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Bobbing and Overhands (diary entry)

English: Butterfly-punch Français : Coup de po...

28.10.15 This is the fourth lesson in my client’s second course on Western Boxing for Cross Training in the Martial Arts. After revising the straight punching concepts taught in the previous three lessons, we moved onto the overhand right. This punch is a form of looping cross, which gained recognition when Rocky Marciano used it as his knockout punch, “Suzie Q”. Long thought to be just a sloppy swing of the same ilk as the haymaker, the punch has found […]

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Progressive Technique and Conditioning (diary entry)

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19.10.15   My client booked a one-off training session focusing on evolutionary combative methods and conditioning. We began with Western Boxing, working on basic footwork to promote coordination. Here my client learns the basics of moving whilst striking in different directions. He fed back to me the surprising aerobic and anaerobic demands of learning these skills, which reinforces my current belief that coordination training is good cardio. It also makes sense to cover it early in training. It is good […]

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Wrist Locks & to Gi or not to Gi (diary entry)

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02.09.15 As I have explained before, when it comes to wrist-locks I do not see them as a primary fighting method in most violent situations and I don’t teach them as part of my basic self-protection or basic cross-training methods, unless there is a specific need/requirement. This isn’t to dismiss their efficiency or legitimacy as a fighting tactic. All the major wrist lock techniques have a long and respectable documented history in European, American and Asian martial arts. Outside of […]

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Martial Arts Scepticism: Taking it on the Chin and Listening to Fools

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We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield. —George Orwell (1946) The process of martial arts training can be a […]

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