Steve Timperley and the KEWAP Instructor Course

Knives Sheathed

Image by mrbill via Flickr Steve Timperley first came to my attention in around 2009. He contacted me via that social networking phenomenon we know as "Facebook". This was a year after he had finished his 22 year distinguished service in the British army. He had some exciting ideas and was keen to promote them. As is often the case, I had been the person he had been advised to contact regarding writing for the martial arts media. After Geoff […]

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Clinch, strike, takedown and submit! (diary entry)

The closed guard

Image via Wikipedia 18.07.11 Tonight was our last night at the Eastern Green venue until next term. Next week we are back at Woodlands School and Sports College (very shortly changing to Woodlands Academy) for the summer holiday period. We took advantage of the extra mat space and focused on grappling. After a warm-up that included footwork, shadow boxing, bear crawls, snaking/shrimping, crab crawls and various rolls and breakfalls we moved onto the clinch range. Clinch began with the highline […]

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Progressing the ranges (diary entry)

Dani Castillejo - Triangle choke

Image by xharekx33 via Flickr If you are going to teach lengthy set combinations, even in combat sports, I think it pays to do some target familarization. This works for both attack and defence. Today after some shadow boxing at all ranges for a warm-up we went straight to the 11 punch boxing combination and the standard punch/kick combination without the focus mitts. This is far from the first time we have done before, but some new beginners hadn’t done […]

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Recommended VI: Functional Fitness, Nutritional Problems, Crime Decline and Fighting Monkeys

Marines take part in martial arts training in ...

Image by United States Marine Corps Official Page via Flickr I encourage everyone to write. When I think of the exceptional individuals I have trained with, trained under or talked to, I get frustrated with how few of them have been able to properly convey their knowledge and experience to willing learners. A good interview can do a reasonable job in getting this over, but it’s a poor substitute for well-written pieces coming direct from the instructor. With the advent […]

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From pounding to some grounding (diary entry)

My birthday, but today wasn’t any less busy than the last few! Today’s class focused on going back through the 11 punch boxing combination and some guard work for the ground. Graded students revised and improved the basic techniques of jab, cross and uppercut. They were delivered in rapid sequence and isolated with power. Ungraded students learnt the combination for the first time. Guard work was divided up into closed guard for lower grades and hook guard for intermediate/higher grades. […]

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My Fifth Hard Target Day 2 (diary entry)

Beginnging where we left off on the self defence physical skills, we went back through the postures and then we covered movng from these different ranges. Among the main teaching principles that have been apart of Hard Target since the beginning is the rule you fight how you train. This is no mere armchair or dojo philosophizing from research into the visible development of miling down neural pathways as a person learns a physical skill to real case studies where […]

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My Fifth Hard Target Day 2 (diary entry)

Beginnging where we left off on the self defence physical skills, we went back through the postures and then we covered movng from these different ranges. Among the main teaching principles that have been apart of Hard Target since the beginning is the rule you fight how you train. This is no mere armchair or dojo philosophizing from research into the visible development of miling down neural pathways as a person learns a physical skill to real case studies where […]

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My Fifth Hard Target: The Evolution Continues Day 1 (diary entry)

After a successful session teaching for Telford’s Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre I caught the proverbial “red eye” train from Charlbury to Paddington to stay overnight to teach another great two day seminar for “Mo Teague’s Hard Target System”. Once again, the group mainly consisted of Close Protection students who have to complete the course in accordance with the Response Security Training set standards. The group was very responsive and enthusiastic from the very beginning with a broad range of ability. […]

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Clubb Chimera Martial Arts Junior Self Defence Workshop (diary entry)

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The second CCMA junior self-defence mini-workshop for Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre in Telford was a high energy affair. Despite hot weather on a Friday afternoon, Sam Stewart’s black belt programme team turned out in force and really got stuck into a very physical session. I kept to the same format as the previous session with the physical skills first before discussing/revising the non-physical areas. We began with a game of range tig. In this version of tig everyone, whether they […]

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Grading aftermath and new beginners! (diary entry)

Due to the presence of beginners and my regulars having just come through a rather gruelling grading, I decided to make today much more laid back than usual. That doesn’t mean training wasn’t demanding, but the pace was a little slower than normal. We began with a basic warm-up of movement drills and breakfalling, where the regulars had an opportunity to help assist the beginners. Then we moved onto a technical circuit, consisting of two minute rounds of boxing on […]

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Why does the best happen when no-one is around to see? (CCMA grading diary entry)

Sadly we didn’t host a guest examiner today, which was a shame as I felt the bar was raised on the whole and everyone put on the best performance I have seen. CCMA is always evolving. Our syllabus is constantly reviewed and updated. We have no listed techniques, but some very robust principles. When I grade students I am looking at their personal development. First and foremost, I want students who understand self protection to the best of their ability. […]

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Trial Lessons at Eastern Green Junior School (diary entry)

Eastern Green primary school, the current home of my regular classes in Coventry, is always a joy to run workshops with. The children are always keen, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Over time I have learnt to start sessions I hold at schools with a strict “riot act” and it’s not uncommon for me to stop everything in order to bring some order to the teaching. However, I didn’t have to do this once, meaning that despite the very limited […]

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Third Boys’ Brigade Workshop (diary entry)

Boys

Image via Wikipedia I am learning more about my regular bookings with the Boys’ Brigade. The session includes students with a wide range of ages and with very different backgrounds. Some of these backgrounds can make coaching more challenging and it tests my desire to make my approach truly individualistic.   We continued our focus on self defence with the group and looked at multiple attackers. This is an unusual starting place for most self defence classes, but it cam […]

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Thoughts on the grading (diary entry)

Usage of a leg trip to perform a takedown.

Image via Wikipedia The next grading is set for this Saturday, so I thought it best to handle all relevant training “on the spot”. The whole reason why I kept traditional gradings, which take place outside the usual lesson time, is to test an individual under mental pressure. So, after a quick warm-up, I selected pairs to demonstrate different aspects of the grading. Fundamentally CCMA is interested in seeing whether an individual has good personal security skills, understands pre-fight, in-fight […]

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All Day Taster Workshop at Woodlands School (diary entry)

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I returned to the Woodlands secondary school for boys to teach mixed martial arts to the various year groups. I had around 45 minutes to introduce my club, the sport and to go through all three ranges of MMA. It was a tall order, but I think I mainly pulled it off in an entertaining enough way.   After a discussion on the history of MMA a typical physical session would include: a shadow boxing style warm-up, stand-up grappling games, […]

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The Fence and the Guard (diary entry)

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The class began with a specific warm-up as per usual, this time incorporating multi-range tig. We then began covering self defence tactics, as the grading now looms. Thie began with the absolute basics – the fence. We looked at the target familiarization/role-play and then onto focus mitts.   As I have often said, the simplicity of the fence is both its strength and weakness. This is why a lot of “natural” fighters don’t really see it, but they use it […]

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