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Head movement, footwork, pins and paranoia

Robbery not allowed

Robbery not allowed (Photo credit: Arenamontanus) 21/11/13 General Lesson With only a small junior class today, we focused most of the lesson on developing strong slipping and rolling behaviours during the in-fight. It was my aim to correct individuals the best I could and also provide them with some simple exercises to work on back home. A common problem with both slipping and rolling is to view them as purely defensive measures. The need to move out of the way […]

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Angulation and Straight Line Strikes

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Image displaying an arm triangle choke (side choke) from a standing position (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 18/11/13 General Lesson Our theme of flexible upper body movement and defence continued along with footwork. I introduced the straight attack against offline counter-offense for both stand-up and clinch. This helped bring the class onto angulation, but it also highlighted problems with students moving forward when they were supposed to be countering. I will cover this in the next lesson. The class was finished with […]

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The Pendulum (diary entry)

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English: The seconds pendulum, a pendulum with a period of two seconds so each swing takes one second http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2010/06/physical-quantities-and-units.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia) pendulum (Photo credit: Joe Buckingham) 21.11.13   General Lesson   Having only a small junior class tonight I focused on defence against pins. We covered escaping side control from both sides using bridging and snaking/shrimping. Then we covered escaping the mount position, focusing mainly on bridging and turning the attacker. All the students learnt to tighten up their […]

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More Hooks than Hellraiser (diary entry)

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18.11.13   General Lesson   We continued with the slipping and rolling theme, bringing in the Tyson uppercut/hook combination. Some of the students also looked at other targets and possible combinations they were able to test under progressive intensity. We also revised the arm triangle from both the slipping entry and breaking away form a neck clinch. We also looked at defending strikes from the guard as the opponent administered overhands and shovel hooks. I covered this in depth during […]

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Overhands and the shovel hook (diary entry)

Overhands and the shovel hook (diary entry)

  17.11.13 As with yesterday’s client, we looked at slipping and rolling actions. This included working the slipping with stepping off at an angle. We covered the overhand right and the round kick. Then we trained slipping with a standing arm-triangle as a clinch and into a takedown and submission. We also covered rolling off hooks and following them up with hooks and arm triangles. With this particular client I isolated the overhand right. This punch can have devastating power […]

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Activity-led training – footwork (diary entry)

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  16.11.13 As with my students last Monday, we worked on the slip and the roll, looking at how the single principle can be applied in various different tactics. It is my premise that the more principle-centred a student is the easier they can transition through various techniques, ranges and systems. As I have often said, we tend to be too technique focused and look at only the most superficial aspect of a technique rather than what is behind its […]

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Upper Body Movement (diary entry)

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  11.11.13   General Lesson   Today’s theme for both the general and first private lesson was upper body movement. There has been some discussion in our online forum regarding movement. We looked at counter-offensive movement rather than footwork. Footwork can be a very abstract area. Although I involve it in warm-up, agility and cardiovascular oriented training, I like to apply it directly as often as possible in partner work. The best way to get a message across is to […]

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Progressing Looping Exercises (diary entry)

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  24.10.13 General Lesson We looked deeper into the progressive looping exercises. I am still struggling to find a title for this somewhat unique mixture of methods that I use for these exercises that enjoy a feedback loop between sparring, footwork drills and pad-work.  Using hand strikes as our theme, we isolated attack and defence, integrated them, and then used examples to promote better upper-body movement as well as working them from grappling positions. We began with a fence self-defence […]

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CCMA at TMAX (diary entry)

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19.10.13 I had an enjoyable time teaching a single free workshop at the Martial Arts Expo in Coventry. Students from my club showed in support in helping to introduce CCMA concepts to interested attendees. The session focused on the Vagabond Warriors cross-training programme. This programme is designed to help give martial artists direction and context with their training. We taught various different exercises to demonstrate coaching and sparring feedback loops. These included progressive sparring as a warm-up, “The Switch” on […]

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Kimura, Proactive Pad-Work & Escaping Head-Locks (diary entry)

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14.10.13   General Lesson   We continued our work on the use of the Kimura or keylock in MMA and submission fighting. The lesson began with a warm-up to help create muscle memory for the application of the lock. This is a popular move in both sports and has a rich variety of applications. We narrowed these down today down to its use from closed guard. Here we covered the submission and the sweep and the reasons for applying either. […]

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MMA, Self-Defence and Attribute Training (diary entry)

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07.10.13   General Lesson – boxing, muay Thai and submission grappling   We looked at boxing, muay Thai and submissions – all areas that required more attention. The boxing section focused on slipping and rolling off the jab, which then dovetailed into clinching and the standing arm-triangle in muay Thai. We then looked at clinching as a counter to a leg-catch. The submission section covered the kimura, trained first from a standing position into a hammerlock and then from the […]

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Submissions (diary entry)

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General Lesson   At the request of students we focused on basic submissions today. These were performed from different pins. Before applying the submissions we went through controlling the person underneath whilst transitioning through the pin.We then looked at the Americana from side control and full mount, and the Kimura from northsouth. After going through the details of the set-up and correct execution, we drilled repetitions of each submission before putting them on.   The lesson finished with some submission […]

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Switch again (diary entry)

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General Lesson   Training began with a series of extra muscle activiation exercises specifically chosen to enhance training outside of class times. This covered all three ranges and incorporated shadow boxing. We then looked at multiple partners training, which became the theme of the lesson.   We went back over “The Switch”. These are exercises on the focus mitts where two or more coaches put pressure on a student and regularly change the dynamic from self-defence to sport and back […]

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Student-Led Learning (diary entry)

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General Lesson   After a student-led warm-up of mobility and muscle activation exercises, we covered some progressive proactive pad-work. This began with freestyle boxing and was followed by the progressive exercises, separating attack and defence and then combining them. We then brought in covering, knee strikes, sprawls, sit-throughs and different ranges.   I noticed there were problems associated with the sit-through, so we addressed its application and then trained it under progressive amounts of resistance.     Private Lesson   […]

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Kicks and Sticks (diary entry)

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  23.09.13   General Lesson – Stand-up/Kicking, Grappling and MMA   Kicking remains one of the most visually stunning aspects of unarmed martial arts. Largely due to the influence of traditional Korean kicking sports and the development of acrobatic Chinese wu shu, martial arts kicks have captured the imagination of the general public. Many combat sports have cultivated this aspect, but with the advent of low rules competition and the greater popularization of “Reality-Based Self-Defence” sports have been pushed down […]

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Different Types of Training (diary entry)

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19.09.13   General Lesson – Mixed Martial Arts   Warm-up   We immediately got down to business with specific partner warm-up exercises that were directly related to today’s lesson. This began with two chasing games designed to promote good footwork. Then we moved onto taking-the-back clinch-work.   Specific Sparring   Specific sparring is at the top of the CCMA “Hierarchy of Training”. This is sparring that has a set objective, which is strictly adhered to with progressive levels of pressure. […]

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