Third Boys’ Brigade Workshop (diary entry)

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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 […]

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Thoughts on the grading (diary entry)

Usage of a leg trip to perform a takedown.

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 […]

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All Day Taster Workshop at Woodlands School (diary entry)

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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, […]

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The Fence and the Guard (diary entry)

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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 […]

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BTEC and Self Defence – accrediting RBSD?

Books to be returned...

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 […]

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Jamie Clubb made a National Tutor with the UKMAA

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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. […]

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Looking further into the nature of “technique” (diary entry)

One type of Side control

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.   […]

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Striking and moving from the back

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.

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Vagabond Warriors Workshop

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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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Return of the Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

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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 […]

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Junior Workshop in Telford 1 report (diary entry)

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I was kindly invited by Sam Stewart the founder and owner of Kyushinkai Martial Arts in Telford, a full time martial arts academy and host to numerous luminaries of the British Combat Association, to teach the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to their junior students. I have been to the centre on several occasions and I am always impressed with the progress the place has made. Not only does it offer a broad range of martial arts classes, but the […]

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MMA combinations & facing the headlock (diary entry)

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Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr Richard Barnes kindly led the fun-filled warm-up. This largely consisted of awareness and reaction based physical activities. Students changed levels and progressed to more explosive movements as they gradually warmed up. After this we moved into some technique based MMA work, looking at the transition from stand-up to clinch and takedowns.   Blitzing and four double leg takedown entries Jab and double leg takedown – red sashes and above built up the number […]

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CCMA free workshop at Martial Arts Festival UK 4 April 2009

Pete Mills, pioneer of top martial arts website "Martial Edge", in action at Clubb Chimera Martial Arts free workshop given at the Martial Arts Festival UK. This is a core training drill used at CCMA to quarry instinctive and individualistic attacking tools. The student being trained uses "Strategy One" (S1), which contains any techniques used to create and maintain distance e.g. striking. The attacking student uses "Strategy Two" (S2) to close the distance. By giving students two different objectives it […]

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