Diary / Training Notes

Easter Hard Target Day 1 (diary entry)

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  Yet again, I had the pleasure to deliver Mo Teague’s Hard Target System to a diverse selection of individuals. 14 were down for the weekend course, but only 11 made it through! Those who did make it through were not of an especially different physicality, age or professional attitude to those who didn’t. From my experience, it was more a case of they wanted it more! We went through the usual soft skills section; dealing with pre-fight issues via […]

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Single Leg Takedown, Peek-a-Boo & Transitioning Continued (diary entry)

A single leg takedown attempt.

Image via Wikipedia 18.04.11 This was the last lesson before our Easter/May bank holiday break. Hopefully if we can get some more classes running on another day the interruption won’t be too severe. Today we continued work on the clinch and transitioning.  This time we worked on transitions to the clinch and from the clinch to the ground. After some footwork drills moved straight into basic positional drills. We went back over the arm-drag/counter and arm-drag/double leg takedown drill before […]

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Transitioning from Stand-up to Clinch (diary entry)

Two wrestlers in a clinch, using over- and und...

Image via Wikipedia Having explored a classic opening move, the jab, and a classic finisher, the armbar, it was time to look what can happen in between. We focused on the transition from stand-up to clinch in our MMA session. The class warmed-up with footwork drills and then onto some clinch positional work; this included neck-wrestling and pummelling before moving onto some basic “entry” drills. We looked at the arm-drag and arm-drag counters, and then arm-drag/double leg takedown combinations. Moving […]

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Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 2 (diary entry)

John Boyd

10.04.11 Day 2 of “Mo Teague’s Hard Target System”, as taught by me, began with a warm-up through postures. Self Protection training should be time managed. It is my view that hard skills should be taught by maximizing every area possible. So if you are kneeling I would advise a combat base posture to be able to move more efficiently. If you are seated then a disconnected butterfly guard posture is preferable, so that you have all four limbs active. […]

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Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 1 (diary entry)

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09.04.11 This was my fourth time teaching Mo Teague’s Hard Target System, as a solo venture, for Response Security Training at their full-time centre in London. This time I taught a class that consisted of a mixture of martial arts students, door supervisors and students on the close protection course offered by RST. Backgrounds, ages, experiences and personalities were really across the board, which always makes for an interesting session. Diversity in a group often presents a challenge to an […]

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Jab Combinations & Positioning for the Arm-Bar (diary entry)

04.04.11 I was amazed how much we squeezed into tonight’s session! We began with a shadow-boxing warm-up, using the jab. The jab provides such a rich area to explore. In self defence I see it as the sensory tentacle of the “fence”. The lead hand that negotiates the situation, determines whether or not the altercation will become physical and, like all good jabs, maintains distance. You can also strike off the jab, although a reasonably high skill level needs to […]

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2nd Workshop for the Witney Boys Brigade (diary entry)

Boys

Image via Wikipedia The Witney Boys Brigade invited Clubb Chimera Martial Arts back for a one hour self defence workshop. It was great to see that nearly all the students in attendance were those who were with me last time and encouraging that they retained a lot of the information I taught them back in December. Nevertheless, we revised the soft skills section covering awareness and the effects of fear. This brought us up to the fence and pre-emption. First […]

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Workshop for the Study School at the University of Leicester (diary entry)

University of Leicester, UK.

Image via Wikipedia 30.03.11 I was delighted to be invited to give a brief one hour workshop on self protection methods for Leicester University as part of their “Study School” day. Students from a far a field as Salt Lake City, Utah, attended this inaugural event, which featured an extremely diverse array of subjects all loosely associated with the positive and negative aspects of risk. Despite living in possibly the safest times in recorded history, the developed world seems to […]

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Targeting and the arm-bar (diary entry)

Mark Mullen applies an arm bar to Ernesto Mart...

Image via Wikipedia We began by drilling the 11 punch combination and the punch/kick combination as a direct application for the warm-up. Target familiarization has become something of a CCMA trademark. I brought it into the Hard Target courses and do it whenever I feel it is necessary in training. Hitting pads all the time tends to get you good at hitting pads. There has to be overlap. You mould into the equipment you use and start developing abstract techniques […]

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Grappling – Taking the Back (diary entry)

One wrestler is trying to get the back.

Image via Wikipedia 07.03.11   Since last week was a striking centred class, today we looked at grappling only. Grappling is a rich area of combative study. Within reason, one can grapple at full resistance day-in, day-out and even several times a day with a comparatively much lower level of risk than with striking. It is both a human’s most primal method of unarmed combat and yet, particularly when on the ground, can be their most sophisticated.   We began […]

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Posturing and Blind Spots

Posturing and Blind Spots

After an extended absence the class returned in fine form and the enthusiasm was as inspiring as ever. A few areas in the warm-up, led by Phil, exposed some all-round rustiness, but once we moved into our MMA lesson muscle memory kicked and it was easy to introduce new areas. Today’s class focused entirely on the sporting side of training. The CCMA approach dictates that we define purpose from the get-go. Sport and self defence can overlap, but their objectives […]

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Last Official Class of 2010

Christmas lesson! Okay, so an opportunity to end the year with fun activities that are still relevant to training. A full class engaged in the following: Build-up tig – This is a traditional escape and evasion game. I often start children’s self defence with this to help get across the first message – to avoid and escape. We then varied it with combat base moving, butterfly guard moving, snaking and bear crawling to work through other relevant postures (fighting from […]

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