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Rolling & Spinning Knee Bars (diary entry)

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05.09.2022 Hour five of my couple client’s submission grappling course continued with the knee bar theme. Having introduced this technique in the previous lesson from half-guard, we were able to better explore its execution. This was performed from both top and bottom positions of the half-guard. The lesson began with some rudimentary dynamic stretching and a new full-body flow drill – downward dog/three-leg dog/pigeon/three-leg dog/twisted lizard x 10 each side. In order to teach my clients how to use the […]

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Half-Guard Basics (diary entry)

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22.08.2022 Monday night’s first lesson was my couple clients’ third hour on their second face-to-face course in submission grappling/ground fighting. Tonight we continued working within the mid-range guard concepts and started work on attacking from half-guard. After our usual dynamic stretching and muscle activation exercises, we covered specific solo movements associated with the half-guard position. In order to teach half-guard tactics and strategies, we looked it at from the point of view of the person fighting from the top. Taking […]

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Rubber Guard & Half Guard Review (diary entry)

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22.06.2022 My senior submission grappling/ground-fighting lesson was an hour and a half full review of the rubber guard. After a sport specific warm-up, we went back through Eddie Bravo’s rubber guard setup – half-guard/lockdown/catch/rubber guard – and also completed the rubber guard flow drill – mission control/New York/chill-dog/invisible collar. Then we trained the  gogo-clinch as taught by Brandon Mccaghren. This occurs when the shoulder has been isolated in the rubber guard and the neck is trapped with a single hand […]

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Single to MMA Ground Strategies (diary entry)

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15.06.2022 My junior MMA client linked the single-leg takedown with his new ground strategy. After going back through the basics on the single leg from clinch we went to the guard and looked at using the half-guard get-up. When a fighter chooses to stand whilst holding their opponent in half-guard they are effectively carrying over the single-leg takedown positioning. The lesson finished with 4 x 2 minute specific MMA sparring. My senior submission grappling lesson continued looking at attacks from […]

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Triangle Threats & Z-Guard Elevation (diary entry)

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28.04.2022 Wednesday night’s last two lessons were my junior MMA and senior Submission Grappling. Both were continuing themes covered over the previous weeks. My junior MMA focused specifically on using the closed guard and we had now moved into the basic submissions. My senior Submission Grappling moved from passing the Z-guard and knee-shield to attacking with the former again. In the junior lesson we dealt with a striker defending against the arm-bar attack from closed guard with a triangle choke. […]

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Half-Guard & Lockdown (diary entry)

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05.01.2022 Wednesday night I continued my current Submission Grappling programme with my veteran client followed by a stretching routine. We focused on the half-guard tonight. This began with the classic half-guard work that marries up with the butterfly guard sweeps we used before the Christmas break. In short, we looked at framing and transitioning to the dog-fight position. From here the fighter has option to shoot for the sweep or to attack the back. This is dependent on whether the […]

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Saddler & Zale in MMA (diary entry)

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22.09.21 Wednesday night’s training was a junior and senior MMA lesson. The first looked at using the half-guard and the second also covered this, but also used the combinations of the great sluggers, Sandy Saddler and Tony Zale respective nemesises of Willie Pep and Rocky Graziano. Half-guard has evolved to become an important part of ground-fighting in MMA. The knee-shield and the lockdown are particularly important parts of this guard that can be used to better control someone fighting from […]

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Knee Bar from Below (diary entry)

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15.12.20 My teacher consultancy lesson continued work on the knee-bar. This included a revision of the front and back spinning knee-bars from the top position before we began work with the knee bar from the bottom position. In this latter instance we began from the half-guard shell. This is quite a big departure from the lockdown style of fighting we were using when previously attacking from the half-guard. The half-guard shell uses more a knee and shin sheild to frame […]

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Attacking the half-guard (diary entry)

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01.12.20 Tuesday’s last lesson: my teaching consultancy focused on attacking the half-guard. We began with a look at using the principles of a simple combat base guard pass in a regular closed guard and then applied it to half-guard. From here we looked at pressuring past the knees and then moved onto the fairly universal needle and thread guard-pass. Next we moved onto spinning knee-bar from the top position against half-guard.

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Lockdown in Lockdown (diary entry)

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24.11.20 My second lesson of the night was my teacher consultancy lesson, where we continued our work from the half-guard. This time we moved into the lockdown half-guard position and transitioned into the electric chair position. The lockdown is a technique used for immobilising an opponent’s leg caught in the fighter’s half-guard postion. The concept is to compromise the opponent’s balance and set them up for a sweep or submission off the other side. The electric chair involves trapping the […]

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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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Three Half-Guard Attacks (diary entry)

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11.03.20   Wednesday night’s junior Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting lesson brought us onto strategies from half-guard. The senior MMA lesson continued work focusing on how different disciplines relate to the entire game.   After a warm-up of callisthenics specific for grappling, the junior lesson began with the half-guard. This is the basic half-guard which better suited for Submission Grappling than MMA. We started with the dog-fight sweep which is a very low line attack and is a good beginner position because it […]

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Attacking the Back (diary entry)

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10.12.19   My client reached the fourth hour of his Submission Grappling course where we covered attacking from the back in more detail.   We warmed up with various crawls and snaking exercises to activate the right muscles and feed in muscle memory. Then we went straight into half guard.   From the half-guard position we looked at a loose lockdown and revised taking the back mount. From here we also revised the rear-naked choke. I took the time to […]

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From Butterfly to Back Mount (diary entry)

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05.12.19   My junior clients covered their penultimate lesson in Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting on Thursday evening. I introduced the butterfly guard, half-guard and back mount as well as the butterfly sweep, knee shield and rear naked choke. We also had some fun with a few advanced techniques.   We warmed up with the usual specific callisthenics for ground-fighting such as various crawls, snaking and escape movement drills. Then I introduced the butterfly guard. Here we paid attention to keeping sat up […]

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Scarf-Hold Submissions, Defence from the Cage & Half Guard (diary entry)

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27.11.19   Wednesday evening’s junior lesson revised escapes from scarf-hold and focused on attacks from this position. The senior lesson continued MMA training with more work against the cage and fighting from the half-guard.   The junior lesson began with a warm up of crawls, snaking and submission grappling callisthenics. We then quickly ran through the pin transition drill. This was followed a revision of escaping side control both as a reversal and pulling guard as well as escaping scarf-hold. […]

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Ground-Fighting Workshop (diary entry)

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23.11.19   This Saturday I taught a special 2-hour workshop for the Oxford School of Martial Arts on Ground-Fighting. My mandate was to help prepare prospective candidates for the last half hour of their black belt karate grading, focusing on one specific area. This grading involves 30 minutes of non-stop low rules sparring whereby it is highly likely that the candidates will end up on the ground and fighting from their backs. My approach to preparing these students was to […]

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