Tag Archives | ground fighting

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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North-South and Fighting in the Guard (diary entry)

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13.08.18   My client’s course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting reached the four and a half hour point. Tonight we continued work on the top position, adding in some extra options from side control and working on the north-south pin. We then began looking at fighting inside the guard.   Warm-up consisted of a series of mainly top position calisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, frog jumps, monkey crawls, lizard crawls, press-up jumps, row walks, knee-pin transitions, seal crawls […]

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Striking from Knee-Pin & Mount (diary entry)

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04.08.18   This morning, my client completed the third hour of his 10 hour course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. We focused combinations from the knee-pin and mounted position, and then tied them together in a complete conditioning exercise to promote technique muscle-memory.   Today’s training method was to establish the pin, isolate strikes from the pin, put the strikes into a combination, add on appropriate submissions and then link the pins. Strikes and submissions were taught as a means […]

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Transitioning in the Dirt (diary entry)

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10.07.18 Tonight’s special double lesson reviewed dirty boxing tactics and transitioning. We worked all ranges – stand-up, clinch and ground.   Warm up Ground mobility movements and specific exercises – snaking/shrimping, crawls, bridging and layering on combinations Footwork exercises – v-step, forwards, backwards, lateral and blitzing with Boxing and Muay Thai combinations Transitioning – All four postures – lying on back, seated, combat base and standing whilst using punching and kicking combinations   Drills Bulling into inside punching, sweeps and […]

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Trapping & Transitioning (diary entry)

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14.06.18   Tonight, my client continued looking at dirty boxing and its relationship with MMA in its entirety. We warmed up with some mirror footwork and take-down entries. Then we trained transitioning between the clinch and stand-up ranges and back again. This brought us back onto the dirty boxing tactics of Duran, Frazier, Hearns, Foreman, Corbett and Johnson, which we revised along with Muay Thai set-ups for kicks. From here we began looking at using dirty boxing tactics to set-up […]

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Ground-Defence at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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06.06.18 We entered the final stage of self-defence training in this particular course. I could expand matters into more multiple aggressor-based training, protecting others, takedowns and even weapon defence, but my mandate is to move matters in MMA training soon. Therefore, we finished with a look at symmetrical ground-fighting.   The warm-up consisted of a series of ground-orientated exercises – bear crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls and snaking/shrimping.   We began with fighting from the back using the guard position. […]

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