Tag Archives | Grappling

Children Anti-Grappling with Forest School of Karate (diary entry)

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30.11.20 Forest School of Karate booked me for their sixth When Parents Aren’t Around lesson. We are at the first part of the anti-grappling section. The previous lesson concerned adapting and the open mind tenet. This lesson covered similar material covered for the Matsuri Dojo. Students began the lesson with a discussion on the role grappling plays in my approach to self-defence and the warm-up largely consisted of striking, covering and exiting drills. We then went through some simple clinching […]

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Working the Clinch (diary entry)

26.11.20 Ahead of teaching my client’s martial arts class on Monday, I suggested that we have a teacher consultancy lesson covering the clinch. Monday’s lesson is all about anti-grappling in connection to my “When Parents Aren’t Around” webinar series. Through experience, I have learned that it is important for students to have an understanding of stand-up grappling if they are to use effective tools to extricate themselves from a grappling situation. This is also important for partner work. It seems […]

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Twist and Shout (diary entry)

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17.11.20 Tuesday night’s second lesson saw my teacher consultancy continue from the dog fight position. Last week we looked at as a means for escaping a type of side control. This week we attacked the back and I chose a particularly no-gi style back mount position. This began with the threat to sweep from dog fight position. Here the opponent will block and the fighter can ascend the back.After getting one hook in we threated with another hook. Typically submission […]

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Grappling/Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

17.11.20 Tuesday night began with my second of a four-part short course on managing grappling in self-defence. Last week we established the role the clinch played in self-defence situations. We discussed when to grapple. Tonight we revised clinching positions – collar and elbow, underhook/over-hook and we also looked at sprawling to defend low line takedowns and we also trained lowline takedowns in the form of the double-leg. With some of the students getting the hang of the pummelling flow of […]

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Combat Grappling in Children’s Self-Defence (diary entry)

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31.10.20 My second Saturday lesson today consisted of the sixth part of my online adapted course on “When Parents Aren’t Around” children’s self-protection hosted by Ryukyukan Shorin Ryu Karate Matsuri Dojo, Pitsea, Essex. We took the focus onto the grappling/clinch range. At this point in a conflict the defender should be doing their best to avoid being clinched for a variety of different reasons, but in order to train defending this range one needs to understand this particular range. Drilling […]

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From Establishing Boundaries to Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

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08.10.20 The fourth lesson of this self-protection course for teenagers began work on handling the clinch. I made use of the client’s brother, who has also trained with me, and is within my client’s bubble as well as simulations on her freestanding heavy bag and shadow training.   We began with a revisit of the fence and a discussion on the importance of establishing boundares as early as possible. It is advantageous to move into an effective position and maintain […]

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Explosive Guard Passes & Attacking the Shoulder (diary entry)

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14.09.20 The sixth hour of my clients’ Submission Grappling course looked at footwork for guard passes, an explosive stacking pass and the omoplata shoulder lock from guard and sparring. My two clients began with a warm-up of footwork exercises. We used the toe-to-line footwork drill for guard passing. This begins with simple forward and backward rhythmic movements, keeping the posture low. We then progressed with side-steps and crescent steps before moving onto going through the guard and passing guard into […]

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Ground-Fighting using the Heavy Bag (diary entry)

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12.05.20 Tuesday’s second lesson brought this client up to the ninth hour of his Mixed Martial Arts course. Unlike Monday’s – who was primarily a kickboxing student – this client has been through several of my different courses and is very familiar with ground work. However, this course has been his first introduction to striking on the ground. Having a free heavy bag in his isolation, we were able to complete his ground-striking drills. I also did some more clinch-work […]

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More Grappling Bag Work (diary entry)

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07.05.20   The eighth hour of my client’s Mixed Martial Arts course looked at more solo bag work for grappling. My client was outside and I instructed through video link how to execute double leg takedowns and supplexes. This was followed by transitioning through pins.   We warmed up with shadow boxing, sport-specific callisthenics and dynamic stretching, going through stand-up and clinch movement. Then my client brought out his heavy bag, which is not hung up, and we began drilling […]

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Grappling Range in Self-Defence (diary entry)

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04.03.20   Wednesday lunchtime’s lesson continued my sixth self-protection course for Kingham Hill School. Today I introduced them to stand-up grappling/the clinch in order to better understand how build next week’s anti-grappling techniques.   Grappling is not the preferred option in an immediate high situation. There are exceptions, such as being corned unarmed by an armed assailant, but even then interception of the weapon hand and control via grappling is best assisted by striking. Low and mid-level threats might be […]

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Three Sequences of Rounds (diary entry)

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20.02.20   Thursday night’s lesson was my client’s sixth hour of her Junior Mixed Martial Arts course. Tonight we had a review of all ranges, seeking to both isolate areas and transition through them. This was achieved through three sets of rounds which added in cardiovascular endurance.   We began with a warm-up of simple dynamic stretching and specific callisthenic exercises, targeting movement patterns and activating motor units for the tasks that lay ahead. This prepared us for the first […]

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Turtle Knee Bar (diary)

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17.12.19 Tuesday night’s fifth hour of my client’s second course on Submission Grappling continued work on the back position – this time defending – and also went back over the omoplata. We warmed up with ground callisthenics – Indian press-ups, horizontal squats, lizard press-ups, upas, snaking on the spot and sit-outs. Then we moved onto the turtle position. Previously we were focusing on the back mount. This time we looked at means for closing down this attack. From the turtle […]

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The Importance of Fundamentals (diary entry)

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04.12.19   Wednesday evening consisted of attacking with and escaping the North-South pin for my junior client and MMA training with senior client where we expanded upon clinching against the cage as well as guard-work on the ground.   We warmed up with various ground callisthenics such as crawls and snaking. Then we went straight into the North-South position and looked at its function when transitioning from scarf-hold. My junior client covered the Kimura from here as well as the […]

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Anti-Grappling Training & Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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20.11.19   Kingham Hill School covered anti-grappling in this lunchtime’s lesson. This is the stage in their self-protect programme where we are faced problems associated with being gripped, held, tackled and wrestled. Everything prior to this has been about pre-emption and regaining the initiative. I have promoted creating distance and focusing on using strikes to facilitate an early escape.   We began with a short revision warm-up on tactical escape and combative movements on the move. These movements focused more […]

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Scissor Sweep and Arm-Bar (diary entry)

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30.10.19   My late evening class brought my Submission Grappling client up to the ninth hour of his course. We focused entirely on the guard which included a flow-drill, the scissor sweep and the classic arm-bar.   The lesson started with ground callisthenics, including a large portion dedicated to conditioning for the guard.  Then we began the guard flow-drill. This consisted of moving from closed guard to a long range guard (very simplified spider guard) to butterfly guard to half […]

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New Junior Submission Grappling Course Begins (diary entry)

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28.09.19 My first Saturday lesson saw my two junior clients begin their first course in Submission Grappling. We looked at pin transitioning moving from side control to scarf-hold to north-south to scarf-hold to knee-pin. We focused on securing positions and controlling weight distribution. Warm-up covered several crawling callisthenics that are very useful to submission grappling and the top position in particular. Next lesson we will complete the pinning sequence and move onto the first submission.

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