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Ground-Fighting Clinic (diary entry)

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23.07.20 Two martial arts instructors booked me in for a clinic on ground-fighting. We specifically addressed escaping the dreaded side-control, which is a common problem especially when facing larger and stronger opponents. Before I approached this specific issue, I warmed my two clients up with a series of ground-fighting callisthenics. We then went through my pinning drill to best establish the basic top positions. From here we began to address countering two types of side control. My main focus was […]

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Fighting from and against Pins (diary entry)


  07.02.20   Friday night began my client on a Submission Grappling course. This is not his first but we decided it was an area that needed attention. Tonight’s one hour lesson acted as a revision on fighting from and defending pins.   We began with some dynamic stretching and submission grappling callisthenics – bear crawls, lizard crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls, explosive backward press-ups, frog jumps, monkey crawls, snaking/shrimping, sidewinding, sit-outs, arm-bar reverse crunches, triangle reverse crunches and upa […]

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Foundational Work in Child Self-Protection (diary entry)

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28.01.20   With exception of teaching the post/superman punch/hook combination, my teacher consultation lesson was primarily concerned with the development of the new self-protection programme for children.   The first animal level for 4 year olds and up has been confirmed along with basic content. The emphasis here is for children to become aware of Bystander Effect, spatial awareness and situational awareness. A good degree of character building is included that both help them recognise bullying behaviour in themselves and […]

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Closing up Side Control, Stack Escape & Specific Sparring (diary entry)


28.01.20 Tuesday night’s first lesson brought my client up to the eighth hour of his Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. My client was interested in a closer examination of his performance via sparring. We ended up focusing on aspects of attacking from the top and defending against stacking in the guard. The lesson began with an overview of the various ground-fighting callisthenics before going straight into 4 x 2 minute rounds of sparring. This is unusually short for submission grappling which usually […]

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Escapes, Sweeps & Knee-Bars


12.12.19     On Thursday night ran my client’s final lesson in my junior course of Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting. We looked at escapes from the north-south, knee pin, reverse scarf-hold and the full mount pins as well as executing knee-bars from the top and bottom of half-guard.     The lesson began with static only exercises for muscle activation. These consisted of a full range of top and bottom ground-fighting callisthenics.     Escapes from north south and knee pin were […]

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Escapes & The Guard (diary entry)

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21.11.19   Thursday night’s first lesson brought my junior clients up to the seventh hour of their Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We covered a lot of ground tonight, introducing the guard.   The lesson began with a warm-up crawls and snaking followed by transitioning through pins with submissions. Then we drilled escapes from side control and scarf-hold. This brought us onto the guard where we looked at escapes, sweeps and submissions.   The escape taught was the simple hip-out escape. This […]

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Layering Escape & Pre-Emption (diary entry)

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25.09.19 Wednesday’s first lesson was at Kingham Hill School, where I continued teaching my Self-Defence tactical escape methods and introduced the concept of the fence. The lesson began with movement exercises, integrating runs to exit points, sprawling, punching whilst moving, changing levels and covering. We then added on agility exercises to increase explosive movement. This was a combination of chopping steps forwards and backwards through the ladders and forwards and backwards serpentine running around the cones. We then moved onto […]

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Kingham Hill Ground Defence Continues (diary entry)

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20.03.19   My Kingham Hill class revised all the self-defence work we have covered in previous lessons – beginning with the fence, moving onto incidental combinations, transitioning through strikes and postures, the cover (regaining the initiative), anti-grappling and combat grappling before we continued last week’s work on defending from the ground.   The warm-up consisted of the usual tactical escape movements, covering, moving towards genuine exits, footwork, sprawling, punching and knee strikes. This was then followed by a series of […]

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