Tonight I continued teaching my series of junior lessons on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training, where we reached our sixth half hour session. This was followed by an hour’s senior lesson on Mixed Martial Arts.
The first lesson continued work on the peek-a-boo and tightening up stance structure and movement. I began with a series of exercises designed to promote good posture whilst ducking or switching levels in a fight.
We built up the punching combination to 11 punches and worked on retaining the guard. I used my old restrictive movement exercise whereby the boxer keeps has to pin two objects to his ribs with his elbows whilst punching. This promotes better movement in the body and speeds up hand movement. The long combination serves to chain together punches with greater fluidity.
This part of the lesson finished with a three minute round on the focus mitts, simulating a bout. This time I included “knockdowns” whereby the boxer hits the ground in an extended plank position and then jumps back to his feet (aka full body combat).
The senior lesson was entirely dedicated to the stand-up range. We covered Western Boxing and Muay Thai individually, but linked them with a theme. The key here was to be able to change from the two different styles but to retain a single tactic. The tactic in question was to acquire body shots.
In Western Boxing we used deceptive footwork and set up punches to the head. These prompted the opponent to expose the striking zones on the body. We used luring with the L-Step (see the entry for my client on 13.10.18) as well as slipping into overhands and then downstairs. We threw low jabs to the solar plexus, hooks to the floating ribs and shovel hooks to the liver and spleen.
In Muay Thai we used punches to the head, high and low kicks, to set up for oblique kicks and diagonal knees to the spleen and liver.
The lesson finished with four rounds of sparring. We alternated between Western Boxing rules and Muay Thai rules to challenge adaptation of tactics.
Photo from the below video on Lyoto Machida’s liver kick