Diary / Training Notes

Thoughts on the grading (diary entry)

Usage of a leg trip to perform a takedown.

Image via Wikipedia The next grading is set for this Saturday, so I thought it best to handle all relevant training “on the spot”. The whole reason why I kept traditional gradings, which take place outside the usual lesson time, is to test an individual under mental pressure. So, after a quick warm-up, I selected pairs to demonstrate different aspects of the grading. Fundamentally CCMA is interested in seeing whether an individual has good personal security skills, understands pre-fight, in-fight […]

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All Day Taster Workshop at Woodlands School (diary entry)

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I returned to the Woodlands secondary school for boys to teach mixed martial arts to the various year groups. I had around 45 minutes to introduce my club, the sport and to go through all three ranges of MMA. It was a tall order, but I think I mainly pulled it off in an entertaining enough way.   After a discussion on the history of MMA a typical physical session would include: a shadow boxing style warm-up, stand-up grappling games, […]

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The Fence and the Guard (diary entry)

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The class began with a specific warm-up as per usual, this time incorporating multi-range tig. We then began covering self defence tactics, as the grading now looms. Thie began with the absolute basics – the fence. We looked at the target familiarization/role-play and then onto focus mitts.   As I have often said, the simplicity of the fence is both its strength and weakness. This is why a lot of “natural” fighters don’t really see it, but they use it […]

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Looking further into the nature of “technique” (diary entry)

One type of Side control

Image via Wikipedia We began with a series of specific warm-up exercises performed on the move and on the spot. These included straight punching, sprawling, covering, transitioning ranges, knee strikes, elbows, hooks, uppercuts, bridging into side control and guard, squat kicking front, side and round, and combinations.   We then went straight into stand-up combination. This worked off basic slips into knee strikes and the clinch. Then we covered the headlock counters, leading to a takedown and an armbar.   […]

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Return of the Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

put up your dukes

Image by demandaj via Flickr Juniors   The junior section was an open session. By popular request we looked at takedowns and groundwork from an MMA perspective. I continued the theme of handling headlocks from the previous lesson. We drilled slipping out of the hold from its early stage and then countering it when the hold is on. The second counter brought us to a possible arm-bar finish. The arm-bar brought us to application from the guard. We practiced the […]

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Junior Workshop in Telford 1 report (diary entry)

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I was kindly invited by Sam Stewart the founder and owner of Kyushinkai Martial Arts in Telford, a full time martial arts academy and host to numerous luminaries of the British Combat Association, to teach the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to their junior students. I have been to the centre on several occasions and I am always impressed with the progress the place has made. Not only does it offer a broad range of martial arts classes, but the […]

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MMA combinations & facing the headlock (diary entry)

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Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr Richard Barnes kindly led the fun-filled warm-up. This largely consisted of awareness and reaction based physical activities. Students changed levels and progressed to more explosive movements as they gradually warmed up. After this we moved into some technique based MMA work, looking at the transition from stand-up to clinch and takedowns.   Blitzing and four double leg takedown entries Jab and double leg takedown – red sashes and above built up the number […]

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An old contingency plan (diary entry)

Brandon Kapitan vs Ronnie Gill

Image by superwebdeveloper via Flickr After the warm-up we went straight into the 11 punch combination. This time it was done transitioning through postures – standing, combat base, butterfly guard, in-guard and pulling guard. Then we moved onto jabbing. This was first done as a timing exercise, then as a form of specific sparring.   We then moved onto kicks, beginning with the front leg front kick. We looked at the different ways it can be applied as a jab […]

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Three phases of conflict & MMA (diary entry)

The standing fighter is attempting to escape d...

  Image via Wikipedia Despite the interruption of the Bank Holidays, I was happy to see that most students had been practicing and we were able to go back through everything fairly easily. The session began with a discussion on attitude and psychology, and how it counts at the pre, in and post stages of a fight. We discussed the differences between sport and self protection, and how these stages applied to both. In sport, pre-fight deals with the right […]

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Report on the CCMA Workshop at The Martial Arts Show (diary entry)

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  I had an enjoyable workshop at The Martial Arts Show at the NEC, Birimingham. I have been involved with this event since it began at The Martial Arts Festival. CCMA is usually represented by two workshops, an adult one on the Saturday and a children’s one on the Sunday. This year, however, there was so much on that we were restricted to a single mixed workshop. I am not complaining, we got a full hour whilst most other free […]

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Recommended V – Critical Thinking in Law, Hyserical Strength Investigated and More

Lou Ferrigno in the episode "Married"...

Image via Wikipedia Critical Thinking and Law My attention was drawn to Michael D. Cicchini when I heard him being interviewed for the sceptical radio show and podcast “Point of Inquiry” promoting his new book on common legal myths (here is the particular show). Law is an area that should be of particular interest to self protection coaches and students. Any self protection programme should mention the laws relating to pre-emption and the use of reasonable force (in these matters […]

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Easter Hard Target Report Day 2 (diary entry)

Knee (strike)

Image via Wikipedia 24.04.11 I usually finish Day 1 with some intensive transitional work, revising all the core techniques from various improvised postures. I like to warm up everyone on Day 2 with an introduction of to the best way to utilize each posture. If you have to fight from a position other than standing, you might as well take advantage of that position. That’s just good time management. So we looked at moving, transitioning and then practicing regaining our […]

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Easter Hard Target Day 1 (diary entry)

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  Yet again, I had the pleasure to deliver Mo Teague’s Hard Target System to a diverse selection of individuals. 14 were down for the weekend course, but only 11 made it through! Those who did make it through were not of an especially different physicality, age or professional attitude to those who didn’t. From my experience, it was more a case of they wanted it more! We went through the usual soft skills section; dealing with pre-fight issues via […]

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Single Leg Takedown, Peek-a-Boo & Transitioning Continued (diary entry)

A single leg takedown attempt.

Image via Wikipedia 18.04.11 This was the last lesson before our Easter/May bank holiday break. Hopefully if we can get some more classes running on another day the interruption won’t be too severe. Today we continued work on the clinch and transitioning.  This time we worked on transitions to the clinch and from the clinch to the ground. After some footwork drills moved straight into basic positional drills. We went back over the arm-drag/counter and arm-drag/double leg takedown drill before […]

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Transitioning from Stand-up to Clinch (diary entry)

Two wrestlers in a clinch, using over- and und...

Image via Wikipedia Having explored a classic opening move, the jab, and a classic finisher, the armbar, it was time to look what can happen in between. We focused on the transition from stand-up to clinch in our MMA session. The class warmed-up with footwork drills and then onto some clinch positional work; this included neck-wrestling and pummelling before moving onto some basic “entry” drills. We looked at the arm-drag and arm-drag counters, and then arm-drag/double leg takedown combinations. Moving […]

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Fourth Hard Target Weekend Day 2 (diary entry)

John Boyd

10.04.11 Day 2 of “Mo Teague’s Hard Target System”, as taught by me, began with a warm-up through postures. Self Protection training should be time managed. It is my view that hard skills should be taught by maximizing every area possible. So if you are kneeling I would advise a combat base posture to be able to move more efficiently. If you are seated then a disconnected butterfly guard posture is preferable, so that you have all four limbs active. […]

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