Today’s first lesson was the second in my new client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. Having discovered my client’s natural inclination for throwing hooks or rounded hand strikes as a basic combative instinct, we have been building on this movement through different arts.
We began with a simple torso rotational exercise using wide spread arms. Torso rotations do come under a fair amount of controversy due the pressure placed on the spine. I advise that correct form be adhered to and the student to should never add a lot of resistance to the movement whether it is performed from a standing positon or seated at an angle. When applying resistance it is worth keeping in mind that force wants to travel in a straight line so exaggerating the movement really doesn’t have any benefits. We performed the movement without any resistance and as a means for getting my client loosen up with her strikes. I introduced focus mitts and had her continue to perform the same movement with increasing force without tensing up. I then focused on her hip movement and had strike the pad with one hip, emphasising the importance of engaging the oblique muscles as the force travelled up the leg in a pivoting motion. We then reversed the action for back-swinging.
Next we began to tighten the movement up into techniques. She performed a forehand swing and a rear-hand hammer-fist and elbow strike. I then introduced a code white test, where she closed her eyes and responded to a physical prompt allowing her to strike from a relaxed state. We took the round, pivoting motion over into grappling and performed a major hip throw. We then moved back onto Western Boxing and trained hook punches following Mo Teague’s formula of technique then speed then power. I then added on rolling (bobbing and weaving). After working this evasive move from a boxing perspective we used it in wrestling. My client worked from the clinch, ducking under her opponent’s arm to take the back and perform a rear waistlock takedown.