Image via Wikipedia Jamie Clubb Interview by Michael Rosenbaum Jamie Clubb’s study of the fighting arts is broad, varied and insightful. It reflects his experiences as a circus performer, author and martial artist. A noted pragmatist and innovator, Clubb’s viewpoints, nevertheless, have a certain ring of traditionalism to them. By traditionalism I mean combat being the reason for the fighting arts existence, not competition. 1. How did you originally become involved in the fighting arts and what drew […]
Image by Uzbecka via Flickr 14.11.11 Tonight began with the intention of focusing a bit more kicks and then into the other two ranges. I also had a nice guard sweep I wanted to cover. However, in the end most of the lesson ended up revolving around the stand-up game. We began with a student led warm-up. Three different students took over to cover different specific exercises, covering all ranges. However, I wasn't happy with the all round performance. Perhaps […]
Techniques should be instinctive. They should be borne out of experience and evolution. Here we teach instinctive responses to targets. The student doesn't need to be told what his technique will be. The target dictates the response. Likewise, the student doesn't stop hitting a target until the target is covered or put down.
This method of teaching focuses on a single technique and by using two coaches allows for a full physical critique of the technique's execution. Please note this is the first time all three students were introduced to this model.
This demonstrates the concept of flash-pad focus mitt work. As you can see there are a wide variety of ages and abilities. This particular drill looks at attack only. The next is defence only. The third puts the two together.
Image by Getty Images via @daylife Contrary to the usual CCMA approach, today’s session session did not have much of a theme outside of introducing the class to some new MMA concepts. After a student-led warm-up incorporating blitzing, side-steps footwork, bear crawls, sprawls, snakes, crab-crawls, break-falls, rolls and the sprint catch game the class did some agility training. Using the cones we did the following routines for three sets each: Pogo jumps Running in and out 45 degree step-outs […]
04.11.11 The basic junior course in self-protection came to an end today. After six weeks of intensive sessions the under 16s of Telford’s Kyushinka Martial Arts undertook their confirmation session/test. The course was designed to teach relavant personal security and high percentage combatives to youngsters and today’s session was designed to observe how much information had been retained. Having a highly individualistic approach to teaching Clubb Chimera Martial Arts is not concerned with perfect form or technique, rather evidence that […]
Jamie Clubb, founder of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts, is scheduled to interview Randy "The Natural" Couture at this event to promote Randy's new book. Here is Jamie's review of Randy's autobiography.
Image via Wikipedia Tonight we looked at sensitivity, initiation and responsiveness at stand-up and clinch range. We began with some pummeling than some light clinch sparring, bringing knees. Attention was then taken to hand striking. This involved a drill to encourage punching at close quarters. In principle the drill is not that dissimilar to wing chun’s chi sau. We then began drilling reversals from the wall and also a self-defence application involving an eye gouge/headbutt combination. Taking the reversal […]
24.10.11. So, the grading is over and it is half-term. Time to look at what needs to be improved and where to new to begin. I put it around the group to pick some subjects. Both self-defence and MMA were requested. A senior student wanted more practice on knife defence and other students wanted to look at takedowns and submissions. So, I came up with a happy combination of all of these. When it comes to teaching defence against weapons […]
In association with Shinkenmi Ni Tesseyo Karate, Jamie Clubb will be holding a double workshop on self-protection in Heddington Grove, Birmingham. These workshops will cover the basics of sof skills (non-physical skills/personal security) and hard skills (physical skills/self-defence). Topics will include pre-incident indicators (natural warning signs), awareness (social and tactical), primitive stress response (understaning "fear"), pre-emptive striking, the law and post-fight considerations. The workshop combines a no-nonsense approach, presenting the most up-to-date information available on the subject, with a […]
Image via Wikipedia Vagabond Warriors was another enjoyable session – full of hard work and a good energy. We began with an introduction to CCMA and Vagabond Warriors concepts, discussing the CSI (Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality) approach to training. Then we looked at both partner and solo warm-up exercises. For partner work we began with fence sensitivity drills – developing tacticle responses and target familiarization. This moved onto body barges to get the feel of hitting another human without the […]
Tonight saw a couple of firsts in CCMA's grading history. For the first time the grading was held straight after a regular class. This was due to October being a very busy month and our usual monthly hall booking being taken up the "Vagabond Warriors" seminar, a service that is growing all the time. The arrange ment worked out okay, as students had a whole hour to go over areas they weren't confident on. The next of these firsts was […]