Here’s the Hook (diary entry)

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30.10.18   Tonight’s lesson was my new client’s second hour of a scheduled 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at better for force generation for the cross punch and I also introduced the hook.   We began with some shadow boxing, focusing on footwork. This changed to mirror footwork, where I layered in upper body movement – slipping, ducking, and bobbing and weaving. Training then went onto the focus mitts. Here we […]

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MMA Escapes and Submissions Begin (diary entry)

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01.09.18   This morning was my client’s penultimate lesson is a scheduled 10 hour course on MMA Ground-Fighting. After some discussion, we have decided to extend the course due to the sophisticated nature of submission fighting. Today we focused on basic escapes and began guard-work.   The warm-up was entirely geared towards callisthenics from underneath – snaking, bridging and crab-crawls. We then did a partner warm-up using bridges (upas) from underneath side-control.   We looked at escapes from four major […]

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MMA Guard-Work (diary entry)

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25.08.18 This morning my client completed his seventh hour of a 10 hour course on MMA Ground-Fighting. We continued our work on fighting from the top position in the guard and then began work from the guard position for MMA. Striking and defending strikes from these positions is an art unto itself, requiring a lot of work looking at how to transition effectively. We warmed up with both top and bottom position callisthenics. Bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, lizard crawls, […]

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Footwork Trilogy Conclusion (diary entry)

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22.04.18   This morning’s lesson was my client’s final two hours of a 10 hour course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training. We revised head movement, which had been his primary interest when he first booked my services, and then focused the majority of the lesson on integrating footwork patterns. We looked at the L-Step and then the V-Step. Regular readers will note that this completes the trilogy of my lessons this week that have focused on the latter […]

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Kick ‘n Clinch (diary entry)


15.09.16 Tonight’s double lesson comprised of the second and third classes in my client’s course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This is the fourth and fifth lessons in my client’s second course of classes with me. We split lessons up into kickboxing skills and Thai clinch-work. I like this format when it comes to Muay Thai as although these ranges converge and over-lap they are quite distinctive stages of a fight. The kickboxing class mainly looked […]

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Teenage Travelsafe Part 2 (diary entry)


18.08.15 I taught the second of a two-part intensive course on self-protection for teenagers. Revising the importance of attitude and how it underlines physical performance, I warmed everyone up with some walking exercises. Here the attendees moved from one end of the training area to the other, but each time I intensified the visualization. I used it to overlap their physical application of skills by having them think they were about to respond to an attack. We looked at natural […]

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Weapon Evasion to Engagement (diary entry)


22.07.15 The sixth in the CCMA course on weapons for martial arts cross training was a revision of the past five lessons, moving into grappling with striking. We began using the single and double sticks, moving through postures and varying angle patterns as part of the warm-up. Then we moved onto evasive movements against the sticks and the knife I introduced a simple pivoting response to attack incoming slashes with the knife and then built on it with unarmed strikes […]

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Mordred’s Victory – First Trailer

Mordred's Victory - First Trailer

The first trailer of Jamie Clubb's ebook, "Mordred's Victory and Other Martial Mutterings", provides an exceprt with footage of specific training. The ebook contains, a revised, re-edited and newly annotated chapter focusing on this, the highest point of CCMA's "Hierarchy of Training". Order your copy here.

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Social Media Self-Protection Dilemma?

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is not an easy topic to address. It is not easy because it concens the potentially negative side of social media again and I duly note the apparent irony. I rely a lot on social media in order to promote awareness of my services and my work in general. This post, like all my online material, will be linked through […]

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Stalking Culture – Old and New

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I write this piece during the season of Halloween. It’s a darkly creative time of year for me for many reasons and I do my best not to allow my personal preferences for enjoying scary stories and many of the various tongue-in-cheek customs intrude into my self-protection writings. I have other outlets to indulge and express many of the fantastical elements associated with this particular festival. However, here and there certain things do cross over. One year, for example, I […]

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Learning from Sharks

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Sharm el-Sheikh is located on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I guess it is because I started re-reading Peter Benchley’s masterpiece of pulp fiction, “Jaws” that my attention has been brought back to sharks. It is not difficult to find a documentary on these fascinating predators of the deep on one of the TV channels. If your special interest is crime, Nazis or sharks then there is a never […]

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Pre-Order Jamie Clubb’s New Martial Arts Book


Mordred’s Victory & Other Martial Mutterings by Jamie Clubb Release date Sep 20th – Available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon now!!! Collected here for the first time are some of Jamie Clubb’s best martial arts articles. Throughout this book the reader can see the various thinking processes Jamie underwent to create the best-selling and critically acclaimed Cross Training in the Martial Arts DVDs and his unique approach to self-protection and cross-training: Clubb Chimera. Having been born into a travelling circus family, Jamie Clubb […]

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The Order of the Tribe and Other Frustrations

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Despite there being documented research on the social phenomena we know as “The Bystander Effect” by psychologists John M. Darley and Bibb Latané since 1968[i], most people are baffled and angered when they see it being demonstrated. Multimedia and social media, in particular, have alerted more people to the way humans respond under crisis situations. However, this exposure just seems to have highlighted how little we understand human nature. Instead it tends to reinforce confirmation bias in our belief systems. […]

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Code White Cover Exercise (Denmark Seminar)

Most advocates of the cover agree that it is a very natural response during the in-fight stage. Is this really the case? A simple test I use to bring out this natural response is to ask a student to adopt a natural posture to protect themselves against multiple objects. The posture most adopt will be akin to the one a golfer will adopt when they hear the word "Four!" Interestingly if you a throw a single object at a person […]

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Introducing the Cover (Denmark Seminar)

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The cover is a tactic that has soared to prominence in the traditional, sporting and self defence martial arts circles over the past decade. For the sake of clarity I am using the term to describe any of the counter-offensive tactics that involve wrapping the arms around the head. I have seen it in traditional Chinese martial arts, in karate, in silat, in mixed martial arts, in panantukan, in some ju jutsu styles and even in western boxing. The most […]

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