Diary / Training Notes

Junior Self-Protection Attendance/Competence End of Course Examination (diary entry)

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04.11.11 The basic junior course in self-protection came to an end today. After six weeks of intensive sessions the under 16s of Telford’s Kyushinka Martial Arts undertook their confirmation session/test. The course was designed to teach relavant personal security and high percentage combatives to youngsters and today’s session was designed to observe how much information had been retained. Having a highly individualistic approach to teaching Clubb Chimera Martial Arts is not concerned with perfect form or technique, rather evidence that […]

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Response Drills and Fear (diary entry)


Image via Wikipedia Tonight we looked at sensitivity, initiation and responsiveness at stand-up and clinch range. We began with some pummeling than some light clinch sparring, bringing knees. Attention was then taken to hand striking. This involved a drill to encourage punching at close quarters. In principle the drill is not that dissimilar to wing chun’s chi sau.   We then began drilling reversals from the wall and also a self-defence application involving an eye gouge/headbutt combination. Taking the reversal […]

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Knife as a vehicle (diary entry)

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24.10.11. So, the grading is over and it is half-term. Time to look at what needs to be improved and where to new to begin. I put it around the group to pick some subjects. Both self-defence and MMA were requested. A senior student wanted more practice on knife defence and other students wanted to look at takedowns and submissions. So, I came up with a happy combination of all of these. When it comes to teaching defence against weapons […]

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Vagabond Warriors October 2011 Report (diary entry)

An automobile tyre.

Image via Wikipedia Vagabond Warriors was another enjoyable session – full of hard work and a good energy. We began with an introduction to CCMA and Vagabond Warriors concepts, discussing the CSI (Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality) approach to training. Then we looked at both partner and solo warm-up exercises. For partner work we began with fence sensitivity drills – developing tacticle responses and target familiarization. This moved onto body barges to get the feel of hitting another human without the […]

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Grading for October 2011 (diary entry)

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Tonight saw a couple of firsts in CCMA's grading history. For the first time the grading was held straight after a regular class. This was due to October being a very busy month and our usual monthly hall booking being taken up the "Vagabond Warriors" seminar, a service that is growing all the time. The arrange ment worked out okay, as students had a whole hour to go over areas they weren't confident on. The next of these firsts was […]

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Preparing for the Grading (diary entry)

Caestus on the Boxer of Quirinal.

Image via Wikipedia 10.10.11: This is the penultimate lesson before the grading. Next week’s lesson will be immediately followed by a grading, so in a way this is the last real lesson. It’s an opportunity to have a final check on who is eligible to grade and where small areas can be corrected. We began with some new specific warm-up exercises mixed in with the usual movements, several taken from western boxing, and then they were free to do their […]

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Revision of all Types (diary entry)

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Image by emilong via Flickr 04.10.11. Due to illness I was very grateful that Aaron O’Leary was able to cover my class last week. Aaron has a good background in boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu and has attended various combatives seminars with me. The feedback I received from all my students was very positive and I looked forward to seeing what they had recalled from his special lesson on groundwork.   However, tonight it was important to review self-defence in order […]

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Chaos! Trashing the Class in Telford (diary entry)


Image by shakirfm via Flickr 30.09.11: Today was the the penultimate lesson of my children's self-defence course for Telford. The focus of this session was to up the pressure and to see students responded to a less than ideal training environment. Usually for various reasons a training area is kept clear, clean and open. However, this is obviously not the case for a likely self-defence situation. One key thing students need to understand is that fights travel and they will […]

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From the ground up (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 19.09.11 Eastern Green Primary Schoolonce more hosted me as an all-day coach. I taught half hour taster workshops on mixed martial arts and the CCMA approach to students aged from five to 11. With such short spots it is very useful that CCMA’s warm-ups are not abstract exercises, but relavent movements that replicate what students would be doing on the focus mitts and in the sparring. We did some shadow boxing that covered all ranges then some […]

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Getting to Grips (diary entry)


Image via Wikipedia 12.09.11 After  a completley student-led warm of relevant exercises – shadow-boxing, sprawling, rolls, snaking and so on – we focused completely on grappling. This began with some Greco-Roman positional work. I started this section with some overhook/underhook pummelling that increased in resistance to a game to get both underhooks in. Students then began away from the clinch and fought for the back position, working circular attacks and counters. Moving onto freestyle wrestling, the students fought for lowline […]

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Exploring an arm-lock (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia We began the lesson with a revision of all basic functional and relevant training exercises from breakfalls to shadow boxing and finally back onto the leading knee principle touched up last week. However, this time we followed the shadow version of the lead knee strike and double leg takedown with a direct application. As explained before, the leading knee principle is an example of using two different techniques to drive maximum power off the leading leg. Usually […]

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September Vagabond Warriors Report (diary entry)

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"Vagabond Warriors" is perhaps the CCMA service that means the most to me. It is intended to be more than a seminar. It's a think tank and an open forum for revolutionary training ideas. By using the C.S.I. (Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality) model we are always about change. Not change for change sake, but everything we do and everything that we work on is up for review. This is what makes us very different from the majority of combative systems. […]

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Asymmetrical Training for Children at Telford Martial Arts Centre (diary entry)

predator/prey (with protection)

Image by just sof via Flickr I received the usual enthusiastic and keen response I have come to expect from the young students of Telford Kyushinkai Martial Arts Centre’s black belt club. After a student led warm-up, I began with some escape-based exercises. This began with much larger students being paired with smaller ones. Such exercises throw into question normally robust principle of striking the highline of one’s adversary. The highline target is never the head in such situations and […]

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Leading with the knee? (diary entry)

Knee (strike)

Image via Wikipedia Today’s lesson consisted of a basic overview of techniques from all three ranges of MMA. The warm-up included a bit of traditional line-work to get the motions correct with the straight knee strike and the double leg takedown. Both techniques involve an understanding of how to let your body weight penetrate through the target. I appreciate this is pretty much what any linear technique involves, but few require so much commitment. You virtually overbalance yourself when your […]

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Fear my 300 Techniques (diary entry)

300 (film)

Image via Wikipedia 22.08.11: Today’s class was attended wholly by senior grades, so we focused on developing key parts of MMA using the 300 reps as a technique model for improving muscle memory. This was done after a warm-up led by two different students.   The movie “300”, a shot-for-shot adaptation of Frank Miller’s fanciful comic mini-series retelling of the famed 300 Spartan soldiers that fought literally to the last man at the Battle of Thermopyae, has had a definite […]

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Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife The summer time brings a certain laziness to training. The minority train as hard as they have ever did, but those who have done this for a long time will know that lethargy that sneaks in when the days are long, the weather is hot and the holidays have just been or are around the corner. So, what better time to look at the overall conditioning of the class. Class attendance is usually very […]

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