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Changing Levels in Grappling (diary entry)

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15.06.19 My second Saturday morning lesson saw my two junior clients enter their fourth hour of a 10 hour course on clinch/stand-up grappling. We looked more in depth into the waist-lock and taking the back, and I introduced the single-leg take down. We warmed up with a revision on break-falls and rolls. With this confirmed we got straight into some bulling and pummelling. From bulling I introduced the two-on-one position, controlling the arm. There were elements from this, such as […]

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Sweep Combinations for Clinch (diary entry)

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23.05.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the fifth hour of his clinch/stand-up grappling course. We looked more at using sweeps and Judo style takedowns as well as tightening up positioning and an introduction to sparring.   The lesson began with sets of breakfalls and rolls. This was followed with bulling (neck and elbow-tie), pummelling (over-hook, under-hook), drilling arm-drags, drilling arm-drag counters and drilling two-on-one arm holds. Then we did some grip-fighting sparring. This sparring was restricted only […]

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Beginning Clinch-Work (diary entry)

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23.03.19 This morning my junior clients continued into their fourth hour of Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson introduced the clinch and we also continued work on kick-catching. We warmed up with mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and specific callisthenics before we moved through basic punch, kick and knee combinations. This led us onto kick-catching and the importance of breaking an opponent’s postures. We covered both the cross-arm check from a round kick into a catch and […]

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Final Boxing Lesson – Assessment Sparring (diary entry)

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22.02.19 My second lesson of the morning was my two junior clients’ final lesson in their 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised all combinations, slips, blocks and footwork covered before sparring for four rounds and then we assessed all areas that needed attention. Taking each client individually I warmed them up with mirror footwork and evasion training. Here we addressed the importance of moving in and out of danger as well exploiting […]

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Position before Punching (diary entry)

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09.02.19   My two junior clients arrived at the eighth hour of their course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. They are showing a lot of great progress and have clearly been putting the work in. This was my second lesson of the day. We went over 11 punch combination, uppercuts, body shots and general positioning.   The warm up consisted of partner-work, where the two junior fighters coached each other. They began with footwork and then […]

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Footwork and Uppercuts (diary entry)

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26.01.19 This morning’s private lesson brought my two junior students up to the six hour point of the Basics in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training Course. We worked making footwork more unpredictable, moving out of corners, low hooks and I introduced the lead hand uppercut. We began with mirror footwork. This began with a large focus on backwards and forwards footwork, layering it with jabbing, slipping and parrying. Then I had the side feeding the jabs dictate footwork, […]

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Footwork in the Clinch (diary entry)

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23.01.19 Tonight I continued my work with the nephew and uncle team, which comprises a half an hour junior lesson and an hour senior lesson. The junior lesson brought in aspects of footwork and how they relate to the Muay Thai clinch. The senior lesson transitioned between stick-work, punching and elbow strikes, including groundwork. The junior lesson built up a series of punch-kick combinations. These were then connected with shin-checks, Dracula guard and teeps. Homework for this section was to […]

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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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Head & Foot Fight Coordination (diary entry)

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14.11.18   Tonight’s second lessons consisted of my regular junior class followed by my senior class. These are private lessons for an uncle and nephew team. My junior class focused on western boxing concepts, tightening up footwork and upper body movement. My senior class continued work on grappling – stand-up/takedown wrestling and submission/groundwork.   The junior class included mirror footwork and head movement exercises performed in isolation before being combined. This was the difficult part and requires a good amount […]

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Outsider’s Point of View (diary entry)

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29.10.18 Tonight’s junior Boxing lesson looked at improving fluidity of footwork and the 11 punch combination. The senior lesson focused on outside fighting for Boxing and Muay Thai. The junior lesson continued with the peek-a-boo style. We worked more on coordinating upper body movement (slipping, ducking, bobbing and weaving) with footwork. I used a restrictive training device to get my client up on his toes for five minutes and then looked at marked improvements afterwards in his performance. We also […]

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Beginning Boxing (diary entry)

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16.10.18   Tonight my new client began his course on Basic Western Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts. His entire training strategy is to learn MMA and to do this he wishes to learn the component arts first. This is the best way to learn the art.   We began with basic guard work and footwork. Everything was geared towards keeping the hands up in active fashion and to move in a way that does not compromise balance or is too […]

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L-Step and Clinch Strategies (diary)

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15.10.18   Tonight was the ninth and penultimate lesson in my client’s course in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked a lot on putting combinations together, setting up various tactics using footwork and how to use the clinch.   Warm-up began with mirror footwork. Then we moved straight onto the pads to drill building up combinations whilst also using slipping, ducking and rolling appropriately. The key here was to seamlessly get head and foot movements linked […]

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Slip/Jab & Hook (diary entry)

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30/08/18   Tonight brought my client up to his fourth hour in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued working on building strong connections between footwork, upper body movement and the jab and the cross punches. We also continued to develop better muscle activation for the hook.   Training began with a punching warm-up. We went through some basic line-work and speed exercises, taking time to train through the various links of a punch; striking off the […]

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Full Body Boxing (diary entry)

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19.08.18 This morning’s lesson was intended to be a continuation of my Triple C course, but it changed into a boxing lesson. My client has a good background in Muay Thai and wanted to improve his punching skills. We looked a variety of punches, using set-ups from slips, bobbing and weaving, and the v-step. Training began with mirror footwork and then moved onto markers. This serves as a good coordination and cardiovascular warm-up as well as reinforcing solid boxing principles. […]

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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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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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