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Arm Triangles and Snake Chokes (diary entry)

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11.05.20   The ninth lesson of my client’s Mixed Martial Arts course saw her and her fellow self-isolated partner focus a lot on ground-work. We stayed in side-control, prompted some escapes and looked at set-ups for submissions.   The lesson began with some simple callisthenics, movement exercises and dynamic stretching starting with the neck and ending with the calves. We then moved into some shadow boxing, drawing combinations and individuals techniques from stand-up and clinch ranges. Training then went to […]

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Putting the Pinning Drill Together (diary entry)

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10.10.19   The second of my two junior clients’ first course on Basic Submission Grappling finished off their pin transitioning and introduced them to their first submissions.   Training began with various top position callisthenics for submission grappling such as the various crawls and also some snaking/shrimping. We then moved onto the pin transition drill. We revised side control, adjusted scarf-hold, north-south position, scarf-hold again and then the knee-pin. Here I corrected hip positioning and maintaining good weight distribution. Different […]

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The Kimura Grip & Completing the Pins (diary entry)

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20.08.19   My client reached the fourth hour of his Basic Course on Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we finished the basic pin series, looking at knee-pin (knee-on-stomach), reverse scarf-hold and full mounted position. No new specific submission techniques were introduced. We looked at the versatility of the Kimura key-lock and also used the arm-bar, the arm-triangle and the Americana key-lock.   We warmed up with a straight series of crawling calisthenics – no agility equipment this […]

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Transition, Position, Submission (diary entry)

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13.08.19   The third hour of my client’s course on Basic Submission Grappling moved us onto submissions from adjusted scarf-hold, north south and resistance-based work. I reinforced the importance of consolidating positions and maintaining pressure as well as tactile awareness throughout the transitioning. It is not good enough to just teach individual positions and submissions. The maxim “position before submission” cannot be emphasised enough, but I think it should be prefixed with “transition before position”. The top position should be […]

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Ground ‘n Pound Begins! (diary entry)

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26.07.2018   This evening saw the beginning of my client’s first lesson in MMA ground-fighting. As the title suggests, this will involve both striking and submission work from top and underneath positions. My starting point for this course was to look at establishing strong pins and transitioning through pins to work the top position. In order to do this the fighter needs to have specifically trained core muscles. He needs to be able to coordinate weight distribution, maintain firm stability […]

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