Diary / Training Notes

Chokes and Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

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26.02.14 My fourth session on foundation self-protection briefly re-capped on pre-emptive striking and layered this part with more work on incidental combinations as well as the removal of obstructions. We then went back over recovery and asymmetrical ground defence. From the ground we looked at kicks again and drilled a transitional kicking exercise, focusing on round kicks. This brought to where we left off on the previous session: anti-grappling. We revised eye-gouging, head-butts and close-quarter striking. This is based on […]

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Clinch Attack Lines & Movement in Postures (diary entry)

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24.02.14 General Lesson We focused entirely on the clinch range today. This began with neck pummelling, working the plumb position. We warmed up by working for the inside-clinch position. The exercise increases in intensity and footwork is then introduced with an emphasis on taking the opponent’s balance. I then introduced various knee strikes. This led onto different highline clinch positions. We then went to the midline and worked on under hooks. From here we took the back using the single […]

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Training Behaviours (diary entry)

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  19.02.14 This is my third private session with this particular client, focusing on foundation self-protection training. Today’s session reviewed pre-emptive striking, incidental combinations and recovery. We also transitioned through postures. This is covered earlier on in the sessions in connection to impact development and striking from compromised positions. However, today’s focus was regaining footing as quickly as possible. In a self-defence context it is important for a fighter to develop an early behaviour of getting to an advantageous position […]

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Counter-Predator (diary entry)

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16.02.14 General Lesson With a turnout of mainly junior students, I decided to focus on straight hand impact development. We began with blitzing. This is a strategy that Matty Evans first covered with me. Yet it is the most basic of hand striking methods. Blitzing can be defined as striding forward and punching. I use it to warm students up by having them punch forward when running. Then it occurred to me that many might not be considering its direct […]

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Self-Defence and Functional Fitness (diary entry)

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English: an exercise of chest (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 16.02.14 I continued the CCMA self-protection programme with my client, focusing more on hard skill development. Besides our pre-training discussion on the initial session, I regularly supply my client with links to soft skills resources and send him correspondence on aspects relating to personal security. This is an ongoing process and although it underlines our self-defence training, the most efficient use of our one hour one-to-ones is in physical training. Such training […]

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Jabs, front kicks, headlocks and edged weapon defence (diary entry)

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10.02.14 General Lesson Today we looked at the tenet of “Discipline” and worked on consciously raising standards. I also discussed the benefits of regular solo training and training management. All students were encouraged to look at ways to better improve their form. There is no secret to success other than hard and mindful graft. Even if you have limiting time constraints you can work hard to improve the quality of your training by being strict with your priorities. The majority […]

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Self-Protection Intro Session (diary entry)

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05.02.14   Today I began a brand new programme with a new client. The client is of a high general fitness level who has trained regularly in cardiovascular methods uninterrupted for many years. His motivations are for general safety and also an interest in combative disciplines for a change of activity. After a discussion on our respective backgrounds, my client decided he would like to follow the CCMA syllabus of learning basic self-protection before branching off into aspects of cross-training. […]

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Dissecting Combative Movements (diary entry)

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  03.02.14 General Lesson Today we went back to angle with a focus on attacking the shoulder. We began with rolling, working the bobbing and weaving motion in boxing/stand-up fighting. One fighter threw hooks of varying range and speed whilst the other responded by rolling underneath. We did not bring in any strikes, but just kept the momentum of this action going. Not only is this a great defensive/counter-attack tactic, but it promotes good upper body flexibility in general movement. […]

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Children’s Self Defence Workshop Report (diary entry)

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27.01.14 Children’s Self-Defence Workshop This was a condensed yet general one and a half hour workshop aimed at children of various ages.  It should be seen as a very small taster for my “When Parents Aren’t Around” seminars. The course focused mainly on hard skills, as the title suggests, but I began it with a series of exercises that helped expose the attendees to the feelings of fight, flight or freeze. This began with the warm-up, where regular students were […]

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Boxing as Self-Defence Attribute Training (diary entry)

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26.07.14 This two hour private lesson was dedicated to boxing and the way its attributes can be transferred into self-defence training. At my client’s request, I isolated boxing attack techniques. I used the training of these techniques to teach certain principles and general tactics. It has often been my way to use combinations as mere examples and ways to encourage a wider range of tactics rather than as something set in stone. We warmed up with some speed-work on the […]

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Sparring Clinic and Chokes for Self-Defence (diary entry)

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20.01.14   General Lesson   Today’s lesson completely focused on sparring. We broke down different areas of ranges to explore the general tactics of attack and defence. This began with boxing with one fighter restricted to jabbing and the other permitted to use his full boxing repertoire. We then moved onto kickboxing with one fighter restricted to using his teep kick (front leg front kick). It is always interesting to see how fighters adapt when they are given boundaries. Single […]

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Deconstructing the Triangle Chokes and More on Knee Strikes (diary entry)

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Image1107curved-knee (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 13.01.14   General Lesson   Today we began with the ground and focused on the leg triangle from guard. We began by deconstructing the basic set-up and then went onto some muscle memory drills. Finally we did two types of specific sparring with increasing levels of resistance. First this was done with the choke almost on completely and then it was performed from the basic set-up position. This was then followed with some guard passing sparring […]

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All Range MMA and Covering to Knees (diary entry)

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06.01.14   General Lesson   As this was the first lesson of the New Year, I decided to make sure all ranges were covered. We began with stand-up combination work. This included boxing combinations on the focus mitts and then Thai boxing combinations. We kept on the rolling motion, used against jabs and then applied it in the clinch. All students began in a neutral over-hook/under-hook position and then used the rolling motion to get to the under-hook side, ducking […]

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Games, Revision and Attribute Transference (diary entry)

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drop1.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 16.12.13 General Lesson In line with tradition, our last general lesson of the year was game-orientated. My approach to teaching is highly activity-driven anyway, but there was an obvious fun element this time. After a brief cardiovascular warm-up, involving shadow boxing and sprawling drills, we moved onto the first games. These were ground games, including “Crazy Baby” for mid-range guard and “Touch the Head” for long-range guard. We then did some hand striking games, including Keysi’s […]

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Re-Covering the Cover and more on Angles (diary entry)

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09.12.13   General Lesson   The class warmed up with a student-led series of cardiovascular exercises, interrupted by spontaneous pad-work with me.   Today we returned to our old friend “the cover”. No, this wasn’t a case of hiding under one’s duvet as the days get colder and the urge not to train becomes overwhelming for the weak-spirited. The cover is a method for self-protection and some combat sports to counteract to a barrage of strikes or, in some cases, […]

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45 Degrees and Pressure (diary entry)

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45° (= pi/4 rad) in Trigonometry (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 02.12.13   General Lesson   Our angulation training continued with more emphasis being placed on looking at the bigger picture. The lesson began with a simple footwork chasing drill, teaching fighters to cut off opponents and also to escape. We then moved into slipping and angling off for overhand rights, round kicks and single leg takedowns. Then we performed a type of specific sparring whereby one fighter was restricted to fighting […]

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