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Combination 5 & 6 with Keiryu (diary entry)

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04.05.21 The third part of my course on “Rythm and Flow” combinations for stand-up fighting for Keiryu Practical Karate continued on Tuesday. This is a Zoom training experience for adults and teenagers. Tonight we went through the punch and footwork dominant combinations five and six. Combination five is very much a switch-hitting combination. After the initial jab/cross the fighter switches to southpaw and lands with a cross before using shuffle step to throw a right hook/left hook/right uppercut combination to […]

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Straight Right and Crosses (diary entry)

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29.04.21 Thursday night saw one of my teacher consultancy clients book me for his second lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we focused on the right cross. This was an online virtual training lesson conducted via Zoom. However, he had his son present, which allowed me to coach them both on the focus mitts. At the beginning I explained the rather sinistrist attitude towards southpaws that described a basic rear straight punch as “straight right”. However, […]

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The Rear Hand Straight/Cross is Important (diary entry)

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08.03.21 My second lesson of this course on Boxing for Athena School of Karate focused on the rear straight and the cross.  We discussed the difference between throwing a rear straight, commonly referred to as a straight right, and a cross. Rear straights are thrown directly at the centre line of the opponent whereas the cross is thrown across the centre line. I decided to cover the following examples of these punches: Rear straights and crosses were best exemplified by […]

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Chaining Punches with Everything Else! (diary entry)

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03.02.20   Monday night brought my client up to the fifth hour of her third Muay Thai course. We are focusing on punching specifically and tonight we looked at better chaining of all the punches with each other and then in combination.   The lesson began with some a warm-up of line work, just looking at the individual punches. Four types of jab, the basic cross, four types of hook and two types of uppercut were covered as trained them […]

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Isolating and Integrating the Cross (diary entry)

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13.01.20   Monday night’s lesson was the second hour of my client’s third Muay Thai/Kickboxing course. This course is focused on developing better punching. Tonight we looked at the cross (straight right) and how to develop its power as well as its place in various combinations.   We began with some simple callisthenic and dynamic warm-up exercises, specific to Muay Thai. Then we moved onto mirror footwork and revising the basic and step-jab. This was done with just hand wraps […]

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Using the Arms in Muay Thai (diary entry)

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muay t29.07.19   My client’s third lesson Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training on Monday dealt with creating a strong connection and defence when throwing basic combinations. We covered teeps and round kicks off either the jab or jab/cross combination.   The lesson began with agility ladders, working basic footwork drills, building to more complicated positioning. This was then progressed on the agility cones where we worked the L-Step and the V-Step.   We then moved onto the […]

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The Overhand and its Set-ups (diary)

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20.11.18   Tonight my client completed hour five of a 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. In addition to reconfirming everything that had been covered in the previous lessons, we looked at the overhand punch. This powerful technique that was long criticised for being something akin to the days of haymakers and wild swings, has proven its worth as a legitimate technique that can be set up through a number of different ways.   Training […]

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Here’s the Hook (diary entry)

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30.10.18   Tonight’s lesson was my new client’s second hour of a scheduled 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at better for force generation for the cross punch and I also introduced the hook.   We began with some shadow boxing, focusing on footwork. This changed to mirror footwork, where I layered in upper body movement – slipping, ducking, and bobbing and weaving. Training then went onto the focus mitts. Here we […]

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Jab/Cross & Footwork

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02.08.18 Tonight my new client began a 10 hour lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We covered basic guard, stance, footwork, the jab and the cross. After some standard mobility exercises we moved onto footwork moving forwards, backwards, laterally and stepping off on angles. Guard retention, balance and the importance of lining up the body were carefully observed alongside mobility through the footwork. A vital area I emphasise early on and throughout my fight coaching is protecting […]

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MMA at Kingham Hill

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13.06.18   Today’s lesson at Kingham Hill School shifted our attention from self-defence to Mixed Martial Arts. It was time to look at this training in earnest and within the context of the mainstream sport. We warmed up with a series of aerobic specific training exercises – blitz running, reaction direction test, sprawl/knee burpees, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls.   I then taught the jab from a Western Boxing perspective. This technique sets up a tremendous amount and its importance cannot […]

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Restrictive Punching (diary entry)

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01.06.18 The 5:30 a.m. brought my client up to the three-hour mark of his 10-hour course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked a lot on foot work, retaining posture and stance through movement, and jab/cross combinations. The warm-up focused on forward, backward and lateral movement before working angles and the v-step. This was then layered with jabbing and crossing. I also introduced him to some specific conditioning exercises such as the squat and stance change. This […]

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