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Footwork Trilogy Conclusion (diary entry)

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22.04.18   This morning’s lesson was my client’s final two hours of a 10 hour course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training. We revised head movement, which had been his primary interest when he first booked my services, and then focused the majority of the lesson on integrating footwork patterns. We looked at the L-Step and then the V-Step. Regular readers will note that this completes the trilogy of my lessons this week that have focused on the latter […]

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Kicking Flexibility for Muay Thai (diary entry)

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14.04.18   This lesson brought my client up to the four and a half hour point of his second Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross-Training. The main focus of the lesson was to improve flexibility for kicking and improve kick-based combinations.   We warmed up with mirror footwork and then did some kick placement before moving onto dynamic stretching. This included Cossack stretches and split-squats, which serve as good callisthenic as well as mobility exercises. We also performed a series […]

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Kick Smuggling (diary entry)

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07.04.18   This morning brought my client’s second course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training up the three hour point. We continued worked on setting up kicks and introducing advanced kicking techniques.   The warm-up began with mirror foot-work. This included forward, backward and v-stepping actions. We looked for targets and how to expose an opponent to attacks. We made a distinction between Western Boxing and Muay Thai by focusing the way Muay Thai covers and takes ground, […]

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Four Postures, Three Transitions, One Fight (diary entry)

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06.04.18 Tonight’s special double lesson took an in depth look at the four postures and three transitions of fighting. This was all mainly taken with an MMA context. We spent time looking more at travelling movement through the postures as well as the usual single transitions. After a period of dynamic stretching and training specific calisthenics we began going through the postures.   Four Postures: Standing – Stand-up Fighting and Clinch range Kneeling/Half-Kneeling – Combat Base for Ground Fighting Range […]

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Mobility in Transitional Fighting (diary entry)

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28.03.2018   Tonight we looked at incorporating more movement into our transitional drills for MMA. We began with a series of warm-up exercises in each of the postures, which promoted fluid transitioning. Then we built on boxing punching combinations to each posture in isolation and then through full transition – from lying on the back to a standing fighting stance. We then brought in travelling movement – footwork for standing and associated travelling movements for fighting from the back (snaking/shrimping), […]

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Kicking it up (Diary entry)

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21.03.18   Transitioning through postures rounded off the revisions with work on kicking through postures and then we pressure-tested the different postures in specific sparring.   The lesson began with our current regular warm-up of various movement exercises in the four postures. We then transitioned from each posture in isolation before combining them into one fluid movement of getting from the back to the feet without put our hands down.   The kicking transition began with using the rear leg […]

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Boxing Inside and Outside (diary entry)

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19.03.18   I have embedded several highly recommended training and learning videos I currently follow on YouTube to compliment certain points and concepts outlined in this particular diary entry.   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the eight and a half hour point of his second course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We have been primarily focused on developing better mobility and integrating it into different tactics. I haven’t especially focused on one strategy, but looked […]

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Shadowing and Isolating Movement (diary entry)

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14.03.18   Please forgive the vagueness of this diary entry, but my work here has become quite in depth and is mainly concerned with the refinement of a training drill. Therefore, it is written in a note form. Tonight’s lesson continued the transitioning through postures theme for martial arts cross-training. We are using the same drills that have been formulated over the past few weeks and continuously going back to the base postures.   We warmed with individual postures as […]

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Fight to the Feet Continues to Develop (diary entry)

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07.03.18   Tonight we made more progress with our transitional series of lessons. This area of training is planned to be at the core of the upcoming Vagabond Warriors seminar. We warmed up with dynamic stretching and mobility exercises before getting straight into postures. Here we moved through the postures with strict form. Then we isolated each one to perform specific exercises:   • Posture one (closed guard position and fighting from the back): Bridging (upa), snaking/shrimping on the spot, […]

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Tyres and Bobbing (diary entry)

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06.03.18 Tonight’s session was my client’s second lesson in his first course Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised basic footwork drills and slipping to the inside and to the outside. This was done using tyres, obstacles and as mirror partner-work. Tyres were initially used just promote better coordination, but it can be a very effective form of restrictive training when used for partner-work. Here the fighter is forced to move effectively and economically. It encourages faster and […]

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Developing Footwork (diary entry)

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05.03.18   My client’s second course on Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training brought him up to the seven hour mark. Building off this course, where we have focused on upper body mobility and defensive tactics, we looked more at footwork and looping punches.   The lesson began with our revision of combining footwork with head movement. This was trained through line-work, then as partner-work and then onto the focus mitts. Techniques and combinations were trained in isolation and […]

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Punches, Kicks, Submissions and Takedowns through Postures (diary entry)

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28.02.2018   The second lesson of the day continued my long-time client’s transitional combative applications. We continued to go over and develop drills. Training began with the deck squat base exercise and then we broke up the various connection points used for fighting through postures. Next the humble jab was used as the single technique to transition through the postures. We began with a double jab, overlapping the second jab across the postures. Then, in order to promote faster and […]

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Taster Lesson at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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28.02.2018   Today’s first lesson was a taster session for Kingham Hill School. The event was well-attended by students aged 16-17 years. My mandate is to deliver a course of self-protection/Mixed Martial Arts. I usually like to teach a strict 10 hour course of self-defence first before moving onto martial arts disciplines, but I appreciate the structure and audience is quite different in this respect and these lessons are more akin to a club format. Therefore, I have decided to […]

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Flurry and Clinch (diary entry)

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24.02.18   This lesson in my client’s second course in boxing for martial arts cross training brought us up to the five and a half hour point. The purpose of this morning’s training was to work more on blending upper-body mobility with footwork and introduce some strategies. Said strategy today highlighted the use of the clinch in Western Boxing.   We began with a warm-up of line-work. First we just isolated footwork. Then we isolated upper-body movement – slipping, bobbing […]

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Galahad’s Goals Part 1 (Podcast)

The latest episode of my podcast is now out! I discuss fruitless martial arts quests and go into my view on what makes an effective self-defence system. I had a few technical issues and decided to split this show into two halves. The length is roughly the same as last time per episode, however, it means you will be getting another episode a lot sooner than I had scheduled. Hopefully that will make up for the tardiness of this one!

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Testing the Transition MMA-style (diary entry)

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21.02.18   As per the previous diary entry, we continued with this project on combative transitioning. This time we started to look at the possibility of having different base drills to teach different tactics, and also included some progressive specific pressure-testing.   We began our transitioning from the warm-up onwards. This started with performing bridges/upa and then sit-ups into a three-punch combination. From here we built on alternate leg-triangles into butterfly guard (mid-range guard) and the three-punch combination again. Then […]

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