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Style and its Limitations (diary entry)

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13.04.21 My teacher consultancy concluded its trilogy of lessons on Jack Johnson with his last two title defences. Prior to analysing the fights, it was relevant to discuss the campaign against Johnson. Having defeated the previously undefeated James J Jeffries in a bout that resulted in a nation wide series of riots, there was  growing tension within the white establishment to handle Johnson. Not only was he destroying all the “Great White Hopes” sent his way, but his extravagent behaviour […]

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Jack Johnson’s Bait & Catch (diary entry)

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31.03.21 Last Tuesday I continued my teacher consultancy course on historic fight analysis. Last week we began with the dawn of the gloved era and a pioneer of outside boxing, Jim Corbett. Prior to throwing the spotlight on this week’s star, Jack Johnson, we watched an excerpt from a bout that bridges the two eras: James J Jefferies versus Bob Fitzsimmons  world heavyweight championship. This was their first meeting in 1899. The less than three  minute or so footage appears […]

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Dirty Boxing Introduction (diary entry)

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  My regular teacher consultancy lesson later on Tuesday evening took a stronger physical turn tonight as we began work on Dirty Boxing. In essence, this in-fighting and clinching, the use of trapping and standing grappling techniques whilst striking. Tonight we covered a general introduction, began laying the foundations and covered a simple drill.   The lesson began with a short warm-up on the mitts as we went through some simple Western Boxing combinations. I introduced the pawing jab and […]

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L-Step and Clinch Strategies (diary)

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15.10.18   Tonight was the ninth and penultimate lesson in my client’s course in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We worked a lot on putting combinations together, setting up various tactics using footwork and how to use the clinch.   Warm-up began with mirror footwork. Then we moved straight onto the pads to drill building up combinations whilst also using slipping, ducking and rolling appropriately. The key here was to seamlessly get head and foot movements linked […]

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Create the Trap, Find the Clinch (diary entry)

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31.05.2018 Tonight, my client continued his Dirty Boxing/Stand up Mixed Martial Arts course and we made it to the three-hour mark. After a preliminary warm-up we did some basic wrestling drills. This was to build up a familiarity with gripping and clinching positions. We drilled collar and elbow ties, over-hook/under-hook pummelling and arm-drags. Then we moved onto some grip-fighting sparring, emphasising circling to break and regain holds. Next, taking Roberto Duran as inspiration, we engaged in some boxing sparring. Here […]

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