Diary / Training Notes

Side Headlocks and Self-Defence (diary entry)

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  07.07.13 General Lesson Training began with a revision the fence. More senior grades worked through multiple attack situations at the pre-emptive phase. We then moved onto the clinch range, where we covered escapes from the side headlock – a primal grappling hold – through its various levels of severity. Ideally I like to have a student to be conditioned to slip out of a headlock the moment they feel it being it is being tried. The back is normally […]

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Boxing – Technique, Speed and Power (diary entry)

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07.07.13   I moved off the self-defence line well and truly today with this particular client, and looked at western boxing. We began with the jab, training it from a static position and then with footwork. I then brought in timing drills, getting my client to jab from different angles before moving onto a simple slipping exercise. Next I brought in the cross working it in combination with the jab through the same series of movement, timing and angling exercises. […]

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Triple C in Action (diary entry)

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05.07.13 Triple C (Chimera Combat Conditioning) is an offshoot of the core CCMA approach to self-proteciton and marital arts. Here we train attributes to improve our main skills. Training take place literally anywhere and we take full advantage of the environment provided. Innovation and creativity are emphasized without compromising training objectives. Unlike many "functional fitness" approaches, we don't just train "caveman" style to allieviate boredom, but for specific goals. Tonight we began with a technical session, as this is best […]

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Pre, In and Post-Fight Self-Protection (diary entry)

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This lesson served as an introduction to a new client. He wishes to follow the complete CCMA approach to martial arts training. This means starting with our self-protection programme and then moving onto cross-training in other martial arts.   As is normally the case with self-protection training we began with a brief interview, which followed on from the formal questionnaire sent out prior to the lesson. Once I was satisfied with the level of the student’s ability, experience and knowledge, […]

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Headlocks, The Cover and Attribute Training

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Escaping the mount by creating space and pulling a leg through. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 01.07.13 General Lesson We began with stand-up striking. This was mainly aimed at conditioning as opposed to technique. All students drilled straight striking, hooks and kicks at speed and then with power. We then looked at clinch and escaping the headlock into a waist-lock. Headlocks are primal grappling moves. Even if someone is untrained they are likely to try to put a person in a headlock […]

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Edged Weapon Defence and Strength Training

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My client’s mandate was for me to teach self-defence and strength training. Given my client’s experience level and having worked on self-defence with him previously, I decided to focus on edged weapon defence. We ran through my usual procedure, beginning with immediate escape to exit points, vocal responses, evasions, incidental weapons and finally unarmed responses when cornered early.   Strength training covered three basic weights exercises that promote muscular growth – squats, deadlifts and bench press. I had my client […]

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Pin Transitions, Speed Training, Multiple Attackers and Increased Impact (diary entry)

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General Lesson   The focus of today’s lesson was on the top game and transitioning through pins. We based it on a set movement exercise transitioning from side control to scarfhold to northsouth to side control to side control to knee pin to side control to reverse scarfhold to full mount to knee pin and back to the beginning. After transitioning we added increasing resistance from the person underneath and then we covered submissions from each position. The class finished […]

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Mounted Attack/Defence, Technical Work and Multiple Attacks (diary entry)

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General Lesson   The lesson focused on attack and defence from the mounted position. We looked at the cover, the bridge and the snake for the defence. This moved into half-guard and taking the back. From the attacking top position we set up for arm-bars with strikes. Sparring was mount position specific. We then warmed down with some shadow boxing and stretching.   Private Lesson 1   We continued with our technical theme and I ran through the angling/targeting/timing exercises […]

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“Other”-Defence and Combat Grappling (diary entry)

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Illustration of Japanese Imperial bodyguard Watanabe no Tsuna fighting a demon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 16.06.13   Apparently the best antonym for “self” is “other”, which would mean that one half of today’s lesson could be described as other-defence. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, but I am loathed to call it civilian bodyguarding, as that doesn’t seem entirely accurate. Nevertheless my friend and close-protection instructor, Al Cain once told me “You are your own bodyguard”. I believe that […]

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Edged Weapon Defence Taster Session (diary entry)

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15.06.13   My mandate for today’s private lesson was to teach edged weapon defence leading in Clubb Chimera Martial Arts training methods. The lesson covered a line of increased risk situations, from evasion to an unarmed close-quarter counter-assault. No specific scenarios were mentioned, as it is impossible to train for every exact hypothetical situation and far more productive to teach a generic set of tactics.   It is important to note that due to time restrictions and specific requests from […]

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Student Teaching, Targeting and Progress in Self-Defence (diary entry)

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Striking (Photo credit: parhessiastes) General Lesson   Today I allowed my junior brown sash to take the class under my supervision. Here I was able to take a supporting role and help guide him, and pay more attention to individuals. I was able to check on finer details. My appointed coach decided to allow for a democratic decision on tonight’s area of study. Takedowns were singled out.   He began by using the 20% resistance improvised throw exercise. This is […]

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Upper Body Conditioning (diary entry)

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07.06.13 Today’s session was primarily a strength conditioning class. We focused on an upper body routine for developing a stronger base and used striking as area of specific training. I have to say that I find it difficult these days not to incorporate some martial arts technical work into my training, even if I have written an entire session as attribute conditioning. UFC champion Sean Sherk says that he puts his technical work at the beginning of a session and […]

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Range Conditioning and Increasing the Pressure (diary entry)

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03.06.13 General Lesson – Mixed Martial Arts (Stand-up and Ground) Today’s training consisted of going through the four basic kickboxing combinations called in random order. It is a good concentration exercise and once everyone was comfortable with the sequences I made sure the pad holders kept things moving. We then did a couple of ground fighting games – Crazy Baby and Touch the Head. The first works the butterfly guard and promote good movement for the top and bottom game. […]

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Weapons, Revision and Conditioning (diary entry)

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02.06.13 We began with a look at weapons and the whole issue of base principles. My ideal is to have as few principles as possible so that a student can easily utilize them in any situation. Unfortunately it isn’t always possible. Humans evolved to use external weapons. Once armed and with intent most humans become considerably more dangerous than when they had nothing in their very well adapted hands. Southeast Asian martial arts often begin with weapons and then complete […]

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Boxing – Speed and Power (diary entry)

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01.06.2013   I was given the mandate to teach a two hour western boxing private lesson yesterday. I am not a western boxing coach. I have trained under a fair number of excellent senior boxing coaches and I consider it to be a superb base combative art for anyone who is interested in improving their striking. Therefore, I used the lesson to offer my CCMA perspective through the restriction of this combat sport. Over the past few weeks my general […]

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Combinations into Structured Sparring (diary entry)

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30.05.13   General Lesson   After a student-led warm-up, we continued with our series of combination training exercises. This time we looked at the boxing-led series, covering four combinations. These are a series of progressive boxng combinations that add on a kick at the end. Once learnt they are then called out in random order. The purpose of doing this is to promote a better retention of memory under combative conditions. Areas of concern included holding targets correctly and keeping […]

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