Vagabond Warriors Workshop

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We live in an age where information has never been more accessible. Long gone are the days when most martial arts schools jealously restricted their students from being able to train in other disciplines. CCMA was not born out of a tradition or culture, but honours the spirit of the nomadic fighter and the scientific method. “Vagabond Warriors”, created by Jamie Clubb the presenter/writer behind the best-selling DVD series Cross Training in the Martial Arts, offers students and instructors, regardless […]

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Return of the Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

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Image by demandaj via Flickr Juniors   The junior section was an open session. By popular request we looked at takedowns and groundwork from an MMA perspective. I continued the theme of handling headlocks from the previous lesson. We drilled slipping out of the hold from its early stage and then countering it when the hold is on. The second counter brought us to a possible arm-bar finish. The arm-bar brought us to application from the guard. We practiced the […]

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Junior Workshop in Telford 1 report (diary entry)

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I was kindly invited by Sam Stewart the founder and owner of Kyushinkai Martial Arts in Telford, a full time martial arts academy and host to numerous luminaries of the British Combat Association, to teach the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to their junior students. I have been to the centre on several occasions and I am always impressed with the progress the place has made. Not only does it offer a broad range of martial arts classes, but the […]

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MMA combinations & facing the headlock (diary entry)

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Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr Richard Barnes kindly led the fun-filled warm-up. This largely consisted of awareness and reaction based physical activities. Students changed levels and progressed to more explosive movements as they gradually warmed up. After this we moved into some technique based MMA work, looking at the transition from stand-up to clinch and takedowns.   Blitzing and four double leg takedown entries Jab and double leg takedown – red sashes and above built up the number […]

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CCMA free workshop at Martial Arts Festival UK 4 April 2009

Pete Mills, pioneer of top martial arts website "Martial Edge", in action at Clubb Chimera Martial Arts free workshop given at the Martial Arts Festival UK. This is a core training drill used at CCMA to quarry instinctive and individualistic attacking tools. The student being trained uses "Strategy One" (S1), which contains any techniques used to create and maintain distance e.g. striking. The attacking student uses "Strategy Two" (S2) to close the distance. By giving students two different objectives it […]

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CCMA free workshop at Martial Arts Festival UK 4 April 2009

Pete Mills, pioneer of top martial arts website "Martial Edge", in action at Clubb Chimera Martial Arts free workshop given at the Martial Arts Festival UK. This is a core training drill used at CCMA to quarry instinctive and individualistic attacking tools. The student being trained uses "Strategy One" (S1), which contains any techniques used to create and maintain distance e.g. striking. The attacking student uses "Strategy Two" (S2) to close the distance. By giving students two different objectives it […]

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Proactive coaching – Defence structure when striking under scrutiny

Here we use two coaches to train one person. With conventional proactive pad work the coach is often only restricted to offering feedback to the side that is striking. With a coach behind the other side can be scrutinized as well. The body can also be checked. This is an example of putting a student on the spot. It should be coupled with both one-on-one and two-on-one moving proactive drills. In this instance we scrutinizing the straight strike, which was […]

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CCMA standard pressure test

In order to get an idea on how you will respond in a violent situation you need to put yourself under pressure. Most assaults will be against multiple attackers and most assaults will not be of the alpha male/alpha female match – it will be more a case of predator versus prey.

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Junior Self Defence exercise – “The Tunnel of Death” – The Martial Arts Show 2010

Junior training exercise, "The Tunnel of Death". As fun as this drill is it can also be used for senior self defence "hard skills" training. One student puts up their personal barrier, or fence, a coaching student touches the barrier and provides a target. The student strikes the target as soon as their fence has been breached. As soon as said student strikes other students pile in with their focus mitts. The striking student covers, defends and tries to escape. […]

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An old contingency plan (diary entry)

Brandon Kapitan vs Ronnie Gill

Image by superwebdeveloper via Flickr After the warm-up we went straight into the 11 punch combination. This time it was done transitioning through postures – standing, combat base, butterfly guard, in-guard and pulling guard. Then we moved onto jabbing. This was first done as a timing exercise, then as a form of specific sparring.   We then moved onto kicks, beginning with the front leg front kick. We looked at the different ways it can be applied as a jab […]

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Three phases of conflict & MMA (diary entry)

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  Image via Wikipedia Despite the interruption of the Bank Holidays, I was happy to see that most students had been practicing and we were able to go back through everything fairly easily. The session began with a discussion on attitude and psychology, and how it counts at the pre, in and post stages of a fight. We discussed the differences between sport and self protection, and how these stages applied to both. In sport, pre-fight deals with the right […]

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