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Headlocks (diary entry)


08.09.2023 Hour four of my UKSO Cotswolds’ teacher client’s clinch course brought us on to using headlocks. These were all performed as sag takedowns, meaning no big explosive movements or lifts. We warmed up bulling the collar/elbow ties and pummelling the overhooks and underhooks. Whilst drilling the former we looked at creeping a dominant inside elbow grip. This was a good tactical principle I wanted to address: getting an opponent to ignore a deposit on a strong position. We acknowledged […]

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The Crunch & The Off-Balance (diary entry)


09.08.2023 Today’s final lesson was my 1.5 veteran training class where we are exploring Greco-Wrestling inspired grappling techniques. After some wrestling-based callisthenics, we went back over the three pinch-headlock techniques covered in the last two lessons. These were the throwby, the side headlock variation and the sagging bodylock. Then we explored “The Crunch” and “The Off-Balance”. The former brings in elements from the pinch-headlock/side headlock takedown and the sagging bodylock. On the surface it looked like a headlock takedown performed […]

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Pinch Headlock (diary entry)


02.08.2023 Tonight my 1.5 hour lesson continued its deep dive into Greco-Roman Wrestling inspired grappling methods for martial arts cross training and we focused on the pinch headlock. After some collar and elbow tie “bulling” and over-hook/under-hook pummelling, we reviewed the arm-drag takedown and the gift-wrap takedown. These two techniques were performed from drilling actions.   The main crux of the lesson was using the pinch headlock. Headlocks have long been restricted in many teaching, reserved for a place in […]

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