Recommended VII: From Exreme Fear to Mindful Eating

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Image by Lord Jim via Flickr Fear   Fear has become a mainstay of Reality-Based Self-Defence training for a long time now. Both our understanding of how it alerts us to danger – immortalized in such RBSD “Bibles” as Gavin De Becker’s “The Gift of Fear” – and in the way it can restrict us from realizing our potential – see Geoff Thompson’s “Fear: The Friend of Exceptional People”. There have since been a plethora of titles handling either good […]

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From the ground up (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 19.09.11 Eastern Green Primary Schoolonce more hosted me as an all-day coach. I taught half hour taster workshops on mixed martial arts and the CCMA approach to students aged from five to 11. With such short spots it is very useful that CCMA’s warm-ups are not abstract exercises, but relavent movements that replicate what students would be doing on the focus mitts and in the sparring. We did some shadow boxing that covered all ranges then some […]

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Specific Training – Testing Hooking Strikes from Different Positions

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Having "quarried" a basic technique – in this instance a hooking or round hand strike – through a striking versus grappling pressure test, the student then trains the selected techniques from various restricted positions. Here we see the round strike utilized as a backhand strike, an uppercut and a forehand strike. He is held in positions that roughly resemble primal grappling holds i.e. the bear hug. This type of training shows both the limitations and versatility of the selected technique.

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Getting to Grips (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 12.09.11 After  a completley student-led warm of relevant exercises – shadow-boxing, sprawling, rolls, snaking and so on – we focused completely on grappling. This began with some Greco-Roman positional work. I started this section with some overhook/underhook pummelling that increased in resistance to a game to get both underhooks in. Students then began away from the clinch and fought for the back position, working circular attacks and counters. Moving onto freestyle wrestling, the students fought for lowline […]

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“There Has Never Been a Better Time to be Alive” – Review of Dan Gardner’s “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear”

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Cover of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear According to Dan Gardner, bad news easily outsells good news. He should know, having worked within the newspaper industry for his entire career. Gardner has first hand experience of seeing the way papers are driven by a need to report shocking headlines. Popular writing excites the senses and there is no quicker way to make something a "thrilling read" than to use fear. That's great when it comes to writing fiction […]

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Exploring an arm-lock (diary entry)

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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)

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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)

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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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