Tag Archives | cross training

Expanding upon Martial Movements (diary entry)

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        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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Moving from Gi to No-Gi to MMA (diary entry)

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        23.07.16 Today’s second lesson saw the return of a long term client. With a strong background in Judo and Western Boxing, he adopts a more buffet-style approach to cross training with me, selecting certain specific areas he wishes to explore. After an initial discussion we decided to focus on gi ground work, no-gi ground work into no-gi clinch and then MMA clinch and MMA ground work. We warmed up with some solo specific exercises followed by […]

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Pivoting, Hooking, Throwing and Evading (diary entry)

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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)

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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)

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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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MMA & the Kimura Part 1 (diary entry)

MMA & the Kimura Part 1 (diary entry)

01.06.16 The tenth lesson of my client’s second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. I went into the lesson with a view to reviewing MMA as a whole. My client was not adverse to this decision, but was primarily concerned about going over locks. Based on this discussion, we did both. We warmed up with some footwork and light target striking, moving into the clinch and close-range striking, followed by entries for hip throws and double […]

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Attacking in the Guard (diary entry)

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  20.04.16 The fifth lesson in my client’s second course in MMA for Martial Arts Cross Training continued where we left off and concentrated on ground work. We warmed up with a series of ground-specific exercises, using combat base, bridging, triangle crunches and snaking/shrimping. Moving onto material we covered last lesson, we also did some guard-jumping and guard sit-ups. Training began in earnest by revising the arm-wrap/trap in guard into a scissor sweep. Then we went back over attacking the […]

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MMA counters to advanced Muay Thai (diary entry)

MMA counters to advanced Muay Thai (diary entry)

16.03.16   Tonight we began my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. The direction of the training is somewhat different in my client’s personal programme. Having just completed an extended second course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training, which included three extra lessons on advanced techniques, we decided to take this experience/knowledge to a Mixed Martial Arts line rather than a self-defence one. Usually we spend the last two […]

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Power Punching (diary entry)

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  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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Boxing’s Benefits (diary entry)

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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)

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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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Deconstructing the Jab (diary entry)

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09.10.15   My client returned to training with an interest in exploring further Western Boxing concepts in martial arts and self-defence. He has already completed my basic course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training and, having now explored a wide range of different areas of combat, wanted to return to this base to better improve his hand striking and foot movement.   Tonight we focused on the jab and we will be continuing with this particular area of study […]

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Disarms and Wrist-Locks (diary entry)

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    12.08.15 The eighth lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training, looked at more entanglement. After a warming up with stick-on-stick and then angles of evasion we moved onto blade work, where we explored various wrist-lock disarms. You will note that I have generally stayed away from wrist-locks in the traditional sense. I believe they have pragmatic purpose, a definite place in the history of unarmed combat and learning them can help improve small-joint manipulations […]

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