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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Image by hashmil via Flickr On 14th June I took the final part of what I considered then to be the most important qualification in my martial arts/self-protection career. 2011 saw the publishing of a Btec level 3 Advanced Award in Self Defence Instruction, created by Mark Dawes's company, The National Federation for Personal Safety. The whole experience that began with an intensive week of coursework that I crammed prior to the examination/presentation/assessment day was a learning experience in more […]
I am proud to announce that I was recently invited to join the United Kingdom Martial Arts Alliance by founder, Steven Timperley. I am already an instructor registered with World Combat Arts (from where I deliver Mo Teague's Hard Target courses), the British Combat Association and the Martial Arts Standards Agency, so why join another association? UKMAA is clearly very different and serves another objective, one that renews my enthusiasm for teaching and practicing self protection, combatives and martial arts. […]
Telford Kyushinkai Martial Arts hosts CCMA’s revolutionary children’s self protection and progressive martial arts programme.
Image via Wikipedia We began with a series of specific warm-up exercises performed on the move and on the spot. These included straight punching, sprawling, covering, transitioning ranges, knee strikes, elbows, hooks, uppercuts, bridging into side control and guard, squat kicking front, side and round, and combinations. We then went straight into stand-up combination. This worked off basic slips into knee strikes and the clinch. Then we covered the headlock counters, leading to a takedown and an armbar. […]
A much neglected area of training outside of arts like boxing and muay Thai is striking whilst moving. An even more neglected area is striking whilst moving from any range other than standing. Here we see an example of training in a CCMA class where students are coached to strike whilst moving on their backs (snaking or shrimping). Furthermore, they deal with feedback from their coaches to learn practical defence.
We live in an age where information has never been more accessible. Long gone are the days when most martial arts schools jealously restricted their students from being able to train in other disciplines. CCMA was not born out of a tradition or culture, but honours the spirit of the nomadic fighter and the scientific method. “Vagabond Warriors”, created by Jamie Clubb the presenter/writer behind the best-selling DVD series Cross Training in the Martial Arts, offers students and instructors, regardless […]
Image by demandaj via Flickr Juniors The junior section was an open session. By popular request we looked at takedowns and groundwork from an MMA perspective. I continued the theme of handling headlocks from the previous lesson. We drilled slipping out of the hold from its early stage and then countering it when the hold is on. The second counter brought us to a possible arm-bar finish. The arm-bar brought us to application from the guard. We practiced the […]