Tag Archives | ground fighting

Visualising Ground-Fighting (diary entry)

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23.03.20   My second Monday night online video coaching took my client up to the third hour of his first MMA programme. Being an online video training session, we looked at better developing shadow sparring, sport specific callisthenics and solo training in general to progress his MMA knowledge.   The lesson began with the usual series of dynamic stretching, muscle activation and sport specific callisthenics. We then onto some technical work, the first part of which was combining strikes with […]

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Submission Grappling Overview Continues (diary entry)

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14.03.20   Saturday morning continued my client’s Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course where he booked in a special two-hour session. This brought his current course up to the four and a half hour mark. We spent the first hour going back through pins, transitions and submissions from the top position. The second hour focused on guard passing and submissions from the guard.   We began the session with a run through of specific grappling callisthenics. This included exercise for both top position […]

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Fighting from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.20   Friday night’s lesson brought my regular client up the two and a half hour point of this particular course on Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting. As per our last lesson, we thought it best to thoroughly revise material in previous courses on this discipline before moving onto new material.   After a preliminary warm-up we did 2 x 3 minute rounds of grappling calisthenics, dedicating 30 seconds to each exercise. These exercises worked top position, guard, submissions and escapes. Next […]

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Wrestling combined with Submission Fighting (diary entry)

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04.02.20   Tuesday night brought my client up to the ninth hour and penultimate lesson of his second Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting Lesson. Tonight we looked to begin our journey to a Mixed Martial Arts Single Objective Path and combined stand-up grappling/Wrestling with Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting.   After a series of specific dynamic stretches and callisthenics – combining Wrestling and Ju Jutsu exercises – we began a double-leg/guillotine drill. This particular drill had been shadowed in the callisthenic exercise previously. The fighter sprawls […]

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MMA Technical Overview (diary entry)

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24.01.20   My client’s final lesson in this MMA course consisted of a technical review of most of the material covered. We did not cover techniques against the cage/wall, but did cover certain aspects that have transferrable value.   The lesson began with a series of gentle callisthenics and dynamic stretching. We then switched to mirror footwork and switching levels. From here we began using the pawing jab from Western Boxing. This allowed the fighter to gauge distance whilst distracting […]

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Attacking the Turtle Position (diary entry)

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14.01.20   My first Tuesday night lesson brought my client up to the sixth hour of his second Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. Due to missing a few weeks’ training we decided to do a revision of all the main areas before finishing with work in the turtle position.   We began with ground grappling callisthenics. The final callisthenics included three different types of sit-out exercises that can be utilised to better condition for the turtle position. Then we ran through both […]

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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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Principles through Combination Work (diary entry)

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21.11.19 Thursday night’s second lesson brought my client up to the four hour point on his latest Mixed Martial Arts course. Tonight’s objective was to go over the three striking to grappling combinations covered in last Thursday’s lesson and to begin more work on fighting against the cage as well ground-fighting. We began with mirror footwork followed by one-for-one sparring. We then drilled the plumb position, bulling with the collar and elbow, pummelling under-hooks into takedown entries and then some […]

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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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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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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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Elbows, Knees & Ground Work (diary entry)

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13.03.19 My second lesson of the day was my regular nephew and uncle team. The junior lesson covered horizontal knees, uppercut elbows, side elbows, diagonal elbows and chopping elbows in Muay Thai. The senior lesson looked at effective transitioning from the top position into pins, submissions and striking. The junior lesson warmed up with mirror footwork, building up basic combinations and then moving onto the clinch. When in the clinch we looked at various positions for setting up knee strikes […]

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Symmetrical Ground Defence at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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13.03.19   My Kingham Hill Self-Defence class focused on symmetrical ground fighting. We looked at fighting from the back in two different positions and general conditioning for this type of situation.   The class was warmed up with our standard tactical running, covering, switching directions and sprawling. Then we did an additional segment, which also brought in relevant ground movements. This segment included bear crawls – backwards, forwards and sideways – and snaking/shrimping – backwards and forwards.   We then […]

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Catching the Teep & Striking from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.19   The nephew and uncle double lesson tonight saw continued work on basic Muay Thai and ground fighting.   The junior lesson brought in more clinch-work and kick catches. The clinch-work included some aggressive sweeps and the kick catch looked at unbalancing the teep. Previous techniques and combinations were revised on the focus mitts. The lesson finished with a round of sparring.   The senior lesson began with top position work, looking at striking from side control, scarf-hold and […]

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Asymmetrical & Symmetrical Ground-Fighting (diary entry)

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07.11.2018   My self-defence course for Kingham Hill continued with a focus on ground defence. We warmed up with a series of aerobic exercises using techniques covered in previous lessons. This serves as a good way to get students on the move whilst working on muscle memory. Between jogging whilst striking, the class had to react to quick changes in direction, covering, sprawling and changes in footwork. We all then transitioned through postures.   Ground-defence began with asymmetrical ground-fighting. This […]

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Testing Half-Guard (diary entry)

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03.11.18   This morning I reached the seven and a half hour point of my client’s further course in Mixed Martial Arts. This two hour lesson spent extra time looking at the half-guard from a submission grappling perspective and then when it is integrated into MMA.   We began with mirror footwork, building up into various drills from different ranges. This included underhook pummelling into takedowns, neck-wrestling into strikes and bulling (collar and elbow tie) into breakaway punching combinations. We […]

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