Tag Archives | Muay Thai

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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Ron Goin’s Dracula Cover (diary entry)

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05.12.18   Today’s first lesson was the final part of this term’s course for Kingham Hill School. The course has mainly focused on self-defence, as per my mandate. However, once these basic skills were confirmed along with some underpinning information personal security, the group moved onto some attribute training in the form Muay Thai.   In this lesson we looked at some basic defence and counters to common attacks within the sport of Muay Thai. We built up several punch/kick […]

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Sparring (diary entry)

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28.11.18   Today was my Kingham Hill class’s second lesson in Muay Thai as part of their self-protection course. We revised the techniques taught in the previous lesson and introduced sparring.   The warm-up consisted of line-work, dynamic stretching, footwork and guard changing. Then we went onto the focus mitts going through some basic combinations: jab/cross, jab/cross/teep and jab/round kick.   We then went through some basic defensive techniques, such as parries, shin checking and teep clearing. This was prior […]

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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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Outsider’s Point of View (diary entry)

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29.10.18 Tonight’s junior Boxing lesson looked at improving fluidity of footwork and the 11 punch combination. The senior lesson focused on outside fighting for Boxing and Muay Thai. The junior lesson continued with the peek-a-boo style. We worked more on coordinating upper body movement (slipping, ducking, bobbing and weaving) with footwork. I used a restrictive training device to get my client up on his toes for five minutes and then looked at marked improvements afterwards in his performance. We also […]

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Old Combinations, New Combinations (diary entry)

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26.09.18   The fourth half hour junior lesson on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training introduced the hook and some live training. We warmed up with some mirror footwork, building up slipping, ducking and weaving. Jab/cross was then revised on the focus mitts, which was then incorporated with the footwork. I then introduced the hook punch. We trained the lead hook first, paying attention to body mechanics. This was then layered onto the bobbing and weaving head movement […]

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Family Double Lesson (diary entry)

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04.09.18 Tonight I taught an unusual double lesson. The first half was a junior boxing lesson and the second lesson was a Muay Thai class for the student’s uncle. Family training is a great way to improve overall education. The elder family member can encourage and help the youngster and, likewise, the elder family improves by coaching. The western boxing lesson was a beginner’s class especially developed for children. We worked on footwork, upper body mobility, jabs and crosses. Each […]

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Counters plus Knee Bombs and Jumping Kicks (diary entry)

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29.08.18   Continuing with my long-time client’s revision on Muay Thai, we expanded on the basic combinations by looking at counters as a means for re-introducing more advanced techniques.   The warm-up went straight to line-work. We started with the upper body, training straight punches and then adding on hooks and elbows. Next we linked in oblique kicks, teeps, round kicks and knees, off both the front and back legs, gradually increasing the height of the kicks.   Then we […]

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More Oblique Kicking (diary entry)

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22.08.18   My client’s current programme of revisiting basic Muay Thai focused mainly on the oblique kick. This was formally introduced towards the end of last week’s technical lesson.   The warm-up consisted of a series of isolated line-work. We built up individual punches, then punching combinations and then punch/kick/knee/elbow combinations. This moved us onto partner work, where we focused on the clinch. We revised the set-ups for sweeps and diagonal knee-strikes.   Then we began work on the oblique […]

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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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Sweep and Oblique (diary entry)

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15.08.18   Tonight we continued with my clients series of lessons on Muay Thai revision. We are going right back to basic combinations, boiling movement concepts down and looking at certain patterns. This is part refinement of techniques, part layering of new information.   The warm-up consisted of a series of specific exercises designed to promote better body mechanics, speed, muscle memory and general strength conditioning for Muay Thai. We began with mirror and line footwork, along with a little […]

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Duck Walking the Teep (diary entry)

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01.08.2018 I appreciate this might lose me some readers, but my love of hard rock and rock music in general does not extend to AC/DC. It’s not that I cannot appreciate their contribution to music history or respect their status in rock lineage but more a taste issue. Nevertheless, if Angus Young’s version of Chuck Berry’s duck walks works as a point of reference for the Muay Thai switch-kick then I am happy to bring it into the mix…   […]

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Cross Cover when Kicking? (diary entry)

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25.07.18   Tonight my client began a series of classes on Muay Thai. This began with a two hour special lesson. He is my most experienced regular client, but we decided to go back to basics. During the time we have been training together his knowledge and skills have grown considerably, and I have continued to advance my knowledge on coaching methods. We made the decision to focus in detail at the fundamentals of the art, looking at the simplest […]

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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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MMA through the Ranges at Kingham Hill

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20.06.18   Today was the final lesson of this term’s course on Self-Defence/Mixed Martial Arts. Last lesson we switched entirely over to the MMA programme. This lesson offered a mixture of basic footwork, clinch, kicks and submissions.   The warm-up began with various techniques on the move – blitzing/bull-rush forwards, side-step transitioning from stand-up to clinch ranges, sprawl/knee combinations, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls. Everyone then partnered off for some important mirror footwork and coaching. Simple prompts consisted of jab/cross, sprawls, […]

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