Tag Archives | Kickboxing

Roll the Dice, Do the Combo (diary entry)

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06.02.21 My client’s penultimate lesson focusing on kickboxing combinations put matters into the hands of fate, so to speak, as we rolled the dice for 12 of the 14. After a 10 minute warm-up round, rounds two to four were all performed at the roll of the dice. We are not quite at the stage where each combination is memorised, but it kicked the training up a level nonetheless. The final round alternated between combinations 13 and 14.   Check […]

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Flurry and Smash (diary entry)

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02.02.21 Tonight my teacher consultancy covered their 14th and final combination to promote rhythm and flow in stand-up striking. We then went through the next two combinations to be covered by their school. Much of the lesson became a focus on better transitioning through economical footwork and using the momentum of previous technique. Combination 14 uses the momentum of the Dutch block to deliver force first into a lead hook and later into a cross. Likewise, combination six carries the […]

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Another Final Combination! (diary entry)

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01.02.21 My first Monday night client is into her second course on stand-up striking. We made it to the 14th and final combination of this series. As described in Saturday’s lesson, this combination makes use of the Dutch block on both sides. There are different ways to interpret training this in shadow boxing. Firstly, simply see it as a jamming interception of a round kick to the body. This one is easy to envisage and the subsequent technique can roll […]

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Stand up Combination 4 (diary entry)

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25.01.21 Monday night’s third and final lesson was also the final half hour of a kickboxing course I have been delivering to the Athena School of Karate. We are working through rhythm and flow Kickboxing/Muay Thai combinations over a 4 x 30 minute session course. I am delighted that Athena wish to book me back to continue with this series of combinations. Tonight we attacked combination number 4, which is an especially explosive series of techniques. As part of the […]

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Rhythm & Flow Combinations 10-13 (diary entry)

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25.01.21 My second Monday night client began her new 10 hour course on stand-up fighting and kickboxing. She trains with her lockdown partner who is recoverying from knee surgery who we adapt the kicking techniques to punching techniques. Like my Saturday client, one of my teacher clients and my current booking with Athena School of Karate, my Monday night client has been working through 14 Muay Thai combinations. Tonight, we revised combination number nine as a warm-up before progressing all […]

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Lateral Movement & Kicks (diary entry)

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22.01.21 The final hour of my two lockdown clients’ 10 hour course of stand-up fighting, brought them up to combination nine. As previously described, one of the lockdown students is recovering from knee surgery and we are adapting these combinations as he continues to heal. In addition to introducing the new combinations we also went back over combinations six to eight. Combination six uses two back/hammer-fists and one spinning hammer-fist. Combination seven teaches moving up and down targets in a […]

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Footwork! (diary entry)

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17.01.21 I was booked for teacher consultancy on footwork development for stand-up fighting. We went through a pattern of basic footwork exercises, layered them with punching combinations and then moved onto footwork conditioning exercises. Key things to remember include retaining a balanced stance (Never place more than 50% of your weight on the front foot, preferrably less), back heel should always be raised and front heel should be just off at all times, most Western Boxing stances (with the exception […]

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Stand-up Combination Workshop 2 (diary entry)

11.01.21 My stand-up fighting course with the Athena School of Karate continued with the second combination. We warmed up by going through the last week’s combination at a steady pace. Tonight’s combination was a set up for a high kick  whereas the previous one featured two body kicks and a low kick, so it was a good way to get the hips mobile and to prepare for the big kick. I also made a point about swapping out the high […]

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Lengthy Combos and Superman Punches (diary entry)

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05.01.21 Tonigth my teacher consultancy continued with pre-lesson prep on Dutch-inspired kickboxing combinations. We revised the first two taught last week and I introduced two more. The new combinations included a lengthy one that brought in aspects from the first two – slip/crosses, slip/hooks and hook/body kicks – and a kick-based one that was more traditional Muay Thai in flavour.

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Recovery Road and Lead Thai Round Kicks

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04.01.21 The eighth hour of my two clients’ current online course had us go back through the earlier combinations. One of my clients you will recall is currently recovering from surgery so he is having to adapt some of our work. We followed the usual format of 5 x 10 minute rounds. The first round consisted of warm-up exercises. The next four rounds brought up to combination five. We addressed issues with adapting and also the lead round kick. Adaptations […]

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Longer Rounds (diary entry)

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28.11.20 Saturday morning kicked off with the third hour my client’s current Muay Thai for martial arts cross-training course. We went for a totally different format with the rounds this time. The objective was to have the lesson separated into longer periods of uninterupted activity. Round 1 – Warm-up Besides the usual martial arts specific callisthenics and dynamic stretching, this section elevated the heart-rate with footwork, knee-marching and blitzing. Round 2 – Linear Techniques and Principles Everything in this round […]

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Tighter Combinations, Speed, Power and Restriction

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16.11.20 The second hour of my clients’ current 10 hour course, continued more revision on the set Western Boxing combination began at the end of the last course. The two lockdown partners worked together for partner drills, then on the focus mitts and then I divided them up into restrictive training and kicking. The lesson started with a warm-up of callisthenics, dynamic stretching and line-work. Then we shadowed the complete boxing combinations: pendulum step/jab/cross/pendulum step back/parry/parry/slip/lead hook/roll/spleen shot/roll/liver shot/lead hook. […]

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More Superman Punching (diary entry)

27.10.20 My teacher consultation lesson was originally intended to tackle ways to set up the Superman Punch. Although this topic was touched upon, along with feedback on the Bizarro punch, we also took several detours into discussing several self-protection topics for teachers and students such as how violent crimes can dramatically adjust an individual’s morality and the problems with martial arts discussions in general. Superman Punch is generally set up with kicks. This isn’t to say the technique cannot be […]

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Boxing Footwork & Muay Thai (diary entry)

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14.10.20 Wednesday evening focused on developing footwork combinations for kickboxing. Taking a more Dutch-based approach to our Muay Thai, we put together a series of linked attacks from different positions. These all made use of footwork to help create momentum. We began by combining the teep with straight punches and the pendulum step. I also layered on a rear round kick after the jab/hook back-step pivot. Looking at the diamond step we lead with a lead round kick and then […]

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Kickboxing & MMA from the Philly Shell (diary entry)

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15.09.20 My Philly Shell training carried over into my teacher consultation lesson where we looked at bringing together much of what we had covered and integrated into kickboxing. We looked at the pullback/shoulder roll/rear hand parry into the right cross and back-step. From here we covered front kick variation or an inside round kick and then into a diamond step and spleen shot or outside round kick into a liver kick. This combination was then changed for MMA into jab/double […]

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Heavy Bag Guided Workout (diary entry)

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27.07.20 The course in Denmark continued on Monday with the fourth hour of this six hour course. My client’s daughter was away for this lesson so I taught a heavy bag session. Tonight we began with some simple tips on handling the heavy bag. One good piece of advice I was given by the US teacher, Ron Goin, was to use techniques to stop the bag swinging between combinations. Using a spear elbow, spear knee, a long-guard or a teep […]

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