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Fighting from and against Pins (diary entry)

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  07.02.20   Friday night began my client on a Submission Grappling course. This is not his first but we decided it was an area that needed attention. Tonight’s one hour lesson acted as a revision on fighting from and defending pins.   We began with some dynamic stretching and submission grappling callisthenics – bear crawls, lizard crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls, explosive backward press-ups, frog jumps, monkey crawls, snaking/shrimping, sidewinding, sit-outs, arm-bar reverse crunches, triangle reverse crunches and upa […]

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The Importance of Fundamentals (diary entry)

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04.12.19   Wednesday evening consisted of attacking with and escaping the North-South pin for my junior client and MMA training with senior client where we expanded upon clinching against the cage as well as guard-work on the ground.   We warmed up with various ground callisthenics such as crawls and snaking. Then we went straight into the North-South position and looked at its function when transitioning from scarf-hold. My junior client covered the Kimura from here as well as the […]

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Scarf-Hold Submissions, Defence from the Cage & Half Guard (diary entry)

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27.11.19   Wednesday evening’s junior lesson revised escapes from scarf-hold and focused on attacks from this position. The senior lesson continued MMA training with more work against the cage and fighting from the half-guard.   The junior lesson began with a warm up of crawls, snaking and submission grappling callisthenics. We then quickly ran through the pin transition drill. This was followed a revision of escaping side control both as a reversal and pulling guard as well as escaping scarf-hold. […]

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Escapes & The Guard (diary entry)

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21.11.19   Thursday night’s first lesson brought my junior clients up to the seventh hour of their Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We covered a lot of ground tonight, introducing the guard.   The lesson began with a warm-up crawls and snaking followed by transitioning through pins with submissions. Then we drilled escapes from side control and scarf-hold. This brought us onto the guard where we looked at escapes, sweeps and submissions.   The escape taught was the simple hip-out escape. This […]

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First Chokes & Chasing the Kimura (diary entry)

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30.10.19   Earlier on Wednesday my schools clients were on their half-term break so I was able to squeeze in my private junior clients for a lunchtime lesson of Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting. This brought them up to the fifth hour of their course. Today we looked at three chokes from scarf-hold and north-south, and we also chased the Kimura lock around the body.   We began with movement callisthenics – crawls and snaking. Then we went back through the pinning flow-drills, […]

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Putting the Pinning Drill Together (diary entry)

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10.10.19   The second of my two junior clients’ first course on Basic Submission Grappling finished off their pin transitioning and introduced them to their first submissions.   Training began with various top position callisthenics for submission grappling such as the various crawls and also some snaking/shrimping. We then moved onto the pin transition drill. We revised side control, adjusted scarf-hold, north-south position, scarf-hold again and then the knee-pin. Here I corrected hip positioning and maintaining good weight distribution. Different […]

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Escaping Side Control and Scarf Hold (diary entry)

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10.09.19   My first Tuesday night client completed their sixth hour in their first course on Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we focused on escaping pins.   We began with grappling callisthenics, including various crawls. Then we went through the pin transitions three times on each side and then with progressive resistance.   We began our escape series with defence against side control. This involved reversing the pin and escaping to guard. I also covered escaping an […]

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Transition, Position, Submission (diary entry)

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13.08.19   The third hour of my client’s course on Basic Submission Grappling moved us onto submissions from adjusted scarf-hold, north south and resistance-based work. I reinforced the importance of consolidating positions and maintaining pressure as well as tactile awareness throughout the transitioning. It is not good enough to just teach individual positions and submissions. The maxim “position before submission” cannot be emphasised enough, but I think it should be prefixed with “transition before position”. The top position should be […]

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Cobra Punch and Back-Kicks (diary entry)

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20.04.19 Saturday morning’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We continued looking at advanced Muay Thai techniques, set ups for the cobra/superman punch. We also spent a lot of time on the back kick. In Submission Grappling we moved onto the next pin escape, repeating the escapes from scarf-hold I did with my client on Wednesday. We warmed up with Indian press-ups and standing leg raises. Then we went to the focus mitts […]

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Escaping Kick-Catches & Scarf-Holds (diary entry)

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10.04.19   Wednesday night was my normal junior/senior nephew/uncle double lesson. The junior lesson continued Muay Thai training, introducing escapes from kick-catches, whereas the senior lesson continued work on escapes from pins, focusing on escapes from the adjusted scarf-hold.   The junior lesson generally concentrated on refining everything that has been covered over the course. We worked on maintaining stance and good hand positioning throughout the execution of various combinations. The back kick and spinning elbow were also taught as […]

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Stand-up & Ground Fighting (diary entry)

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27.03.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team continued work in Muay Thai and MMA top position ground-fighting. The former addressed improving combination work, introduced the spinning elbow and back kick, whereas the latter worked on developing positions and striking set-ups for submissions.   The junior lesson began with a walk through of punch-kick combinations and clinch-work. Then we moved onto kick-catching and counters. This led us onto the spinning elbow set-up. We used this off a jab, off a […]

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