Diary / Training Notes

Going “Off-Road” (diary entry)

03.03.13 Today we completely stepped off the self-defence line and into attribute training. Although the lesson was enjoyable for my client, I received anxious feedback regarding the new temporary objective, but more on that later.   We began with some basic boxing training. We looked at footwork and combination work. This was done using hands only with the elbows pinned to the side to increase speed and to stop the “winging” action that telegraphs punching. On the footwork we tied […]

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Moving onto Reactive Training (diary entry)

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02.03.13   Training for these two clients is orientated towards preparing them for worst case situaitons in a country that has a far higher level of threat of interpersonal violence.  The soft skills took this into specifics about the area and I have organized a list of reputable defensive firearms training instruction in their new home country.    The warm-up was basic shadow boxing working, focusing on correct hip movement and posture. We then began with an immediate revision of […]

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From setting up to countering

From setting up to countering

  25.02.13 General Lesson Today we focused the nature of setting up techniques. This involved drawing opponents onto strikes and takedowns. We began with the fence and how the concept worked as an effective line-up. It was drilled as a muscle memory exercise. This led onto jab/crossing, setting up the rear hand strike. We then carried onto the clinch range. Here we used a simple judo sweep, something resembled a scruffy looking variation of the kosoto gari (small outside reap). […]

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Children’s Self-Protection Seminar in Denmark Part 2 (diary entry)

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  24.02.13 “When Parents Aren’t Around 2: Anti-Abduction Seminar”   CCMA’s anti-abduction seminar is a bolt-on course that follows the general children’s self-protection seminar, “When Parents Aren’t Around”. The course is specifically designed to focus on adult-on-child self-protection situations, covering both the personal security and self-defence sides. As with all CCMA seminars, material was presented via PowerPoint multi-media and applied, where possible, through various physical exercises and pressure tests.     The seminar began with a revision of R.A.C.D.O. (Respect, […]

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Vagabond Warriors in Denmark (diary entry)

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23.02.13 “Vagabond Warriors” Workshop Vagabond Warriors is the proverbial jewel in the CCMA crown. This is what I love teaching more than anything else. It is not a style or system, but rather an approach to martial arts cross training enabling students and coaches to handle their education better. Vagabond Warriors introduces students to several different concepts I have included to better help them understand how to handle training in more than one martial arts system or better enhance their […]

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Children’s Self-Protection Seminar in Denmark Part 1 (diary entry)

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23.02.13 “When Parents Aren’t Around – Children’s Self-Protection Seminar” I was recently honoured to be invited to teach a weekend seminar and a workshop for Hinnurup Karate in Denmark. This foundation seminar introduces children to the concept of self-protection. As the name indicates, it addresses the key motivation for a child to learn self-protection, lack of parental supervision. A child needs to learn how to take control of a situation. We cover all the soft skills and underpin all information […]

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Impact Development for Self-Defence (diary entry)

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21.02.13 Today’s private lesson followed on from the 17.02.13 introduction to self-protection. It was half the normal time allocated to these lessons and completely focused on impact development. Prior to this both students covered all the pre-fight soft skills leading up to the fence and were introduced the pre-emptive strike tactic. We began with a light warm-up, moving the body in ways that resembled the straight and hooking strikes. It is important for students to put their mind into activating […]

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Preparing for a First Level CCMA Grading (diary entry)

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18.02.13 We focused completely on grading material for those taking their very first grade in the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to self-protection and martial arts cross training. The first grading is a confirmation basic self-defence and personal security practical skills and knowledge. It is my view that a first level student of CCMA should be competent within reason and context in civilian self-protection.  We began with the fence, practicing it from role-play and on the focus mitts. We then […]

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Cross Training & Self-Defence (diary entry)

17.02.13   Cross Training Class If you will pardon the melodrama, today’s class was something of a self-defence journey into martial arts cross training. I took the student through various different fighting systems, overlapped them and brought them back to the self-protection line. We began with the fence and pre-emptive striking. This started with target familiarization and muscle memory development for the pre-emptive strike. Straight strikes, hooks and uppercuts were covered before being taken onto the focus mitts for impact […]

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Fighting from the Ground & Progressive Pad-Work

General Lesson   Today’s double lesson took students through self-defence and mixed martial arts concepts. After a student-led warm-up we resumed our journey through basic self-defence tools, ending up with asymmetrical ground fighting. The objective here is to get to your feet as quickly as possible on your enemy’s feet and to get up as soon as possible. Mistakes to watch out for include not covering the head properly, not attacking the attack, putting hands down and giving your back. […]

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Self-Defence & Introduction to Incidental Weapons

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Marines practice groundfighting (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 10.02.13 We began the session with a complete revision of self-defence hard skills. We began with the fence and pre-emptive striking. This moved into power development and transitioning through differnent postures – standing, kneeling, seated and on the back. We covered straight hand strikes, hooks and uppercuts, as well as close-quarter strikes and kicks. Next we moved onto the cover; recovering from attacks and anti-grappling followed by combat grappling. The revision was complete with […]

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Peek-a-Boo & Foreman’s Feet (diary entry)

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English: Boxing match in Bangkok,Thailand. http://www.dmitrimarkine.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 09/02/13 Today’s focus on muay Thai and sparring. We began with some progressive sparring. This began with some light western boxing, followed by muay Thai. Rounds consisted of punching only, kicking only and then punching and kicking.   From this I addressed issues with defence and footwork. We looked at the peek-a-boo guard and its transition from a regular high guard, common in muay Thai and increasingly popular in western boxing. […]

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Self-Defence Takedowns and Gripping with Striking (diary entry)

Takedown

Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) General Lesson   The warm-up included a lot of explosive movements and sprints interspersed with the usual specific exercises. We then went back through the fence. This time allowing improvisation for the coaches, on what shape the target would take. This was done both in a target familarization drill and on the focus mitts. We then went onto takedowns. We did this using the circle method. One student stands in the middle of a circle and […]

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Uppercuts and Productive Sparring (diary entry)

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English: Uppercut Français : Uppercut (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 28.01.13 General Lesson Tonight we finished our western boxing power punching off with the uppercut. This began with it being performed from the fence. I would not advise this as a primary tactic, but certain situations might dictate its use. I taught it the way Matty Evans taught me, as a vertical punch using the index knuckle. This is a rare occasion where I advocate punching to the head in a self-defence […]

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Four Pillars of Strength: The Workout (diary entry)

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22.01.13 As part of my combat conditioning programme I returned two private Triple C students, who are currently training with me, back to the basics. Although it is relatively easy to keep going with high intensity interval training using exercises that are hard but require a low skill level I feel it is important to start working a strong structural base. There are countless exercises, but there are four that pretty much cover everything and have plenty of variations to […]

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Hooks, combinations, takedown, sweep and a knee-bar (diary entry)

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14.01.13   General Class   We had another student-led warm-up, consisting of sport-specific exercises. Then we continued the theme from the previous week, beginning with the fence and then moving onto another power punch from western boxing. The fence drill took the students straight onto the focus mitts. This drill is designed to prompt pre-emptive muscle memory. The coach touches the “sensory tentacle” of the fence and the student responds with an immediate strike to the target until the target […]

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