Diary / Training Notes

Combat Conditioning Introductory Lesson (diary entry)

Combat Conditioning Introductory Lesson (diary entry)

17.10.14 This was my first session with my new client. The client’s request is for Combat Conditioning, but I think with a view to exploring aspects of martial arts training. I try to make my sessions as objective-centred as possible, but such is the nature of cross-training and Mixed Martial Arts that a lot of flexibility should be expected as one coaches. My client is being trained to be better conditioned to cope with physically demanding work abroad in an […]

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Revising and Layering Throws (diary entry)

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English: U.S. Marine demonstrating a Gray Belt hip throw technique, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 15.10.14 After a single lesson interlude I resumed teaching my client on the sixth of his 10-lesson stand-up grappling/clinch course. We began layering tactics at the three different levels of attack, revising selected techniques and progressing with more suggestions and variations. The belly-to-back suplex and two waistlock takedown variations were covered before moving onto the principles behind the hip throw. From the hip throw we looked […]

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Instinctive Training (diary entry)

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English: Muay thai, knees in clinch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 12.10.2014 We began the Triple C session with some focus mitt work. We built up from boxing, including some basic combinations, to kickboxing, isolated clinch and then put them all together. We looked at movement within the clinch and how to manoeuvre an opponent into knee and elbow strikes. The discussion took us onto instinctive reactions, which was an opportunity to explore the fence and pre-emptive striking. Then we went through […]

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Combative Movement – Top to Bottom (diary entry)

Combative Movement - Top to Bottom (diary entry)

11.10.14 This double session looked at making warm-ups more relevant, specific training in general, aspects of the cover and top position groundwork. At the beginning with discussed training strategies and the confusing problems people encounter when they don’t have the right mind-set whilst cross-training. Styles are too often looked upon as entities, which they are not. They individual expressions and no one martial artist expresses it exactly the same. I looked at shadow boxing, which is a very relevant way […]

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Coordination is Good Cardio! (diary entry)

Coordination is Good Cardio! (diary entry)

09.10.14 We focused on upper body techniques, coordination and moved onto lower body muscle engagement for lowline attacks. The session began on the focus mitts, where we did some flash pad drills before covering combination work. Combination training is a good vehicle for developing flow and speed, enhancing mental stimulation and promoting better coordination. Mo Teague and Sean Sherk both endorse technique training ahead of physically demanding exercises. This applies not only in the microcosm of individual sessions, but also […]

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An Evolutionary Training Interlude (diary entry)

My client has experienced a minor back injury in his workplace. He has received treatment and is fit and able, but decided to take a break from the grappling course for this lesson. Instead we revised pre-emptive striking from his self-protection course and looked at how it related to certain aspects of cross training. I do use lesson plans and have a structured approach to my coaching to ensure a client achieves their requested objective. However, I have also favoured […]

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Stabilizing Strength (diary entry)

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circlaire10.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Muscle highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 06.10.14 Today’s Triple C session was centred on structural strength with a focus on the legs. We warmed up with some shadow boxing, focus mitt work and footwork drills. This also included stance-changing on a large tyre to promote balance and stability. Then we looked at an exercise for the straight Thai knee or kao. We looked at the full range of motion used in the kick and how it compared […]

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Single Legs and Counters (diary enrtry)

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The fifth of the CCMA’s course on stand-up grappling/clinch for martial arts cross training added the single leg takedown and some counterattacks. As per normal, began with a warm-up of neck wrestling, bulling and pummelling. We then revised entries into headlocks and cross-buttocks throws, standard hip throws, suplexes, waistlock takesdowns and various inside and outside reaping throws. These were all then done to full conclusion. We also drilled arm-drags and counters. Our main technique was the single leg takedown. This […]

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Building Intensity (diary entry)

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29.09.14 Today we started dissecting extreme high intensity interval training in preparation for tabata training. Tabata has been too freely adopted as yet another fitness trend. If done correctly it is an excellent form of cardiovascular and lung development training.  However, many approach the very short rounds with the pace they would usually apply to much longer rounds. As discussed previously, repetition cadence is very important. Keep slow and controlled training for stability training and heavy lifting. When it comes […]

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A Blueprint for Solo Training (diary entry)

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English: Arthur Saxon performing a bent press. Français : Arthur Saxon effectuant un dévissé à un bras (bent press). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 24.09.14   The purpose of tonight’s session was to go through ideas for my client’s private workouts. We covered a range of exercises and concepts for training. My general rule is to divide weekly workouts into upper body pure strength, lower body pure strength, two sessions of cardiovascular/aerobic training and two sessions of explosive and/or stabilizing strength training. […]

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Moving Through the Throws (diary entry)

Moving Through the Throws (diary entry)

24.09.14 The fourth of CCMA’s clinch/stand-up grappling for martial arts cross-training saw a smooth run through of throwing techniques and more defence work. The session began with a warm-up of neck-wrestling (Thai plumb position), bulling (collar and elbow tie-up), pummelling (over-hook/under-hook), arm-drag/counter and taking the back using the arm-drag. We then moved onto entries into headlock takedowns, standard and spring hip throw and the small inner and outer reap throws. After revising basic breakfalls we then executed throws and, for […]

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Training Around a Foot Injury (diary entry)

Training Around a Foot Injury (diary entry)

21.09.14 This morning we had a double session on the Triple C programme, focusing on working around injuries. My client has incurred a foot injury outside of training. However, the foundations of CCMA’s training philosophy have always been based on adaptability. Restriction is fertile ground for creativity and can also help reinforce basic principles. With my client needing to take pressure off his feet we focused on striking from restrictive positions and movements within postures (as opposed to transitioning through […]

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Vagabond Warriors One-to-One (diary entry)

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  20.09.14 This is the first of a series of Vagabond Warriors Cross Training sessions for my new client. The client has a long background in traditional karate and is currently training in American/Japanese kickboxing. He has an excellent private gym set up in his back garden that can be put to excellent use on this programme. My new client’s objective is to develop a more functional range of techniques. Lessons will be somewhat sporadic due to my client’s schedule, […]

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The Most Challenging Range? (diary entry)

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This is my client’s third in the clinch/stand-up grappling series of lessons for martial arts cross training. Stand-up grappling is perhaps the most challenging of all ranges. The objective to throw someone who is trying to throw you is relatively more difficult to achieve than it is to land a strike or secure a submission. A lot of work needs to be done to attain a position, secure the dominant grip and break an opponent’s balance whilst trying to keep […]

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Lower Body Conditioning (diary entry)

Lower Body Conditioning (diary entry)

15.09.14 Tonight, the third lesson in my Triple C (Chimera Combat Conditioning) course, we focused on involving lower body techniques. If you are short on time and you want to maintain good overall conditioning, I always advise hitting the legs with big compound movements. If you involve the legs you tend to use the rest of your body. Squats and dead-lifts are excellent for developing strength whilst my choice exercises for lungs and heart is skipping, sprint intervals and burpees. […]

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Introducing Throws (diary entry)

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This was the second of my client’s stand-up grappling for martial arts cross-training course. We continued our focus on above the belt grappling, moving from grips to throws. The lesson began with some a mirror footwork chase game before we revised bulling, pummelling and arm-drags. Then we put it all into practice with some grip-fighting. Before addressing throws I went through break-falls from the front, side and back followed by various rolls. This is not only essential for safety reasons […]

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