Diary / Training Notes

Turning Hips (diary entry)

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08.05.14 General Lesson We looked at the twisting action required for many core circular techniques in martial arts. This began with hooks from boxing, striking high and low. Then we brought in bobbing and weaving to further emphasis the torqueing motion required to hook. Training was next taken the ground, where we covered the arm-bar from guard. Here it is crucial that the hips are turned to complete the action. Going to the clinch we ran through the hip throw. […]

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Breaking the Surface with the Uppercut (diary entry)

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English: Line art drawing of an uppercut (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 07.05.14 This was my client’s fourth boxing session. We began with some sparring exercises. My client warmed up by mirroring my footwork – looking at cutting off the ring, moving out of corners and switching stances. Then we began coordinating hand movements by exchanging jabs/parries. We then revised slipping the jab and slipping jab/cross. After a confirmation on hook punches taught in the previous lesson I introduced rolling (bobbing and […]

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Introducing the hook (diary entry)

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30.04.14 The third part of our boxing cross-training lesson began with revision on footwork, coordinating hand and feet movement, the jab and the cross.  I paid attention to moving the body as a whole unit to the targets at different ranges. This included dropping the whole body to jab low and shifting forward when a struck target moved away. We then worked the bag with some speed exercises, and practised with a bicycle inner-tube (improvised resistance band). The inner-tube helps […]

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Ground up Coaching (diary entry)

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English: Knee in muay thai clinch (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 28.04.14   General Lesson   Today we used the CCMA ground-up teaching method. I put the children in the leadership position. They identified a collective problem or several different problems put forward by different students and then addressed these problems with appropriate exercises. My role was to individually coach and correct when asked.   The class began with issues regarding takedowns. The waist-lock takedown was selected after drilling arm-drags. I noticed […]

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Sticks and Round Kicks (diary entry)

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24.04.14 General Lesson We took a different route for the regular students and explored some of the stick arts to build up hand/feet coordination and speed. This took us off on a tangent onto incidental weaponry training for self-defence, forearm striking for self-defence and the Thai elbow for stand-up, clinch and ground in MMA sport. The class finished with an extended sparring session of five rounds of boxing, muay Thai, wrestling, submission grappling and MMA. Private Lesson My client has […]

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Changing Levels and the Cross (diary entry)

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23.04.14 Private Lesson Tonight we held the session 2 of the CCMA boxing cross-training programme. Picking up from where we left off from the previous session, we continued with the jab. Last time we warmed up using some footwork agility drills that my client has continued along with skilling in his time between lessons. This time I focused on developing fast twitch muscle reflexes in my client’s stance-changing and dropping levels. My client is primarily a competitive long distance runner […]

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Cross-Training Boxing Intro (diary entry)

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slip1.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 16.04.14 Private Lesson Having completed the basic CCMA Self-Protection course, my client decided to pursue western boxing for his first cross-training experience. Boxing is a superb discipline for developing skills with hand striking. For reasons I have outlined in “Attribute Training” and “The Hierarchy of Training”, it is important that a client understands the objectives of another art when he steps off the self-protection line. The fighter acquires the attributes of the art and brings these […]

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360 Degree Coaching (diary entry)

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14.04.14 General Lesson – Mixed Martial Arts After a series of footwork and ground movement exercises we focused on improving hand striking skills. This began in the form of 360 Degree Coaching. I created this form of isolated static training to refine basic skills. One fighter stands between two coaches and is given physical stimuli to correct their form. Typically one coach at the front holds a pair of focus mitts for targeting and checks one side of the body […]

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Asylum Burpees! (diary entry)

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10.04.14 Private Lesson – Combat Conditioning This is the third session with my professional wrestling client who has lost a lot of weight and is showing improved all round conditioning since we began. We began with some shadow work. I was keen to encourage him to look into relevant exercises that will improve his performance in the ring. Conditioning is very important, but it is time everything was brought back to his main objective. I had him shadow box and […]

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Aftermath: Post-Fight Training (diary entry)

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English: A ghostly Black Dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 09.04.14 Private Lesson – Self Protection This session is the final part of the CCMA basic self-protection programme. Tonight we returned to some soft skills, discussing the aftermath of a conflict, as well as work on tactical escape and a brief revision of all hard skills covered throughout the course. The post-fight stage of a conflict has always been a sorely neglected area of self-protection training. Geoff Thompson should be given due […]

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The Chimera Extends her Boundaries (diary entry)

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08.04.14 Private Lesson Today marked an interesting new branch off for CCMA. My client wasn’t interested in booking a listed service, but wanted to engage me to teach our approach to coaching. This isn’t the first time I have been approached by parties who wish to implement our methods. However, it is the first time it has got past the theory stage. My client is a vaulting teacher who is concerned her students haven’t grasped the feeling or essence of […]

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Newton & Superman, Scenarios & Evasion (diary entry)

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English: Butterfly-punch Français : Coup de poing sauté (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 07.04.14 General Lesson – Mixed Martial Arts/Stand-up Training began with a dynamic warm-up, which brought our attention back to a simple relevant tactic: blitzing. As always, I feel it is very important that all students are pushed to think about what they are doing and to understand the objectives of their training. If anyone runs in my self-protection or martial arts classes there is a very specific purpose. Sprinting […]

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Argument for the Arm-Triangle (diary entry)

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Diagram showing the origins of the main branches of the carotid arteries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 02.04.14 Tonight was the penultimate lesson in this client’s self-protection course. Like all CCMA services, the course is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. However, I contend that basic civilian self-protection should be no longer than a 10 hour course plus homework and I advise that a refresher course be booked at a later date. It’s reverse first aid and if what you […]

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Side Control and the Story of a Knife (diary entry)

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One type of Side control (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 31.03.14 General Lesson – Mixed Martial Arts/Ground Tonight's lesson was centred on ground grappling in MMA and the side control position. I recall when I had my first private lesson with world champion Brazilian jiu jitsuka, Braulio Estima, that side control (also known as side mount) was one of the most common positions beginners got stuck defending. We dissected the defence from two different variations on the side control position – with […]

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Headlocks Attack and Defence (diary entry)

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26.03.14 The eighth session of the basic CCMA self-protection programme with this particular client saw more combat grappling. We began from the ground this time and the transition from takedowns to ground-fighting. Earlier sessions have consisted of various behavioural exercises designed to promote staying on one’s feet and getting off the ground as soon as possible when in a combative situation. Grappling is also taught as a support skill. However, now it was time to start dealing with the ground […]

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Tyres and the First Tabata (diary entry)

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26.03.14 First Private Lesson This is my third reconditioning session with a professional wrestler. So far my main concern with him has been to shift fat and water retention, to increase cardiovascular recovery rate, improve stability and to enhance his overall performance. His training plans consist of compound weight exercises, high intensity interval training and sport specific routines. The warm-up consisted of a mirror footwork exercise, where one fighter follows the other trying to keep up. We then got onto […]

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