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Bringing Boxing Together (diary entry)

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03.11.20 Tonight’s second lesson was my client’s eighth hour of Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. We looked at developing much of what has already been covered and also bringing a lot of it together. After warming up we went into our footwork drills, progressing through steps forward and back into the pendulum footwork drill, pivoting off and creating angles as well as some lateral footwork drills.I covered set-ups for the gazelle punch and the Bizarro punch. We then did […]

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Attack and Defence (diary entry)

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03.11.20 The final part of my client’s 10 hour course focused entirely on developing a boxing combination. My client’s lockdown partner was injured several week back playing football and is due to go in for surgery. Therefore, we decided to turn training towards developing better punching. After a warm-up of some simple footwork, where we worked out what movement patterns were safest for him, we moved onto our combination. We built up a combination of jab/cross/parry/parry/slip left/lead hook/duck right/shovel hook/duck […]

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Discipline in Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

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30.09.20 Clubb Chimera Martial Arts “When Parent’s Aren’t Around” children’s self-protection online webinar course returned to Forest School of Karate on Wednesday to cover the topic of discipline. This tenet is defined as a willingness and determination to learn certain habits as part of one’s lifestyle. Maintaining training is imperative in order for an individual to be better prepared to defend themselves against violence. Hard skills taught in this lesson were the pre-emptive strike, forward pressure, incidental combinations, target familiarisation, […]

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Ground-Fighting – Pins

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24.09.20 Thursday night I was booked to teach a martial arts teacher and his family some more ground-fighting and submission work. We went through the pinning drill both clockwise and anti-clockwise – side-control/under-hook scarf-hold/north-south/under-hook scarf-hold/side-control/knee-pin/side-control/reverse scarf-hold/full mount/knee-pin. We briefly went over arm-triangles from scarf-hold and an arm-bar knee-pin. After this we looked at two escapes from side-control: the reversal and snaking to guard.

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Ankle Locks (diary entry)

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07.09.20 Reaching the halfway mark of my client’s latest 10 hour Submission Grappling course, we went back through the three guard passes from combat base, the de la riva/hook guard and I introduced the straight ankle lock. We began with a callisthenic warm-up focusing on movement that have direct relevance to guard passing and promote hip mobility. Then we ran through the use of the combat base to get the double under-hooks, stack and pass under the guard, to crush […]

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MMA Cardio and Conditioning (diary entry)

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04.08.20 Tuesday night’s lesson was a full conditioning lesson. As always, I kept the content martial arts specific. We did a five round workout lesson in addition to a 10 minute warm up and 15 minute stretching at the end. Each round layered on more techniques, beginning with boxing footwork progressing onto multi-range rounds of MMA shadow sparring. Between each round we kept moving to maintain heart rate and for active recovery.

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Anti-Bullying Presentation for Athena School of Karate (diary entry)

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31.07.20 I was back teaching the Athena School of Karate on Friday and this time with a soft-skills based self-protection lesson. This gave me an opportunity to offer my new Anti-Bullying presentation, a spin-off from the main “When Parents Aren’t Around” courses. During this lesson we were able to focus on questions regarding the nature of bullying, the variety of targets and establishing moral boundaries that will help safeguard against engaging in bullying. We also looked at different types of […]

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Awareness Children’s Self-Protection for Forest School (diary entry)

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29.07.20 Wednesday night saw the Forest School of Karate booking me back to teach my “When Parents Aren’t Around: Awareness” webinar. This is the second tenet and phase of my course adapted for online learning. Topics included inattentional blindness, tunnel vision and situational awareness. In addition to delivering a presentation appropriate for the children in attendance, I also taught physical activities to help better demonstrate how easy it is to be switched off to changes.

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Defence from the Guard (diary entry)

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27.07.20 Monday’s lesson covered the hip bump sweep, the Kimura from guard, the scissor sweep and we started the arm-bar. This is the penultimate hour of their 10 hour course. The warm-up consisted of several solo ground-fighting exercises before the two lockdown partners performed their first fully resistant exercise. This was a type of long-guard game where one tries to touch the others head whilst the other fights from their back, using their legs to keep them away. It serves […]

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Courage for Children’s Self-Protection at Ryukyukan Shorin Ryu (diary entry)

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26.07.20 On Sunday I was booked back by Ryukyukan Shorin Ryu Karate Matsuri Dojo to teach the third part of my “When Parents Aren’t Around” webinar. We addressed the third tenet of my book: Courage. The webinar deconstructed the myth of fearlessness and the physiological science behind “fear”. Through understanding, the children can learn how to recognise their survival instincts and apply them without the stigma often attached to them. The webinar also included a series of exercises that helped […]

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Escaping Full-Mount and Sparring (diary entry)

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20.07.20   The first Monday night lesson was the ninth hour of my client’s second MMA continued work on escaping the full-mount. I also introduced some specific sparring.   We concentrated on keeping movements tight throughout the reversal escape of the full-mount, being careful not to give the back and also to not leave a pause between bridging and turning. The escape to guard was originally an escape to half-guard, which is where I usually end up! However, I decided […]

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12 Round Shadow Sparring (diary entry)

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  18.06.20   Due to bad weather conditions, my online client’s third hour of his second Mixed Martial Arts course took place indoors and without the heavy bag. Tonight we decided to change pace and do a 12 x 3 minute round of continuous MMA shadow training. This included direct instruction, improvisation prompts, visualisation coaching and virtual sparring. So-called rest rounds consisted of active recovery – footwork/skipping.   We warmed up with 10 minutes of dynamic stretching and fight-specific callisthenics. […]

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Restricted Training Zoom Class for Forest Schools Karate (diary entry)

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20.05.20 Tonight I was booked to teach for Forest Schools of Karate on Zoom. This 45 minute lesson focused on restrictive training and visualisation exercises to get the most out of home training. Whenever I guest-teach for clubs I am always impressed by the way particularly young students are continuing to engage as Lockdown fatigue sets in for society. Vijay Pathek’s child students were no exception. Siblings and individual students enthusiastically gave all my different training methods a fair go. […]

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Attacking the Back (diary entry)

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19.05.20 The final part of this particular client’s MMA course was a round-up of most material previously covered with an emphasis on attacking the back on the ground. We began with our normal warm-up of dynamic stretching followed by shadow boxing where I grafted on kicks, takedowns and takedown defence to boxing combinations. This area transitioned from instructional to visualisation. Training switched to the loose heavy bag where we began clinching for knee strikes. Here I coached my client to […]

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Partner Training via Video Coaching (diary entry)

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27.04.20 Monday night’s client seventh hour of her current MMA course added in another element with the full inclusion of her fellow isolation inmate! It is always great to train a couple as we can do a lot more using two people and I took full advantage by going through stand-up to clinch combinations. The lesson began with a warm-up of simple dynamic stretches and sport-specific callisthenics. We then eased our way through some simple stand-up combinations before they brought […]

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Technique Confirmation (diary entry)

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20.04.20   My client continued her Mixed Martial Arts online live video training on Monday, reaching her sixth hour. Tonight was mainly concerned with running back through and re-confirming individual techniques.   After a short warm-up of dynamic stretching and sport-specific callisthenics, we began moving through the various stand-up techniques. These were first done slowly as part of the warm-up process and to check body mechanics. We covered jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts, shovel hooks and variations on the major punches […]

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