Diary / Training Notes

Back in Action (diary entry)

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05.01.12 Our first session back after the Christmas break and time to check the rust! Today’s session was fairly comprehensive, beginning with self-defence and then moving onto MMA with a sufficient overlap at the transitional stage.   We began with a quick regular warm-up of specific cardiovascular exercises. Then we moved straight onto some partner work. It began with a revision of basic fence principles as a warm-up/memory retention exercise. One student kept moving into the other’s space whilst the […]

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Striking from Grappling Positions Part 3 (diary entry)

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Image by icantcu via Flickr 12.12.11: it's our final lesson of the year. So although I didn't want to break with the programme we have been following over the last two weeks, today's session was less technique or even tactic focused and inflused with plenty of "games". We warmed up with the usual specific movements and shadow boxing from all ranges, and then went straight into some competitive exercises. This included a couple of chase-orientated games. Then we went straight […]

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Striking from Grappling Positions Part 2 (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 05.12.11. Today's warm-up was more about getting a flow going and keeping heart rates moving. The weather is beginning to more resemble the winter now, catching most people off their guard, so I think everyone was grateful of a more thorough warm-up. We cover all the specific and functional fitness movements, moving in and out of freestyle and set movements. This same principle was then carried over onto focus-mitt work, which was a blend of high intensity […]

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Striking from grappling positions part 1 (diary entry)

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch.

Image via Wikipedia 28.11.11 The agility/footwork programme using the cones continued today after a freestyle warm-up of specific exercises and shadow boxing (at all ranges) as well as breakfalls and rolls.  With the class now quite familiar with many of the exercises we added in a competitive component. Two sides raced each other, relay fashion, with the following exercise combinations   1. Run around cones and three long jumps to extra set of cones on the way back 2. 45 degree footsteps […]

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Intensity and Pressure (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia Tonight the warm-up combined agility drills with regular mat exercises and a little partner-work. Therefore footwork exercises would quickly transition into bear-crawls, frog jumps, snaking/shrimping, rolls, sprawls, sit-throughs, takedown entriees and target striking.   Keeping energy levels up the class moved onto some focus-mitt work. Intensity was the name of the game today with the need to work fast-twitch muscle fibres with specific techniques and combinations. Freestyle work was mixed in with intensive repetitions of fast straight […]

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My stand-up routine! (diary entry)


Image by Uzbecka via Flickr 14.11.11 Tonight began with the intention of focusing a bit more kicks and then into the other two ranges. I also had a nice guard sweep I wanted to cover. However, in the end most of the lesson ended up revolving around the stand-up game. We began with a student led warm-up. Three different students took over to cover different specific exercises, covering all ranges. However, I wasn't happy with the all round performance. Perhaps […]

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Agility exercises and combination work (diary entry)

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife Contrary to the usual CCMA approach, today’s session session did not have much of a theme outside of introducing the class to some new MMA concepts. After a student-led warm-up incorporating blitzing, side-steps footwork, bear crawls, sprawls, snakes, crab-crawls, break-falls, rolls and the sprint catch game the class did some agility training. Using the cones we did the following routines for three sets each:   Pogo jumps Running in and out 45 degree step-outs […]

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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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