Diary / Training Notes

One-Two to Clinch

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Today’s lesson was a continuation on from the stand-up fighting/kickboxing lesson I ran on Wednesday. This is a lesson for two members of a small group of clients who book me for private lessons. Their main objective is to achieve all-round fitness, but with an interest in learning it via martial arts. Training in these Triple C sessions is not orientated towards competition or self-protection, but this doesn’t mean the techniques aren’t functional. Although I caution all those who train […]

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Passing Under the Guard (diary entry)

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My client has had a two week hiatus from training due to illness and a holiday. However, I am happy to say he returned to training with the right attitude. We covered some stand-up fighting, initially starting with some basics and then moving onto the style he is currently exploring. We incorporated Western Boxing clinch fighting, looking at short angled punches whilst resting an opponent. This was built onto the whole Jack Johnson style strategy of baiting and drawing opponent […]

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Active Guard (diary entry)

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The first of tonight’s private lessons focused on submission grappling, fighting from underneath. We began with a revision of ground postures, performed as a series of repetition exercises. This is a good way to get the heart rate up whilst reinforcing correct form for the activities that are to be tackled during the session.  We then moved onto escapes, covering escapes from side control, mount position and back mount. These then specifically moved onto escapes into guard. From the guard […]

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Transitiong from the Top Postion (diary entry)

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Tonight’s session was completely focused on top position submission fighting. I was especially keen to focus on transitioning. Like all ranges of fighting, some of the greatest mistakes are made when a fighter moves or changes position. This is a consistently dangerous phase, no matter who is fighting. A good coach should reinforce good time management. All too often a fighter will think about getting to another position without considering what needs to be done in order to get there. […]

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Ground Guard for Self-Defence (diary entry)

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This is the tenth and final part of CCMA’s submission and ground fighting for marital arts cross-training.  We continued looking at how the various attributes trained in this can be taken back the self-defence line. Last lesson we worked the top position, this time we covered using the guard and restraining techniques. The lesson began with a warm-up of switching from one combat base to another. This position is the most efficient way to fight from your knees, as it […]

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Refining Skills (diary entry)

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Tonight’s session was geared purely towards technical improvement. Although my client’s objective is primarily conditioning, we have agreed to have regular technical sessions in order that he develops skills as a framework for his fitness training. Skills, as a goal, can be a very effective motivator for fitness students and are a great means for expressing and measuring physical improvement. It involved brief episodes of techniques, analysis and correction. I find that a student absorbs more by having his technical […]

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Western and Eastern Clinching and Accommodating Resistance (diary entry)

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Tonight’s second private lesson looked a tying up in Western Boxing transferring into Muay Thai clinch. We also trained accommodated resistance for the upper body. We warmed up on the focus mitts, going back over the defensive and baiting strategy this client has been working on recently. We began with attacking and defending with the jab, and then added on a quick fire combination. Taking our lead from Jack Johnson again, I had my client then immediately tie up his […]

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Ground Guard for Self-Defence (diary entry)

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11.02.15 This is the tenth and final part of CCMA’s submission and ground fighting for marital arts cross-training.  We continued looking at how the various attributes trained in this can be taken back the self-defence line. Last lesson we worked the top position, this time we covered using the guard and restraining techniques. The lesson began with a warm-up of switching from one combat base to another. This position is the most efficient way to fight from your knees, as […]

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Refining Skills (diary entry)

Refining Skills (diary entry)

10.02.15 Tonight’s session was geared purely towards technical improvement. Although my client’s objective is primarily conditioning, we have agreed to have regular technical sessions in order that he develops skills as a framework for his fitness training. Skills, as a goal, can be a very effective motivator for fitness students and are a great means for expressing and measuring physical improvement. It involved brief episodes of techniques, analysis and correction. I find that a student absorbs more by having his […]

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Counter-Offensive (diary)

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Today’s morning session continued on my client’s theme of counter-attacking in the technical section and then covered lower body strength conditioning. The warm-up on the focus mitts confirmed to me how well my client appears to adopting the counter-style of fighting. He was able to be more proactive in drawing me forward. The style is not about being on the back foot the whole time. Rather you initially move forward and bait your opponent, and then move back. I used […]

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You are the Coach (diary entry)

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The third lesson of the night was a small group booking, comprising of thee adult students. The objective for this group is to get better conditioning through the Triple C programme. However, during the lesson a few questions were raised regarding self-protection. The all-female group expressed interest in booking the CCMA ladies-only self-protection seminar. We warmed up with some basic footwork around the mats. This brought us onto some upper body mobility exercises, bobbing and weaving in particular. Looking at […]

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Hitting the HIIT (diary entry)

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Tonight’s private lesson focused on High Intensity Interval Training. We warmed up with some technical revision on yesterday’s training, where the Jack Johnson inspired style seems to have really empowered by client in his footwork and use of the area. This was trained using partner mirroring and pad-work. HIIT training has a simple premise. You have short rounds, lasting no more than a minute and as low as 10 seconds with very short intervals. You measure improvements by the amount […]

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Jack Johnson Style (diary entry)

Jack Johnson Style (diary entry)

04.02.15 This was my second private class of the night, having followed on from the ninth instalment of my submission grappling course. My client desired an all-technical session. His training has picked up a lot since he first booked me. He has a range of interests that are geared towards overall fitness and well-being, but has a particular bias towards functional fitness.  We decided that he would be best suited for a full-on High Intensity Interval Training session tomorrow. Today […]

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Pinning in Self-Defence (diary entry)

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The ninth part of the CCMA course for submission grappling/ground-fighting for martial arts cross-training brought the client back to the self-defence line. For this and the final lesson in this particular course we look at principles and techniques learnt over the past eight sessions that can be adapted for a counter-assault situation. This lesson we largely looked at pins. We warmed up going through standard pin transitioning. This helped my client develop flow for practical mobility when fighting from a […]

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Long Range Guard (diary entry)

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The eighth lesson of this 10 part submission grappling/ground-fighting course for cross-training covered the long-range guard, which completes the trilogy of basic guard-fighting, and returned to the top position. When it comes to “no-gi” (unjacketed) submission fighting, the long-range guard concept primarily addresses asymmetrical ground-fighting. The person holding guard fights mainly by controlling his opponent’s legs using his feet and hands. Having said this, more experienced fighters have successfully brought in more gi-based concepts such as spider-guard, which is engaged […]

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Upper Body Grappling and Conditioning (diary entry)

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This morning’s first private lesson focused mainly upper body grappling and associated exercises. We began with the neck, training it using light “bulling” with the collar and elbow tie. At this point we covered some neck strengthening exercises – forward, side and rotational gravity exercises using the head with the body lying down. We then did front and back neck bridges followed by the side wall lean using the Swiss ball. The neck was then applied offensively in an isolation […]

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