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Double Leg Takedowns (diary entry)

Double Leg Takedowns (diary entry)

05.10.16   Tonight, this particular client returned to his stand-up grappling/wrestling programme. We worked on lowline attacks.   This began with a simple double leg takedown for MMA. The fighter drives into the target pressing the head into the middle of the body and pulling the opponent’s legs back. This technique is executed explosively, impacting against the target and driving the opponent into the ground. This usually results in landing in the opponent’s guard, which can be fine for a […]

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Clinch and More Elbows (diary entry)

Clinch and More Elbows (diary entry)

29.09.16   My client’s seventh lesson in Muay Thai for Cross Training (ninth in a 10 lesson course) brought us back onto clinch-work. We expanded upon the elbow clinic I previously taught on 24th September and brought in some more technically difficult elbow strikes.   Additional elbows taught in this lesson:   smashing down elbow downward jumping elbow (great link here) spinning elbow   This were integrated and/or combined with footwork, applications in clinch, set-ups (such as the leg-catch/spinning elbow) […]

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Thai Kicks (diary entry)

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28.09.16   My second lesson of the night was my client’s sixth lesson on Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training (the eighth of a 10-part course). We focused on developing speed and power in kicks.   The lesson began with some simple target work on the body. We exchanged one-for-one teeps and round kicks as well as shin-checks. Emphasis was placed on coordinating the upper body momentum whilst driving the force of kicks from the ground. We looked at […]

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Suplexing (diary entry)

Suplexing (diary entry)

14.09.16   Having previously covered anti-grappling for MMA last lesson with my client, I decided that we would start looking at tactics for engaging in grappling. We used wrestling/stand-up grappling as a base for tonight’s training. After warming up with some wrestling-based calisthenics we did some grip working, focusing on the upper/mid-line.   We began with wrist grip holds and breakaways, beginning as a drill and then as a form of specific sparring. This was then done with bulling/neck-wrestling and […]

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On the Inside (diary entry)

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          31.08.16   My client’s twentieth lesson in Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training worked on the theme of attacking inside the jab and inside attacks in general. I have always considered going inside the jab to be a more dangerous than than outside the jab due to the fighting immediately going into the line of fire and it requires far tighter movement.   Using the slip to get inside the jab, we began […]

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A Combination Structure for MMA (diary entry)

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        24.08.16   The nineteenth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training concerned devising combination structures for different ranges. Modern Western Boxing serves as a good basis for MMA combination work. This is largely due to the speed and accessibility of punching. Punches work well tactically to set-up other techniques when initiating an attack and also encourage faster movement from the other ranges. Obviously certain adaptations need to be […]

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Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

20.08.16   Today’s second double lesson focused on gi and no-gi grappling. We began with set-ups for lowline takedowns in the gi section. This started with the double leg takedown, where the double lapel or sleep upward grips preface the actual takedown. We discussed the similarity with the high to lowline jab or even the high jab to double leg takedown. Keeping on the theme of sleeve grips we looked at the downward sleeve grab used to obtain a single […]

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Fourth Anniversary Lesson (diary entry)

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14.08.16   Today’s second private class was a two hour session focused on combat conditioning with a special request for work on kicking. The format was roughly divided into three sections: muscle memory drills for MMA, technical training for Muay Thai kicks and high intensity interval training.   Muscle Memory Drills for MMA   A feature of my coaching programmes is to prioritise actual martial arts techniques over most exercises. Although I have been a long-time opponent of just mimicking […]

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Not Pulling your Leg (diary entry)

10.08.16   The first private class of tonight was my client’s seventeenth lesson from his second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. We are currently focusing on rolling attacks and also looked at kick-catch counters. In short, we were more leg-grabbing focused than a frustrated Jack Russell or his embarrassed owner.   The class began with a series of mobility and muscle activation exercises. This began with reverse Indian press-ups, which place more pressure on the […]

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Restrictive and Transitional Training for Self-Defence and Combat Sports (diary entry)

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30.07.16   Today’s second lesson was this client’s fourth class in her Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training course. With our focus still on circular techniques, we brought everything back to self-defence techniques. The different dynamic between self-defence fighting and match fighting was discussed. Despite a tremendous amount of overlap and effective attribute development, the essential difference between these two fights is that one is an asymmetrical combative situation and the other is a symmetrical one. The first usually consists of […]

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Trapping with Weapons (diary entry)

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The ninth lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training brought onto aspects of trapping, dirty boxing and whatever name one can use to describe vertical gripping and striking. Weapon work lends itself well to developing these empty hand attributes. We warmed up using stick-on-stick drills, moving back onto revisions for entanglement and takedowns. On revising some flow drills, we explored several variations and led onto trapping in earnest. We then applied pressure and moved onto a […]

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