Diary / Training Notes

Time to Cover the Cover Part 3 (diary entry)

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14.08.16   Today’s first private class was my client’s eighth lesson in her course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. This was the third concerning the use of the cover. We decided to explore the use of the cover in combat sports, most specifically in western boxing.   For long-time readers of this blog or readers of my first martial arts book it is not news that I consider the peek-a-boo guard, popularised by Coach Cus D’Amato, to be a […]

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Time to Cover the Cover Part 2 (diary entry)

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10.08.16   The second private class of tonight was my client’s seventh lesson in Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. We are currently working on cover concepts. Last time we had a double lesson that mainly looked at self-defence methods for using the cover to regain the striking initiative. Tonight we looked at grappling options, where we trained three lines of attack: high, mid and low.   The grappling option is a back-up method if, for some reason, returning striking is […]

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Not Pulling your Leg (diary entry)

10.08.16   The first private class of tonight was my client’s seventeenth lesson from his second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. We are currently focusing on rolling attacks and also looked at kick-catch counters. In short, we were more leg-grabbing focused than a frustrated Jack Russell or his embarrassed owner.   The class began with a series of mobility and muscle activation exercises. This began with reverse Indian press-ups, which place more pressure on the […]

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Time to Cover the Cover Part 1 (diary entry)

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07.08.16   The fifth and sixth lessons of my client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training focused on the cover. The cover is the general term I give for a concept of proactive recovery in combative situations that can be found through martial arts history. I write about it in some depth in my article, “Take Cover!” This was adapted for my book of collected writings, “Mordred’s Victory and Other Martial Mutterings”.   We began with an overview of […]

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Mobility Training & Rolling Attack Deconstructions (diary entry)

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03.08.16 Tonight’s private class was my client’s sixteenth lesson in his second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. It became part one of a deconstruction of rolling attacks previously covered in the last lesson. After doing a series of mobility exercises, including alligator rolls, quadruped back circles and into the upward dog position before advancing onto repetitions of Indian press-ups and Indian squats we looked at the shoulder roll. This move is central to the attacks […]

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Restrictive and Transitional Training for Self-Defence and Combat Sports (diary entry)

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30.07.16   Today’s second lesson was this client’s fourth class in her Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training course. With our focus still on circular techniques, we brought everything back to self-defence techniques. The different dynamic between self-defence fighting and match fighting was discussed. Despite a tremendous amount of overlap and effective attribute development, the essential difference between these two fights is that one is an asymmetrical combative situation and the other is a symmetrical one. The first usually consists of […]

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Expanding upon Martial Movements (diary entry)

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        30.07.16   Today’s first lesson was another double session along the lines of the buffet style cross-training I ran last Saturday. We decided to work off stand-up striking principles, but ended up bringing elements of wrestling, submission fighting, MMA and even some weapons work. All training was done outside, where we focused on body movement in combat and combat conditioning.   The lesson began on the focus mitts, looking at Western Boxing concepts of movement. We […]

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Twist, Turn and Torque! Power Around the Hips (diary entry)

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          27.07.16 Tonight’s second lesson was my new client’s third class in Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. Based on her instinctive use of round hand strikes we have been exploring circular martial arts techniques, proving that it’s not all Baguazhang or Aikido. This lesson we focused more on Boxing and Muay Thai, bring kicks and their relationship with punching into the discussion. We warmed with some footwork. Here I introduced the V-step, which brings in a […]

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Rolling Turtles (diary entry)

Rolling Turtles (diary entry)

        27.07.16 Tonight’s first lesson was the fifteenth in my client’s second ongoing extended course in Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we mainly worked within the parameters of submission fighting, focusing on three rolling submissions and attacks to and from the turtle position.   We warmed up with rolling exercises to work on the key motion for all tonight’s submission work. I looked at developing a strong explosive motion with this technique. Then […]

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Moving from Gi to No-Gi to MMA (diary entry)

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        23.07.16 Today’s second lesson saw the return of a long term client. With a strong background in Judo and Western Boxing, he adopts a more buffet-style approach to cross training with me, selecting certain specific areas he wishes to explore. After an initial discussion we decided to focus on gi ground work, no-gi ground work into no-gi clinch and then MMA clinch and MMA ground work. We warmed up with some solo specific exercises followed by […]

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Pivoting, Hooking, Throwing and Evading (diary entry)

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23.07.16   Today’s first lesson was the second in my new client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. Having discovered my client’s natural inclination for throwing hooks or rounded hand strikes as a basic combative instinct, we have been building on this movement through different arts.   We began with a simple torso rotational exercise using wide spread arms. Torso rotations do come under a fair amount of controversy due the pressure placed on the spine. I advise that […]

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Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training (diary entry)

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        20.07.16 Tonight’s second lesson saw the beginning of my new client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. This is a course advised for individuals with pre-existing martial arts experience that are looking to expand their personal skillset. It is at the heart of what I teach and puts the individual firmly in the centre position. We began with a look at natural proactive postures for combat. These generally fall into a type of staggered stance […]

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Sparring at All Ranges Part 3 (diary entry)

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        20.07.16 Tonight’s first private lesson was the fourteenth in my client’s second series of Martial Arts Cross Training for Mixed Martial Arts. We continued looking at specific sparring. Last time we focused on striking within the clinch. This time we went to the ground. The class began with a series of ground exercises to promote betting movement and for my client to take away from the lesson for his solo conditioning. It is unsurprising that there […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 2 (diary entry)

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22.06.16 The thirteenth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training continued the sparring theme. Tonight we focused on the clinch and specifically striking within the clinch. The lesson began with some focus mitt work. We started on the Western Boxing focus mitts and then went onto the Muay Thai focus mitts. We then did some clinch-positioning. This began with some simple entries and then moved onto “bulling”, where the upper-body gripping and […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 1 (diary entry)

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15.06.16 The twelfth lesson in my client’s second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training was live-training orientated. Previously we had been restricted by space and spent a lot of time looking at specific techniques with limited sparring. A change of training environment has allowed for a little more room in order to safely spar to a certain degree. Therefore, I thought it was high time we put a lot of what my client has covered under […]

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MMA & The Kimura Part 2 (diary entry)

08.06.16   The eleventh lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training continued to look at the Kimura. See my report on the previous lesson for more details on this hold and videos on the two techniques outlined later.   We warmed up with simple linear punching and Western Boxing footwork. We switched between stances, cut off the ring and, in honour the recent late great Muhammad Ali, dropped our guard to draw an […]

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