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Another Stand-up Grappling Course Begins (diary entry)

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clinch12.06.19 Wednesday night’s double lesson began with a junior lesson on the clinch/stand-up grappling and was followed by a senior lesson mainly concerned with Muay Thai. The junior lesson introduced break-falls, rolls and the collar and elbow tie. Then we moved onto the first official technique: the outer reap throw. As I have previously discussed with clients who have just begun their clinch/stand-up grappling courses, getting students familiar with rolling and falling is an essential foundation to this range. Not […]

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Clinch & Take Downs Begins (diary entry)

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25.05.19   Saturday morning saw the start of my two junior client’s third private course with me. Today we begin clinch/takedown training. This is a general collection of techniques taken from stand-up wrestling based sports without the use of the jacket (or no-gi).   We focused almost entirely on break-falls and rolls, which are essential to ensure the safety and also to build the foundational fitness required for an activity that will involve a lot of landing and getting up! […]

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Hybrid Grappling (diary entry)

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23.04.19   Tuesday’s private lesson consisted of the second hour of my client’s Clinch/Stand-up Grappling course. We revised falls and rolls, turning them into muscle memory callisthenics. Then we resumed work within the clinch, looking at breaking posture, control positions, under-hooking and two basic sweep/throws.   The lesson began with a simple warm-up followed by Indian press-ups and squats. Then we moved onto rolls from the front, shoulder/side and back followed by front, side and back break falls, finally finished […]

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Freeing a Caught Kick (diary entry)

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22.04.19 Easter Monday morning’s private lesson was my two junior clients’ seventh hour in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We spent a lot more time on the clinch and also its use as a counter-technique from a kick-catch.   After Indian press-ups and single leg raises we did some line-work focusing on setting up spear, diagonal and round knee strikes. Here we focused a lot on positioning, ensuring the hips were dropped back for the spear knee that […]

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8 Rounds of Muay Thai (diary entry)

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09.04.19 Tuesday night completed my client’s Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training course. We worked through all areas covered during the course and used the round format in order to confirm all the material. After a warmup of dynamic stretching and callisthenics, we trained for six rounds on the Thai focus mitts and two rounds of sparring. Round 1 – footwork, basic guard, 1-4 punch/kick combinations, teep setups and basic checking Round 2 – All of the above […]

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Half Way Point in the Muay Thai Basic Course (diary entry)

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06.04.19   Saturday morning brought my two junior clients up to the five hour point of their course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked on combining stand-up striking and clinch into combinations. I brought in the round knees at the clinch range and also taught tactics for breaking the clinch and following up.   The lesson started with the usual set of dynamic stretching and callisthenic exercises. We then did some mirror footwork and technique […]

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Beginning Clinch-Work (diary entry)

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23.03.19 This morning my junior clients continued into their fourth hour of Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson introduced the clinch and we also continued work on kick-catching. We warmed up with mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and specific callisthenics before we moved through basic punch, kick and knee combinations. This led us onto kick-catching and the importance of breaking an opponent’s postures. We covered both the cross-arm check from a round kick into a catch and […]

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Strengthening Muay Thai’s Technique Transitions (diary entry)

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16.03.19 Ask different people what they view to be the jewel in Muay Thai’s fighting crown and it is a fair bet that you will get technique-based answers. It is only a guess, but I think the top answer will either be the “round kick” (roundhouse or turning) or specifically “the low round kick”. There is a lot of evidence verifying the devastation and effectiveness of this move when applied in virtually any full contact stand-up combat sport. Many a […]

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Horizontal Knee & Breaking the Clinch (diary entry)

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12.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to the sixth hour of his Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at methods for breaking the clinch and countering after a clinch-break. The horizontal knee was also brought in to finish the section on knee strikes.   We began with some dynamic stretching, mobility and callisthenics. Next we moved onto mirror footwork, building up simple combination technique placements. Then we moved onto focus mitts […]

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Catching the Teep & Striking from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.19   The nephew and uncle double lesson tonight saw continued work on basic Muay Thai and ground fighting.   The junior lesson brought in more clinch-work and kick catches. The clinch-work included some aggressive sweeps and the kick catch looked at unbalancing the teep. Previous techniques and combinations were revised on the focus mitts. The lesson finished with a round of sparring.   The senior lesson began with top position work, looking at striking from side control, scarf-hold and […]

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Catching Kicks & the Clinch (diary entry)

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05.03.19 The fifth hour of my client’s basic course in Muay Thai for martial arts cross training brought him onto the clinch. The picture above is a totally illegal form of takedown for Muay Thai, but perfectly legal in MMA. We also revised all previous techniques and introduced the diagonal knee strike. We warmed up with mobility training, sport specific calisthenics, mirror footwork and simple one-for-one technique exchanges. This moved us onto checking mid-section round kicks. From here we developed […]

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Two Lessons on the Clinch (diary entry)

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06.02.19 Tonight I trained my regular nephew and uncle team. This session comprised of one junior lesson and one senior lesson. The nephew is currently on a Muay Thai course and the uncle is a long-time client of mine, studying martial arts cross-training. The nephew did more work on the clinch. The uncle continued to explore Filipino martial arts as a form of attribute training and then we continued our focus on elbow strikes. This was also trained within the […]

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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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Footwork in the Clinch (diary entry)

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23.01.19 Tonight I continued my work with the nephew and uncle team, which comprises a half an hour junior lesson and an hour senior lesson. The junior lesson brought in aspects of footwork and how they relate to the Muay Thai clinch. The senior lesson transitioned between stick-work, punching and elbow strikes, including groundwork. The junior lesson built up a series of punch-kick combinations. These were then connected with shin-checks, Dracula guard and teeps. Homework for this section was to […]

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MMA Stomach Throw & Muay Thai Basics (diary entry)

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12.12.18   Tonight’s junior lesson continued work on Muay Thai, tightening up certain techniques and building combinations. The senior lesson put Wrestling at the core of MMA training.   The junior lesson began with guard and footwork. The client has transitioned from just using a peek-a-boo guard in Western Boxing to adopting a high guard, which is the most popular form of Muay Thai guard. I checked balance and we looked at throwing punches with bare fists. Although no impact […]

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Sparring (diary entry)

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28.11.18   Today was my Kingham Hill class’s second lesson in Muay Thai as part of their self-protection course. We revised the techniques taught in the previous lesson and introduced sparring.   The warm-up consisted of line-work, dynamic stretching, footwork and guard changing. Then we went onto the focus mitts going through some basic combinations: jab/cross, jab/cross/teep and jab/round kick.   We then went through some basic defensive techniques, such as parries, shin checking and teep clearing. This was prior […]

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