Tag Archives | Muay Thai

Deconstructing Basics (diary entry)

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02.03.21 Work continues in my teacher consultancy regarding the progress of sparring/pressure-testing for grades, especially but not exclusively to child students. As my progressive and proactive client suggested, we began at the beginning and looked at where and how sparring should be introduced. Key things to consider would be that gradings would not be a test for everything. A club does not have to have sparring in the first grading and yet students by this stage can be accustomed to […]

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Combination 3 Partner Work (diary entry)

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01.03.21 Monday evening began with hour five of my client’s course on stand-up pad-work. As previously mentioned these are both lockdown partners, one of which is on the road to recovery from a knee injury. The previous course took them through the 14 Muay Thai combination for rhythm and flow. Now we are taking each combination and applying them to the focus mitts. Having a lockdown partner allows for me to coach pad work whilst not holding pads and it […]

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Virtual Focus Mitts on Combos

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27.02.21 Saturday morning’s first lesson was my client’s third hour on training stand-up fighting combinations for rhythm and flow. We are currently going back through all the 14 combinations and training them on virtual focus mitts. These exercises help develop and maintain timing that cannot be acquired through just training the combinations in a shadow boxing. This morning we worked through combinations eight to 10. Combination eight links opposite leg kicks together and finishes with a drawing technique onto a […]

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Combination 2 partner work (diary entry)

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22.02.21 Hour four of my client’s second course on stand-up striking combinations continued her and her lockdown partner’s work on transferring shadow boxing to focus mitts. We looked at combination two, which is short and deals with chasing an opponent off landing a powerful head kick at its climax. Her lockdown partner is doing well with his recovery, but we adapted the head kick to a calf kick. This combination also introduces the same side cross and kick dynamic. The […]

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Tightening up the Virtual Pad-Work (diary entry)

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20.02.21 Saturday morning’s lesson saw my client focus entirely on combinations 6 and 7. This is the second hour of his new 10 hour course on stand-up striking combinations. We are continuing with the previous combinations covered in our last course but transferring them onto focus mitts. The lesson was split into a 10 minute warm-up round, 6 x 5 minute rounds of shadowing and then reacting to the focus mitts followed by static stretching. The warm-up round brought in […]

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Training Development Plans (diary entry)

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09.02.21 My first lesson of Tuesday night was a teacher discussion and consultancy on moving forward with Athena Karate’s stand-up striking programme. As is the norm, we also had tangent discussions about the context of different self-defence tactics home invasion vs general assault vs mid/low-level threats. Stand-up Fighting Programme We are currently making great progress in the adult/advanced junior class using a series of stand-up striking combinations designed to promote rhythm and flow. A few issues were raised regarding what […]

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Hide it with the Feet? (diary entry)

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08.02.21 Monday night’s second lesson saw the resumption of my work with the Athena School of Karate adult and advanced student lessons. We are covering the rhythm and flow stand-up striking combination work. Tonight we focused on combinations five and six. These are relatively short, especially combination six, and use footwork to set up opponents. Combination five uses switch-hitting and a shuffle to chain together different punches and eventually set up for a powerful rear kick to the body. Combination […]

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Roll the Dice, Do the Combo (diary entry)

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06.02.21 My client’s penultimate lesson focusing on kickboxing combinations put matters into the hands of fate, so to speak, as we rolled the dice for 12 of the 14. After a 10 minute warm-up round, rounds two to four were all performed at the roll of the dice. We are not quite at the stage where each combination is memorised, but it kicked the training up a level nonetheless. The final round alternated between combinations 13 and 14.   Check […]

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Round Kick Clinic (diary entry)

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02.02.21 My second lesson on Monday night was an half-hour round kick (roundhouse, turning) clinic for the excellent Athena School of Karate. The school’s head teacher wanted her higher ranking and adult students to have a break in the combination work in order to better focus on the Thai round kick. This technique is reoccurring throughout the 14 combinations and is of vital importance for many forms of stand-up fighting. It is a decidedly different technique to round kicks typically […]

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Stand-up Combination 3 (diary entry)

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18.01.21 Athena School of Karate very kindly booked me back to continue my series of workshops on stand-up combinations. These half an hour sessions conducted – as all training sessions have been during the lockdown restrictions – via online live video streaming, teach and break down Dutch-inspired kickboxing combinations. Our objective is to promote better rhythm and flow in stand-up strikes. This week we covered combination number 3. This particular combination is noted for its particularly lengthy series of punches […]

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Lateral Movement & Kicks (diary entry)

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22.01.21 The final hour of my two lockdown clients’ 10 hour course of stand-up fighting, brought them up to combination nine. As previously described, one of the lockdown students is recovering from knee surgery and we are adapting these combinations as he continues to heal. In addition to introducing the new combinations we also went back over combinations six to eight. Combination six uses two back/hammer-fists and one spinning hammer-fist. Combination seven teaches moving up and down targets in a […]

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Building Dutch Combinations

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29.12.20 Tonight’s teacher consultancy served as preparation for a series of online workshops I am running for the Athena School of Karate on stand-up combinations and strategies. We looked a two Dutch-style Kickboxing combinations, designed to promote fluidity of techniques, chaining of punches with kicks, blending in defences and the camouflaging of powerful kicks. The first combination utilised heavy body kicks and was used to set up a powerful rear low kick. This final technique was made particularly effective by […]

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Nine Combination Deep (diary entry)

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19.12.20 Hour five of my client’s current online course took us up to nine different combinations.  Previously, we had trained up to five. All these combinations have MMA and Muay Thai techniques, but there is definitely a Dutch theme. They are lengthy and fairly complex, involving a lot of slipping punches and smuggling in kicks. They were done over 5 x 10 minute rounds, including one round of warming up. New techniques in this session including the superman punch and […]

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Dutch Division Training (diary entry)

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14.12.20 Hour six of my client’s current online course saw the lockdown partners begin work on the recent Dutch-style kickboxing work introduced to my client on Saturday.  This time due to my client recovering from his aforementioned football injury, I split the combination work into two variations. Where one client threw kicks he would through corresponding punches. Kicks to body would be shovel hooks; high round kick would be hooks to the head. We used the 4 x 10 minute […]

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Longer Rounds (diary entry)

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28.11.20 Saturday morning kicked off with the third hour my client’s current Muay Thai for martial arts cross-training course. We went for a totally different format with the rounds this time. The objective was to have the lesson separated into longer periods of uninterupted activity. Round 1 – Warm-up Besides the usual martial arts specific callisthenics and dynamic stretching, this section elevated the heart-rate with footwork, knee-marching and blitzing. Round 2 – Linear Techniques and Principles Everything in this round […]

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Kick Workout (diary entry)

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23.11.20 With her lockdown partner currently recovering from an operation, my client trained alone tonight and I used the opportunity to get back to kicking. The entire workout was focused on developing better kicking technique and increasing speed in her legs. This is the third hour of my client’s course. After the usual warm-up of dynamic stretching and callisthenics we moved onto developing round kicks more effeciently. Firstly, we addressed the importance of the pivot and turning the shin. However, […]

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