Shoulder Locks and Contingencies (diary entry)

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch.

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 17.09.12   Regular Class   We continued work on the clinch range, using the lens of four martial arts disciplines – Greco Roman wrestling, catch-as-catch-can wrestling, freestyle wrestling and muay Thai – to view one technique. Prior to this we had warmed up using a series of sport specific functional fitness exercises, as is the norm, from blitzing (running whilst punching) to various ground-fighting movements. We then moved onto looking at […]

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Comprehensive Self Defence Information – Archive Review of “Dead or Alive” by Geoff Thompson

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  The following is a review I wrote back in 2005 upon the re-release of Geoff Thompson's book "Dead or Alive". This book remains a constant on my recommended list for basic self-protection seminars. If you enjoy the write-up please order your copy using the Amazon link at the end of the article. Thank you – Jamie Clubb  Perhaps we shouldn't, as the old cliché goes, "judge a book by its cover" but, having just read Geoff Thompson's "Dead or […]

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Foundation Conditioning Introduction

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“There's no such thing as tough. There's trained and untrained. Which one are you?” – Denzel Washington as John Creasy in Man on Fire When I interviewed Straight Blast Gym UK representative Karl Tanswell back in 2006 about his views on martial arts I posed the question “What is the most neglected part of martial arts training?” This was part of a general a questionnaire I used to research an intentionally polemic book on the truth about the history and […]

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The Lesson without a Theme! (diary entry)

English: Aviation Boatswain

English: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class William Ross exercises with a medicine ball inside the Big Stick Gym aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) General Lesson   We warmed up using agility drills. The exercises included drop squats, 45 degree step-outs, pogo jumps, zigzagging and sprawl/double-leg takedown entries. We then revised some stand-up on the focus mitts. Pad-work was freestyle in nature and then interspersed with 10 second bouts […]

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Building a Foundation (diary entry)

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Today's student has suffered a repetitive strain injury to one knee. The injury does not seem to be too restrictive and we were able to do leg exercises, but we stayed away from ground work or transitional drills. Instead we focused on the development of power and speed in the hands. Training with this parituclar student is for self-defence, but we were able to branch out into some cross-training towards the end. We warmed up with some basic fence-work and […]

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Me versus Me: A Short Meditation on Training Solo

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I walk into the old barn. One side, the side where my old kick bag hangs, is part occupied by hardy animals. The other side, the side where my multi-gym stands, is a makeshift garage. The bag was a Christmas gift I received in 1993. It has hung in several different places, but it has remained in its current location for the longest period of time. It now hangs from a ton strap, which enables me to climb the bag […]

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Clinching the Deal (diary entry)

General Lesson   After a student-led series of warm-up exercises, I asked a senior student what area of training he felt the class needed to address. There was a brief discussion and it was agreed that everyone could do with improving their takedowns and takedown defence. We only had time to deal with the actual takedowns in this lesson, but it will be an ongoing topic.   We began with some grip-fighting; a simple resistance exercise that helps develop tactile […]

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The Soapie Diaries 3: Solo Training (diary entry)

05.09.12 Today’s private lesson focused on the 300 format again with an emphasis on performing simple home exercises. Once again, we hit the legs and core a lot, and mixed up martial arts techniques with medicine ball and basic calisthenics. The level of difficulty the student experienced in each exercise is indicated by the repetitions an   I taught the student the correct basic form for a press-up using the dead start position Mo Teague teaches.   10 press-ups 30 […]

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Mind over matter – “The Soapie Diaries 2” (diary entry)

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02.09.12   Today's training was all about overcoming personal barriers and re-setting the proverbial bar. High Intensity Interval Training seems to prove a lot of what is being said about the Central Governor Theory [my recent article that mentions this concept] Seeing that my student could barely jog down and up a single hill just under a fortnight ago to see her do four hill sprint full-on was a rewarding experience. I hasten to add that if you look back […]

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The “Soapie” Diaries (collected diary entries)

  On 14th August I began teaching a new private student. For reasons known only really to the student and me I have called the notes taken from these sessions "The Soapie Diaries". The student's primary objective was not to learn martial arts or self-protection. She wanted to improve her all-round fitness and was open to learn whatever I had to teach. It was an unusual mandate for me, but I decided to use the opportunity to try out my combat conditioning […]

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That Which Does not Kill us… A Martial Arts (and Media) Ramble

Julius the actual hyena who bit me in his most famous role in a Government information commercial on car crime.

“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.”  – Robert Fulghum One moment I had hold of the reins and the next I was tumbling through the air. All my training, all those constant repetitions of break-falling and rolling left me for a split second. Raw instinct took over and my left arm shot out to take the impact. There was a […]

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Feeling the need for Speed! (diary entry)

Battle FC Bushido 189: Stay close, don

Battle FC Bushido 189: Stay close, don't get hit. (Photo credit: icantcu) Armlock shown is a straight arm bar (juji-gatame) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Rear Naked Choke as demonstrated by two soldiers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 20.08.12   After a student-led warm-up, mainly consisting of ground movements, I decided to ask what the class felt needed work. There were requests for more submission practice and more kickboxing, but what impressed me the most was a request for more speed work. Specific […]

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Support Tactics (diary entry)

Today’s self-defence lesson began with the usual warm-up of forward and rotational torso work. The next stage of the warm-up involved doing repetitions of the different postures, getting to the feet. After this we moved onto shoulder barging and fence work.This was overlapped with focus mitt work, using the straight hand strike, hook and backhand.   We covered supporting tools like the cover, biting and eye gouging. All are secondary tactics as a rule. See my article “Take Cover!” and […]

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Sitting Out Part 2 (diary entry)

Studded tyre Español: Neumático de invierno co...

Studded tyre Español: Neumático de invierno con clavos, modelo Nokian Hakkapeliitta 4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 15.08.12 Today’s mandate for the private lesson was a bit of stick-work and striking with grappling. We used some basic kali stick work to warm-up with, just working different angles of attack and some stick-on-stick drills to look at trapping. Mo Teague, Floyd Brown and Hock Hocheim have all inspired me to look at the basic principles of training evasion. Before one learns how to […]

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Sitting out part 1 (diary entry)

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13.08.12 Today we looked at the sit-through and its integration into submission and mixed martial arts fighting. This movement, which has been popularized through wrestling, Brazilian jiu jitsu and submission grappling, has found its way into functional fitness and outside the fight world. YouTube now has an abundance of videos showing various trainers incorporating the sit-through into their bodyweight-only exercise routines.   When broken down, the sit-through works as a variation of the plank, but also engages the legs a […]

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