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Ground Striking & Mixing Strikes with Takedowns (diary entry)

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25.08.21 My first lesson on Wednesday evening was junior MMA for my teenage client. We began work on ground fighting and striking. Here we looked at ground ‘n pound, sitting in and stacking the guard. We covered the defensive structure first: Hips forward and close in to prevent the opponent hip escaping Establising a strong posture to prevent sweeps Keeping the arms in but mobile to prevent submission traps Next we moved onto the strikes themselves. We covered the hammer-fist/overhand […]

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Fluid Weapon Work and Fluid Striking Combinations (diary entry)

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21.04.21 My first lesson continued my combat stick work. Using Filipino influences, we warmed up using several dexterity and mobility drills. These exercises include getting used to the length of the sticks, moving them around the body and seamlessly switching hands and grips. The focus tonight was to get my client used to adapting, changing levels, stance, postures and fighting whilst moving. This will be a continuous theme of the course. We then trained the first two angles from both […]

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Explosive Guard Passes & Attacking the Shoulder (diary entry)

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14.09.20 The sixth hour of my clients’ Submission Grappling course looked at footwork for guard passes, an explosive stacking pass and the omoplata shoulder lock from guard and sparring. My two clients began with a warm-up of footwork exercises. We used the toe-to-line footwork drill for guard passing. This begins with simple forward and backward rhythmic movements, keeping the posture low. We then progressed with side-steps and crescent steps before moving onto going through the guard and passing guard into […]

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Hunting (diary entry)

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03.09.19 Tuesday night saw the lesson of my instructor client’s continued professional development in focus mitt work. We continued our work within the self-defence sector, aimed at adolescents and children. In addition to answering questions and pondering deeper on areas brought in our previous session, we looked at adapting the fence to suit range restrictions with young children.   We began with an overview discussion and review of video material discussed in the previous class. This is detailed in this […]

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Focus Mitts for Self-Defence Coaching (diary entry)

Jamie Clubb coaches a transitional striking drill, beginning with the fence

23.08.19   Tonight I was booked for a special two hour instructor private lesson. My client wanted me to coach self-defence/counter-assault focus mitt exercises. These will be used for children and teenagers. My client was a highly experienced martial arts teacher with good cross-training credentials as well as a progressive attitude towards coaching.   Each of the below focus mitt exercises are underpinned with the overlapping principles of the “Training Matrix” (thank you Iain Abernethy, for coining this term). Each […]

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