Drilling all Ranges and Transitioning through Grappling (diary entry)

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21.05.12: After a student-led warm-up of functional fitness exercises, we went back over last week's basics. Last week we focused on some muscle memory exercises (routines designed to create better retention of techniques). This week we revised the ranges covered by bringing them more into regular freestyle routines. We started with the fence, working straight and hooked hand strikes. Then these were done through all the postures – kneeling, seated, on the back and back against the wall. In this […]

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Vagabond Warriors Taster Session at Telford (diary entry)

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My mandate for tonight’s Vagabond Warriors taster session was to orientate it around wrestling/grappling in MMA – working around the double-leg takedown.   After a functional fitness warm-up led by resident MMA coach Scott Stewart, I ran the lesson along the following drills:   Footwork/sprawl movement drill – student mirrors coach’s footwork. Coach prompts the sprawl by dropping and touching the back of the student’s thighs. Drill with added jab/cross to targets Drill with added knee strike when coming up […]

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Owning the Basics (diary entry)

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Today we focused on specific drills to improve fundamental techniques. After our regular warm-up, involving footwork and general combative movement at all ranges, we went right back to sharpenign up the basics using a series of repetitive conditioning exercises. We began with self-defence and the fence – that dividing line between soft and hard skills in self-protection. This was just a case of drilling the touch/strike behaviour. The student adopts a natural position with their defending hands disguised by passive […]

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Vagabond Warriors at The Martial Arts Show Part 2 (diary)

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye in action with the medicine ball during his Media Training Day at The Haymaker Boxing Gym on October 27, 2010 in London, England. Daivd Haye will fight Audley Harrison on November 13, 2010 at Manchester Evening News Arena. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) Late in the day isn’t always the best of slots for free seminars, but nevertheless we still filled our second outing at the show as […]

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Vagabond Warriors at The Martial Arts Show Part 1 (diary)

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A little bit of pro-activity and a lot of aggressive on-the-spot selling alongside some genuine support we filled up the first Vagabond Warriors session of the weekend. I have been connected to The Martial Arts Shows since was The Martial Arts Festival, the brainchild of Kwoklyn Wan. Martial arts trade shows are not my favourite places, but somehow Kwoklyn manages to create a good atmosphere and books some of the nicest martial artists in the UK and internationally.   The […]

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Fighting through the Postures & Submission Clinic (diary entry)

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10.05.12 Odd numbers inspired me to begin our training with two-on-one exercises. I feel that not only is this a great way to develop more self-defence orientated skills – such as fighting multiple attackers – but also develops what I call 360 degree coaching. This means that a students attack and defence coordination can be carefully monitored and they can experience the best type of physical feedback possible next to sparring. We did this by placing one student between two […]

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Courage and the Myth of Fearlessness

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Cus D'Amato posing with his famous "peekaboo" style. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   The third tenet I selected for CCMA (Clubb Chimera Martial Arts) was courage. Out of all the tenets it is the most subjective. Different people have different interpretations of courage and also different ideas about what constitutes being courageous. However, there is often another word thrown in to help describe examples of courage that I do not believe are at all accurate: fearlessness. As children the word courage […]

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The student becomes the teacher and the lesson leads itself (diary entry)

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30.04.12 "They are not YOUR students! You do not own them." – Shihan Chris Rowen, Goju Ryu Karate "I am not your instructor. You teach me; you teach all of us. I am just your guide" – Stevie B, Mongrel Close-Quarter Fighting Method (somewhat paraphrased) The two above quotes from two wonderfully different martial arts teachers have stuck with me and at the core of the way I teach for several years now. The first came from a man who […]

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Awareness: A Partially Understood Tenet of Personal Security

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Today it is hard to go to a self defence seminar without hearing about the importance of being aware. Yet when we actually get to the topic of being aware it is often either delivered as part of a five minute disclaimer that also contains details on the legalities of self defence and the importance of not going around picking fights. Some instructors who do choose to go into detail seem to mistake paranoia for awareness. They promote an unhealthy […]

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Vagabond Warriors – Call to Arms!

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FREE one hour workshops at The Martial Arts Show. Give the Vagabond Warriors concept a try! Get an internal compass to organize your training, getting the most out of your martial arts. See details below. Jamie Clubb will also be available later in the day and on Sunday for signings and photograph opportunities. What others have to say about Vagabond Warriors – "For those of you new to VW I have to add that attending a mere two VW seminars […]

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Covering an Issue (diary entry)

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Due to the postponement of Vagabond Warriors 2.2 and the filming of the new Vagabond Warriors functional fitness video, I was able to book in a private lesson. My client requested that I go through my interpretation of "The Cover".  For my full thoughts on all this, please read "Take Cover". Today's lesson began with a warm-up involving prompting a defensive reaction from the student, striking with focus mitts. This was repeated with the student in a "code white" position […]

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Back to stand-up! (diary entry)

25.04.2012: After the Easter break it was time to get back into some stand-up training. After some functional fitness warm-ups, this included some line-work featuring the pendulum method for front kicks and straight knees, we looked at combination work. We drilled several boxing combinations first as part of shadow boxing and then with partners and finally on the focus mitts. This helps provide a better overall view of the combinations. Next we put the hand strikes under pressure with the […]

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Deconstructing the Single Leg Takedown (diary entry)

A single leg takedown attempt.

A single leg takedown attempt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 19.04.12 This was my third time teaching at Telford’s excellent Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre. In the lead-up to Vagabond Warriors 2.2 I took a one hour MMA class. Vagabond Warriors adopts a ground-up model for teaching. This means that I allow the experiences; problems and general input of those who I coach determine the direction of the lesson. In this instance several of the participants had recently competed in the cage and […]

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