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The Blitz (diary entry)

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05.12.18 Tonight I began a course on Kickboxing (Muay Thai) for my junior client and my veteran senior client focused on blitzing in MMA.   The junior class introduced a change in guard from the peek-a-boo that we have been covering Western Boxing. My client now adopted a high Thai-style guard, but retained peek-a-boo’s more square-on stance. He also learnt a higher, narrower stance along with the unique rocking movement found in Muay Thai. From here we went back through […]

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Anaconda’s Bite Too (diary entry)

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01.12.18   This morning my client began his third general Mixed Martial Art course. We do not have a specific theme at present, but are moving off from concepts covered towards the end of the previous series of lessons. Having worked on the various stand-up guards, we are now training the way the different ranges work together. Today’s training was centred on the double-leg takedown – covering stand-up striking, takedown defence, striking inside the clinch and the anaconda choke.   […]

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MMA Stand up Guards Continues (diary entry)

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15.11.18   My client reached the final hour of his second Mixed Martial Arts course today. He has decided to continue the training with a third course, exploring the use of the stand-up guard. Tonight we looked at the mid-level guard and the low guard. Again, as with the high guard, one of the immediate problems presented by MMA guard as opposed to Muay Thai or Western Boxing guards is the size of the gloves. We worked using footwork more […]

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The MMA Guard (diary entry)

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10.11.2018   This morning brought my client up to the ninth hour of his second 10 hour course on Mixed Martial Arts. Based on last lesson’s sparring we decided to move on from half-guard and to look at stand-up guards in MMA. This lesson focused entirely on the high (Muay Thai) guard.   We warmed up with some dynamic stretching exercises, which included various MMA specific movements to work through striking and grappling positions. This led onto mirror footwork, which […]

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Takedown set-ups in MMA (diary entry)

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29.09.18   My client reached the two and a half hour point of his scheduled second 10 hour course in Mixed Martial Arts. Today’s lesson was a complete run-through of all ranges with less time concerned with the ground. We looked at mainly punching entries – but later added on kicks and defended kicks – into takedowns.   We began with mirror foot-work. This progressed to changing levels, upper body movement (slips and rolling), range finding and cues to sprawl. […]

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MMA Escapes and Submissions Begin (diary entry)

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01.09.18   This morning was my client’s penultimate lesson is a scheduled 10 hour course on MMA Ground-Fighting. After some discussion, we have decided to extend the course due to the sophisticated nature of submission fighting. Today we focused on basic escapes and began guard-work.   The warm-up was entirely geared towards callisthenics from underneath – snaking, bridging and crab-crawls. We then did a partner warm-up using bridges (upas) from underneath side-control.   We looked at escapes from four major […]

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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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MMA Stacking (diary entry)

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18.08.18 This morning my client’s course finished at the five and a half hour point of his course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. This one hour lesson was entirely focused on fighting inside the guard. We trained standing up in the guard, stacking, passing, punching combinations and transitioning into submissions. We began with top position callisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-leg bear crawls, lizard crawls, frog jumps and monkey crawls – followed by bottom position callisthenics – snakes and crab crawls […]

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Triple C Fitness Training (diary entry)

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17.08.18 Tonight began the first of two scheduled group lessons from my Triple C (Chimera Combat Conditioning) Fitness programme. My clients were a range of ages, experience and abilities. The session was fun with a mixture of basic techniques from Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Submission Grappling. All callisthenic, dynamic stretching and mobility exercises were specific for these sports and their over-arching discipline of Mixed Martial Arts. We began with some simple all over movement exercises to loosen up […]

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Striking from Knee-Pin & Mount (diary entry)

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04.08.18   This morning, my client completed the third hour of his 10 hour course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. We focused combinations from the knee-pin and mounted position, and then tied them together in a complete conditioning exercise to promote technique muscle-memory.   Today’s training method was to establish the pin, isolate strikes from the pin, put the strikes into a combination, add on appropriate submissions and then link the pins. Strikes and submissions were taught as a means […]

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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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Pawing Jab for Dirty Boxing (diary entry)

23.06.18   We reach the six-hour point of my client’s course on Dirty Boxing/MMA Stand-up. Today I took a layering approach to three areas of restriction, which we revisited twice before moving onto MMA sparring. All of this was surrounding the concept of the pawing jab.   The pawing jab is a setting up technique. That is its specific purpose. Jabs are not commonly used as knockout moves, but it does happen. There is the shifting version favoured by the […]

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Over-Hook Double-Arm Trap (diary entry)

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20.06.18   Tonight my client continued with our theme on trapping. We continued down our old school boxing route and explored a technique taught by the early 20th century world champion, “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, adding to it from an MMA perspective.   We warmed up with mirror footwork. Then we combined clinching and breakaways, setting up various basic strikes. This moved into plumb and pummelling exercises, and finally a couple of rounds of wrestling sparring.   Previously we used the […]

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Create the Trap, Find the Clinch (diary entry)

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31.05.2018 Tonight, my client continued his Dirty Boxing/Stand up Mixed Martial Arts course and we made it to the three-hour mark. After a preliminary warm-up we did some basic wrestling drills. This was to build up a familiarity with gripping and clinching positions. We drilled collar and elbow ties, over-hook/under-hook pummelling and arm-drags. Then we moved onto some grip-fighting sparring, emphasising circling to break and regain holds. Next, taking Roberto Duran as inspiration, we engaged in some boxing sparring. Here […]

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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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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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