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Moving from Gi to No-Gi to MMA (diary entry)

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        23.07.16 Today’s second lesson saw the return of a long term client. With a strong background in Judo and Western Boxing, he adopts a more buffet-style approach to cross training with me, selecting certain specific areas he wishes to explore. After an initial discussion we decided to focus on gi ground work, no-gi ground work into no-gi clinch and then MMA clinch and MMA ground work. We warmed up with some solo specific exercises followed by […]

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Pivoting, Hooking, Throwing and Evading (diary entry)

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23.07.16   Today’s first lesson was the second in my new client’s course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. Having discovered my client’s natural inclination for throwing hooks or rounded hand strikes as a basic combative instinct, we have been building on this movement through different arts.   We began with a simple torso rotational exercise using wide spread arms. Torso rotations do come under a fair amount of controversy due the pressure placed on the spine. I advise that […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 2 (diary entry)

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22.06.16 The thirteenth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training continued the sparring theme. Tonight we focused on the clinch and specifically striking within the clinch. The lesson began with some focus mitt work. We started on the Western Boxing focus mitts and then went onto the Muay Thai focus mitts. We then did some clinch-positioning. This began with some simple entries and then moved onto “bulling”, where the upper-body gripping and […]

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Sparring at all Ranges Part 1 (diary entry)

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15.06.16 The twelfth lesson in my client’s second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training was live-training orientated. Previously we had been restricted by space and spent a lot of time looking at specific techniques with limited sparring. A change of training environment has allowed for a little more room in order to safely spar to a certain degree. Therefore, I thought it was high time we put a lot of what my client has covered under […]

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MMA & The Kimura Part 2 (diary entry)

08.06.16   The eleventh lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training continued to look at the Kimura. See my report on the previous lesson for more details on this hold and videos on the two techniques outlined later.   We warmed up with simple linear punching and Western Boxing footwork. We switched between stances, cut off the ring and, in honour the recent late great Muhammad Ali, dropped our guard to draw an […]

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MMA & the Kimura Part 1 (diary entry)

MMA & the Kimura Part 1 (diary entry)

01.06.16 The tenth lesson of my client’s second course of Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. I went into the lesson with a view to reviewing MMA as a whole. My client was not adverse to this decision, but was primarily concerned about going over locks. Based on this discussion, we did both. We warmed up with some footwork and light target striking, moving into the clinch and close-range striking, followed by entries for hip throws and double […]

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Attacking in the Guard (diary entry)

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  20.04.16 The fifth lesson in my client’s second course in MMA for Martial Arts Cross Training continued where we left off and concentrated on ground work. We warmed up with a series of ground-specific exercises, using combat base, bridging, triangle crunches and snaking/shrimping. Moving onto material we covered last lesson, we also did some guard-jumping and guard sit-ups. Training began in earnest by revising the arm-wrap/trap in guard into a scissor sweep. Then we went back over attacking the […]

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Reverse Round Kick vs Spinning Hook Kick (diary entry)

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          24.02.16   The eleventh lesson in my client’s second course on Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training led us to the reverse round kick and the spinning hook kick. Contrary to popular belief these are not the same technique, despite looking remarkably similar. I pretty much thought the same thing until I read Hee Il Cho’s “The Complete Master’s Kick”. This is a book dealing with the sport of Tae Kwon Do, but it […]

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Spinning Crescent (diary entry)

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17.02.16   The tenth lesson in my client’s second Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training continued on the theme of so-called advanced techniques. In Muay Thai, these are technical and more flamboyant moves that are known as luk mai (minor techniques). These are supporting moves that rarely dominate a fight and are usually brought in to bring about a speedy finish. Please see last week’s report on why I am taking this unusual diversion.   Tonight’s lesson ended becoming […]

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Effective Flamboyance? (diary entry)

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10.02.16   The ninth lesson of my client’s second course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training made its most dramatic diversion to the norm by looking at more spectacular martial arts techniques. Usually this is the penultimate lesson of a course and it is where I return a combat sport back to the self-defence line, seeing where the attribute training can enhance the core counter-assault methods. Tonight was very different in that we looked at building on the […]

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45 Degree Round Kick (diary entry)

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30.12.15 The third lesson of my client’s second course in Muay Thai and Kickboxing for martial arts cross-training continued the same side striking theme and also looked at efficient countering to kicks as well as the 45 degree round kick. We warmed up, as we have generally been doing on this particular course, with a one-for-one exchange of kicks. We progressed with checking, blocking and evasions, moving up the body as the hips became looser. After some back combinations, we […]

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Power Punching (diary entry)

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  02.12.15 The ninth lesson of my client’s second course on western boxing for martial arts cross training focused on power punching. With technique and speed being addressed over the past few lessons, all underlined and interlaced with strategy and tactics, it was time to isolate the process of generating and developing raw power. This is a far larger subject than it might first appear and I will probably look at it again next lesson, where the focus will be […]

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Holding the Fence Line (diary entry)

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26.08.15 The second in my client’s first series of lessons on basic self-protection moved more into the hard skills that will make up the bulk of this training. We began with a revision of the fence and preserving personal space. Before we stepped over into actual physical engagement we confirmed a complete understanding of determining the likelihood of a physical threat. This area exemplifies the importance of training attitude in conjunction with actual skills. Most people can make shapes, hit […]

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New Self-Defence Course Begins (diary)

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12.08.15 I conducted the first lesson of my new client’s course on self-protection. He has requested to follow the self-protection line first before moving into relevant areas of self-protection. Having a background where he used to be very active in sports, he wishes to pursue something new, but is keen that it has a functional basis first. We began with a general overview lecture of personal security. The relevant links for resources on this can be found on the following […]

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Weapon Evasion to Engagement (diary entry)

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22.07.15 The sixth in the CCMA course on weapons for martial arts cross training was a revision of the past five lessons, moving into grappling with striking. We began using the single and double sticks, moving through postures and varying angle patterns as part of the warm-up. Then we moved onto evasive movements against the sticks and the knife I introduced a simple pivoting response to attack incoming slashes with the knife and then built on it with unarmed strikes […]

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