Tag Archives | elbow strikes

Clinch and Elbows (diary entry)

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22.11.2021 The ninth hour of my client couple’s course on Muay Thai clinch brought elbows into the clinch. Our previous lesson isolated the technical aspects of the major and minor elbow strikes. Now we looked at how to set up and execute these inside the clinch. Setups included breaking posture to allow slashing and horizontal elbows over an opponent’s collar tie or uppercut and spear elbows from a fighter’s own collar tie as well as using knee strikes as distractions. […]

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Bring on the Elbows! (diary entry)

Cover Elbow (loose)

15.11.2021 The eighth hour of my client couple’s course on the clinch brought in elbow strikes. For the benefit of at least one of the two clients we isolated elbow strikes than looked at their place in the clinch or even in combinations. After our standard warm-up of sport-specific dynamic stretching, callishenics and shadow boxing, we went through the following techniques: Major Elbow Strikes Horizontal Elbow – Popularly delivered off both lead and read arms from mid and close range. […]

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Marching Knee Switch-Hitting (diary entry)

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16.08.21 Monday night brought my clients up the sixth hour of their 10 hour course on switch-hitting my Muay Thai. Tonight we looked at using marching knees to set up a mirror-side attack. After a warm-up of specific callisthenics, mobility and dynamic stretching exercises, we moved onto switch-hitting drills using shuffles and direction changing. I then taught two set-ups using marching knees. Both used a rear leg teep stepping into a mirror-side stance (typically southpaw), followed by two marching knees […]

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Shadow Boxing, Virtual Pad-Work & Heavy Bag (diary entry)

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19.11.20 My client’s third hour of a 10 hour Muay Thai course was a high intensity 10 x 3 minute round session. We began with isolated combinations and techniques, we had a round of virtual focus mitt training and then three rounds on the heavy bag, building up techniques. Given the client’s high level of skill and experience, this was an extremely focused lesson of explosive techniques. The shadow technique rounds were all separated into 1.5 minutes per combination. The […]

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Kingham Hill Anti-Grappling & Ground-Fighting (diary entry)

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18.03.20   Kingham Hill School’s Self-Protection course continued with anti-grappling and ground defence.   Continuing on from last week’s anti-grappling from against a wall, we covered the eye-gouge/head/elbow strike/palm incidental combination. Points made whilst the technique was being drilled were as follows:   Ensure you adopt a good wrestling posture before attacking the eyes, getting under the force pressing you forward into the wall. No matter how dirty your technique, if you are not a mechanically strong position the chances […]

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Four More Elbows (diary entry)

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02.12.19   Monday night saw the final lesson of my client’s second course in Muay Thai/Kickboxing. We looked at four new elbow strikes – uppercut, side, chopping and upward diagonal – and generally revised a lot of work done during this course.   The lesson began with mirror footwork. Next we went straight onto the pads warming up with punch/lock kick combinations followed by teeps and then moving onto a wider range of kicks. This gave me an opportunity to […]

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Integrating Elbows (diary entry)

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09.09.19   My Monday night client completed their penultimate lesson in this first course in Basic Muay Thai/Stand-up Fighting. We looked at integrating elbow strikes into the clinch and outside fighting combinations.   We warmed up with shadow boxing, including some basic advice on getting the most out of shadow boxing. This was followed by dynamic stretching and mirror footwork. We then did some revision on the focus mitts and belly pad. We went through sets ups using teeps and […]

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Attack Lines (diary entry)

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21.08.19   Tonight’s junior lesson introduced another attack from the two-on-one for stand-up grappling as well as foot sweeps and the senior lesson went over some core material to be covered in Sunday’s Vagabond Warriors Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training.   The junior lesson began with agility ladder warm-ups, this time including double leg takedown drills. We followed this with bulling/collar and elbow tie, where we continued our work from the two-on-one. It was important to ensure this […]

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Going Dutch? Mixing Western Boxing with Muay Thai (diary entry)

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11.05.19   Saturday’s second private lesson was the last hour of my two junior client’s Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training saw a full revision of elbow strikes then moved into a review of the course, a call back to the Western Boxing course and then a final round of blending Western Boxing with Muay Thai.   We warmed up with some line-work focused entirely on all the basic elbow strikes. This began with some attribute training that linked […]

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Elbows Strike! (diary entry)

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04.05.19   Saturday morning’s second lesson saw the penultimate session for this junior course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked on tightening up all combinations, improving defence and then going through all elbow strikes.   Our warm-up consisted of a series of building up exercises. We began with mirror footwork, both of my clients getting distancing and angling-off right. Then I introduced simple tools for creating distance such as the long guard and the teep. Next […]

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Putting Elbows to the Test (diary entry)

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19.03.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the seventh hour of his course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We concentrated mainly on the remaining elbow strikes.   The warm-up consisted of the usual specific mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and callisthenics. We then changed to mirror footwork, looking at placing techniques and gauging distances using teeps. Next we went through the basic punch, kick and knee combinations covered in previous lessons. Moving back onto the […]

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Elbows & Knees (diary entry)

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21.02.19   Tonight my client began his third hour of his Course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Work was primarily geared toward creating flow and building stronger transitions between techniques.   We warmed up with mirror footwork, paying particular attention to angling off, creating distance and taking ground. The rhythmic rocking motion of Thai footwork was emphasised to help generate momentum in techniques. These began with the jab and the teep. Then we used the four-punch […]

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Getting to Grips & Breaking Them (diary entry)

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13.02.19 The first lesson of the day was with my Kingham Hill class. We entered the realm of anti-grappling and grappling for self-defence. I approached it a little differently than usual. On previous occasions I have gone straight for the anti-grappling tactics, but recently I have become more inclined to familiarise students with the grappling range. My belief is that by getting an idea of how someone grabs and tries to manhandle a student, brings home the importance of maintaining […]

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Two Lessons on the Clinch (diary entry)

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06.02.19 Tonight I trained my regular nephew and uncle team. This session comprised of one junior lesson and one senior lesson. The nephew is currently on a Muay Thai course and the uncle is a long-time client of mine, studying martial arts cross-training. The nephew did more work on the clinch. The uncle continued to explore Filipino martial arts as a form of attribute training and then we continued our focus on elbow strikes. This was also trained within the […]

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Enter the Elbows! (diary entry)

Cover Elbow (loose)

09.01.18   Tonight I taught a junior lesson in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training and a senior lesson in Martial Arts Cross Training. The Muay Thai class focused on developing the long guard and the use of elbow strikes. The senior class worked across self-protection, Filipino stick-work and Muay Thai elbow strikes.   The junior lesson began with a revision on the Dracula guard, a cover variation on the long guard. We drilled jabbing and jab/crossing with this […]

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Muay Thai & MMA (diary entry)

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19.12.18 Tonight my junior client continued work on stance and footwork whilst incorporating the hook into his Muay Thai whilst my senior client went through the ranges of MMA. My junior client warmed up with mirror footwork and I looked at retaining balance whilst throwing the basic combinations. The basic combination build-ups consisted of jab/round kick and jab/cross/round kick. I also kept my client on his toes, checking for balance and the ability to keep moving as well as checking […]

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