Exploring an arm-lock (diary entry)

Kimura vs Gracie his winning "Kimura lock...

Image via Wikipedia We began the lesson with a revision of all basic functional and relevant training exercises from breakfalls to shadow boxing and finally back onto the leading knee principle touched up last week. However, this time we followed the shadow version of the lead knee strike and double leg takedown with a direct application. As explained before, the leading knee principle is an example of using two different techniques to drive maximum power off the leading leg. Usually […]

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September Vagabond Warriors Report (diary entry)

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"Vagabond Warriors" is perhaps the CCMA service that means the most to me. It is intended to be more than a seminar. It's a think tank and an open forum for revolutionary training ideas. By using the C.S.I. (Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality) model we are always about change. Not change for change sake, but everything we do and everything that we work on is up for review. This is what makes us very different from the majority of combative systems. […]

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Asymmetrical Training for Children at Telford Martial Arts Centre (diary entry)

predator/prey (with protection)

Image by just sof via Flickr I received the usual enthusiastic and keen response I have come to expect from the young students of Telford Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre’s black belt club. After a student led warm-up, I began with some escape-based exercises. This began with much larger students being paired with smaller ones. Such exercises throw into question normally robust principle of striking the highline of one’s adversary. The highline target is never the head in such situations and […]

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Vagabond Warriors

 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 […]

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Leading with the knee? (diary entry)

Knee (strike)

Image via Wikipedia Today’s lesson consisted of a basic overview of techniques from all three ranges of MMA. The warm-up included a bit of traditional line-work to get the motions correct with the straight knee strike and the double leg takedown. Both techniques involve an understanding of how to let your body weight penetrate through the target. I appreciate this is pretty much what any linear technique involves, but few require so much commitment. You virtually overbalance yourself when your […]

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Specific Training

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A while back I put my thoughts down on what I considered to be the most beneficial way to approach physical training. The piece was called “The Hierarchy of Training” and it was designed to apply time management principles in a fitness world that is now saturated with accessible information and fast-developing trends. At the top of that hierarchy I named something I call “Specific Training”. This form of training provides the essence of learning and physical progress. Specific training […]

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Double Leg Takedown/Shoot with Cart – Functional Fitness

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Functional fitness to specifically develop the action of shooting in for a double leg takedown or tackle. The resistance for drilling this move normally comes from from a pulling action and this exercise can be reversed and performed uphill. However, so long as the plane of resistance is the same there is no reason not to do it from the front. This is designed to replicate the resistance you will feel as you make impact with the shoot.

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Incline Press with Cart – Functional Fitness

I found the incline press version to be more intense than the decline one, as there was more direct pressure. It's still an odd way to press and it's merits are debatable over the normal free weight and machine varieties. What it does have in its favour as any of this surreal routine does is that the weights are unbalanced. Big thanks to my family for filling in for ranting steroid meatheads that usually accompany this type of training 😉 […]

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Pulling the Cart Backwards Uphill – Functional Fitness

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This exercise – pulling a weighted cart backwards up a hill – is designed to develop the following: 1. Strong defensive fighting for the clinch against takedowns 2. Pulling strength for high and lowline takedowns 3. Pull strength to unbalance an opponent/enemy 4. Justify training when I should be taking my family out on a Sunday! Don't forget to check out the ClubbChimera.com website for detailed training notes, insightful articles and interviews, and upcoming events for self-protection and mixed martial […]

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Cart Pushing Uphill – Functional Fitness

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This exercise, if performed correctly, should work specific muscles to better train lowline takedowns and counter lowline takedowns. It also has benefits for developing the core base for firing off most explosive movements required in combat sports and combatives training. Obvious qualities for this quirky form of exercising over using a standard piece of gym equipment are 1. Uneven weight distribution, which is closer to the feeling you get when fighting another human being. 2. It works core stability. 3. […]

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“Rickshaw” Training – The Warm-up

The surreal meets the functional! This is the beginning of a series of exercises using a small donkey cart. The is to develop large muscle groups in line with movements advantageous in fighting. The warm-up is done running forwards pulling the cart. Stability strength begins to get tested as the runner goes down the hill. Although this sort of video should contain a couple of steroid using meatheads shouting abuse from the cart, as it shoots along a specially constructed […]

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Fear my 300 Techniques (diary entry)

300 (film)

Image via Wikipedia 22.08.11: Today’s class was attended wholly by senior grades, so we focused on developing key parts of MMA using the 300 reps as a technique model for improving muscle memory. This was done after a warm-up led by two different students.   The movie “300”, a shot-for-shot adaptation of Frank Miller’s fanciful comic mini-series retelling of the famed 300 Spartan soldiers that fought literally to the last man at the Battle of Thermopyae, has had a definite […]

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Return of Martial Arts Satire

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My thanks to martial arts and self protection instructor, Andras Milward for bringing my attention to this excellent online series of martial arts satire. Before this website got a major upgrade I presented a regular feature known as "Martial Arts Satire". This highlighted more than martial arts, sketches where martial arts were used as an instrument, but humourous commentary on the martial arts. Tommy Cooper, Jim Carey and Paul Kaye all provided sketches that got increasingly close to the calloused […]

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Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife The summer time brings a certain laziness to training. The minority train as hard as they have ever did, but those who have done this for a long time will know that lethargy that sneaks in when the days are long, the weather is hot and the holidays have just been or are around the corner. So, what better time to look at the overall conditioning of the class. Class attendance is usually very […]

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