Diary / Training Notes

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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Overlapping Training Concepts for Stand-up Fighting (diary entry)

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This morning’s second private lesson was a two hour technical session as part of my martial arts cross-training programme, focusing on stand-up fighting. The client wished to focus on Western Boxing and Muay Thai. From the first warm-up exercise on the agility cones, we looked at coordinating travelling movement with striking.We used a process of shadow boxing, heavy bag work, focus-mitt training and partner work to cover the dimensions of a combative concept. This began with slipping and angling off. […]

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Six More Techniques and Associated Exercises (diary entry)

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Tonight’s first private lesson used the ground fighting range for combat conditioning. We began with a series of floor exercises working the top and bottom positions. These consisted of various crawls, which gradually increased heart rate and warmed the muscles up as well as reinforcing movements that are fundamental to the required range. We focused on six areas as inspiration for tonight’s conditioning. The exercises were a mixture of muscular endurance and cardiovascular conditioning. Knee Pin The knee pin can […]

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The Martial Squat! (diary entry)

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Tonight’s second private lesson looked at the squat exercise. You can find variations of this exercise across the traditional martial arts spectrum. I trained it as sitting stance in Tae Kwon Do (a term General Choi used after he saw a clown gag, where the clown remained sitting in the same position after a chair was taken away). I trained it, at length, in Chinese martial arts as horse stance. I later found it in Traditional Jujutsu as a counter […]

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Combat Fitness Small Group Private Lesson (diary entry)

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Tonight’s third private lesson was a small group training session with three clients. It served as something of an introduction to Triple C training and participants had a mixture of requirements and backgrounds. In essence Triple C uses martial arts movement, specifically those found in Mixed Martial Arts but also aspects of self-defence and even some weapon arts, as a means for developing skills and interesting new ways to improve overall fitness. Unlike the other services offered by CCMA it […]

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Six More Techniques and Associated Exercises (diary entry)

Six More Techniques and Associated Exercises (diary entry)

22.01.15 Tonight’s first private lesson used the ground fighting range for combat conditioning. We began with a series of floor exercises working the top and bottom positions. These consisted of various crawls, which gradually increased heart rate and warmed the muscles up as well as reinforcing movements that are fundamental to the required range. We focused on six areas as inspiration for tonight’s conditioning. The exercises were a mixture of muscular endurance and cardiovascular conditioning. Knee Pin The knee pin […]

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Active Revision (diary entry)

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The seventh part of CCMA’s submission grappling/ground-fighting for martial arts cross training involved a lot of live engagement of techniques and active revision before we covered some new techniques. The client has so far covered pins, escapes, closed guard and mid-range guard concepts. We began with some warm-up sparring. If performed with trustworthy training partners and mindfulness, sparring can be a low-risk warm-up activity. There are few more relevant or specific exercises than to actually do the activity you are […]

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Round up of Kicking (diary entry)

14.01.15 Tonight’s lesson continued my client’s previous interlude into combative kicking. We built off last week and brought in more boxing as well as knees and elbows. The session began with some agility work using the cones, incorporating shadow boxing. We then did some dynamic stretching, which is my preferred pre-training stretch. The exercises – which included skipping knee raises, swing kicks, crescent kicks, one-legged bodyweight dead lifts and side kicks – are great for directly engaging the muscles involved […]

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Pulling Pressing Combative Movements (diary entry)

Pulling Pressing Combative Movements (diary entry)

13.01.15 The second of tonight’s Triple C (Chimera Combat Conditioning) private lessons focused entirely on upper body combative techniques and associated conditioning. My client had recently been engaged in a lot of cycling and running for his cardiovascular training in addition to the bag and associated exercises I have advised on as well some heavy lower body strength exercises. Therefore, although he wasn’t injured, my mandate was to steer away from exercises that engaged the leg muscles. We warmed up […]

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Clinch Strength Exercises (diary entry)

Clinch Strength Exercises (diary entry)

13.01.15 Following on from our previous session, we looked at techniques from the clinch range and strength exercises directly related to their execution. After a brief footwork drill specifically for the clinch range, utilizing a lower stance, we approached the following techniques: Arm-Drag This was trained using an entry drill and a counter drill. The former obviously teaches them mechanics and successful execution of the technique whereas the latter was used to build up strong muscle memory for consistently attacking […]

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