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Kicking it up (Diary entry)

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21.03.18   Transitioning through postures rounded off the revisions with work on kicking through postures and then we pressure-tested the different postures in specific sparring.   The lesson began with our current regular warm-up of various movement exercises in the four postures. We then transitioned from each posture in isolation before combining them into one fluid movement of getting from the back to the feet without put our hands down.   The kicking transition began with using the rear leg […]

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More Fighting on the Inside (diary entry)

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20.03.2018 In-fighting is a part of Western Boxing that is only truly appreciated by people who genuinely love boxing. Many all-time greats – Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather Jnr and even the fleet-footed Muhammad Ali – were experts at fighting on the inside. Tonight’s lesson, which brought my client up to the eight hour mark of his 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training, began to look at this range with more depth once […]

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Shadowing and Isolating Movement (diary entry)

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14.03.18   Please forgive the vagueness of this diary entry, but my work here has become quite in depth and is mainly concerned with the refinement of a training drill. Therefore, it is written in a note form. Tonight’s lesson continued the transitioning through postures theme for martial arts cross-training. We are using the same drills that have been formulated over the past few weeks and continuously going back to the base postures.   We warmed with individual postures as […]

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Fight to the Feet Continues to Develop (diary entry)

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07.03.18   Tonight we made more progress with our transitional series of lessons. This area of training is planned to be at the core of the upcoming Vagabond Warriors seminar. We warmed up with dynamic stretching and mobility exercises before getting straight into postures. Here we moved through the postures with strict form. Then we isolated each one to perform specific exercises:   • Posture one (closed guard position and fighting from the back): Bridging (upa), snaking/shrimping on the spot, […]

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Punches, Kicks, Submissions and Takedowns through Postures (diary entry)

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28.02.2018   The second lesson of the day continued my long-time client’s transitional combative applications. We continued to go over and develop drills. Training began with the deck squat base exercise and then we broke up the various connection points used for fighting through postures. Next the humble jab was used as the single technique to transition through the postures. We began with a double jab, overlapping the second jab across the postures. Then, in order to promote faster and […]

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Taster Lesson at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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28.02.2018   Today’s first lesson was a taster session for Kingham Hill School. The event was well-attended by students aged 16-17 years. My mandate is to deliver a course of self-protection/Mixed Martial Arts. I usually like to teach a strict 10 hour course of self-defence first before moving onto martial arts disciplines, but I appreciate the structure and audience is quite different in this respect and these lessons are more akin to a club format. Therefore, I have decided to […]

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Testing the Transition MMA-style (diary entry)

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21.02.18   As per the previous diary entry, we continued with this project on combative transitioning. This time we started to look at the possibility of having different base drills to teach different tactics, and also included some progressive specific pressure-testing.   We began our transitioning from the warm-up onwards. This started with performing bridges/upa and then sit-ups into a three-punch combination. From here we built on alternate leg-triangles into butterfly guard (mid-range guard) and the three-punch combination again. Then […]

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“Fighting is making the other fella miss” (diary)

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13.02.18   “Fighting is not hitting, any fool can hit. Fighting is making the other fella miss. He miss, he think, he worry. It’s a mind game.” (Gladiator, 1992)   Tonight’s second course in Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training brought my client up to the four hour point. We combined the previous two lessons’ work on slipping, bobbing and weaving, and also introduced ducking for a comprehensive review of upper body mobility. As my client pointed out, we had mainly […]

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Grapple ‘n Strike Transitioning Begins (diary entry)

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07.02.18   Tonight my client returned to the all-range transitioning course after a brief interval of stand-up training. After a warm-up of rudimentary dynamic stretching and specific calisthenics, we went back to the deck squat. This exercise is at the core of my transitioning work, developing the right force-vectors and muscle groups to enable individuals to fight off the ground to a stand position. The deck squat presents the fighter with a good indication on over all conditioning in relation […]

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A Jab in Transition (diary entry)

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03.02.18   My client began his second course in Modern Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross-Training this morning. This was an hour and a half lesson. At my client’s request, we began work on evasions and focused this first lesson on slipping. I like to think of all evasions and opportunistic positioning, as it puts a more proactive thinking process behind the tactics being used. Every time a jab is thrown it presents an opening in an opponent’s guard and […]

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Stand-up Fighting & Conditioning (diary entry)

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31.01.18 Tonight my client had an interval from our transitioning programme and we decided to focus on the stand-up range with appropriate conditioning. The lesson provided more of a review of previous material found in Western Boxing and Muay Thai as well as combining them. We warmed up with some mobility and callisthenic exercises before moving onto mirror footwork. Because today’s lesson was focused on mainly the stand-up range we spent more time changing stances and being mindful about angling. […]

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MMA Self-Defence Adaptation

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27.01.18 This morning we covered the final hour of my client’s course in Basic Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training. As with subsequent courses, the lesson brings my client back to his self-protection line. For the most part, this is a revision of the culmination of techniques taught in his original self-defence course and an examination of how strong MMA’s attributes are in this respect. MMA, being an art dealing with all ranges of unarmed combat and combining techniques […]

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Transitioning with Kicks (diary entry)

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24.01.18 Tonight’s lesson continued on our theme of transitioning, still focusing on transitioning from postures. We warmed up with my current regular partner-drills that build on MMA combinations. Each new element involves at least two new ranges. This was finished with a revision of ground transitioning from pins and guard-work. We then got back to the main work in hand: going from the ground to stand-up. Our core attribute exercise for this is the deck squat. The entire movement required […]

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Progress with Transitioning (diary entry)

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17.01.18 Tonight’s training continued my client’s series of lessons on ground to stand-up transitioning. We focused on working from the clinch starting position, combining strikes with grappling and pressure testing.   The lesson began with a warm-up of MMA partner-drills. They were of the build-up nature I have currently been using with my clients. This is a great way to build muscle memory and encourage the mixing of ranges and techniques from different martial art disciplines. Please see previous recent […]

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Transitioning Positions in Grappling (diary entry)

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10.01.18   Following my client’s previous lesson, we are embarking on a series of classes focused on transitioning work. This is composed of various drills that can be layered and then applied under pressure. Their purpose is to promote more effective movement and general fluidity through Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defence. Ideally the movement provides the fighter with options he can use to build on using his own experience.   We began with a series of MMA build-up warm-up exercises. […]

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