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Combat Conditing Continues (diary entry)

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02.03.19   The first lesson of this morning saw my client complete his third hour of Combat Conditioning. We moved onto the reverse side and also focused a lot on circular techniques – hooks, round kicks, single-leg takedowns and kimura sweeps.   We warmed up with a series of sport specific calisthenics, dynamic stretching and mobility exercises for all ranges of combat. I did a good number of exercises that looked at working the oblique muscles and rotational movement of […]

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Transitioing from Western Boxing to Muay Thai (diary entry)

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07.02.19   Tonight my client began his new and first course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Having just completed the Western Boxing course two days ago, his goal is to be competent in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. We looked at how Muay Thai resembles certain aspects of Western Boxing and yet differs from them in many ways.   Besides all the obvious elements found in Muay Thai such as the inclusion of kicks, knee strikes, […]

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The Hook under Pressure (diary entry)

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  30.01.2019   Today’s self-defence lesson at Kingham Hill School introduced the hook and aspects of live training. This sandwiched in revision from lessons, where we covered the pre-emptive strike and both passive and aggressive fences.   We began with a warm-up, coordinating punching and movement. We also revised the cover and tactical escape; running in different directions and accessing the nearest exit points at a moment’s notice.   We then had a quick discussion on responses under pressure. I […]

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Early Clinch in Boxing (diary entry)

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12.01.19   My second lesson of the day was for my two junior clients who are currently on the fifth hour of their course in Basic Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We warmed up on the heavy bag varying footwork with basic combinations. Then we covered different tactics for drawing and fighting defensively. This brought us onto clinch-work.   I was looked to cover clinch-work at a later stage in the course, but once I had used Jack Johnson’s […]

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Hooks and the Basics (diary entry)

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22.12.18 This morning I taught the third hour of a 10 hour course I am holding for two junior students in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at the lead hook and worked on tightening up stances and footwork. The first part of the lesson was entirely dedicated to positioning and footwork. If there are three things that every fighter needs to have in their physical skills foundation it is to be on balance, to keep their […]

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Here’s the Hook (diary entry)

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30.10.18   Tonight’s lesson was my new client’s second hour of a scheduled 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at better for force generation for the cross punch and I also introduced the hook.   We began with some shadow boxing, focusing on footwork. This changed to mirror footwork, where I layered in upper body movement – slipping, ducking, and bobbing and weaving. Training then went onto the focus mitts. Here we […]

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Slip/Jab & Hook (diary entry)

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30/08/18   Tonight brought my client up to his fourth hour in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued working on building strong connections between footwork, upper body movement and the jab and the cross punches. We also continued to develop better muscle activation for the hook.   Training began with a punching warm-up. We went through some basic line-work and speed exercises, taking time to train through the various links of a punch; striking off the […]

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