Tag Archives | Combat Sports

Kickboxing & MMA from the Philly Shell (diary entry)

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15.09.20 My Philly Shell training carried over into my teacher consultation lesson where we looked at bringing together much of what we had covered and integrated into kickboxing. We looked at the pullback/shoulder roll/rear hand parry into the right cross and back-step. From here we covered front kick variation or an inside round kick and then into a diamond step and spleen shot or outside round kick into a liver kick. This combination was then changed for MMA into jab/double […]

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MMAyhem in the third official online workout (diary entry)

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13.09.20 Sunday morning kicked off with a 12 round train along routine. This will be the third official routine offered on the CCMA channel. It was an invitation only event for all those who bought the CCMA rashguards. The routine differs from the previous two in the respect that movement is continued during the rest spots to keep the heart rate up and as a form of active recovery. Rounds included one dedicated entirely to speed, another to virtual pad-work, […]

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Passing guard and sweep revision (diary entry)

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  17.08.20 The third hour of my client’s Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course went back over the basic sweeps as well as the Kimura arm-lock from guard and passing guard. We began with our normal solo warm-up routine of ground-fighting callisthenics, including some new movements directly related to guard passing. Next the two lockdown partners performed some guard-passing drills before moving onto some resistance work. This took the form of a guard passing game where one had to get past the other’s […]

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Muay Thai for Karate Cross Training Workshop (diary entry)

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08.02.20   The Oxford School of Martial Arts kindly booked me for a two-hour clinic on Muay Thai tactics for Karate sparring. Quite simply, black belt gradings for these particular schools include a half hour fortitude test where conventional sport karate rules are abandoned in favour of a virtual no-holds-barred format (contact to the head is light and foul techniques are carefully monitored). I have previously taught a ground-fighting workshop with this in mind. This time we looked at the […]

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Junior MMA Begins (diary entry)

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16.01.20   On Thursday my junior client began her Mixed Martial Arts course having completed all the four recommended component parts as 10 hour private lessons over a one year period. We touched upon all three ranges, linking in techniques covered within the four disciplines already taught.   We warmed up with a range of specific callisthenics for stand-up, clinch and ground. Then we moved onto the stand-up range on focus mitts. From jabbing high and low I taught jab […]

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From Butterfly to Back Mount (diary entry)

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05.12.19   My junior clients covered their penultimate lesson in Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting on Thursday evening. I introduced the butterfly guard, half-guard and back mount as well as the butterfly sweep, knee shield and rear naked choke. We also had some fun with a few advanced techniques.   We warmed up with the usual specific callisthenics for ground-fighting such as various crawls, snaking and escape movement drills. Then I introduced the butterfly guard. Here we paid attention to keeping sat up […]

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Muay Thai Speed (diary entry)

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25.11.19   Monday night was my client’s penultimate lesson in her second course on Muay Thai. Tonight we focused on developing primarily speed and also power in techniques.   The lesson began with simple callisthenics, including squat-teep kicks and punching-jogging. This was then followed by mirror footwork and one-for-one sparring. This was followed by kicks set up with hand techniques and then counter-attacks.   We then began a series of speed conditioning exercises. These exercises consisted of jabs, crosses, hooks, […]

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First Chokes & Chasing the Kimura (diary entry)

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30.10.19   Earlier on Wednesday my schools clients were on their half-term break so I was able to squeeze in my private junior clients for a lunchtime lesson of Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting. This brought them up to the fifth hour of their course. Today we looked at three chokes from scarf-hold and north-south, and we also chased the Kimura lock around the body.   We began with movement callisthenics – crawls and snaking. Then we went back through the pinning flow-drills, […]

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Scissor Sweep and Arm-Bar (diary entry)

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30.10.19   My late evening class brought my Submission Grappling client up to the ninth hour of his course. We focused entirely on the guard which included a flow-drill, the scissor sweep and the classic arm-bar.   The lesson started with ground callisthenics, including a large portion dedicated to conditioning for the guard.  Then we began the guard flow-drill. This consisted of moving from closed guard to a long range guard (very simplified spider guard) to butterfly guard to half […]

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Shoulder Throws & Sparring (diary entry)

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14.09.19   My junior clients had reached their ninth hour of stand-up grappling/clinch in my second Saturday morning private lesson. In addition to reviewing much of the course information we moved onto the shoulder throw.   The lesson began with grappling specific callisthenics followed by agility ladder exercises. Wrestling ladder exercises included one-arm jump-overs, hip-switches and double-leg takedown entries. We then used the agility cones to drill sprawls and double-leg takedowns. Next we locked up for the collar and elbow […]

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Cross Training with the Clinch (diary entry)

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05.09.19   The second of Thursday night’s lesson brought my client up to the four and a half hour point of his sparring course. Going by last lesson’s findings, the objective was to use wrestling as an attribute vehicle for better developing the Muay Thai clinch.   The lesson began with dynamic stretching and callisthenics before moving onto bulling and pummelling wrestling exercises. This was then changed to Muay Thai neck wrestling followed by one-for-one striking in the clinch. Next […]

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Submission Grappling from the Top (diary entry)

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30.07.19 Tuesday night saw the first hour of my client’s first course in Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson began with the top position and was mainly concerned with learning the major pinning positions and transitioning through them. We warmed up with bear crawls, lizard crawls, seal crawls and caterpillar crawls before snaking/shrimping forwards, backwards and from the side. Then we moved onto the first technique. Side control is a good solid position to begin from. It […]

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Vagabond Warriors Boxing Workshop Report (diary entry)

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28.07.19   The first of our Vagabond Warriors Workshops focused on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We spent the majority of the lesson training footwork, various guards and the jab. These are all key components for setting up everything else in modern boxing.   We began with an overview of cross-training. I discussed the problems with “welding” martial arts styles and techniques. That is forcing together two fighting aspects that do not complement each other. This creates a […]

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12 Rounds (diary entry)

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22.05.19   Tonight’s junior and senior lesson saw considerable overlap. Both nephew and uncle cover 12 rounds between them on Muay Thai and Western Boxing.   I began the junior lesson with a round of Western Boxing on the focus mitts. This was followed by a round of Muay Thai on the Thai focus mitts. Then we did a round of clinch before we began sparring. This consisted of two rounds of Wester Boxing and two rounds of Muay Thai […]

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Heavy Bag Training & Reverse Scarf-Hold Escape (diary entry)

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08.05.19   Wednesday night’s lessons consisted of Junior Muay Thai and Senior Submission Grappling. The former provided an overview of combination set ups and counters to the back kick. The senior Submission Grappling continued work on escaping the knee-pin and also looked at escaping reverse scarf-hold.   We began with basic distancing and mirror footwork. This led onto combination setups. Here I focused on using the teep as an effective jabbing tool, creating and maintaining distance. Then it was used […]

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Taking the Back (diary entry)

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30.04.19 Lesson three of my client’s course on Basic Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training moved us more onto collar and elbow control as well as taking the back. We began with Indian press-ups and Indian Squats. Then we did isolated repetitions of forward, backwards and shoulder side rolls followed forward, backward and side break falls, which were then combined for the final series of sets. I also introduced neck bridges, another very traditional wrestling exercise. Then we moved […]

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