More Muay Thai (diary entry)

shin block

26.03.19 Tonight my client completed his eighth hour of Basic Muay Thai for martial arts cross training. We specifically looked at kicks and introduced both the back kick and the spinning elbow. Training began with our usual warm-up routine of callisthenics and dynamic stretching. We did some mirror foot work, distancing and placing techniques. This was followed by going through the basic punch/kick combinations, where we looked at effective transitioning from the switch kick and retaining balance with the teep. […]

Continue Reading

Combat Conditioning for Grappling (diary entry)

DSC_0121

25.03.19 My client reached his seven and a half hour point of his course in Combat Conditioning. Tonight we looked at grappling-based exercises both clinch and ground. Dynamic stretching and callisthenics were gradually increased into high intensity movement exercises. These included uninterrupted sets of bear and lizard crawls, seal crawls, explosive press-up crawl, snaking, sprawling, sit-outs, footwork combinations from striking and wrestling stances, takedown movements, upa bridging, triangle crunches, neck bridges and break falls. Next we went through a series […]

Continue Reading

Beginning Clinch-Work (diary entry)

DSC_0053

23.03.19 This morning my junior clients continued into their fourth hour of Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson introduced the clinch and we also continued work on kick-catching. We warmed up with mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and specific callisthenics before we moved through basic punch, kick and knee combinations. This led us onto kick-catching and the importance of breaking an opponent’s postures. We covered both the cross-arm check from a round kick into a catch and […]

Continue Reading

Dominating from the Top Position (diary entry)

Striking from the mounted position1

20.03.19   Tonight I had a special hour and a half lesson with my veteran client. We continued training MMA ground fighting, focusing on the top position that was introduced last week.   The warm-up consisted of various ground crawling and snaking movements before moving onto a transitioning drill. This drill was then layered with submissions. It was then layered with strikes. We worked a lot on capturing arms and keeping the hips low throughout the transitions. Next we looked […]

Continue Reading

Kingham Hill Ground Defence Continues (diary entry)

escape from mount

20.03.19   My Kingham Hill class revised all the self-defence work we have covered in previous lessons – beginning with the fence, moving onto incidental combinations, transitioning through strikes and postures, the cover (regaining the initiative), anti-grappling and combat grappling before we continued last week’s work on defending from the ground.   The warm-up consisted of the usual tactical escape movements, covering, moving towards genuine exits, footwork, sprawling, punching and knee strikes. This was then followed by a series of […]

Continue Reading

Putting Elbows to the Test (diary entry)

uppercut elbow

19.03.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the seventh hour of his course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We concentrated mainly on the remaining elbow strikes.   The warm-up consisted of the usual specific mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and callisthenics. We then changed to mirror footwork, looking at placing techniques and gauging distances using teeps. Next we went through the basic punch, kick and knee combinations covered in previous lessons. Moving back onto the […]

Continue Reading

Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

54361734_2048610488542112_2472030541029834752_n

17.03.19 The second of my two workshops taught Sunday 17th March 2019 for Keiryu Practical Karate in Maldon, Essex: “Vagabond Warriors” – Martial Arts Cross Training. As with my children’s workshop session, Lee Mullan, who heads Keiryu, has done a great job in garnering support from other forward thinking traditional karate clubs. The attendance for this course included teachers from Shinkyu Martial Arts, Do He Dai Shotokan Karate and Forest Schools of Karate amongst others. Lee and his Keiryu outfit […]

Continue Reading

“When Parents Aren’t Around” Children’s Self-Protection Workshop (diary entry)

IMG_1094

17.03.19 The first of two workshops I taught today for Keiryu Practical Karate in Maldon, Essex: “When Parents aren’t Around” – Child Self-Protection. Lee Mullan joins a growing number of teachers in Europe and Britain who have embraced a genuine need to teach practical and self-protection skills to children. I had the privilege of working with both enthusiastic child students from Lee’s club and other visiting martial arts schools as well as wonderfully supportive parents and teachers. This makes the […]

Continue Reading

Strengthening Muay Thai’s Technique Transitions (diary entry)

Low striking whilist grappling

16.03.19 Ask different people what they view to be the jewel in Muay Thai’s fighting crown and it is a fair bet that you will get technique-based answers. It is only a guess, but I think the top answer will either be the “round kick” (roundhouse or turning) or specifically “the low round kick”. There is a lot of evidence verifying the devastation and effectiveness of this move when applied in virtually any full contact stand-up combat sport. Many a […]

Continue Reading

Elbows, Knees & Ground Work (diary entry)

mount

13.03.19 My second lesson of the day was my regular nephew and uncle team. The junior lesson covered horizontal knees, uppercut elbows, side elbows, diagonal elbows and chopping elbows in Muay Thai. The senior lesson looked at effective transitioning from the top position into pins, submissions and striking. The junior lesson warmed up with mirror footwork, building up basic combinations and then moving onto the clinch. When in the clinch we looked at various positions for setting up knee strikes […]

Continue Reading

Symmetrical Ground Defence at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

Striking from the knee pin1

13.03.19   My Kingham Hill Self-Defence class focused on symmetrical ground fighting. We looked at fighting from the back in two different positions and general conditioning for this type of situation.   The class was warmed up with our standard tactical running, covering, switching directions and sprawling. Then we did an additional segment, which also brought in relevant ground movements. This segment included bear crawls – backwards, forwards and sideways – and snaking/shrimping – backwards and forwards.   We then […]

Continue Reading

Horizontal Knee & Breaking the Clinch (diary entry)

220px-Thaiknee

12.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to the sixth hour of his Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at methods for breaking the clinch and countering after a clinch-break. The horizontal knee was also brought in to finish the section on knee strikes.   We began with some dynamic stretching, mobility and callisthenics. Next we moved onto mirror footwork, building up simple combination technique placements. Then we moved onto focus mitts […]

Continue Reading

Force Vector Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

resistance band guard

11.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to his sixth hour of Combat Conditioning. We focused on pulling and pressing actions involved in martial arts actions covering stand-up, clinch and ground. This was followed by two 5 minute rounds of MMA sparring.   The lesson began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretches. This was then followed with line-work drills covering different stances and techniques. We first moved footwork from Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling […]

Continue Reading

Intercept rather than Block (diary entry)

shin block

th09.03.19   The second lesson of the morning was the second hour of my junior clients Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised previous material and focused a lot on hand positioning, the high guard and introduced the round kick.   The lesson began with some basic specific calisthenics and mobility exercises. We then moved onto footwork and going through the four-punch combination to blend in kicks, knees and other techniques. Here I adjusted hand […]

Continue Reading

Combat Conditioning Technique Drills (diary entry)

140413_1415

09.03.19   The first lesson of the morning brought my client up to the four and a half hour mark of his course on Combat Conditioning. We focused entirely on some technique development drills today.   The drills were:   Failed Single-leg takedown/Switch to shovel hook/cross flowing from one side to another (The above exercise was originally broken up into a single-leg entry flow drill and a v-stepping punching combination)   Jab/cross/sprawl/spear-knee Side control/knee/north south/kimura lock Reaction to kick catch: […]

Continue Reading

Catching the Teep & Striking from the Top (diary entry)

DSC_0474

06.03.19   The nephew and uncle double lesson tonight saw continued work on basic Muay Thai and ground fighting.   The junior lesson brought in more clinch-work and kick catches. The clinch-work included some aggressive sweeps and the kick catch looked at unbalancing the teep. Previous techniques and combinations were revised on the focus mitts. The lesson finished with a round of sparring.   The senior lesson began with top position work, looking at striking from side control, scarf-hold and […]

Continue Reading