The Hook, The Hammer-Fist & The Invisible Fence (diary entry)

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15.05.19   Wednesday’s first lesson saw the continuation my summer term course for Kingham Hill School on Self-Defence. Today’s focus was entirely on the hook. This was largely delivered as an open-hand strike although variations with the more classic punch were also offered for those who had more experience.   We warmed up with a series of ground exercises for a change. This also segued into the transitional warm-up that followed. Movement is such a key thing in combat that […]

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Single Leg Takedown & Foot Sweeps (diary entry)

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14.05.19   Tuesday night brought my client up to the four hour point of his Basic Course on Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. We went through all previous material, spent some time with simple foot sweeps and focused on the single leg takedown.   We warmed up with simple dynamic stretching exercises and then break-falls and rolls. This was followed by bulling for the neck/elbow tie and under-hook/over-hook pummelling. Then we drilled various entries into throws and positioning […]

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Going Dutch? Mixing Western Boxing with Muay Thai (diary entry)

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11.05.19   Saturday’s second private lesson was the last hour of my two junior client’s Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training saw a full revision of elbow strikes then moved into a review of the course, a call back to the Western Boxing course and then a final round of blending Western Boxing with Muay Thai.   We warmed up with some line-work focused entirely on all the basic elbow strikes. This began with some attribute training that linked […]

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Muay Thai Spotlight (diary entry)

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11.05.19   Saturday’s first private lesson brought my client’s course up to the seven and a half hour point. This is a tailored course focused on developing his Muay Thai/stand-up fighting and Submission Grappling separately. Every lesson up to this point has been split into these two disciplines. However, this morning’s lesson was entirely dedicated to Muay Thai advanced combinations and techniques.   We began with four rounds of progressive sparring. This sparring gradually increased in pressure was primarily used […]

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Heavy Bag Training & Reverse Scarf-Hold Escape (diary entry)


08.05.19   Wednesday night’s lessons consisted of Junior Muay Thai and Senior Submission Grappling. The former provided an overview of combination set ups and counters to the back kick. The senior Submission Grappling continued work on escaping the knee-pin and also looked at escaping reverse scarf-hold.   We began with basic distancing and mirror footwork. This led onto combination setups. Here I focused on using the teep as an effective jabbing tool, creating and maintaining distance. Then it was used […]

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“Own the Technique” at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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08.05.19   Wednesday Self-Defence training at Kingham Hill School continued with a practical heavy session. We went over the fence as a muscle memory exercise, trained incidental combinations, covered restrictive striking, transitioning through postures and technique physical conditioning.   We began with various running, footwork and escape exercises. These reaction drills began with running whilst striking and then built on with runs to exit points, serpentine running, covering, sprawling and knee strikes. Different students took over the warm-up so they […]

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Enter the Double-Leg Takedown (diary entry)

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07.05.19 Tuesday night’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s my Basic Course on Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. In addition to revising previous material we moved onto low-level takedowns, spotlighting the double-leg takedown. We warmed up with Indian press-up and Indian squats. These are great callisthenics and forms of dynamic stretching that are heavily utilised in Indian wrestling. We then moved onto combined break falls and rolls. This was followed with bulling, working the collar and […]

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Elbows Strike! (diary entry)

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04.05.19   Saturday morning’s second lesson saw the penultimate session for this junior course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked on tightening up all combinations, improving defence and then going through all elbow strikes.   Our warm-up consisted of a series of building up exercises. We began with mirror footwork, both of my clients getting distancing and angling-off right. Then I introduced simple tools for creating distance such as the long guard and the teep. Next […]

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Knee Pin & Spinning Kicks (diary entry)


04.05.19   Saturday morning’s first lesson brought my client up to the six hour point of his specially tailored course dedicated to stand-up striking and submission grappling. This we began with the lesson with submission grappling, looking at defences from the knee-pin whilst the second half was concerned with spinning kicks.   We began with a series of ground callisthenics, focusing a lot on movements from underneath. Then we drilled defensive movement from under a pin transition drill. This was […]

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Spin Kicks & Escaping the Knee Pin (diary etnry)

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01.05.2019 Wednesday evening saw the nephew and uncle team respectively cover Muay Thai back-kicks, spinning kicks and sparring, and Submission Grappling escapes from the knee-pin into x-guard. It was an exceptionally productive and fruitful two lessons.   The junior lesson began with some work on eliminating delays between punch and kick combinations. Muay Thai’s rhythmic delivery method is particularly effective in this respect. From here we went through the basic combinations and counters covered over the past series of lessons. […]

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Self-Defence Returns to Kingham (diary entry)

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01.05.2019   Wednesday afternoon kick-started my fourth term with Kingham Hill School, teaching self-defence. I saw some new faces and some returning faces from previous courses. Although self-defence is my mandate, I believe all good self-defence should be underlined by some solid soft skills information. We began with a quick overview of how the course would be taught. I would introduce progressive activities and techniques with an explanation of how it fell within the basic principles, strategies and tactics.   […]

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Taking the Back (diary entry)


30.04.19 Lesson three of my client’s course on Basic Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training moved us more onto collar and elbow control as well as taking the back. We began with Indian press-ups and Indian Squats. Then we did isolated repetitions of forward, backwards and shoulder side rolls followed forward, backward and side break falls, which were then combined for the final series of sets. I also introduced neck bridges, another very traditional wrestling exercise. Then we moved […]

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Muay Thai Sparring (diary entry)

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27.09.19   My second lesson on Saturday completed the eighth hour of my two junior client’s course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We focused on sparring and better combination work.   The lesson began with a callisthenic warm up and then moved onto a series of rounds on the focus mitts. After looking at specific areas for improvement off both clients we moved onto their first experience sparring in Muay Thai. This consisted of 6 x […]

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Crocodile Whips His Tail (diary entry)

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27.04.19   Last Saturday I reached the four and half hour point of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We used a different training plan more in line with my quarrying method, whereby sparring or pressure exercises inform the areas that need to be drilled and studied during the lesson. After a light warm-up, the class began with 3 x 10 minute Muay Thai sparring and 2 x 10 minute Submission Grappling specific sparring.   The Muay Thai was […]

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Clubb Chimera & “The Art of Survival” (diary entry)

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                25.09.19 “The Art of Survival” is an exciting new youth movement, helping young people (11-17 years of age) to learn new skills and to become productive citizens. Each Thursday the youth leaders host different mentors to teach and motivate the movement participants. I was honoured to be invited to provide a two-hour version of my “When Parents Aren’t Around” course. Unfortunately I didn’t get enough time to teach all I had planned, […]

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Turn & Attack (diary entry)


24.04.19 Wednesday night continued my junior and senior private lessons for the nephew and uncle team. Whether we were apparently turning away from an incoming opponent only to deliver a surprise kick to the liver or turning under a pinning opponent to attack the leg, this was all about making THAT turn to return the fight! Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training continued for the nephew as the uncle moved onto the next stage of his series of escapes […]

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