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Introducing Transitions in MMA (diary entry)

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23.01.20   My Junior MMA course reached its second hour on Thursday night. Last week served as an introduction to the three ranges and the qualities that made them MMA rather than their composite disciplines. This week we began to look at the all-important area of transitions.   We warmed up with MMA callisthenics and dynamic stretching before moving onto mirror footwork. Here we looked at switching levels and checking ranges with jabs and teeps. Next we moved onto assessing […]

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Micro Ranges in MMA (diary entry)

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11.01.20   We reached the eight and half hour point of my client’s MMA course, looking a lot at Dirty Boxing tactics to manipulate ranges.   We warmed up with some basic callisthenics before a five minute round of light MMA. During this round I used a lot of clinching and dirty boxing techniques in order to illustrate some the points we would cover later.   We then revised the slap-down parry entry into the collar-tie punching. At this point […]

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Arm Bars from Mount & MMA Overview (diary entry)

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08.01.20 My junior and senior regular double lesson resumed for 2020 with a focus on the arm-bar from mount for the junior class and an overall look at MMA with component sparring rounds for the senior class. The junior class began with some simple ground-fighting callisthenic exercises – crawls and snaking (hip escape). We then drilled the pin transitions from each side. Next we moved onto the mount which is the final original pin of the drill. From here I […]

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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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All Ranges MMA (diary entry)

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11.12.19   Wednesday night saw my ongoing junior Submission Grappling and senior Mixed Martial Arts lessons. We continued our work on escaping the North-South position in the first class and I covered various areas in all three ranges of MMA in my second class.   We warmed up with stationary specific ground-grappling movements. This includes upas, snaking, sit-outs and lizard push-ups. Then we went straight to the North-South escape. We worked more on getting the upa movement structurally strong. Details […]

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MMA Footwork & Timing (diary entry)

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07.12.19   The seven hour point of my client’s MMA course on Saturday looked at layering the entire game at each range.   We warmed up with partner-work from the off. This began with mirror footwork. Here we looked at some advanced movements, such as the diamond step, back-peddling, the Thai knee hop and the forward slide. We then switched levels before staying at a low level for an extended period of time, testing agility at wrestling range. Next we […]

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Ground-Fighting Workshop (diary entry)

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23.11.19   This Saturday I taught a special 2-hour workshop for the Oxford School of Martial Arts on Ground-Fighting. My mandate was to help prepare prospective candidates for the last half hour of their black belt karate grading, focusing on one specific area. This grading involves 30 minutes of non-stop low rules sparring whereby it is highly likely that the candidates will end up on the ground and fighting from their backs. My approach to preparing these students was to […]

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Striking to Grappling Combinations (diary entry)

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14.11.19   My Thursday evening class brought my client up to the two and a half hour point of his Mixed Martial Arts course. We trained four combinations looking at striking entries to grappling.   The lesson warmed up with callisthenics specific to MMA and agility drills working footwork, takedowns and top position movement on the ground. We then began our series of MMA combinations. These combinations are specifically aimed to attain a strong grappling position.   The first combination […]

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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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Working the Attack (diary)

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23.10.19   Tonight my client continued work on Mixed Martial Arts. We covered several combinations and concentrated on specific areas such as fighting with the back against the cage. Our main area of focus was developing my client’s general attack and offensive skills.   We warmed up with some specific dynamic stretches and callisthenics before hitting the agility ladders and cones. Agility ladder drills were super-set with fluid shadow boxing/wrestling movements. The ladder drills included chopping in different directions and […]

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Pin Transitions & MMA Combinations Continue (diary entry)

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09.10.19 Junior Basic Submission Grappling and Senior Mixed Martial Arts were Wednesday’s second lessons.  Submission Grappling finished the pinning drill. Mixed Martial Arts revised three combinations from last week’s lesson and introduced a new one as well three rounds of pad-work followed by a round of MMA sparring.   Submission Grappling re-confirmed the pins already covered as well as strong transitioning. Then I introduced the knee-pin, reverse scarf-hold and the mounted position. We went over the importance of filling in […]

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Wrestling & MMA (diary entry)

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18.09.19 The junior and senior team of nephew and uncle saw stand-up grappling moving towards a temporary close and more MMA combination work respectively. After a brief warm-up of callisthenics and dynamic stretching the junior lesson was straight in with bulling, pummelling and various two-person drills. We revised takedown defence and various other tactics. Then we moved onto the two-handed shoulder throw. The lesson was finished with 2 x 2 minute rounds of stand-up grappling. The senior lesson linked various […]

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Vagabond Warriors August 2019 (diary entry)

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25.08.19   Vagabond Warriors cross training workshop focused on Muay Thai today. We trained in various examples of how the art can create useful attributes for Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defence. As is always the procedure, we fully immersed ourselves in the art and looked at adaptation later.   The main areas I suggested and coached today as being rich sources of cross-training material were the blending of ranges in combinations, general brutal efficiency and powerful low kicks.   Training […]

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Stand-up & Ground Fighting (diary entry)

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27.03.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team continued work in Muay Thai and MMA top position ground-fighting. The former addressed improving combination work, introduced the spinning elbow and back kick, whereas the latter worked on developing positions and striking set-ups for submissions.   The junior lesson began with a walk through of punch-kick combinations and clinch-work. Then we moved onto kick-catching and counters. This led us onto the spinning elbow set-up. We used this off a jab, off a […]

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Dominating from the Top Position (diary entry)

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20.03.19   Tonight I had a special hour and a half lesson with my veteran client. We continued training MMA ground fighting, focusing on the top position that was introduced last week.   The warm-up consisted of various ground crawling and snaking movements before moving onto a transitioning drill. This drill was then layered with submissions. It was then layered with strikes. We worked a lot on capturing arms and keeping the hips low throughout the transitions. Next we looked […]

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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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