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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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Peek-a-Boo & the Art of Good Head Movement (diary entry)

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12.06.2018   The fourth hour of my client’s 5:30 a.m. sessions in Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training brought more emphasis on upper-body mobility. We spent a lot of time on the slip, coordinating it with footwork and the basic 1-2 combination. Then I introduced the peek-a-boo guard as well as bobbing and weaving.   The lesson began with mirror footwork. This teaches better dynamic movement when facing an opponent, anticipating and predicting actions as well as understanding […]

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Leading Footwork (diary entry)

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30.05.2018   This morning marked my client’s second lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued to develop footwork and the jab, and I introduced the cross. He also had an opportunity to engage in some light sparring.   Training began with some muscle activation exercises. After some mobility exercises, we did some squats and movement patterns. I encouraged keeping movement on the toes and engaging the leg muscles. Then we began the footwork training in earnest. […]

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Footwork and the Jab

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24.05.2018   Second early bird training this week with the usual 5:30 a.m. start and my client’s first lesson in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training.   We immediately began with footwork – forwards, backwards, sideways and v-stepping. This was trained first in a standard freeway as a warm-up exercise. Then markers were introduced and we also used a tyre to discipline maintaining a strong stance throughout the movement. Next, we tested it with a cornering game. Attention was made […]

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Clinch and Sweep (diary entry)

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17.05.18   Tonight was the penultimate lesson in my client’s second course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We continued our work with the clinch and exclusive worked in and around this range. We also spent the majority of the lesson going through three sweeps.   Warm-up began with mirror footwork, which progressed onto pad-work. We went through a series of punching, kicking and punch-kick combinations that all ended with achieving a clinch position. The purpose of this […]

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Combat Grappling Begins (diary entry)

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10.05.18 We reached the eighth hour point of my client’s 10 hour course on Basic Self-Protection held at 5:30 a.m. We continued with the anti-grappling taught in the previous lesson, moving into combat grappling. The lesson began with a revision with the eye-gouging/head-butt/elbow strike combination. Then we moved onto side headlocks. The side headlock is a primal grappling technique in that it is a very instinctive move for a human to use. Therefore, it is a likely if a fight […]

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Specific Sparring for Transitions (diary entry)

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09.05.18   The transitional series of MMA lessons looked a lot at pressure tonight. We began with various specific exercises, dealing with the three transitions and four postures. These were layered with techniques. We tried moving backwards and forwards along the mats whilst moving into submission holds. Stand-up work focused on Western Boxing and Muay Thai set-ups. Next week we might bring in some takedown entries and combination that link the postures. After applying strikes from all the postures and […]

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Kingham Kickers (diary entry)

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09.05.18   Today’s lesson at Kingham Hill School was supposed to address anti-grappling, but I decided to focus on a few striking fundamentals before moving onto this section of the training. We looked at developing power in the straight hand strike, revising pre-emption and recovery before moving onto kicks.   The class warmed up going through the basic postures and transitions off the ground, increasing intensity with each repetition. They then moved onto coaching one another on the focus mitts. […]

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Complete Combat Movement (diary entry)

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02.05.18 Work continued tonight on combat transitioning. We warmed up with movements from the back, seated, kneeling and footwork. After going through a few fundamental details, we added in punching combinations and kicking. Next we looked at the hook-guard and how it worked within the first transition. We revised the half-guard/butterfly guard flow drill, which was then used as method to train the hook-guard/butterfly guard flow drill. Here we went back over attacking with a knee-bar. Everything was then brought […]

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The Cover at Kingham (diary entry)

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02.05.2018   My third lesson teaching self-protection/MMA at Kingham Hill School brought the entire class onto the in-fight problem of regaining the initiative. We began with an overview of the cover, which successfully tested to everyone’s satisfaction. The rules of using the cover were explained – namely that it is a recovery and temporary tool used to regain the initiative whilst recovering from an attack, the cover position of the hands must remain mobile and the person covering must move […]

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Second Self-Protection Lesson at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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25.04.2018   Today’s afternoon lesson was the second in Kingham Hill’s Basic Self-Protection/MMA course. We began with some simple fence targeting and target familiarisation. These exercises are designed to train a robust and legal way to set up a pre-emptive strike. I do this as a touch-contact drill to reinforce the behaviour to hit realistic targets. This is then overlapped with hitting the focus mitts.     We discussed intent and the anaerobic nature of striking for self-defence. This was […]

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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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