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Junior MMA & Western Boxing (diary entry)

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27.02.20   My junior MMA client has reached her seventh hour where we looked MMA from a Western Boxing perspective.   After a warm-up, we went through a full footwork pattern – forwards, backwards, sideways left, sideways right, v-step left, v-step right, v-step switch stance and v-step pivot. These movements were then mirrored with me and then we added on jabbing and jab/cross as well as switching levels.   Going to the focus mitts, we looked at several Western Boxing […]

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MMA at Kingham Hill Begins (diary entry)

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27.02.20   Thursday evening began with Kingham Hill’s first Mixed Martial Arts lesson. I introduced the class of mixed ages and abilities to the three ranges of fighting. We did some shadow work and then some pad-work.   After a warm-up we began with the stand-up stance and guard. From here we went through a simple footwork pattern – two steps forward, two back, two to the left and two to the right. This was then performed in a lower […]

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Guard Passing in Submission Grappling and Boxing in MMA (diary entry)

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26.02.20   Wednesday night’s junior Submission Grappling looked at guard passing and the senior MMA took a Western Boxing perspective.   Junior Submission Grappling covered going through the closed guard after our usual specific callisthenic warm-up. The warm-up involved a sit-out exercise that promoted the coordination of stepping through and back with the legs, something that would be crucial in the guard passing technique. The pass was one first taught to me by Kevin Webb back when I was training […]

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Developing MMA Foundations (diary entry)

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25.02.20   Tuesday night’s first private lesson began my client’s first MMA course. He has got this to this point having completed 10 hour one-to-one individual courses in Western Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling as well as two 10 hour courses on Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting.   The purpose of his first lesson was to build strong connections between the different ranges and to condition him the fast shifting between levels. The art of the sport of MMA is in its transitioning; […]

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Taking it to the Wall and Back! (diary entry)

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13.02.20   Thursday night brought my Junior MMA course up to the 5 hour point. Tonight we went through a range of warm-up and callisthenic techniques my client can use in her home training as well techniques for closing the distance, clinching, working against the wall and fighting from the top position in the guard.   The warm-up began with dynamic stretches, shadow boxing and agility ladder drills for all ranges. From here we used strikes to clinch and perform […]

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Shoulder Lock and Chaining MMA Techniques (diary entry)

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12.02.20   Wednesday night’s Junior Submission Grappling addressed the coil lock/omoplata/sankaku garami from closed guard and chaining together all ranges in senior MMA.   The first lesson began with revision on the arm-bar and the triangle choke from closed guard. Then we addressed attacking the scapula in a triangle entanglement similar to Kimura but performed using the legs. We addressed the importance of engaging the core muscles and gripping the mid-section when rolling into the final submission position. The first […]

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Khabib’s Ground ‘n Pound (diary entry)

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05.02.20 Wednesday night covered the triangle choke from the basic guard for my Junior Submission Grappling client and my senior MMA client focused on the reverse Kimura takedown to submission as well fighting against the wall. My junior client revised his arm-bar training from the previous lesson, including both the muscle memory drill and the technical set-up. Then we moved on the triangle choke from guard. The set up involves timing a push and pull action with the opponent’s arms […]

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MMA Technical Overview (diary entry)

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24.01.20   My client’s final lesson in this MMA course consisted of a technical review of most of the material covered. We did not cover techniques against the cage/wall, but did cover certain aspects that have transferrable value.   The lesson began with a series of gentle callisthenics and dynamic stretching. We then switched to mirror footwork and switching levels. From here we began using the pawing jab from Western Boxing. This allowed the fighter to gauge distance whilst distracting […]

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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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