Tag Archives | Boxing

Outside the Line of Fire (diary)

low kick

31.08.16   The second of my client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training took us onto attacking outside the main attack line. This is usually considered to be the safest tactic to take for obvious reasons. Once again, we took advantage of the 45 degree angle.   The session began with slipping the jab to the outside. Here we discussed stepping with the counter punch (switching stance) or shifting forward. Then we looked at the overhand punch. This looping […]

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On the Inside (diary entry)

triangle choke

          31.08.16   My client’s twentieth lesson in Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training worked on the theme of attacking inside the jab and inside attacks in general. I have always considered going inside the jab to be a more dangerous than than outside the jab due to the fighting immediately going into the line of fire and it requires far tighter movement.   Using the slip to get inside the jab, we began […]

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A Combination Structure for MMA (diary entry)

ground and pound

        24.08.16   The nineteenth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training concerned devising combination structures for different ranges. Modern Western Boxing serves as a good basis for MMA combination work. This is largely due to the speed and accessibility of punching. Punches work well tactically to set-up other techniques when initiating an attack and also encourage faster movement from the other ranges. Obviously certain adaptations need to be […]

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Rolling Choke and Other Animals (diary entry)

choke (informal)

18.08.16   Tonight’s private class was my client’s eighteenth lesson in his second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued with our theme of rolling attacks in grappling that we have been covering for the past three classes and also kick-catch counters that was introduced in the previous class.   We warmed up with some shadow boxing, focusing on targeting and stance-work. Then we moved onto the various rolls – standard forward and back rolls, […]

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Fourth Anniversary Lesson (diary entry)


14.08.16   Today’s second private class was a two hour session focused on combat conditioning with a special request for work on kicking. The format was roughly divided into three sections: muscle memory drills for MMA, technical training for Muay Thai kicks and high intensity interval training.   Muscle Memory Drills for MMA   A feature of my coaching programmes is to prioritise actual martial arts techniques over most exercises. Although I have been a long-time opponent of just mimicking […]

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Restrictive and Transitional Training for Self-Defence and Combat Sports (diary entry)


30.07.16   Today’s second lesson was this client’s fourth class in her Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training course. With our focus still on circular techniques, we brought everything back to self-defence techniques. The different dynamic between self-defence fighting and match fighting was discussed. Despite a tremendous amount of overlap and effective attribute development, the essential difference between these two fights is that one is an asymmetrical combative situation and the other is a symmetrical one. The first usually consists of […]

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Expanding upon Martial Movements (diary entry)

overhand right

        30.07.16   Today’s first lesson was another double session along the lines of the buffet style cross-training I ran last Saturday. We decided to work off stand-up striking principles, but ended up bringing elements of wrestling, submission fighting, MMA and even some weapons work. All training was done outside, where we focused on body movement in combat and combat conditioning.   The lesson began on the focus mitts, looking at Western Boxing concepts of movement. We […]

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Pivoting, Hooking, Throwing and Evading (diary entry)

Hook Punch (close) darker

23.07.16   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 […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 2 (diary entry)

clinch strike

22.06.16 The thirteenth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training continued the sparring theme. Tonight we focused on the clinch and specifically striking within the clinch. The lesson began with some focus mitt work. We started on the Western Boxing focus mitts and then went onto the Muay Thai focus mitts. We then did some clinch-positioning. This began with some simple entries and then moved onto “bulling”, where the upper-body gripping and […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 1 (diary entry)


15.06.16 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 […]

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MMA & The Kimura Part 2 (diary entry)

08.06.16   The eleventh lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training continued to look at the Kimura. See my report on the previous lesson for more details on this hold and videos on the two techniques outlined later.   We warmed up with simple linear punching and Western Boxing footwork. We switched between stances, cut off the ring and, in honour the recent late great Muhammad Ali, dropped our guard to draw an […]

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Power Punching (diary entry)

impact (smaller)

  02.12.15 The ninth lesson of my client’s second course on western boxing for martial arts cross training focused on power punching. With technique and speed being addressed over the past few lessons, all underlined and interlaced with strategy and tactics, it was time to isolate the process of generating and developing raw power. This is a far larger subject than it might first appear and I will probably look at it again next lesson, where the focus will be […]

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MMA 101 (diary entry)


07.11.15 This marks the beginning of a series of two-hour MMA lessons for an old client of mine. My new regular gym is situated out in the sticks and I appreciate it is not easy non-local clients to get to me on a weekly basis. Therefore, it is often better for those who live further away or have a more sporadic lifestyle to book me in for fortnightly double sessions. However, the dynamic of these lessons will always be different […]

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Boxing’s Benefits (diary entry)

right cross amanda

24.10.15   Today’s two hour session concerned another client’s request for Western Boxing in Martial Arts Cross Training. It would appear that many avid cross-trainers look to modern Western Boxing as useful base for their own fighting style. Western Boxing has evolved a tremendous amount in the last century or so. The introduction of the Jack Broughton’s mufflers as the norm rather than just as a sparring tool, made some drastic alterations to the game and the art. The head […]

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Progressive Technique and Conditioning (diary entry)


19.10.15   My client booked a one-off training session focusing on evolutionary combative methods and conditioning. We began with Western Boxing, working on basic footwork to promote coordination. Here my client learns the basics of moving whilst striking in different directions. He fed back to me the surprising aerobic and anaerobic demands of learning these skills, which reinforces my current belief that coordination training is good cardio. It also makes sense to cover it early in training. It is good […]

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The Norman “Retreat” (diary entry)

jab woman

14.10.15 To celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14th October, I covered a tactic that helped hand the Norman invaders their historical victory. Actually, like many historical reports, that is an embellishment. In truth, I only noticed a coincidence in the area I was teaching when I read some articles written to celebrate the battle. Nevertheless, the Norman tactic of feigning a retreat in order to draw their Saxon enemies off the higher ground is comparable to […]

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