Diary / Training Notes

Round Kicks and Front Kicks (diary entry)

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semi2.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 26.06.14 This is my client’s second lesson in Muay Thai and Kickboxing for cross-training in the martial arts. We began with some mirror footwork and defensive hand movements, building up to shin-blocks. Next we revised the basic combinations covered in the previous session followed by some analysis of the round kick and how to improve it. We also looked at different target zones for the round kick around the leg and moving towards the mid-section. I […]

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Muay Thai for Cross Training (diary entry)

Muay Thai for Cross Training (diary entry)

25.06.14 This is my client’s first lesson in Muay Thai and Kickboxing for martial arts cross-training. We began with some basic footwork agility drills he had already learnt during the boxing course. Then we built on them. There are certain fundamental differences between the stance of a western boxer and Thai boxer. The western boxing stance tends to be much wider and is more side on than the Thai stance.  I also introduced the Thai shin block into these footwork […]

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Triple Partner Training

Triple Partner Training

  23/06/14   General Lesson   Following on from a student-led warm-up, the class were divided up into three person groups. The rest of the lesson exclusively used this dynamic with the following activities: 1. Interview stage close protection drill. The bodyguard clears the principle and intercepts an oncoming threat 2. Active angulation and footwork exercise. One fighter tries to access a target. Another fighter protects the target. Boxing only 3. Same as above with wrestling only. 4. Two-on-one ground […]

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Boxing and Self Defence (diary entry)

Boxing and Self Defence (diary entry)

18.06.14 This is the tenth and final lesson for the CCMA module on boxing cross training. Continuing from the previous lesson we concentrated on looking at how boxing can help enhance self-defence training and we also recapped on the skills learnt throughout. The lesson began on the focus mitts with some basic footwork and combination work to warm-up. We then began a series of exercises to confirm connections between boxing techniques and self-defence* application. Boxing – different types of jab […]

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Obstructions in sport and self-defence (diary entry)

Obstructions in sport and self-defence (diary entry)

  16.06.14 General Lesson This is the third session dedicated to training around obstructions. We revised all that was covered in the previous two lessons, but applied them to the focus mitts so the students could test their power. As before, this covered slip/jab/overhand, sidestep/liver punch, slip/jab/low round kick, break clinch/mid-high round kick, arm-trap/knee strike and striking inside the guard from the top position. We then moved onto obstructions in self-defence. Here we looked at bodyguard exercises in order to […]

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Boxing Back to the Line (diary entry)

Boxing Back to the Line (diary entry)

04.06.14 The ninth of the CCMA cross training course in western boxing methods. We began with a revision of footwork, flash pad work (building up combinations), set combinations on focus mitts and then onto timing. I assessed the progress of timing drills on the heavy bag. Then we moved onto generating force. This is an area covered first in self-defence training, but later in martial arts. We isolated and restricted power jabs, crosses, overhands, hooks, uppercuts and shovel hooks. Punching […]

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More Obstruction Work (diary entry)

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Upper Cut punching angle bag (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 04.06.14 The eighth of the CCMA cross training course in western boxing methods. We began with a revision of footwork, flash pad work (building up combinations), set combinations on focus mitts and then onto timing. I assessed the progress of timing drills on the heavy bag. Then we moved onto generating force. This is an area covered first in self-defence training, but later in martial arts. We isolated and restricted power jabs, […]

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Generating Force in Boxing (diary entry)

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04.06.14 The eighth of the CCMA cross training course in western boxing methods. We began with a revision of footwork, flash pad work (building up combinations), set combinations on focus mitts and then onto timing. I assessed the progress of timing drills on the heavy bag. Then we moved onto generating force. This is an area covered first in self-defence training, but later in martial arts. We isolated and restricted power jabs, crosses, overhands, hooks, uppercuts and shovel hooks. The […]

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Fighting Past Obstructions (diary entry)

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Ground and Pound stoppage (Photo credit: parhessiastes) 02.06.14 We warmed up with some isolated solo technique work. Various standing and ground moves were covered and assessed, mainly focusing on the lower body. This did not become the theme of the lesson.  Instead the class naturally evolved into dealing with obstructions from a sporting perspective. We worked on the slip/jab/overhand right and also the set-up for the liver punch in stand-up fighting. We then moved onto clinch, where we explored trapping […]

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Tactics in stand-up fighting and other ranges (diary entry)

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Image displaying an arm triangle choke (side choke) from the guard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 29.05.14 We worked through all the MMA ranges. This began with boxing, focusing on footwork and combinations. Then we addressed a tactic for chasing the liver punch to wear down an opponent Next we moved on muay Thai, blending punches and kicks. We looked at the tactic of chasing a low round kick to the lead leg. Then we overlapped muay Thai with wrestling with the […]

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Rocking Around the Clock (diary entry)

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Français : Overhand (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 28.05.14 The seventh part of this client’s boxing cross-training course continued on the theme of blending combinations, coordinating upper body mobility with footwork and timing, and introduced angulation and variants on the basic techniques. We began with timing work on the bag, which was taught last time. This worked as a light warm-up with increasing intensity, as I encouraged my client to increase his number of reps each time the bag swung his way. […]

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Adapting Defence and Developing Timing (diary entry)

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21.05.14 The sixth session of this course of cross training in western boxing was concerned with timing. My client began by warming with mirror footwork exercises, moving into combination work on the focus mitts. We then put the gloves on for a semi-free light exchange of techniques encouraging a more flexible defence. He started to adapt the standard high guard to lower defences and also the peek-a-boo guard.  I used the jabbing timing drill. Here the coach continuously jabs allowing […]

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Under-hooks and Footwork (diary entry)

Under-hooks and Footwork (diary entry)

  19.05.14 We resumed our work on the clinch again, which I feel is the weakest point in the class. Following on from discussions I had with my judo player client in my recent private lesson, we looked at the importance of adapting grips. Also, after being questioned about a certain footwork drill, we looked at the importance of entering a hip throw. The hip throw section included three variations in the adapted judo series of throws: the large hip […]

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Progressive Martial Arts (diary entry)

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17.05.14 I was happy to see the return of a regular private student. He has a background in several martial arts, mainly specializing in western boxing and especially judo. He is also a school teacher and a jazz piano teacher. I take all of these factors on board when I train someone, but most of all I try to shape their training in the accordance with my client’s personality and personal fitness. My CCMA approach places the individual at the […]

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Speed and Pressure (diary entry)

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attitude_semi-enroulée1.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   14.05.14 This is the fifth in my client’s series of boxing for cross-training sessions. With the basic punches now in place, it was time to start over-viewing how they were put together and coordinated with full body movement. We began with an assessment of his punching on the bag. Here we looked at improving angles of attach and overall speed. Today we stayed away from power altogether with a strong focus on developing better body […]

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Facing Fears (diary entry)

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12.05.14 General Lesson Different students led different aspects of the lesson. One selected the single leg takedown as the focus of the training, deciding clinch was the current weakest area of training. We explored two types of single leg takedown techniques: the conventional leg trap and the slam. Fundamental errors popped up during this training, which need addressing in the next lesson, proving the importance of regular training. The lesson finished with some MMA free-sparring and some tremendous effort was […]

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