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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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Fluidity (diary entry)

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10.10.20 Saturday brought my client up to the 5.5 hour point of his course, which is focusing on Western Boxing. We built up footwork drills – step-jab, pendulum, diamond step, shuffle and v-step – and revised some of last week’s head movement. I also brought in some southpaw work. After a simple warm-up of dynamic stretching, we moved onto footwork exercises. This began with the step-jab and pendulum step. We then moved onto deflecting and countering with the Philly Shell, […]

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Teep Setups and Knee Bombs (diary entry)

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29.09.20 Tuesday night’s second lesson was client consultation as we used the lead teep and jab to set us off on a journey through rear leg round kicks, switch spear knees, rear knees, knee bombs and switch kicks. We began with the jab/lead teep seesaw movement. The step jab is probably one of the most common jabs thrown in Muay Thai. It is also a good way to start footwork training in Western Boxing. We then add the pendulum step […]

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Teenage Self-Protection Course Continues (diary entry)

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25.09.20 Friday night saw my client complete her second hour my basic Self-Protection course for teenagers. Tonight we continued discussing situational awareness, going over the Three Rs (Recognise, Read & Respond) reaction loop, PPHC (People, Places, Hazards & Changes), Threat Triangle (opportunity, capability & intent) and the Cooper Colour Code. We also put tactical escapes into practice with obstacle running with pressure, pre-emptive striking off the fence and incidental combinations.

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Kickboxing & MMA from the Philly Shell (diary entry)

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15.09.20 My Philly Shell training carried over into my teacher consultation lesson where we looked at bringing together much of what we had covered and integrated into kickboxing. We looked at the pullback/shoulder roll/rear hand parry into the right cross and back-step. From here we covered front kick variation or an inside round kick and then into a diamond step and spleen shot or outside round kick into a liver kick. This combination was then changed for MMA into jab/double […]

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Strike to Grapple to Strike (diary entry)

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21.01.20   My second Tuesday night lesson: my teaching consultancy sessions continued with Dirty Boxing and striking in the clinch. Tonight we looked at turning strikes into grips and general inside transitioning.   We began with a warm-up of bulling with the collar and elbow tie and under-hook/over-hook pummelling. Throughout this I cued in freezing to check for balance points. This was layered in last time. This time I also added in looking for actual sweeps and takedowns. This would […]

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Exiting July with a Teep (diary entry)

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31.07.19   Wednesday night the nephew and uncle double lesson got underway with lowline takedowns for the junior section and advanced Muay Thai combination work for the senior section.   Both classes warmed up on the agility ladders and cones. The senior lesson included some revision on the L-Step and V-step work. We also looked at using other technique suggestions. The junior class also used the cones to set up for a sprawl double-leg takedown combination. Here we addressed the […]

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