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Footwork and the Jab

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24.05.2018   Second early bird training this week with the usual 5:30 a.m. start and my client’s first lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training.   We immediately began with footwork – forwards, backwards, sideways and v-stepping. This was trained first in a standard freeway as a warm-up exercise. Then markers were introduced and we also used a tyre to discipline maintaining a strong stance throughout the movement. Next, we tested it with a cornering game. Attention was made […]

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Revision, Protecting Others & Post-Fight (diary entry)

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22.05.18   My 5:30 lesson brought my client’s first Basic Course on Self-Protection to a close. We revised the fence, straight striking, hook striking, transitional striking, the cover, multiple attackers, fighting from the ground, kicks and anti-grappling concepts.   We also covered adaptations for protecting others. This included using another person’s boundaries as a gauge for intercepting a threat, clearing the intended victim (the principle) and pre-emptive striking. Then we drilled removing a protected person from a dangerous area – […]

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Combinations for the Final Lesson (diary entry)

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19.05.18   This morning my client trained in the final lesson of his second course on Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We went through most of the material covered in the course and focused on specific areas that needed more attention.   Warm-up began with mirror footwork, fighting at long range and then clinch, setting up various combinations. We addressed the v-step and the tactics of angling off. I likened the angling off tactics to chipping away at […]

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Combat Grappling Continues (diary entry)

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16.05.2018   The 5:30 a.m. training continued with combat grappling, going to the ground and also adding on anti-grappling tactics. This is my client’s ninth hour in a 10-hour course on Basic Self-Protection. We began with revision on headlocks, initial head-lock escapes, back position, rear naked chokes and head-lock takedowns. Then we moved onto the cross-buttocks throw and striking from grappling holds. We went into some more detail regarding escaping the side head-lock. Here we focused on a deeper head-lock […]

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Specific Sparring for Transitions (diary entry)

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09.05.18   The transitional series of MMA lessons looked a lot at pressure tonight. We began with various specific exercises, dealing with the three transitions and four postures. These were layered with techniques. We tried moving backwards and forwards along the mats whilst moving into submission holds. Stand-up work focused on Western Boxing and Muay Thai set-ups. Next week we might bring in some takedown entries and combination that link the postures. After applying strikes from all the postures and […]

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Setting up Strikes Inside the Clinch (diary entry)

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05.05.2018   My client’s Second Course of Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross-Training brought us to the seven and a half hour point. This morning we focused on the clinch. We warmed up with some basic kickboxing combinations I would use to set the mechanics in place for the short-range strikes. This consisted of the four punch-kick combinations. We then revised the jumping knee and jumping smash-down elbow.   The clinch work then began with set-ups for the spear knee, […]

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Transitional Kicks (diary entry)

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03.05.18   The 5:30 a.m. sessions continue with my client’s sixth hour of a 10 hour course in Basic Self-Protection. This morning’s lesson looked at building a transitional structure for multi-range unarmed self-defence, leading onto anti-grappling tactics. We had introduced kicks into the previous class. This aspect was covered again from a ground-defence position. However, we got to the ground-defence kicking it was important for me to better establish transitional movement.   My client first trained going through the four […]

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Complete Combat Movement (diary entry)

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02.05.18 Work continued tonight on combat transitioning. We warmed up with movements from the back, seated, kneeling and footwork. After going through a few fundamental details, we added in punching combinations and kicking. Next we looked at the hook-guard and how it worked within the first transition. We revised the half-guard/butterfly guard flow drill, which was then used as method to train the hook-guard/butterfly guard flow drill. Here we went back over attacking with a knee-bar. Everything was then brought […]

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The Cover at Kingham (diary entry)

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02.05.2018   My third lesson teaching self-protection/MMA at Kingham Hill School brought the entire class onto the in-fight problem of regaining the initiative. We began with an overview of the cover, which successfully tested to everyone’s satisfaction. The rules of using the cover were explained – namely that it is a recovery and temporary tool used to regain the initiative whilst recovering from an attack, the cover position of the hands must remain mobile and the person covering must move […]

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Moving to the Lowline (diary entry)

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01.05.18   Kicking things off again at 5:30 a.m this morning, my client has reached the halfway point of his 10 hour course on Basic Self-Protection. Today’s focus was on transitioning, proper coordination and technique training as well as the introduction of kicks.   We began with target familiarisation as a warm-up. My client practised reacting to confirmed threats and placing straight hand strikes, hook strikes and offline strikes to the correct targets. With all these areas drilled, we moved […]

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Owning the Straight Strike (diary entry)

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24.04.2018   Training began at 5:30 a.m. with my client’s third hour of his 10 hour course in Basic Self-Protection. We warmed with simple movement exercises designed to prepare him for the straight rear hand strike. This was performed first as a target familiarisation exercise, which is an important part of mental conditioning. I have known many people who can hit targets hard, but have a problem when it comes to actually hitting people in a pressure tests. We then […]

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New Self-Protection Course (diary entry)

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21.04.18     This morning I began a new course with a new client. Training was conducted at my home address, where a make-shift gym is beginning to see an increasing number of new students. We covered the first two hours of my bespoke 10 hour self-protection course. Having already been provided with advice on some reference material for personal security, we began the session with an overview of soft skills in general. I cover these areas quite extensively in […]

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The V-Step and Dirty Boxing (diary entry)

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19.04.18   My second lesson of the day was a regular private class, where we have been focusing primarily on the three transitions and four postures. Today we covered this again in our warm-up, but ended up focusing on the v-step footwork and some dirty boxing.   I was first taught the v-step in Tony Hayes’s Muay Thai. Its particular relevance cropped up in the Thai clinch. I later correlated with angling off in wrestling during my time training with […]

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Self Protection Course Begins at Kingham Hill School

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18.04.18   Today’s first lesson was the beginning of a special course I am teaching for a term at Kingham Hill School. The students in attendance were between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age. The course was trialled last term with a good response. The agreed content was self-protection moving into Mixed Martial Arts.   Today we addressed the legalities of self-defence, including when it is permitted to use a pre-emptive strike as well as other soft […]

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Kicking Flexibility for Muay Thai (diary entry)

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14.04.18   This lesson brought my client up to the four and a half hour point of his second Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross-Training. The main focus of the lesson was to improve flexibility for kicking and improve kick-based combinations.   We warmed up with mirror footwork and then did some kick placement before moving onto dynamic stretching. This included Cossack stretches and split-squats, which serve as good callisthenic as well as mobility exercises. We also performed a series […]

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Four Postures, Three Transitions, One Fight (diary entry)

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06.04.18 Tonight’s special double lesson took an in depth look at the four postures and three transitions of fighting. This was all mainly taken with an MMA context. We spent time looking more at travelling movement through the postures as well as the usual single transitions. After a period of dynamic stretching and training specific calisthenics we began going through the postures.   Four Postures: Standing – Stand-up Fighting and Clinch range Kneeling/Half-Kneeling – Combat Base for Ground Fighting Range […]

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