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Roll for Three Combinations (diary entry)

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14.07.21 Tonight my client finished his series of training on the ryhthm and flow combinations by concentrating three decided on a dice throw. We did combination 10, 8 and 12 in that order over 10 rounds. Combination 10 – Jab/cross/hook/double rear round kick/hook/cross/switch-kick Combination 8 – Jab/rear round kick/hook/rear low round kick/lead body kick/southpaw step/orthdox step/jab/cross Combination 12 – Jab/cross/lead low kick/ lead body kick/cross/hook/cross/Dutch block/cross/hook/rear bod kick They were trained in the following way: Round 1 – Combination 10 […]

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Jabs from the Past (diary entry)

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22.06.21 Tonight my client at Forest School of Karate booked me to prep for my online guest spot next week. This will be a pretty exciting way to teach to classes under the current restrictions and also going forward for a way for more schools to offer a greater variety of lessons with guest teachers using more media. This lesson will consist of the class following a live streamed lesson onto a projector that they can train along to in […]

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Adapting Combination 14 (diary entry)

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17.05.21 Monday night’s lesson provided me with an interesting challenge. My two partner clients arrived at number 14 again, for the first time on the focus mitts, and there were a few adaptations I needed to make for one of them. You may recall during our previous Zoom sessions that one of my two clients underwent a knee operation. He trained all the way up to the operation and only took out one less afterwards. We have been working hard […]

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Trapping with Sticks & Tricks with Kicks (diary entry)

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12.05.21 My first client continued work with single and double stick fighting. We went through some more angles of attack, looking at extra stabs and then at one stick versus two stick sequences. The latter involved side checks to the head and I emphasised rebounding off intercepting strikes. Next we moved onto trapping with the sticks, making use of the butt end of the stick. My second client continued on the focus mitts with rhythm and flow combinations 11 and […]

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Combination 13 on the Focus Mitts (diary entry)

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10.05.21 It was hour four of my couple client’s rhythm and flow padwork combinations on Monday. We went over combination four that feels like a Dutch/Thai hybrid. It has a lengthy punching combinations including a weave/roll before sandwiching in a rear horizontal elbow and a lead spear knee. The elbow and knee strikes bring the fight into close range, the former set up with same side cross and the latter sets up the same side lead leg round kick. Given […]

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Dutch Block and Pad-Work on Combination Number 12 (diary entry)

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03.05.21 Monday’s lesson was the third part of my couple client’s rhythm and flow combination on focus mitts. We are into our third hour of this course. Tonight we worked on the 12th combination. This particular combination sets up a same side low kick to mid kick combination with a jab/cross before tranferring weight back to the opposite side for a cross chained rapidly with a hook and a second cross. At this stage there is concession made for the […]

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Superman Punch and Switch-Hitting (diary entry)

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14.04.21 Today my first client continued working on different angled strikes with the stick and was introduced to double sticks. My second client reviewed the first three combinations and then we covered combinations four and five. Stick training began with reviewing the first two angles. These were then performed from different postures in transition and with footwork. Having performed this solo with each hand, we then worked through this using two sticks. Next, we introduced horizontal angles, a single stab […]

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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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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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Flurry and Smash (diary entry)

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02.02.21 Tonight my teacher consultancy covered their 14th and final combination to promote rhythm and flow in stand-up striking. We then went through the next two combinations to be covered by their school. Much of the lesson became a focus on better transitioning through economical footwork and using the momentum of previous technique. Combination 14 uses the momentum of the Dutch block to deliver force first into a lead hook and later into a cross. Likewise, combination six carries the […]

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Rhythm & Flow Combinations 10-13 (diary entry)

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25.01.21 My second Monday night client began her new 10 hour course on stand-up fighting and kickboxing. She trains with her lockdown partner who is recoverying from knee surgery who we adapt the kicking techniques to punching techniques. Like my Saturday client, one of my teacher clients and my current booking with Athena School of Karate, my Monday night client has been working through 14 Muay Thai combinations. Tonight, we revised combination number nine as a warm-up before progressing all […]

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Dogs, Snakes and Pancakes (diary entry)

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09.11.20 Tuesday night’s teacher consultation continued with ground-fighting revision. We used escaping side control as a starting point, covering reversals, arm-triangles and sweeping from the dog fight position. The reversal – a technique referred to by my client as a “pancake” roll – came from head-lock version of side control. Here we set up for escaping to guard and timed our reversal off our opponent countering the guard escape by putting more weight forward. The fighter immediately switches from snaking […]

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Boxing Journey in 12 Rounds (diary entry)

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04.11.20 Today’s lesson concluded my client’s revision and layering of Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. The entire lesson was dedicated to 12 rounds plus active recovery that acted as mini lessons through his boxing experiences. Round 1 – Working the Jab and Footwork Round 2 –  Slips, Ducks and Pull-Backs (no punches) Round 3 – Bringing punches, footwork and head movement together Round 4 – Philly Shell – playing defence and baiting Round 5 – Philly Shell – […]

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More Speed Kicks (diary entry)

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26.10.20 Monday night saw the tenth hour of my client’s course that has recently been focused on developing speed in kicks. Last lesson we mainly looked at the technical side of gathering more speed along with some conditioning. Tonight, after going through a through dynamic stretch and warm-up we plunged into four tabata sets, each of these use basic techniques at high speed. The first three sets consisted of simple two-kick combinations – the objective here was to get the […]

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Fluidity & Footwork (diary entry)

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24.10.20 My client reached hour seven of his course on Boxing techniques for martial arts cross training. We followed a similar routine to Tuesday and Wednesday’s clients, looking to increase fluidity through punches, develop footwork and look for small details to improve in basic technique. After our callisthenic and dynamic stretching warm-up we went through the basic punching isolation exercise. This consisted of throwing a constant flow of single straights, single uppercuts and single hooks before separating these into two-combinations […]

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12 Rounds Building-Up Session (diary entry)

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13/10/20 Hour five with my first Tuesday client was another workout session following on from last week. We have been working a lot on boxing from the outside and footwork. This time we went for a full 12 rounds. 10 of which began with building up movement foundations before adding single techniques with variations and the last two consisted of virtual sparring. Round 1 – Basic Footwork Round 2 – More Advanced Footwork Round 3 – Upper body mobility with […]

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