Tag Archives | Boxing

Footwork and Postures (diary entry)

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30.01.19   Tonight’s lesson continued work on Filipino influenced martial arts tactics in sport and self-defence. Although we did train through postures and opened up sparring to all ranges, we primarily focused on stand-up fighting. Next week we will move more into clinch and ground.   The lesson began with a warm-up of single and double-stick movements. We started with the single stick 12 angles. This then moved onto double-stick partner work. Here we used angles 1 and 2 through […]

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Footwork and Uppercuts (diary entry)

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26.01.19 This morning’s private lesson brought my two junior students up to the six hour point of the Basics in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training Course. We worked making footwork more unpredictable, moving out of corners, low hooks and I introduced the lead hand uppercut. We began with mirror footwork. This began with a large focus on backwards and forwards footwork, layering it with jabbing, slipping and parrying. Then I had the side feeding the jabs dictate footwork, […]

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Punching and Strategy in the Clinch (diary entry)

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24.01.19 Tonight’s lesson was the ninth in my client’s Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at various uses of the v-step and l-step, but mainly focused on the clinch. The warm-up consisted of mirror footwork, slipping and moving out of corners. By using the v-step and l-step to set up angles for punches, I encouraged my client to pick shots. These were done with increasing speed until we arrived at the Jack Johnson clinch setup strategy. […]

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Spring Term Training Begins (diary entry)

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16.01.2019   Today began the first day of a new term at Kingham Hill School. My session has been oversubscribed, meaning that the class was the largest group so far since I started teaching at Kingham Hill back in the spring last year.  I am teaching self-defence again along with elements of combat sports. It was good to see the return of familiar faces from the two previous terms. Their presence meant I had some assistance with the greater numbers. […]

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Restricted Training & FLT (diary entry)

15.12.18   My two junior client’s second lesson looked at tightening up footwork and basic straight punching. One client is using the peek-a-boo guard and approach, whilst I am sticking with the high guard for the other one. Training moved along at a good pace with plenty of enthusiasm and evidence that both students have been training well.   We began mirror footwork, layering in upper body movement. We then focused on the jab, attacking, defending and countering. This was […]

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Jab Variations Continue (diary entry)

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11.12.18   Tonight brought my new Boxing client up to the eighth hour his basic course. We continued work on the jab variations, mainly going over the techniques taught last week before adding in the straight hook and the uppercut jab.   Training began with a review of shadow boxing as a warmup. Here I watched footwork and upper body movement as I called out different scenarios. As per my essay on this area of training, it is important to […]

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Jab Variations (diary entry)

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  04.12.1 8   The seventh hour of my client’s Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training course brought us back to the first punch: the jab. We spent time looking at different types of jab and the art of outside boxing. After a warm-up of mirror footwork, focusing on different tactics (cutting off the ring, escaping from corners, controlling the centre of the ring and moving in and out) and upper body movement (slipping, bobbing and weaving, and […]

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Different Guards (diary entry)

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28.11.18   Tonight was my junior client’s last lesson in western boxing whilst my senior client focused on stand-up guards in MMA.   Revision consisted of going over the entire boxing programme. We warmed up with a demonstration of basic footwork – forwards, backwards, lateral, circular and v-stepping. These were then mixed and step numbers were given e.g. one step back/two steps forward. Upper body movement was then covered – slipping, ducking and rolling. Finally the basic punches were all […]

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Shovel Hooks (diary entry)

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27.11.18   Tonight’s class brought my client up to his sixth hour of training in Western Boxing for Martial Art Cross Training. I am very happy with his speedy progress. He is clearly taking home a lot of the material being taught, training it and doing the appropriate research before bringing it back for further development in the lesson.   Our course brought us up to the final actual punch: the shovel hook. Everything else is now a variation on […]

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The Overhand and its Set-ups (diary)

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20.11.18   Tonight my client completed hour five of a 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. In addition to reconfirming everything that had been covered in the previous lessons, we looked at the overhand punch. This powerful technique that was long criticised for being something akin to the days of haymakers and wild swings, has proven its worth as a legitimate technique that can be set up through a number of different ways.   Training […]

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MMA Stand up Guards Continues (diary entry)

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15.11.18   My client reached the final hour of his second Mixed Martial Arts course today. He has decided to continue the training with a third course, exploring the use of the stand-up guard. Tonight we looked at the mid-level guard and the low guard. Again, as with the high guard, one of the immediate problems presented by MMA guard as opposed to Muay Thai or Western Boxing guards is the size of the gloves. We worked using footwork more […]

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Head & Foot Fight Coordination (diary entry)

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14.11.18   Tonight’s second lessons consisted of my regular junior class followed by my senior class. These are private lessons for an uncle and nephew team. My junior class focused on western boxing concepts, tightening up footwork and upper body movement. My senior class continued work on grappling – stand-up/takedown wrestling and submission/groundwork.   The junior class included mirror footwork and head movement exercises performed in isolation before being combined. This was the difficult part and requires a good amount […]

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Bringing Everything Together (diary entry)

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13.11.2018 Tonight’s lesson brought my new client up to the fourth hour of his first course on western boxing for martial arts cross training. We worked on defeating personal fight predictability and creating patterns for opponents. We warmed up line work, isolating and building upon different footwork. We did repetitions of backwards and forwards work then added on slipping, then added on slip/jabbing then added on slip/jab/crossing. The same was repeated for lateral footwork. Next, did some mirror footwork looking […]

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Right Hook as Counter-Punch & Leg Power (diary entry)

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06.11.18   Tonight saw the third hour of my client’s 10 hour course on Basic Western for Martial Arts Cross Training. The lesson had a strong emphasis on building responses and tactics. We also had a deeper look at the right hook and introduced the upper cut.   We began with mirror footwork and working the jab. From here the fighter gave and parried jabs. We then worked slipping and straight rights. Here the idea was to get flow of […]

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Here’s the Hook (diary entry)

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30.10.18   Tonight’s lesson was my new client’s second hour of a scheduled 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at better for force generation for the cross punch and I also introduced the hook.   We began with some shadow boxing, focusing on footwork. This changed to mirror footwork, where I layered in upper body movement – slipping, ducking, and bobbing and weaving. Training then went onto the focus mitts. Here we […]

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Outsider’s Point of View (diary entry)

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29.10.18 Tonight’s junior Boxing lesson looked at improving fluidity of footwork and the 11 punch combination. The senior lesson focused on outside fighting for Boxing and Muay Thai. The junior lesson continued with the peek-a-boo style. We worked more on coordinating upper body movement (slipping, ducking, bobbing and weaving) with footwork. I used a restrictive training device to get my client up on his toes for five minutes and then looked at marked improvements afterwards in his performance. We also […]

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