Diary / Training Notes

Conditioning the Lead Side (diary entry)

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22.02.19   The first lesson of the morning began my long-time client on his course of Combat Conditioning. We worked on improving speed and power as well as the underlying fitness needed to execute jabs, lead leg teeps and double-leg takedowns – all lead side techniques.   The lesson began with a series of callisthenic/mobility exercises focusing on combative movement. We then looked at the jab from both stances. In order get maximum movement, flexibility and to keep the lead […]

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Elbows & Knees (diary entry)

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21.02.19   Tonight my client began his third hour of his Course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Work was primarily geared toward creating flow and building stronger transitions between techniques.   We warmed up with mirror footwork, paying particular attention to angling off, creating distance and taking ground. The rhythmic rocking motion of Thai footwork was emphasised to help generate momentum in techniques. These began with the jab and the teep. Then we used the four-punch […]

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Beyond the 4 Punches of Boxing (diary entry)

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16.02.19   The second lesson of the morning was the penultimate lesson of my two junior clients’ 10 hour course on Basic Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training worked on bringing everything together. We also spent some time on different jabs, the L-step, getting out of corners, drawing an attack, the overhand and body shots.   We went straight into working the 11 punch combination as a progressive warm-up. Starting with light movements, designed to promote coordination we then moved […]

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Sweeps vs Angle Strikes (diary entry)

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16.02.19 The first lesson of the morning was the final lesson of my client’s course on Martial Arts Cross Training. This class saw us revising stick and knife work before using them within the context of MMA ground-fighting. To set the scene for groundwork, we went over a series of sweeps, much as I had already done with my senior client last Wednesday. Training began with a warm-up of stick-work. We went through 12 angles of the single stick off […]

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Takedowns & Sweeps (diary entry)

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13.02.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team tackled the Thai clinch and sweeps in groundwork respectively. The nephew’s junior lesson is part of his course in basic Muay Thai. The uncle’s senior lesson is part of his current exploration of martial arts cross-training.   The junior lesson began with a revision of Muay Thai punch/kick combinations, changing over to punch/knee combinations. We then moved onto the clinch and focused on the changing stance v-step used to break an opponent’s […]

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Getting to Grips & Breaking Them (diary entry)

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13.02.19 The first lesson of the day was with my Kingham Hill class. We entered the realm of anti-grappling and grappling for self-defence. I approached it a little differently than usual. On previous occasions I have gone straight for the anti-grappling tactics, but recently I have become more inclined to familiarise students with the grappling range. My belief is that by getting an idea of how someone grabs and tries to manhandle a student, brings home the importance of maintaining […]

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Muay Thai Kicking Fundamentals Continues (diary entry)

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12.02.19   Tonight my client reached the second hour his 10 hour course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Part of his course includes improving all round flexibility. Our warm consisted of several ballistic exercises and hip-opening movements. I did my best to work in some time management technique relevance. Standing leg raises were done off a Muay Thai stance and guard. Squats were done whilst throwing punches. I also included the wrestling exercise of Indian press-ups, […]

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Position before Punching (diary entry)

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09.02.19   My two junior clients arrived at the eighth hour of their course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. They are showing a lot of great progress and have clearly been putting the work in. This was my second lesson of the day. We went over 11 punch combination, uppercuts, body shots and general positioning.   The warm up consisted of partner-work, where the two junior fighters coached each other. They began with footwork and then […]

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FMA Concepts and Research (diary entry)

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09.02.19   The first of this morning’s lessons was a special two-hour lesson. This brought my client up to the 8 hour point of this 10 hour course in Martial Arts Cross Training. We are using Southeast Asian weapon concepts to develop attributes for Mixed Martial Arts and unarmed Self-Defence training. Previously we have been mainly looking at the use of angled strikes and also footwork. This lesson looked more at transitioning through postures via stick-work and trapping principles.   […]

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Transitioing from Western Boxing to Muay Thai (diary entry)

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07.02.19   Tonight my client began his new and first course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Having just completed the Western Boxing course two days ago, his goal is to be competent in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. We looked at how Muay Thai resembles certain aspects of Western Boxing and yet differs from them in many ways.   Besides all the obvious elements found in Muay Thai such as the inclusion of kicks, knee strikes, […]

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Two Lessons on the Clinch (diary entry)

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06.02.19 Tonight I trained my regular nephew and uncle team. This session comprised of one junior lesson and one senior lesson. The nephew is currently on a Muay Thai course and the uncle is a long-time client of mine, studying martial arts cross-training. The nephew did more work on the clinch. The uncle continued to explore Filipino martial arts as a form of attribute training and then we continued our focus on elbow strikes. This was also trained within the […]

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Kingham Hill Self-Defence Postures (diary entry)

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06.02.19   Today my Kingham Hill School class covered Boxing and Muay Thai in their warm-ups, moving on self-defence with an emphasis on fighting through postures.   The warm-up began with straight up shadow boxing. We changed stances, built on combinations and practised our footwork. The jab, the cross, the lead hook and the spear knee were all trained. Then we moved on self-defence.   Self-defence began with training the rear straight hand strike off a natural fence. This is […]

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Concluding Boxing (diary entry)

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05.02.19   Tonight saw the final part of my client’s 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. From the beginning of this course, my client’s objective has been to learn the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Tonight we put everything together and sparred for 5 x 3 minute rounds.   The lesson began with a warm-up of mirror footwork and slipping. This is a great form of attribute training that enables a student to focus on […]

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Under the Boxing Guard (diary entry)

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02.02.19   This morning’s private lesson saw my two junior clients grow their combinations, focus more on the L and V-Step as well as develop the uppercut and the liver-shot/shovel hook.   We warmed up with partner work, focusing on defensive attributes using footwork and slipping. Here I principally addressed the L and V-step. The L-step is a great defensive and drawing technique, but it only works to one side of a stance. The move is used to move out […]

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Footwork and Postures (diary entry)

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30.01.19   Tonight’s lesson continued work on Filipino influenced martial arts tactics in sport and self-defence. Although we did train through postures and opened up sparring to all ranges, we primarily focused on stand-up fighting. Next week we will move more into clinch and ground.   The lesson began with a warm-up of single and double-stick movements. We started with the single stick 12 angles. This then moved onto double-stick partner work. Here we used angles 1 and 2 through […]

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The Hook under Pressure (diary entry)

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  30.01.2019   Today’s self-defence lesson at Kingham Hill School introduced the hook and aspects of live training. This sandwiched in revision from lessons, where we covered the pre-emptive strike and both passive and aggressive fences.   We began with a warm-up, coordinating punching and movement. We also revised the cover and tactical escape; running in different directions and accessing the nearest exit points at a moment’s notice.   We then had a quick discussion on responses under pressure. I […]

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