Tag Archives | ground fighting

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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Escape to Sweep to Submission (diary entry)

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05.11.20 Thursday night I was booked in for a lesson by a teacher friend of mine. He and his two children are training in submission grappling/ground-fighting concepts with me. Much like my regular teacher consultancy lesson, this coach also has the assistance of a grappling dummy. Previously, I have introduced them to the pin transition exercise. This time we revised all this information – going through the complete drill from both sides – and they then chose to follow a […]

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Ground-Fighting – Pins

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24.09.20 Thursday night I was booked to teach a martial arts teacher and his family some more ground-fighting and submission work. We went through the pinning drill both clockwise and anti-clockwise – side-control/under-hook scarf-hold/north-south/under-hook scarf-hold/side-control/knee-pin/side-control/reverse scarf-hold/full mount/knee-pin. We briefly went over arm-triangles from scarf-hold and an arm-bar knee-pin. After this we looked at two escapes from side-control: the reversal and snaking to guard.

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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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Defence from the Guard (diary entry)

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27.07.20 Monday’s lesson covered the hip bump sweep, the Kimura from guard, the scissor sweep and we started the arm-bar. This is the penultimate hour of their 10 hour course. The warm-up consisted of several solo ground-fighting exercises before the two lockdown partners performed their first fully resistant exercise. This was a type of long-guard game where one tries to touch the others head whilst the other fights from their back, using their legs to keep them away. It serves […]

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Ground-Fighting Clinic (diary entry)

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23.07.20 Two martial arts instructors booked me in for a clinic on ground-fighting. We specifically addressed escaping the dreaded side-control, which is a common problem especially when facing larger and stronger opponents. Before I approached this specific issue, I warmed my two clients up with a series of ground-fighting callisthenics. We then went through my pinning drill to best establish the basic top positions. From here we began to address countering two types of side control. My main focus was […]

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Escaping Full-Mount and Sparring (diary entry)

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20.07.20   The first Monday night lesson was the ninth hour of my client’s second MMA continued work on escaping the full-mount. I also introduced some specific sparring.   We concentrated on keeping movements tight throughout the reversal escape of the full-mount, being careful not to give the back and also to not leave a pause between bridging and turning. The escape to guard was originally an escape to half-guard, which is where I usually end up! However, I decided […]

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Escapes and Reversals from Pins (diary entry)

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08.06.20 My client’s third hour of her second MMA course included a review and confirmation of transitioning on the top and an introduction to escapes. We began with a ground-fighting callisthenics warm-up. Then we moved onto the pin transitions. The sequence was finished with a knee-pin before returning to the side-control starting position. I went over some details and focused on getting the transitions smoother. Both my client and her lock-in training partner then performed the se quence moving in the […]

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Heavy Bag Drills from Underneath Positions (diary entry)

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02.06.20   My client began his second MMA course via Zoom live training. We spent the first half of the lesson looking at heavy bag work on the ground, mainly focusing on drilling techniques from underneath. The last half of the lesson consisted of 3 x 5 minute rounds and one tabata of MMA shadow sparring.   We began with a warm-up of movement drills on the grounded heavy bag. This consisted of shoulder rolling from side to side, knee […]

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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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