Diary / Training Notes

Edged Weapon Awareness and Self-Defence Course (diary entry)

EDGED WEAPON AWARENESS course (smaller)

31.05.15 Today’s seminar was the first of hopefully several that will be held at the regular “secret gym” venue, where I hold most of my local private lessons. The venue is fast becoming ideally suited to deliver the type of service CCMA provides. Groups for this type of seminar are strictly limited to ensure intensive training and the gym is kitted out specifically for the type of physical training I conduct. Of course, the nature of this particular seminar is […]

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MMA Street (diary entry)

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27.05.15 The tenth and final lesson of CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training looked at entirely at self-defence tactics. All of the material in this class had been previously covered in my client’s self-protection course as well as the concluding lessons of his courses in Boxing, Muay Thai, Clinch and Submission Fighting. However, I added in some new situations, such as multiple attackers, and looked at what MMA had brought to his experience. Attribute training must […]

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Journey back to the self-defence line (diary entry)

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20.05.15 In line with our usual cross-training course structure, the ninth lesson began my client’s return to the self-defence line. MMA differs a lot from other disciplines in that cross-training forms an integral part of the average fighter’s training regime. This will probably change as the sport continues to evolve and new generations of coaches are produced, in the same way that most other established combat sports and martial arts have evolved. During this course I have done my best […]

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Countering MMA style (diary entry)

Countering MMA style (diary entry)

13.05.15 What follows is report on the eighth lesson in CCMA’s Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training course. Tonight we picked up on attacking and countering using striking and grappling in conjunction. This built on the previous seven lessons in general and also focused on counters to various kicking attacks. We warmed up on the focus mitts and belly-pad, looking at removing obstructions and clearing the guard whilst striking to exposed targets. This was done from stand-up and grounded […]

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Building a New Foundation (diary entry)

Building a New Foundation (diary entry)

10.05.15 My second lesson of the day also focused on Western Boxing concepts for martial arts cross-training, but this time with quite a different client in many ways. My first client was an experienced martial artist who wished to change his defensive strategy into an aggressive one. My second client was new to martial arts training – only having completed three small group training session – and was naturally an aggressive fighter. Training for this session was focused on developing […]

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A Change of Strategy (diary entry)

A Change of Strategy (diary entry)

10.05.15 This double session was completely orientated towards Western Boxing for martial arts cross-training. My client was especially interested in using the striking nature of Boxing to improve his aggression in fighting arts. Recently at a Judo tournament, my client remarked that he had been too passive and defensive and hadn’t taken enough advantages of situations. Having a history in Boxing, as well as other marital arts, my client believed that Boxing always brought the proactive sense of attacking out […]

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Trapping Concepts in MMA (diary entry)

The seventh lesson in CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for cross-training in the martial arts delved much deeper into coordinating grappling with striking. Trapping is an area of training that primarily seems to be discussed in Wing Chun and South East Asian martial arts, and their derivatives. My guess is that it is because of this association few people in the MMA like to address the term or concept, and yet it is intrinsic once distance is covered in […]

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Standing Arm Triangle and Clinch-Punching

Standing Arm Triangle and Clinch-Punching

22.04.15 The sixth lesson in CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training reviewed much of the previous material and then focused on various overlapping principles. After going through freestyle combinations, transitional drills and all ranges off the wall, we looked at the standing arm-triangle. This began with timing exercises in order to execute the move. It allowed for a principle of closing the distance in order to clinch and control limbs. This moved onto clinching in the […]

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Standing Arm Triangle and Clinch-Punching

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The sixth lesson in CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training reviewed much of the previous material and then focused on various overlapping principles. After going through freestyle combinations, transitional drills and all ranges off the wall, we looked at the standing arm-triangle. This began with timing exercises in order to execute the move. It allowed for a principle of closing the distance in order to clinch and control limbs. This moved onto clinching in the standing […]

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Off the Wall Part 2 (diary entry)

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The fifth lesson in CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training covered the second part of our section on training off the wall. The lesson began with some partner footwork drills transitioning from stand-up to clinch and ground. The fighter did some target training for speed and then power, moving onto various takedown positioning, takedown defence, fighting from the top position on the ground and then from underneath. We then transferred our attention the wall. This began […]

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Off the Wall Part 1 (diary entry)

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The fourth lesson in CCMA’s course in MMA for martial arts cross-training revised the three ranges of stand-up, clinch and ground fighting (top and guard positions). We then focused on restrictive training and standing reversals with a focus towards fighting off the wall. My client then employed some freestyle combination work off the wall. We emphasized the 45 degree footwork again, in order to access escaping the cornered position. Unlike when one fights in a ring, the cage offers little […]

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Liver Shot (diary entry)

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Tonight’s technical session took a look at the stand-up range and continued our stylistic training arc, bringing the focus onto looping punches (for want of a better word). My client’s overall style strategy has been to fight defensively, drawing attacks onto set-ups for counter-attacks. This includes dropping the lead hand to feed jabs from a more relaxed position and also to bait attacks. A lot of this style has been dependent on slipping straight punches and clinching to wear an […]

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Clinching Offline in MMA (diary entry)

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The third lesson in the CCMA course in Mixed Martial Arts further explored universal principles for combining the ranges. We started with a revision of the previous two lessons both of which dovetail into the more clinch-range orientated training of tonight’s lesson. First we looked at using the jab to lead an attack. In the first lesson of the course we trained jabbing high and low, and then used this movement combine punching with shooting into clinch e.g. with a […]

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Triangle from Guard and Core Strength (diary entry)

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My second private lesson of the night revised my client’s stand-up work on the anchor punch, resumed his submissions from guard and focused on the upper body for strength conditioning. The revision looked at the difference between the anchor punch and the overhand punch, which we did on the Boxing focus mitts and then mixed into general stand-up on the Thai focus mitts. Submission work began with a revision of the simple arm-bar from guard. I corrected a few details […]

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Clinching Offline in MMA (diary entry)

Extreme Academy arm triangle

25.03.15 The third lesson in the CCMA course in Mixed Martial Arts further explored universal principles for combining the ranges. We started with a revision of the previous two lessons both of which dovetail into the more clinch-range orientated training of tonight’s lesson. First we looked at using the jab to lead an attack. In the first lesson of the course we trained jabbing high and low, and then used this movement combine punching with shooting into clinch e.g. with […]

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Anchor Punch! (diary entry)

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Tonight’s Triple C lesson based its technical martial arts side on developing the “Anchor Punch” and using the technique as inspiration for two other techniques. We then focused on lower body strength, covering mainly pushing actions and then a small amount of strength cardio. The anchor punch is a move that Muhammad Ali popularized when he knocked out Sonny Liston in their rematch in May 1965. At the time – and even some circles today – critics speculated that the […]

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