Tuesday night was my teacher consultancy lesson where we drilled down into the peek-a-boo work we did last week. This was not a case of introducing brand new combinations or adding to existing ones, rather we looked at the relationship between footwork, evasive head movement, positioning and stance-work to set up the liver shot.
I cannot emphasise enough the benefits clients experience from training between my lessons. My approach to coaching has always been to motivate and guide martial artists to train regularly. It has always puzzled me that many individuals seem to think that all they need is to attend a lesson and somehow the behaviours, techniques and all the underpinning muscle memories introduced will magically stick with them without any extra work required. My experience is that all new information taught to an individual should be trained again within 24 hours and, better still, taught to another person even by discussion. This builds a commitment to the material. My client not only practised with her lockdown partner but also made it part of the lesson she taught. The results of this were quite clear when I asked them to go through last week’s entire peek-a-boo combination in line work and on the focus mitts.
We used the setup from the previous lesson to access the liver shot. Previously the body shot had been Tyson’s body hook, which was then followed up immediately with an uppercut to the head with the same hand. This motion teaches great mechanics for a liver shot coming off an angle. The movement was first isolated to get the targeting and body mechanics correct. Then we brought in a bob and weave motion to teach effective repositioning for a counter-punch – the fighter evades a right hook whilst simultaneously cutting to the side of an opponent and striking their exposed ribcage. Finally, we looked at slip/jab and slip/cross from classic peek-a-boo. As mentioned in the previous lesson, the classic peek-a-boo slip relies on a pronounced lateral flexion keeping the fighter close to their opponent. These techniques were then added to the combination.
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