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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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Discipline in Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

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30.09.20 Clubb Chimera Martial Arts “When Parent’s Aren’t Around” children’s self-protection online webinar course returned to Forest School of Karate on Wednesday to cover the topic of discipline. This tenet is defined as a willingness and determination to learn certain habits as part of one’s lifestyle. Maintaining training is imperative in order for an individual to be better prepared to defend themselves against violence. Hard skills taught in this lesson were the pre-emptive strike, forward pressure, incidental combinations, target familiarisation, […]

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Guest Teaching Speed, Evasion & Multiple Attack (diary entry)

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30.04.20   On Thursday the Oxford School of Martial Arts booked me to take a video class. 30 students logged on to train along to a self-defence visualisation/restricted training lesson. As is always the case with this club, the enthusiasm and energy was great.   We began with some dynamic stretching and then performed a few basic techniques at increasing speed. Techniques included straight strikes, hooks and knee marching.   I then covered some simple speed training exercises that can […]

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Muay Thai for Karate Cross Training Workshop (diary entry)

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08.02.20   The Oxford School of Martial Arts kindly booked me for a two-hour clinic on Muay Thai tactics for Karate sparring. Quite simply, black belt gradings for these particular schools include a half hour fortitude test where conventional sport karate rules are abandoned in favour of a virtual no-holds-barred format (contact to the head is light and foul techniques are carefully monitored). I have previously taught a ground-fighting workshop with this in mind. This time we looked at the […]

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Danish Vagabonds Part 1 (diary entry)

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08.11.19 I was delighted to be invited back to teach to Hinnerup Karate for a second time. Since I was last in Denmark both my cross-training programme, “Vagabond Warriors”, and my children’s self-protection programme “When Parents Aren’t Around” has considerably progressed. “Vagabond Warriors” Cross-Training Martial Arts Workshop in Denmark (Part 1) Vagabond Warriors is the Clubb Chimera Martial Arts approach to cross-training. We use a Single Objective Path diagram to illustrate how an individual may cross-train in order to get […]

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Sparring Drills (diary entry)

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14.09.19 My first Saturday morning client completed his sixth hour in stand-up striking. We have decided to keep this course within the stand-up striking range and concentrate on MMA in the next course. Warm-ups consisted of agility and coordination work. We moved through the ladders, increasing step cadence and working off angles. The cones allowed for L-steps, V-steps and switch-hitting. Then we went into one-for-one partner warm-ups. This included teep exchanges, jab exchanges and combination exchanges before moving onto focus […]

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Hip Throw Intro (diary entry)

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09.07.19   Tuesday night was the penultimate hour of my client’s Basic Course on the Clinch. We revised much of the previous material, including combination work and takedown defence before I introduced the hip throw.   Training began with break-falls and rolls followed by sprawling and shadowing low level takedowns (double and single leg). We then moved onto bulling and pummelling, drilling outer reap throws, waist-lock takedowns, arm-drags, two-on-ones and suplexes.   The lesson finished with a study of the […]

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Putting Elbows to the Test (diary entry)

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19.03.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the seventh hour of his course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We concentrated mainly on the remaining elbow strikes.   The warm-up consisted of the usual specific mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and callisthenics. We then changed to mirror footwork, looking at placing techniques and gauging distances using teeps. Next we went through the basic punch, kick and knee combinations covered in previous lessons. Moving back onto the […]

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Force Vector Combat Conditioning (diary entry)

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11.03.19   This evening’s lesson brought my client up to his sixth hour of Combat Conditioning. We focused on pulling and pressing actions involved in martial arts actions covering stand-up, clinch and ground. This was followed by two 5 minute rounds of MMA sparring.   The lesson began with a series of callisthenic exercises and dynamic stretches. This was then followed with line-work drills covering different stances and techniques. We first moved footwork from Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling […]

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Intercept rather than Block (diary entry)

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th09.03.19   The second lesson of the morning was the second hour of my junior clients Basic Course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We revised previous material and focused a lot on hand positioning, the high guard and introduced the round kick.   The lesson began with some basic specific calisthenics and mobility exercises. We then moved onto footwork and going through the four-punch combination to blend in kicks, knees and other techniques. Here I adjusted hand […]

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FMA Concepts and Research (diary entry)

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09.02.19   The first of this morning’s lessons was a special two-hour lesson. This brought my client up to the 8 hour point of this 10 hour course in Martial Arts Cross Training. We are using Southeast Asian weapon concepts to develop attributes for Mixed Martial Arts and unarmed Self-Defence training. Previously we have been mainly looking at the use of angled strikes and also footwork. This lesson looked more at transitioning through postures via stick-work and trapping principles.   […]

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More Elbows (diary entry)

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16.01.19 Tonight’s double lesson – one junior, one senior – continued to look at elbow strikes. The junior lesson concentrated on their place in Muay Thai and also introduced the clinch. The senior lesson concentrated on cross-training in general and dealt with various ranges and disciplines from weapons to MMA ground-work. The junior lesson began with a quick revision of punch/kick combinations at different ranges. We tightened up the guard and balancing considerations. Then I introduced the switch-kick. The horizontal […]

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Cross-Training in Action (diary entry)

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02.01.19   The first two official private lessons of the year saw the uncle and nephew team train inter-discipline connections and principles. Trite, pseudo-philosophical paradoxes to one side, sometimes you do need to go back to the beginning in order to move forward. My junior client was taught the behavioural connection between peek-a-boo slip/punching and the “Dracula” guard, and my senior client was taught the behavioural connections between the fence, angling off in general and various cover tactics.   My […]

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Improving Impact & Friendly Resistance

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10.10.18   Today’s first lesson was the second class of my second term at Kingham Hill School. We continued our work on the fence, did some transitioning training and restrictive training. The lesson was all about owning the straight rear hand strike.   We began with some simple escape exercises and reaction tests. The class students switched directions whilst running, covered and shadow boxed. They then ran in different directions and worked to escape one another. Then they did some […]

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Report on the Cross Training Seminar Worcester (diary)

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23.09.18   The second seminar of the day hosted by Kajuen ryu Ju Jutsu focused on martial arts cross training. There was no way I was going to get through everything and sadly we didn’t get to do as much sparring/pressure-testing coaching as I would have liked, but this was easily offset by the enthusiastic students in attendance. Once again, they were a credit to Peter Jones and also the now maturing subculture of progressive traditional martial artists that take […]

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More Head Movement (diary entry)

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19.06.18   The fifth hour of my client’s early morning Basic Course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training continued the focus on bringing hooks into the structures established in the first three lessons. Although footwork was covered, more attention was placed on upper body mobility and using it for the purpose of better application of techniques.   We began with some mirror footwork. Here I emphasised developing keener observation and reaction skills. I encouraged my client to look […]

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