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Combination 8 Partner Work (diary entry)

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05.04.21 The final hour of my two clients’ second course on stand-up fighting combinations for rhythm and flow covered combination eight. Here we used a to and fro tactic. We drove forward with head, body, head, leg punches and kicks before stepping back and to draw the opponent onto a jab/cross combination. With one of my clients still recovering from a knee injury, we focused on adapting some of the movements to more angular attacks.   If you would like […]

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Hide it with the Feet? (diary entry)

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08.02.21 Monday night’s second lesson saw the resumption of my work with the Athena School of Karate adult and advanced student lessons. We are covering the rhythm and flow stand-up striking combination work. Tonight we focused on combinations five and six. These are relatively short, especially combination six, and use footwork to set up opponents. Combination five uses switch-hitting and a shuffle to chain together different punches and eventually set up for a powerful rear kick to the body. Combination […]

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Roll the Dice, Do the Combo (diary entry)

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06.02.21 My client’s penultimate lesson focusing on kickboxing combinations put matters into the hands of fate, so to speak, as we rolled the dice for 12 of the 14. After a 10 minute warm-up round, rounds two to four were all performed at the roll of the dice. We are not quite at the stage where each combination is memorised, but it kicked the training up a level nonetheless. The final round alternated between combinations 13 and 14.   Check […]

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Kickboxing Combinations 1-8 (diary entry)

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19.01.21 My teacher consultancy session continued our prepping for the Dutch inspired Muay Thai combinations. This session we not only covered the seventh and eighth combinations but also went back through all the previous material. That is quite some feat, given the complexity of these sets and further evidence that training in them speeds up our muscle memory and retention of knowledge. Like my other clients, my teacher client and her daughter both picked up the new combinations faster than […]

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Stand-up Combination 3 (diary entry)

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18.01.21 Athena School of Karate very kindly booked me back to continue my series of workshops on stand-up combinations. These half an hour sessions conducted – as all training sessions have been during the lockdown restrictions – via online live video streaming, teach and break down Dutch-inspired kickboxing combinations. Our objective is to promote better rhythm and flow in stand-up strikes. This week we covered combination number 3. This particular combination is noted for its particularly lengthy series of punches […]

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Technique Breakdowns (diary entry)

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11.01.21 Hour nine of my client’s current course on stand-up fighting/kickboxing spent more time actively looking at specific techniques. The technique in question was a recent yet old and neglected friend, the lead leg Thai round kick. We also spent time tightening up punching combinations. Lead round kick links were in the previous blog I wrote for Saturday’s client. In essence, we are training to open the hips up and turning the hips by ensuring the back foot is turned […]

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Stand-up Combination Workshop Series 1 (diary entry)

04.01.21 My second lesson of Monday was the first in a series of workshops on stand-up fighting. On the instructions of my teacher client, we are looking at one combination each half hour lesson. Tonight’s combination was jab/cross/slip/cross/hook/rear body round kick/shin-check/rear body round kick/hook/low round kick. I broke down certain component parts such as slipping and the execuion of the Thai style round kick. Much of thinking for this particular lesson was outlined in my teacher consultancy class last week. […]

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Building Dutch Combinations

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29.12.20 Tonight’s teacher consultancy served as preparation for a series of online workshops I am running for the Athena School of Karate on stand-up combinations and strategies. We looked a two Dutch-style Kickboxing combinations, designed to promote fluidity of techniques, chaining of punches with kicks, blending in defences and the camouflaging of powerful kicks. The first combination utilised heavy body kicks and was used to set up a powerful rear low kick. This final technique was made particularly effective by […]

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Nine Combination Deep (diary entry)

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19.12.20 Hour five of my client’s current online course took us up to nine different combinations.  Previously, we had trained up to five. All these combinations have MMA and Muay Thai techniques, but there is definitely a Dutch theme. They are lengthy and fairly complex, involving a lot of slipping punches and smuggling in kicks. They were done over 5 x 10 minute rounds, including one round of warming up. New techniques in this session including the superman punch and […]

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Dutch Division Training (diary entry)

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14.12.20 Hour six of my client’s current online course saw the lockdown partners begin work on the recent Dutch-style kickboxing work introduced to my client on Saturday.  This time due to my client recovering from his aforementioned football injury, I split the combination work into two variations. Where one client threw kicks he would through corresponding punches. Kicks to body would be shovel hooks; high round kick would be hooks to the head. We used the 4 x 10 minute […]

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Dutch & Thai Combinations Continue (diary entry)

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05.05.20 Tuesday night continued my teaching training as we continued to blend Dutch Kickboxing concepts with Muay Thai. Tonight we delved deeper into the Thai clinching side. The lesson began with the routine warm-up of kick exchanges, building to double kick exchanges and finally the 1,2,3 semi-free sparring that has been covered in previous diary entries. Framing, pawing setups and posting are now all par for the course. Emphasis was now placed on improving footwork and timing. The Dutch area […]

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Expanding the Thai Clinch & Proactive Pad-Work (diary entry)

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28.04.20   Tuesday night’s first lesson was my teacher training currently focusing on blending Dutch and Thai kickboxing combinations. The teacher I am training is self-isolated with her daughter and the two both partake in these live video sessions.   We began with a warm-up that compressed the partner drills covered in previous lessons. This comprised of one-for-one kicking (with hand set-ups), two-for-two and then 1,2,3 combinations. I then addressed countering. Initially this was to bring in the shin-check and […]

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Framing & Tempo (diary entry)

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14.04.20   Tuesday night’s first online video lesson was my regular train the trainer coaching session. During lockdown, I am training a mother and daughter to run through various Muay Thai and Dutch Kickboxing inspired training drills. We looked more into framing, tempo, the calf-kick and expanding combinations.   We warmed up with one-for-one kicking drills. Hand setups for kicks are now a given but I began emphasising the use of frames, pawing jabs and other hand obstructions that can […]

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Check, Check, Check (diary entry)

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10.03.20   Tuesday night’s teacher training continued with our Dutch Kickboxing inspired drills. These are aggressive flow drills designed to promote faster counters as well as using Western Boxing combinations to set up kicks and vice versa.   We went through last week’s triple combination flow drill and then we looked at using the shin-check to launch a counter.   The first two combinations were counters to a low round kick. The check is a technique that should be used […]

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New Pads, Harder Kicks! (diary entry)

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03.03.20   Tuesday night’s second class was my teacher training client. We used Dutch Kickboxing as inspiration for a series of drills to promote a more aggressive approach to our close-quarter fighting as well as more free flow at the new range and the chaining of kicks with punching combinations.   We began with back and forth kicking. This drill is designed to prompt a fast response to receiving a kick. Each kick should be delivered as soon as the […]

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Low Kick Clinic (diary entry)

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25.02.20   My teacher training was entirely focused on low kicks this Tuesday night. We trained for their correct execution, defence and chaining with punches and other kicks.   We used the Dutch style of drilling low kicks, prompting immediate return kicks after receiving a kick. This was first done directly to targets and then as a shin-check exchange exercise. We looked at correct pivoting and driving through the target. The use of the hands also came into play before […]

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