Diary / Training Notes

The Post-Contact Plan (diary entry)

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29.07.13   Today’s private lesson was a one-to-one focusing on mixed martial arts. Most of the training took the reverse engineering approach and began with sparring. We broke up the session into boxing, kickboxing, clinch with striking and then some positional training on the ground.   Boxing brought up the importance of the jab. Just about everything comes off this when you are at stand-up range. The hands are the most dextrous natural tool we have to use and manipulate […]

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Stick Boxing (diary entry)

Headgear and boxing gloves are mandatory in Ol...

Headgear and boxing gloves are mandatory in Olympic boxing and amateur boxing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At my client’s request we looked at a mixture of weapons work and western boxing. Using the CCMA approach, I made sure both the stick-work and the boxing served as attributes for each other. We began with the double rattan sticks, attacking high and low. First this was done as a stick on stick drill and we added on footwork. However, in the interests of […]

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Back in the Gi – Transitionin’ and Submissionin’ (diary entry)

The butterfly guard being used during Judo tra...

The butterfly guard being used during Judo training. The judogi of the top combatant is grabbed to prevent him from moving away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My client requested a lesson focusing on groundwork and transitioning for the gi. I haven’t done work in the gi for a long time, but I obliged andwe looked at what could benefit judo. My gi work is largely in Brazilian jiu jitsu, so I had to adapt concepts to the rule-set of judo, being […]

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CCMA Basic Programme Progression with conditioning exercises (diary entry)

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24.07.13   We continued with the basic Clubb Chimera Martial Arts programme, focusing on self-protection as a core foundation and objective. The session began with an in depth revision of the self-defence hard skills. This began with the fence and pre-emptive striking. It is important to overlap target acquisition with full impact on the focus mitts. So we drilled a simple muscle memory exercise whereby when the fence was breached the client made contact with a real human target. Once […]

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Cycle of Abuse? (diary training)

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22.07.13 General Lesson – Grading   We held a small grading for the lower grades. Material covered included role-play fence exercises, focus mitt work for incidental combinations and pre-emption, takedowns, defence from the ground, MMA sparring, will drills and soft skills questions and answers. Sadly despite a good physical effort, four of my students did not pass their grading tonight. All were juniors and quite young, so their reaction was always going to be a concern. However, they met it […]

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CCMA Edged Weapon Workshop in Birmingham (diary entry)

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  I was hosted by Leigh Simms and his regular study group of martial artists. There was a range of different martial arts backgrounds and experiences in the room tonight, but all united with an open mind and a thirst for information. I have trained in numerous different edged weapon and knife-fighting programmes, and I am particularly grateful for Mo Teague, Karl Tanswell, W. Hock Hocheim and Steve Timperley’s work on this subject.   For the sake of good time […]

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Training in the Heat and Technical Work through the Ranges (diary entry)

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15.07.13 General Lesson The heat wave hitting the UK presents new challenges for CCMA students. Personally the hot weather brings out the lethargy in me, so I have empathy for all those who find it hard to train in these conditions, but it doesn’t stopping me from doing what needs to be done. A fighter should be able train in all weather conditions, acknowledge his weaknesses and adapt accordingly. All students are encouraged to be mindful of rehydration and taking […]

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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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