Tag Archives | Kickboxing

The Southpaw Offensive (diary entry)

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19.07.21 Monday night was hour two of my couple’s 10 hour course on switch-hitting in kickboxing. We warmed up with the three-part switch-hitting drill, consisting of transitioning from orthodox to southpaw and from southpaw to orthodox using punches and kicks. Then we focused entirely on fighting from southpaw and using two combinations that helped to develop the strategy. A good early plan in southpaw fighting is to position your lead foot outside your opponent’s. There are many other options than […]

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Roll for Three Combinations (diary entry)

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14.07.21 Tonight my client finished his series of training on the ryhthm and flow combinations by concentrating three decided on a dice throw. We did combination 10, 8 and 12 in that order over 10 rounds. Combination 10 – Jab/cross/hook/double rear round kick/hook/cross/switch-kick Combination 8 – Jab/rear round kick/hook/rear low round kick/lead body kick/southpaw step/orthdox step/jab/cross Combination 12 – Jab/cross/lead low kick/ lead body kick/cross/hook/cross/Dutch block/cross/hook/rear bod kick They were trained in the following way: Round 1 – Combination 10 […]

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Single Weave Deconstruction (diary entry)

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16.06.21 Wednesday night’s first client worked on the single weave pattern in stick fighting. After our usual warm-up using the sticks for mobility, dynamic stretching, callisthenics and to promote better dexterity and coordination, we revised the flow strike pattern. This was done as solo and partner drills. The movement involves the first and 11th angles I teach with the single stick. Next we went through the single weave in a similar fashion and then separated the sequence. The single weave […]

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Dicing with Combos (diary entry)

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13.06.21 It was my couple clients’ turn at the dice method. Having shadowed on all 14 rhythm and flow combinations over Skype during lockdown and then transferred onto focus mitts it was time test information retention and start blasting these out at random. We followed a routine of 10 minute warm-up, four 10 minute rounds of dice roll combinations and then 10 warm-down and stretch.   Services

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Single Weave & Dice Rolls (diary entry)

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09.06.21 My first client’s stick work revised all previous two stick drills along with some freestyle footwork and multiple opponents before continuing with the hit flow from last lesson and then the single weave. The single weave is probably the most challenging drill so far. It introduces a great degree of coordination and demonstrates the importance of maintaining good single angle strikes. My second client had his first full run through of the 14 combinations on the roll of a […]

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All 14 Combinations over 4 Rounds (diary entry)

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07.06.21 Monday night saw my couple clients tackle their seventh hour with a second go at all 14 combinations. This time they switched roles as to who was taking the even number combos and who was taking the odd numbers. We also kept it confined to 4 x 10 minute rounds, which was a practice we undertook during the Zoom lockdown sessions. Round 1 – Warm Up – Dynamic Stretching and Callisthenics Round 2 – Combinations 1-4 Round 3 – […]

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New Double Stick Drills & Eight Combinations (diary entry)

26.05.21 On Wednesday my first client continued his stick work. We went through posture transitioning whilst performing the first two angles using the single stick. Next we moved onto our standard double-stick partner drill and finished our revision with the full 12 angles on the single stick. Next, we moved onto a new double stick drill – the single weave. This begins teaching basic pattern work for stick training. My second client began his review of all 14 combinations. Tonight […]

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Nak Muay on the Rhythm & Flow (diary entry)

21.05.21 Friday night’s client is a nak muay of over 15 years experience, including fighting in Thailand, who has rejoined me since the easing of Covid restrictions in the fifth hour of his course. He and I decided to see how the 14 rhythm and flow combinations would measure up to his background of training. The fit was excellent! He enjoyed the fluidity and the challenge of doing longer combinations. We made it to combination five in just one hour’s […]

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Re-Starting the Combinations (diary entry)

20.05.21 My client moved from online to face-to-face personal training in line with current Covid guidelines. We were able to re-start the same combinations we covered over Skype. We got up to number five, which was sandwiched between a 10 minute warm-up and a static stretch warm-down. Services

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12 Angles and the Final Combinations (diary entry)

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19.05.21 My Wednesday clients continued directly on from the previous lesson (below). Stick work was all about refining the drills we have learnt since the beginning – single sticks, double stick high and low attacks, stabs and trapping. My kickboxing client finished his series of combinations with combination 13 – jab/cross/weave under rightross/hook/cross/rear elbow/lead knee/lead body kick – and combination number 14 – jab/Dutch block/hook/rear body kick/Dutch block/cross/lead body kick. I use switch knee and a switch kick in both […]

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Adapting Combination 14 (diary entry)

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17.05.21 Monday night’s lesson provided me with an interesting challenge. My two partner clients arrived at number 14 again, for the first time on the focus mitts, and there were a few adaptations I needed to make for one of them. You may recall during our previous Zoom sessions that one of my two clients underwent a knee operation. He trained all the way up to the operation and only took out one less afterwards. We have been working hard […]

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Trapping with Sticks & Tricks with Kicks (diary entry)

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12.05.21 My first client continued work with single and double stick fighting. We went through some more angles of attack, looking at extra stabs and then at one stick versus two stick sequences. The latter involved side checks to the head and I emphasised rebounding off intercepting strikes. Next we moved onto trapping with the sticks, making use of the butt end of the stick. My second client continued on the focus mitts with rhythm and flow combinations 11 and […]

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Combination 7 & 8: Keiryu Finale (diary entry)

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11.05.21 My fourth and final Zoom session with Keiryu Practical Karate covered rhythm and flow combinations seven and eight. These are both fairly simple compared the previous combinations or it can be that everyone was better tuned into chaining techniques. Tonight we looked more into the nuances of certain transitions and set-ups. Combination seven works at close range throughout using a tight head/body/head/body/head/body and left/left/right/left/left/right pattern of punches and long (spear) knee strike. Weight distribution is also very important, using […]

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Combination 13 on the Focus Mitts (diary entry)

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10.05.21 It was hour four of my couple client’s rhythm and flow padwork combinations on Monday. We went over combination four that feels like a Dutch/Thai hybrid. It has a lengthy punching combinations including a weave/roll before sandwiching in a rear horizontal elbow and a lead spear knee. The elbow and knee strikes bring the fight into close range, the former set up with same side cross and the latter sets up the same side lead leg round kick. Given […]

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Dutch Block and Pad-Work on Combination Number 12 (diary entry)

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03.05.21 Monday’s lesson was the third part of my couple client’s rhythm and flow combination on focus mitts. We are into our third hour of this course. Tonight we worked on the 12th combination. This particular combination sets up a same side low kick to mid kick combination with a jab/cross before tranferring weight back to the opposite side for a cross chained rapidly with a hook and a second cross. At this stage there is concession made for the […]

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Progress with Sticks & Kicks! (diary entry)

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28.04.21 Wednesday night saw significant improvement with my stick-fighting client and my kickboxing client. In the former’s lesson we blended in diagonal strikes to the legs in addition to the two high angled strikes. These were done with fluid posture transitioning, on the move and from different stances. They were first taught with single stick from each hand then as double sticks. Next I introduced a double-hand grip and put them together for a sequence of 10 techniques. Kickboxing moved […]

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