Double Bill Night! Part 1 (diary entry)

Working the guard

20.02.12 Junior MMA Following on from last week we looked at striking in the guard. After a functional fitness warm-up we began with the guard-jumping exercise. As previously explained, this tends to cut-down on time in the clinch range and is favoured by those who want to take the fight from stand-up to submissions or sweeps from the guard. We then followed on with the jumping up in guard exercise. This is used to either break the guard or seriously […]

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Vagabond Warriors Taster Session (diary entry)

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In the lead up to Vagabond Warriors 2.0 I decided to run a taster session at Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre. The class I ran mainly consisted of MMA students, but there was some interest from the traditional karate. An aspect I love about Kyushinkai is that despite the fact that it has its many different lessons run by different instructors, there is a real spirit of integration going on. Everyone feels a part of the club and universal respect is […]

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Proactive Pad Work

This third phase shows the defence-only and flash pad drills coming together for a more proactive type of coaching. The student hits what he sees with the appropriate technique, knowing full well that his coaching will immediatley look for an opening in his guard. This type of drill performed at all ranges is designed to bring the student as close to sparring as possible.

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Andy Rheeston’s Review of CCMA Double Workshop in Self Protection

Double Self Protection Workshop with Jamie Clubb Thanks to all that attended the self protection workshops taken by Jamie Clubb in association with Shinkenmi Ni Tesseyo Karate on Saturday 4th February 2012. The first session was tailored for juniors up to the age of 12 and the second session was tailored for students aged 13 and above, below is a brief write up of these session which I hope you find interesting. Juniors Session The students warmed up with a […]

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Stand-up to Guard (diary entry)

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14.02.2012: Today’s session focused on stand-up transitioning to ground ‘n pound. The three phases of mixed martial arts are stand-up (boxing, kickboxing), clinch (e.g. wrestling) and ground (e.g. Brazilian jiu jitsu). Clinch typically deals with the takedowns, but in this instance we transitioned straight to the ground. The tactic here is different to most takedown situations. Here we are dealing with an individual who chooses to "pull guard". This comes from Brazilian jiu jitsu. Unlike most other grappling competitions BJJ […]

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Junior KEWAP (Knife and Edged Weapon Awareness Programme) Workshop

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Senior KEWAP Instructor and founder of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts/Vagabond Warriors, Jamie Clubb, delivers a junior workshop in knife and edged weapon awareness. The workshop will include a full PowerPoint presentation and practical section. This is the UK's leading and most comprehensive programme of its kind. Check the website for more details: http://www.kewap.org.uk/ It is now widely accepted that educating under eighteens to the dangers and implications of carrying knives and edged weapons is a must in order to reduce […]

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Overlapping Self-Defence and MMA (diary entry)

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06.02.12 Today’s approach to training began with some more revision of the fence and offline strikes. We began with natural postures and I isolated the pre-emptive stike. We began by firing it from the fence and then from less prepared positions, such as hands in pockets or with hands together in a “prayer stance”. This was to encourage fast twitch muscle responses from virtually nothing. It’s a concept I learnt from John “Awesome” Anderson, who used to spend our refining […]

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Self-Protection Double Workshop in Birmingham (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia Image by Getty Images via @daylife Birmingham’s Shinkenmi Ni Tesseyo Karate very kindly invited me to teach a children’s and an adult’s self-protection workshop. Both sessions were small and therefore I took a more informal touch. Rather than using a PowerPoint presentation, we covered all the soft skills material in a sit-down discussion format.   Both sessions covered pre, in and post-fight criteria. All attendees did well and gave their all into the training/learning process. However, I […]

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All Day Taster Sessions at Woodlands 2012 (diary entry)

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02.02.2012 Woodlands School and Sports Academy invited me back to teach five sessions to their pupils. This was intended to promote my weekly classes at Eastern Green School. Students were aged 11-13 and were, on the whole, pretty enthusiastic and well behaved. It helps to have a teacher read the riot act out at the beginning and then to go in with vigour. Each session differed slightly, but these were key points I made:   The session would focus mainly […]

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Vagabond Warriors 2.0 – A New Approach to Seminars; A New Approach to Training

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On 1st February Vagabond Warriors begins its online pre-seminar coaching. This is in the lead up to Vagabond Warriors 2.0 on 25th February. You are about to experience a whole new seminar experience whereby your training will be as individualized as possible on the day and when you finish you will be provided with continued support. However, in order for you to make use of the whole service you need to register as soon as possible. Register your place now […]

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Return to the fence (diary entry)

Two people not affecting each other

  Two people not affecting each other's personal space. See also http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:PerSpa2.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia)       Reaction of two people whose personal space are in conflict. See also http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:PerSpa1.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia)         After a warm-up of follow-the-leader specific training exercises, we did a warm-up game two of the children suggested last week. This was a reaction game whereby anyone who failed to catch a ball thrown at them had to forfeit an exercise. Following […]

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Responding to the Critics

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Image via Wikipedia “You absolute whore!” were experienced martial arts champion, self-defence expert and fitness instructor Floyd Brown’s not-so-sympathetic words when I showed him the marketing campaign being used to sell my new DVD/download self-defence programme – “Rapid Street Defence”. And there I was at the beginning of 2012 with a stack of terrifying bills looming over me on one side and the prospect of a reputable career in imminent danger on the other. 2012 is the year I get […]

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