Scarf-Hold to Arm Bar Escape & MMA Combinations (diary entry)



Wednesday night’s junior lesson looked more into escapes from scarf-hold and introduced the arm-bar. The senior lesson repeated the combination taught to my client last Thursday and also added in some ground conditioning exercises.


The junior lesson got straight into partner warm-ups. We began with the transitioning pin drill. Then from here we revised escapes from side control and scarf-hold. Returning to scarf-hold, we looked at snaking to a submission. My client was introduced to the arm-bar. From here we went back to side control and looked at its application using a Kimura hold setup.


The senior class began with mirror footwork and one-for-one sparring. This moved into setting up kicks and knee-strikes with the hands. We then moved into bulling and neck-wrestling bringing in knee-strikes inside the clinch and unbalancing. Next we trained under-hook/over-hook pummelling into takedowns. The final part of the warm-up involved light ground-sparring with strikes. Here my client got a chance to fight from both the top position and guard.


We then went through the three combinations – flicker jabbing/straight hook/double leg takedown from the side, jab/overhand/drive down into a single-leg takedown, and blitz punching/pummelling/trip/single-leg takedown. All of these were trained as partner drills (target familiarisation) and then on the focus mitts.


The lesson finished with a five minute round of MMA sparring.

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