Diary / Training Notes

Pre-Grading (diary entry)

Takedown

Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) Tonight we focused on syllabus material, ready for the grading to follow. This began with revision on the fence against focus mitts, including multiple attackers. We then went to clinch and performed responsive takedowns. This is an exercise that consists of one student standing in the middle of circle, and responding being clinched by performing an appropriate takedown. Those clinching attacked using 30% resistance. This was followed with asymmetrical ground-fighting – one […]

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Self Protection Continues and Jumping Guard Pass (diary entry)

01.10.12   General Lesson   After a student-led series of combat-specific exercises, we continued working on the basics of grading material. As previously explained, CCMA gradings require the student to have a firm ground in self-protection. Therefore, all of tonight's training continued off the fence. We drilled pre-emptive striking, using the wall as a restriction and against multiple antagonists. This moved onto in-fight drills with the focus mitts going through various different postures. Senior grades drilled this against multiple coaches. […]

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Coaching at the Extreme Academy (diary entry)

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30.09.12 I had the pleasure of coaching at Hastings' "Extreme Academy". This gym is run by my old friend and pro wrestling promoter, Stu Allen. It may be a surprise to those who haven't read my rather overlong biography (shame on you!), but I used to run the UK's first extreme professional wrestling promotion. I didn't ever work as a wrestler, but performed my martial arts act and was also heavily involved with the "bookings" and "angles". Those were good […]

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Beginning Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

With the grading long overdue it was time to get back to the foundation of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts, self-protection. Although I see the very practical benefits that mixed martial arts has to offer when it comes to conditioning and developing attributes for self-defence, it is no replacement. We train MMA virtually every week, as I do not see the point in training self-protection as a regular activity unless you are involved in a professional activity that requires its constant […]

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Beginning Knife Defence (diary entry)

We began with a complete revision of striking off the fence, transitioning from different postures, flash pad drills for different angles and blitzing (moving forwards and backwards with strikes off both hands). Then we focused on the subject of the day: knife defence.   I largely base my coaching on a bespoke approach, but certain aspects are fairly constant. After a discussion on the nature of knife crime and the types of edged weapon that can be used, we worked […]

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The Beginnings of Self-Defence (diary entry)

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This private student originally engaged my services to further his cross-training knowledge, focusing particularly on kicking and groundwork. We also explored a lot of functional fitness to compliment solo revision training.   Today we changed tact altogether, as the student requested that we go back to self-protection.It is my personal philosophy that a martial artist should know the basics of self-protection before they explore combat sports or martial traditions. This isn’t to say I don’t approve of those who only […]

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Shoulder Locks and Contingencies (diary entry)

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch.

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 17.09.12   Regular Class   We continued work on the clinch range, using the lens of four martial arts disciplines – Greco Roman wrestling, catch-as-catch-can wrestling, freestyle wrestling and muay Thai – to view one technique. Prior to this we had warmed up using a series of sport specific functional fitness exercises, as is the norm, from blitzing (running whilst punching) to various ground-fighting movements. We then moved onto looking at […]

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The Lesson without a Theme! (diary entry)

English: Aviation Boatswain

English: Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class William Ross exercises with a medicine ball inside the Big Stick Gym aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) General Lesson   We warmed up using agility drills. The exercises included drop squats, 45 degree step-outs, pogo jumps, zigzagging and sprawl/double-leg takedown entries. We then revised some stand-up on the focus mitts. Pad-work was freestyle in nature and then interspersed with 10 second bouts […]

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Building a Foundation (diary entry)

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Today's student has suffered a repetitive strain injury to one knee. The injury does not seem to be too restrictive and we were able to do leg exercises, but we stayed away from ground work or transitional drills. Instead we focused on the development of power and speed in the hands. Training with this parituclar student is for self-defence, but we were able to branch out into some cross-training towards the end. We warmed up with some basic fence-work and […]

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Clinching the Deal (diary entry)

General Lesson   After a student-led series of warm-up exercises, I asked a senior student what area of training he felt the class needed to address. There was a brief discussion and it was agreed that everyone could do with improving their takedowns and takedown defence. We only had time to deal with the actual takedowns in this lesson, but it will be an ongoing topic.   We began with some grip-fighting; a simple resistance exercise that helps develop tactile […]

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The Soapie Diaries 3: Solo Training (diary entry)

05.09.12 Today’s private lesson focused on the 300 format again with an emphasis on performing simple home exercises. Once again, we hit the legs and core a lot, and mixed up martial arts techniques with medicine ball and basic calisthenics. The level of difficulty the student experienced in each exercise is indicated by the repetitions an   I taught the student the correct basic form for a press-up using the dead start position Mo Teague teaches.   10 press-ups 30 […]

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Mind over matter – “The Soapie Diaries 2” (diary entry)

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02.09.12   Today's training was all about overcoming personal barriers and re-setting the proverbial bar. High Intensity Interval Training seems to prove a lot of what is being said about the Central Governor Theory [my recent article that mentions this concept] Seeing that my student could barely jog down and up a single hill just under a fortnight ago to see her do four hill sprint full-on was a rewarding experience. I hasten to add that if you look back […]

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The “Soapie” Diaries (collected diary entries)

  On 14th August I began teaching a new private student. For reasons known only really to the student and me I have called the notes taken from these sessions "The Soapie Diaries". The student's primary objective was not to learn martial arts or self-protection. She wanted to improve her all-round fitness and was open to learn whatever I had to teach. It was an unusual mandate for me, but I decided to use the opportunity to try out my combat conditioning […]

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Feeling the need for Speed! (diary entry)

Battle FC Bushido 189: Stay close, don

Battle FC Bushido 189: Stay close, don't get hit. (Photo credit: icantcu) Armlock shown is a straight arm bar (juji-gatame) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Rear Naked Choke as demonstrated by two soldiers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 20.08.12   After a student-led warm-up, mainly consisting of ground movements, I decided to ask what the class felt needed work. There were requests for more submission practice and more kickboxing, but what impressed me the most was a request for more speed work. Specific […]

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Support Tactics (diary entry)

Today’s self-defence lesson began with the usual warm-up of forward and rotational torso work. The next stage of the warm-up involved doing repetitions of the different postures, getting to the feet. After this we moved onto shoulder barging and fence work.This was overlapped with focus mitt work, using the straight hand strike, hook and backhand.   We covered supporting tools like the cover, biting and eye gouging. All are secondary tactics as a rule. See my article “Take Cover!” and […]

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Sitting Out Part 2 (diary entry)

Studded tyre Español: Neumático de invierno co...

Studded tyre Español: Neumático de invierno con clavos, modelo Nokian Hakkapeliitta 4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 15.08.12 Today’s mandate for the private lesson was a bit of stick-work and striking with grappling. We used some basic kali stick work to warm-up with, just working different angles of attack and some stick-on-stick drills to look at trapping. Mo Teague, Floyd Brown and Hock Hocheim have all inspired me to look at the basic principles of training evasion. Before one learns how to […]

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