Tag Archives | Mixed martial arts

Junior MMA Begins (diary entry)

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16.01.20   On Thursday my junior client began her Mixed Martial Arts course having completed all the four recommended component parts as 10 hour private lessons over a one year period. We touched upon all three ranges, linking in techniques covered within the four disciplines already taught.   We warmed up with a range of specific callisthenics for stand-up, clinch and ground. Then we moved onto the stand-up range on focus mitts. From jabbing high and low I taught jab […]

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Dirty Boxing for MMA Stand-up (Diary Entry)

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18.12.19   Wednesday night was my junior and senior clients’ last lesson before the Christmas break. The junior private class covered escapes from the knee-pin and the reverse scarf-hold for Submission Grappling. The senior class focused on dirty boxing techniques for Mixed Martial Arts.   The junior class began with a series of stationary callisthenics specific for submission grappling. We then looked at defence against the knee-pin. Key points for this defence were to secure the knee joint and 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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Exiting July with a Teep (diary entry)

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31.07.19   Wednesday night the nephew and uncle double lesson got underway with lowline takedowns for the junior section and advanced Muay Thai combination work for the senior section.   Both classes warmed up on the agility ladders and cones. The senior lesson included some revision on the L-Step and V-step work. We also looked at using other technique suggestions. The junior class also used the cones to set up for a sprawl double-leg takedown combination. Here we addressed the […]

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Sweep Combinations for Clinch (diary entry)

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23.05.19   Tonight’s lesson brought my client up to the fifth hour of his clinch/stand-up grappling course. We looked more at using sweeps and Judo style takedowns as well as tightening up positioning and an introduction to sparring.   The lesson began with sets of breakfalls and rolls. This was followed with bulling (neck and elbow-tie), pummelling (over-hook, under-hook), drilling arm-drags, drilling arm-drag counters and drilling two-on-one arm holds. Then we did some grip-fighting sparring. This sparring was restricted only […]

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12 Rounds (diary entry)

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22.05.19   Tonight’s junior and senior lesson saw considerable overlap. Both nephew and uncle cover 12 rounds between them on Muay Thai and Western Boxing.   I began the junior lesson with a round of Western Boxing on the focus mitts. This was followed by a round of Muay Thai on the Thai focus mitts. Then we did a round of clinch before we began sparring. This consisted of two rounds of Wester Boxing and two rounds of Muay Thai […]

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Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

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17.03.19 The second of my two workshops taught Sunday 17th March 2019 for Keiryu Practical Karate in Maldon, Essex: “Vagabond Warriors” – Martial Arts Cross Training. As with my children’s workshop session, Lee Mullan, who heads Keiryu, has done a great job in garnering support from other forward thinking traditional karate clubs. The attendance for this course included teachers from Shinkyu Martial Arts, Do He Dai Shotokan Karate and Forest Schools of Karate amongst others. Lee and his Keiryu outfit […]

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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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Cross Training Angles (diary entry)

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12.01.19   My first lesson of the day brought this client up to four and a half hour mark on what has becoming a course dedicated entirely to Martial Arts Cross Training without focusing on one particular discipline. We used 12 basic stick angles from Eskrima and then went through elbow and punching applications. Not every angle was accounted for, but we focused on representation of the slashing, horizontal, smash-down, chop, backward and side elbows as well as overhands and […]

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Boxing & MMA (diary entry)

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03.10.18 Tonight I taught the fourth junior lesson in my Basic Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training course and my regular senior Mixed Martial Arts lesson. In the former we continued working on coordinating head movement, footwork and building combinations. In the latter we looked at various clinch and takedown combinations.   The boxing continued with the peek-a-boo style. We began with mirror footwork, slipping, ducking and rolling. Next we brought out the focus mitts and looked at form. We […]

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MMA Guard-Work (diary entry)

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25.08.18 This morning my client completed his seventh hour of a 10 hour course on MMA Ground-Fighting. We continued our work on fighting from the top position in the guard and then began work from the guard position for MMA. Striking and defending strikes from these positions is an art unto itself, requiring a lot of work looking at how to transition effectively. We warmed up with both top and bottom position callisthenics. Bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, lizard crawls, […]

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North-South and Fighting in the Guard (diary entry)

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13.08.18   My client’s course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting reached the four and a half hour point. Tonight we continued work on the top position, adding in some extra options from side control and working on the north-south pin. We then began looking at fighting inside the guard.   Warm-up consisted of a series of mainly top position calisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, frog jumps, monkey crawls, lizard crawls, press-up jumps, row walks, knee-pin transitions, seal crawls […]

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Ground ‘n Pound Begins! (diary entry)

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26.07.2018   This evening saw the beginning of my client’s first lesson in MMA ground-fighting. As the title suggests, this will involve both striking and submission work from top and underneath positions. My starting point for this course was to look at establishing strong pins and transitioning through pins to work the top position. In order to do this the fighter needs to have specifically trained core muscles. He needs to be able to coordinate weight distribution, maintain firm stability […]

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MMA at Kingham Hill

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13.06.18   Today’s lesson at Kingham Hill School shifted our attention from self-defence to Mixed Martial Arts. It was time to look at this training in earnest and within the context of the mainstream sport. We warmed up with a series of aerobic specific training exercises – blitz running, reaction direction test, sprawl/knee burpees, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls.   I then taught the jab from a Western Boxing perspective. This technique sets up a tremendous amount and its importance cannot […]

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Transitional Sparring (diary entry)

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16.05.18   Tonight’s lesson with my longest consecutively training client looked more on putting all the transitioning training together. The warm-up began with mirror footwork, going through all postures – off the back, seated, kneeling and standing. We angled off for v-steps, attacked and drew attacks. This progressed into clinching through postures, drilling grips with strikes and strikes into takedowns, takedowns from different lines of attacks and submissions from the ground.   This moved onto the focus mitts and we […]

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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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