Diary / Training Notes

Taking the Back (diary entry)

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30.04.19 Lesson three of my client’s course on Basic Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training moved us more onto collar and elbow control as well as taking the back. We began with Indian press-ups and Indian Squats. Then we did isolated repetitions of forward, backwards and shoulder side rolls followed forward, backward and side break falls, which were then combined for the final series of sets. I also introduced neck bridges, another very traditional wrestling exercise. Then we moved […]

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Muay Thai Sparring (diary entry)

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27.09.19   My second lesson on Saturday completed the eighth hour of my two junior client’s course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We focused on sparring and better combination work.   The lesson began with a callisthenic warm up and then moved onto a series of rounds on the focus mitts. After looking at specific areas for improvement off both clients we moved onto their first experience sparring in Muay Thai. This consisted of 6 x […]

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Crocodile Whips His Tail (diary entry)

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27.04.19   Last Saturday I reached the four and half hour point of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We used a different training plan more in line with my quarrying method, whereby sparring or pressure exercises inform the areas that need to be drilled and studied during the lesson. After a light warm-up, the class began with 3 x 10 minute Muay Thai sparring and 2 x 10 minute Submission Grappling specific sparring.   The Muay Thai was […]

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Clubb Chimera & “The Art of Survival” (diary entry)

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                25.09.19 “The Art of Survival” is an exciting new youth movement, helping young people (11-17 years of age) to learn new skills and to become productive citizens. Each Thursday the youth leaders host different mentors to teach and motivate the movement participants. I was honoured to be invited to provide a two-hour version of my “When Parents Aren’t Around” course. Unfortunately I didn’t get enough time to teach all I had planned, […]

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Turn & Attack (diary entry)

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24.04.19 Wednesday night continued my junior and senior private lessons for the nephew and uncle team. Whether we were apparently turning away from an incoming opponent only to deliver a surprise kick to the liver or turning under a pinning opponent to attack the leg, this was all about making THAT turn to return the fight! Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training continued for the nephew as the uncle moved onto the next stage of his series of escapes […]

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Hybrid Grappling (diary entry)

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23.04.19   Tuesday’s private lesson consisted of the second hour of my client’s Clinch/Stand-up Grappling course. We revised falls and rolls, turning them into muscle memory callisthenics. Then we resumed work within the clinch, looking at breaking posture, control positions, under-hooking and two basic sweep/throws.   The lesson began with a simple warm-up followed by Indian press-ups and squats. Then we moved onto rolls from the front, shoulder/side and back followed by front, side and back break falls, finally finished […]

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Freeing a Caught Kick (diary entry)

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22.04.19 Easter Monday morning’s private lesson was my two junior clients’ seventh hour in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We spent a lot more time on the clinch and also its use as a counter-technique from a kick-catch.   After Indian press-ups and single leg raises we did some line-work focusing on setting up spear, diagonal and round knee strikes. Here we focused a lot on positioning, ensuring the hips were dropped back for the spear knee that […]

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Cobra Punch and Back-Kicks (diary entry)

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20.04.19 Saturday morning’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We continued looking at advanced Muay Thai techniques, set ups for the cobra/superman punch. We also spent a lot of time on the back kick. In Submission Grappling we moved onto the next pin escape, repeating the escapes from scarf-hold I did with my client on Wednesday. We warmed up with Indian press-ups and standing leg raises. Then we went to the focus mitts […]

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Escaping Two Scarf-Holds (diary entry)

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17.04.19 Wednesday night consisted of a special 1 ½ hour lesson for my senior student, where we focused entirely on developing escapes and counter-moves from scarf-hold. We trained and tested defences against both the traditional head-lock scarf-hold – found mainly in Judo but also present in various other Wrestling sports as well as primal grappling in general – and the adjusted under-hook scarf-hold common to submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The lesson began with a series of ground callisthenics […]

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Clinch Course Begins (diary entry)

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16.04.19 Tuesday night saw my client embark upon his third martial arts cross-training course with me as we started hour one of stand-up grappling. This course is primarily concerned with take downs and take down defence. It is very loosely based on Freestyle Wrestling, but has elements of other stand-up grappling systems I have experienced that have relevance within the context of Mixed Martial Arts competition. After a warm-up of Indian press-ups and Indian squats, performed at a progressive pace, […]

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Jump Push Kicks, Knee Bombs, Side Control Reversals & Half-Guard Lockdowns (diary entry)

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15.04.19   Monday night began the first lesson of my client’s specially tailored martial arts cross training course. The course will focus half on stand-up striking and half on ground-fighting. Unlike most lessons and cross-training courses, these areas will be unconnected and will not be united by a single theme. Rather they are areas the client, now a two year veteran of my teaching method, has specifically selected. We began with a look at the jumping push kick and the […]

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Punching for Confidence (diary entry)

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14.04.19 Sunday morning saw the beginning of a new 10 hour basic course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training for two junior clients. The objective of this particular course is to build confidence above all else. For this reason there will be a particular emphasis on teaching the students to better coach each other. Training began with the basics on foot work. We moved forwards and backwards, looking at stances and fluidity. The jab was then introduced. Next […]

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Student Empowerment in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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13.04.19   Saturday morning saw my two junior clients pass the six hour point of their basic course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We did some coaching training in the form of pad-work order to better maintain skills outside of class and so I could also observe the training from another perspective. I also introduced another sweep and the horizontal knee strike.   We began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretching. Then we moved […]

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Escaping Kick-Catches & Scarf-Holds (diary entry)

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10.04.19   Wednesday night was my normal junior/senior nephew/uncle double lesson. The junior lesson continued Muay Thai training, introducing escapes from kick-catches, whereas the senior lesson continued work on escapes from pins, focusing on escapes from the adjusted scarf-hold.   The junior lesson generally concentrated on refining everything that has been covered over the course. We worked on maintaining stance and good hand positioning throughout the execution of various combinations. The back kick and spinning elbow were also taught as […]

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8 Rounds of Muay Thai (diary entry)

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09.04.19 Tuesday night completed my client’s Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course. We worked through all areas covered during the course and used the round format in order to confirm all the material. After a warmup of dynamic stretching and callisthenics, we trained for six rounds on the Thai focus mitts and two rounds of sparring. Round 1 – footwork, basic guard, 1-4 punch/kick combinations, teep setups and basic checking Round 2 – All of the above […]

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Testing Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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08.04.19   Monday night concluded my course of Combat Conditioning with this client. It was time to push everything over the hour and a half lesson to see how much progress had been made. After a simple warm-up the lesson ran over a period of 8 x 5 minute rounds with one minute break in-between. Five of these rounds were line-work exercises, designed for my client to use when home-training. The remaining three were sparring rounds. There was no time […]

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