The twelfth lesson in my client’s second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training was live-training orientated. Previously we had been restricted by space and spent a lot of time looking at specific techniques with limited sparring. A change of training environment has allowed for a little more room in order to safely spar to a certain degree. Therefore, I thought it was high time we put a lot of what my client has covered under some much needed increased pressure.
We looked at four different ranges of sparring, dividing the last one into two types of specific sparring. This made a total of 5 x 3 minute rounds of sparring. Each round was prefaced with some drilling exercises and finished with a quick evaluation. This might have been putting various aspects of the course under pressure, but it was still a lesson and debriefing is a valuable learning tool too often neglected when students train in martial arts. It can be hard for a student to absorb information when their mind is just coming down from a fight or flight stimulus, but I argue that such discipline is important if they are adapt when under pressure.
Therefore, we worked on the focus mitts prior to a round of western boxing and then on the Thai focus mitts before a round of Muay Thai. We drilled various entries to takedowns before engaging in some grip/clinch stand-up grappling and then transitioning through pins and escapes before finishing the set with a round of fighting from a pin and under a pin.
Photographs by Charlotte Von Bulow-Quirk Photography featuring Tony Hughes for Jamie Clubb’s “Mordred’s Victory and Other Martial Mutterings” (out now) and the upcoming multi-volume book, “Bullshitsu and the Fight to Make Martial Arts Work”.