Diary / Training Notes

Preparing for a First Level CCMA Grading (diary entry)

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18.02.13 We focused completely on grading material for those taking their very first grade in the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to self-protection and martial arts cross training. The first grading is a confirmation basic self-defence and personal security practical skills and knowledge. It is my view that a first level student of CCMA should be competent within reason and context in civilian self-protection.  We began with the fence, practicing it from role-play and on the focus mitts. We then […]

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Cross Training & Self-Defence (diary entry)

17.02.13   Cross Training Class If you will pardon the melodrama, today’s class was something of a self-defence journey into martial arts cross training. I took the student through various different fighting systems, overlapped them and brought them back to the self-protection line. We began with the fence and pre-emptive striking. This started with target familiarization and muscle memory development for the pre-emptive strike. Straight strikes, hooks and uppercuts were covered before being taken onto the focus mitts for impact […]

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Fighting from the Ground & Progressive Pad-Work

General Lesson   Today’s double lesson took students through self-defence and mixed martial arts concepts. After a student-led warm-up we resumed our journey through basic self-defence tools, ending up with asymmetrical ground fighting. The objective here is to get to your feet as quickly as possible on your enemy’s feet and to get up as soon as possible. Mistakes to watch out for include not covering the head properly, not attacking the attack, putting hands down and giving your back. […]

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Self-Defence & Introduction to Incidental Weapons

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Marines practice groundfighting (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 10.02.13 We began the session with a complete revision of self-defence hard skills. We began with the fence and pre-emptive striking. This moved into power development and transitioning through differnent postures – standing, kneeling, seated and on the back. We covered straight hand strikes, hooks and uppercuts, as well as close-quarter strikes and kicks. Next we moved onto the cover; recovering from attacks and anti-grappling followed by combat grappling. The revision was complete with […]

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Peek-a-Boo & Foreman’s Feet (diary entry)

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English: Boxing match in Bangkok,Thailand. http://www.dmitrimarkine.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 09/02/13 Today’s focus on muay Thai and sparring. We began with some progressive sparring. This began with some light western boxing, followed by muay Thai. Rounds consisted of punching only, kicking only and then punching and kicking.   From this I addressed issues with defence and footwork. We looked at the peek-a-boo guard and its transition from a regular high guard, common in muay Thai and increasingly popular in western boxing. […]

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Self-Defence Takedowns and Gripping with Striking (diary entry)

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Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) General Lesson   The warm-up included a lot of explosive movements and sprints interspersed with the usual specific exercises. We then went back through the fence. This time allowing improvisation for the coaches, on what shape the target would take. This was done both in a target familarization drill and on the focus mitts. We then went onto takedowns. We did this using the circle method. One student stands in the middle of a circle and […]

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Uppercuts and Productive Sparring (diary entry)

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English: Uppercut Français : Uppercut (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 28.01.13 General Lesson Tonight we finished our western boxing power punching off with the uppercut. This began with it being performed from the fence. I would not advise this as a primary tactic, but certain situations might dictate its use. I taught it the way Matty Evans taught me, as a vertical punch using the index knuckle. This is a rare occasion where I advocate punching to the head in a self-defence […]

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Four Pillars of Strength: The Workout (diary entry)

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22.01.13 As part of my combat conditioning programme I returned two private Triple C students, who are currently training with me, back to the basics. Although it is relatively easy to keep going with high intensity interval training using exercises that are hard but require a low skill level I feel it is important to start working a strong structural base. There are countless exercises, but there are four that pretty much cover everything and have plenty of variations to […]

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Hooks, combinations, takedown, sweep and a knee-bar (diary entry)

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14.01.13   General Class   We had another student-led warm-up, consisting of sport-specific exercises. Then we continued the theme from the previous week, beginning with the fence and then moving onto another power punch from western boxing. The fence drill took the students straight onto the focus mitts. This drill is designed to prompt pre-emptive muscle memory. The coach touches the “sensory tentacle” of the fence and the student responds with an immediate strike to the target until the target […]

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Stand-up Striking and Principle/Exercise Based Training (diary entry)

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12.01.13 We focused on the stand-up range. This began with two sets of five minute rounds, which I used to derive information to influence the training for the rest of the lesson.   Round One Straight punches Hooks Uppercuts Defensive work Combinations   Round Two Front kicks Round kicks Front kick/round kick combination Punch/kick combination Clinch and knee   We monitored carrying a high guard when throwing punches. Western boxing’s typical guard used to rest at the jawline. Nowadays I […]

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Anti-grappling tenacity! (diary entry)

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09.01.13 Today’s lesson was entirely focused on anti-grappling tactics. We warmed up going through basic postures. This consisted of repetitions of transitioning and moving in postures – combat base (kneeling), butterfly guard (seated) and on the back. This hits the legs early and encourages movement from the ground with speed and without placing the hands on the ground. We then looked at some ground movement exercises – shrimping/snaking and bear crawls. Next we moved onto four anti-grappling tactics – eye-gouges, […]

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Crossing the Line (diary entry)

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07.01.13 With gradings proposed for junior students in February we got straight back onto self-defence basics. For new readers, I define self-defence as the physical “hard” skills section of self-protection. The frontline of this area is the concept of the “fence”. In essence this is the protective parameter we give ourselves and we use to allow us to pre-empt a would-be attacker. Given the fact the few people in the developed world will actually face extreme physical violence, the concept […]

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Christmas Games and MMA Revision

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General Lesson   Seeing as it was the last lesson of the year we had a lighthearted lesson and plenty of games. After a student-led warm-up the class engaged in some competive activities. This began with a shuttle run consisting of agility drills, rolls, breakfalls, sprawls, combinations and kicks. Next we did the gypsy game, back-to-back fighting and all against all ground grappling. The lesson finished with the Tunnel of Death focus mitt game.   Private Lesson   We revised […]

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Combat Grappling Continues

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There had been a significant delay between lessons, so we began with a review of pre-emptive striking, progressive combinations, obstical removal, the cover and anti-grappling tactics. We then began exploring some more primal grappling.   This began with a revision of head-lock counters and we focused on the ground. As previously discussed, the ground is the worst place to be in a combat scenario, but if you are going to be there you need to know how to best deal […]

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Clinch and more speed (diary entry)

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General Lesson Today’s warm-up began with a student led series of functional fitness exercises, including some creative additions. I liked them a lot! Then I had everyone do some fast-twitch muccle fibre training; working step-ups on a bench with box jumps, side steps, side-to-side jumps and side plank waking. All exercises were intended to increase faster and more explosive mobility from different ranges. We focused entirely on the clinch range in today’s lesson. This began with some grappling exercises where […]

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Anti-Grappling and Combat Grappling Begin (diary entry)

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05.12.12     Tonight we moved onto anti-grappling and combat grappling. We began the session with a review of the previous lessons. Every student is different. In this instance, given the limited time, I felt it was important to make sure the student had pre-emptive striking and an understanding of the importance of striking whenever possible. We warmed-up with line-ups and pre-emptive strikes from the fence. This was followed by striking through postures. We covered both the straight and the […]

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