Tag Archives | Grappling

Final Stand-up Grappling Lesson (diary entry)

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16.07.2019   On Tuesday I finished my client’s 10 hour course on Basic Clinch/Stand up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. We covered some agility exercises specific for wrestling and I introduced the two-handed shoulder throw as the final technique of the course.   After some basic callisthenics and mobility stretches for grappling we moved onto the agility ladder and cones. Ladder drills includes turning the hips and cone drills included at and defence switching angles.   After some solo […]

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Fight Like an Executioner (diary entry)

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11.07.19   My junior client continued with his basic course on clinch/stand-up grappling. We continued working on attacking from the collar and elbow tie before moving onto over-hooks/under-hooks and changing levels. My senior client focused on comparisons between Western Boxing and Muay Thai set-ups.   The junior lesson began with callisthenic warm-up – Indian press-ups and squats. Then we moved onto bulling from the collar and elbow tie. Here we looked at establishing strong grips, tight transitioning (like a snake) […]

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Hip Throw Intro (diary entry)

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09.07.19   Tuesday night was the penultimate hour of my client’s Basic Course on the Clinch. We revised much of the previous material, including combination work and takedown defence before I introduced the hip throw.   Training began with break-falls and rolls followed by sprawling and shadowing low level takedowns (double and single leg). We then moved onto bulling and pummelling, drilling outer reap throws, waist-lock takedowns, arm-drags, two-on-ones and suplexes.   The lesson finished with a study of the […]

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Breaking Grips and Combining Techniques (diary entry)

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06.07.19   Saturday’s second lesson brought my two junior clients onto the sixth hour of their course on the clinch/stand-up grappling. We looked at linking techniques together and resistance-based training.   The lesson began with a series of wrestling-based callisthenics. We then moved onto partner drills such as bulling (neck and elbow tie) and pummelling (over hook/under hook). Next we revised the two-on-one, which led us onto chaining techniques together as well as breaking grips. We did some grip sparring […]

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Two on One (diary entry)

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03.07.19   My junior client continued his clinch/stand-up grappling training with more work on the elbow and neck tie-up and outer reap throw, and was introduced to the two-on-one tie-up.   We warmed up with break-fall/roll combinations from all directions. Once I was confident these were smooth enough and we had discussed their benefits when reversing a technique we went straight into the elbow and neck tie-up. Here we looked at fluid transitioning, correct stances and I introduced “bulling”. This […]

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Anti-Grappling Pressure Test at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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12.06.19   Today my Kingham Hill School Self-Defence class continued their anti-grappling work, covered some progressive pressure-testing and also some ground-fighting work.   After a warm-up of transitioning through postures and ground movements, we picked up from where we left off in the previous lesson. This was the defence from a clinch against a wall, which combined eye gouges with head-butts, elbow strikes and palm strikes progressively. These were then applied to the focus mitts and finally in two rounds […]

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Anti-Grappling & Grappling at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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05.06.19 After the summer half-term break I returned to Kingham Hill School to resume their self-defence course. Previous lessons had dealt with the fence, pre-emptive striking, referencing targets, incidental combinations, clearing obstructions, striking from restricted positions, striking in transition and covering/regaining the initiative. Today we began work on grappling and anti-grappling.   The underlying strategy and behaviour being taught throughout this course is to strike when you can and to keep going until the target is subdued or an exit […]

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Progressive Grappling Sparring (diary entry)

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28.05.19   Tuesday night saw my client reach the sixth hour of his basic course in stand-up grappling. We continued work linking up grips, sweeps and takedown entries. I was keen to involve more live, resistance-based work but not at the cost of poor fundamentals. Therefore, the lesson was as follows:   Warm-up of Indian Press-ups and Squats, dynamic stretching and exercises geared towards the actions to be performed today. We then went back through all our break-fall/roll combinations at […]

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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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Enter the Double-Leg Takedown (diary entry)

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07.05.19 Tuesday night’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s my Basic Course on Clinch/Stand-up Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. In addition to revising previous material we moved onto low-level takedowns, spotlighting the double-leg takedown. We warmed up with Indian press-up and Indian squats. These are great callisthenics and forms of dynamic stretching that are heavily utilised in Indian wrestling. We then moved onto combined break falls and rolls. This was followed with bulling, working the collar and […]

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Clinch Course Begins (diary entry)

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16.04.19 Tuesday night saw my client embark upon his third martial arts cross-training course with me as we started hour one of stand-up grappling. This course is primarily concerned with take downs and take down defence. It is very loosely based on Freestyle Wrestling, but has elements of other stand-up grappling systems I have experienced that have relevance within the context of Mixed Martial Arts competition. After a warm-up of Indian press-ups and Indian squats, performed at a progressive pace, […]

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Combat Conditioning for Grappling (diary entry)

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25.03.19 My client reached his seven and a half hour point of his course in Combat Conditioning. Tonight we looked at grappling-based exercises both clinch and ground. Dynamic stretching and callisthenics were gradually increased into high intensity movement exercises. These included uninterrupted sets of bear and lizard crawls, seal crawls, explosive press-up crawl, snaking, sprawling, sit-outs, footwork combinations from striking and wrestling stances, takedown movements, upa bridging, triangle crunches, neck bridges and break falls. Next we went through a series […]

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Grappling & Self Defence (diary entry)

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06.03.19   Kingham Hill moved back onto anti-grappling and combat grappling. We looked defending takedowns, symmetrical ground fighting, asymmetrical ground fighting and chokes/strangles.   The lesson began with a high energy series of running exercises, incorporating tactical escapes, grappling footwork, sprawls, covers and blitzing. This then progressed into partner running exercises, training striking whilst running backwards. Here emphasis was placed on moving the hips back whilst striking, training the importance of being able to hit whilst defending a takedown.   […]

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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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Defending against the Headlock (diary entry)

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14.11.18   Today’s session with Kingham Hill School brought an ending to the hard skills part of their self-protection training. We looked at defending against primal grappling, focusing on a specific technique – the side headlock – and in general with a pressure test. Next week we will look at some attribute training in the form stand-up fighting.   The lesson began with a warm-up of muscle memory revision exercises. This included striking whilst moving, covering, sprawling, knee strikes and […]

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Takedown and Submit (diary entry)

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07.11.2018   Tonight’s junior boxing lesson focused on moving in and out of the fight zone. Previous lessons have promoted footwork with upper body mobility, but we haven’t done a lot of work on tactics. This time I looked at a hit and run strategy for shorter fighters. We looked at slipping past linear punches and then moving out of the striking range only to come back in again from another angle. Forwards and backwards footwork, v-steps and circling were […]

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