. We moved around the tyre’s rim, angling off and changing stance. Then […]

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Body Shot City (diary entry)

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17.10.18   Tonight I continued teaching my series of junior lessons on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training, where we reached our sixth half hour session. This was followed by an hour’s senior lesson on Mixed Martial Arts.   The first lesson continued work on the peek-a-boo and tightening up stance structure and movement. I began with a series of exercises designed to promote good posture whilst ducking or switching levels in a fight.   We built up […]

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Beginning Boxing (diary entry)

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16.10.18   Tonight my new client began his course on Basic Western Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts. His entire training strategy is to learn MMA and to do this he wishes to learn the component arts first. This is the best way to learn the art.   We began with basic guard work and footwork. Everything was geared towards keeping the hands up in active fashion and to move in a way that does not compromise balance or is too […]

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L-Step and Clinch Strategies (diary)

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15.10.18   Tonight was the ninth and penultimate lesson in my client’s course in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked a lot on putting combinations together, setting up various tactics using footwork and how to use the clinch.   Warm-up began with mirror footwork. Then we moved straight onto the pads to drill building up combinations whilst also using slipping, ducking and rolling appropriately. The key here was to seamlessly get head and foot movements linked […]

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Half-Guard Continues – Lockdown work begins (diary entry)

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13.10.18   This morning we reached the five and a half hour point of this current further course on Mixed Martial Arts. Work on the half-guard continued and we covered a lot of material.   The warm-up consisted of a series of progressive sparring exercises. Working through the MMA ranges we began from cold with compliant, freestyle drilling. This built up to light specific sparring on the ground, including striking.   The bulk of the lesson concerned going through popular […]

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Explosive Leg Power & the Versatility of the Kimura Lock

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10.10.18   Today’s second lesson of the day was my weekly family session with an uncle/nephew duo. The first part of the lesson was the fifth half hour in my junior client’s course in Basic Western Boxing Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued training the peek-a-boo style. The second part of the lesson was my veteran senior client’s training in MMA, focusing on the kimura arm-lock.   The junior lesson looked at the uppercut and in tightening up my client’s […]

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Improving Impact & Friendly Resistance

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10.10.18   Today’s first lesson was the second class of my second term at Kingham Hill School. We continued our work on the fence, did some transitioning training and restrictive training. The lesson was all about owning the straight rear hand strike.   We began with some simple escape exercises and reaction tests. The class students switched directions whilst running, covered and shadow boxed. They then ran in different directions and worked to escape one another. Then they did some […]

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