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Anti-Grappling Training & Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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20.11.19   Kingham Hill School covered anti-grappling in this lunchtime’s lesson. This is the stage in their self-protect programme where we are faced problems associated with being gripped, held, tackled and wrestled. Everything prior to this has been about pre-emption and regaining the initiative. I have promoted creating distance and focusing on using strikes to facilitate an early escape.   We began with a short revision warm-up on tactical escape and combative movements on the move. These movements focused more […]

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Tailored Programmes, Bystander Bullying & Some Combatives History (diary entry)

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19.11.19 My second evening lesson was my teacher consultancy where we continued to discuss material for a children’s self-protection achievement programme, a specific programme for teenage girls in Varanasi, northern India and also a brief overview of this Saturday’s clinic on MMA ground-fighting. The achievement programme is layering in information from Dave Kovar’s Aware programme on anti-bullying. This is something my client is bringing in to provide simple skills for youngsters to help provide more information on bullying. We then […]

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Transitioning Strikes & Postures at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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13.11.19   My lunchtime Wednesday class continued my work with Kingham Hill School’s Self-Protection Course. We concentrated on postures, transitioning, restrictive striking and the cover against multiple attackers.   We began with our usual tactical escape and basic combative movement warm-up. This was followed by a series of transitioning exercises. Here we looked at postures from against a wall, half-kneeling (combat base), seated (butterfly guard) and on the back both controlling and fighting against a pin. Then we isolated each […]

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Concussions, Black Belts & Self-Protection Plans (diary entry)

08.10.19   Tuesday night’s CPD lesson for a martial arts teacher was largely a consultation. We discussed duty of care in one aspect of black belt gradings and also an overview of the self-protection programme this teacher is currently implementing.   The value of the black belt has become a regular controversial topic since the commercialisation of martial arts. My client is part of an association that appears to have done a great job in adding validation to this qualification. […]

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Progressive Basics in Self-Protection at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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02.10.19 My third self-defence lesson at Kingham Hill School this term further built on the basic areas covered last week. This included tightening up and layering tactical escape principles as well as progressive pre-emptive strike tactics. The importance of developing day-to-day survival behaviours and aspects of the aftermath were also addressed.   We warmed up with everyone walking with purpose taking in their environment. This included locating exit points and potential hazards. The class also paid attention to gait and […]

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Teacher Training Continues (diary entry)

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24.09.19 Tuesday’s lesson continued my trainer the trainer CPD course on self-defence methods. We worked more on anti-grappling and the offline/multiple defence overlap as well as testing tunnel vision under pressure. We also discussed proactive pad-work and objective-training. Anti-Grappling We divided up and isolated then combined the retention of balance when being gripped, pulled and pushed. This is the backbone of takedown defence. This is then integrated into a pad drill. The coaching student grips, pulls and pushes with one […]

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New Self Protection Course at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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18.09.19 Clubb Chimera Martial Arts self-protection course returned to Kingham Hill School for a fifth term. Again, I saw some familiar faces from the previous academic years that were able to reinforce the material I brought into play. My methods never stand still and therefore the programmes evolve in line with what I see is most relevant and efficient. Since I became a senior instructor in the Knife and Edged Weapon Programme in 2011 and now with my involvement in […]

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Self-Protection Talk for the Women’s Institute (diary entry)

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12.09.19   Tonight I was invited to give a talk on self-protection for Shipton-Under-Wychwood Women’s Institute.  The entire presentation was geared towards avoiding physical violence, options for dealing with physical assault and the legal side. However, various tangents and questions at the end highlighted other areas.   The talk began with my biography, providing my background and links to where I gained my knowledge/experience on the material being covered. We then moved onto defining both self-protection and violence.   Self-protection […]

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Tactical Escape Training Lesson & Course Overview (diary entry)

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10.09.19   My second Tuesday night client reviewed their martial arts teacher CPD training and I also introduced some layering to certain concepts. We are focusing on developing a supplementary self-defence programme for children and teenagers. A key area covered was tactical escaping. Tactical Escaping   Escape is the priority in a self-defence situation. From the earliest stage of training and throughout a course, students need to be look towards ending their story with escape. This is particularly true with […]

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Vagabond Warriors August 2019 (diary entry)

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25.08.19   Vagabond Warriors cross training workshop focused on Muay Thai today. We trained in various examples of how the art can create useful attributes for Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defence. As is always the procedure, we fully immersed ourselves in the art and looked at adaptation later.   The main areas I suggested and coached today as being rich sources of cross-training material were the blending of ranges in combinations, general brutal efficiency and powerful low kicks.   Training […]

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Focus Mitts for Self-Defence Coaching (diary entry)

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23.08.19   Tonight I was booked for a special two hour instructor private lesson. My client wanted me to coach self-defence/counter-assault focus mitt exercises. These will be used for children and teenagers. My client was a highly experienced martial arts teacher with good cross-training credentials as well as a progressive attitude towards coaching.   Each of the below focus mitt exercises are underpinned with the overlapping principles of the “Training Matrix” (thank you Iain Abernethy, for coining this term). Each […]

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The Cover at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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22.05.19 Today Kingham Hill School reached the half-way point of this term’s self-defence course. We looked at the first line of recovery counter-offensive skills. This is concerned with the in-fight stage of conflict when an individual has been struck and needs to regain the initiative. The lesson began with transitional postures warm-up, which would have specific relevance with the final exercise of the day. We then looked at the cover and went through its application. I have dedicated an entire […]

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Clubb Chimera & “The Art of Survival” (diary entry)

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                25.09.19 “The Art of Survival” is an exciting new youth movement, helping young people (11-17 years of age) to learn new skills and to become productive citizens. Each Thursday the youth leaders host different mentors to teach and motivate the movement participants. I was honoured to be invited to provide a two-hour version of my “When Parents Aren’t Around” course. Unfortunately I didn’t get enough time to teach all I had planned, […]

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End of Spring Term Lesson (diary entry)

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03.04.19   Wednesday afternoon saw the completion of this term’s course in Self-Defence for Kingham Hill School. I put it the assembled class what would like to go through and we also had a fair amount of discussion time on self-protection in general. Topics included going in depth into using the fence – setting boundaries, training an automatic pre-emptive strike, mentally turning off the inner-nice guy, putting the metaphorical breaks on during a counter-assault and the effects of stress upon […]

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Vagabond Warriors Workshop (diary entry)

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17.03.19 The second of my two workshops taught Sunday 17th March 2019 for Keiryu Practical Karate in Maldon, Essex: “Vagabond Warriors” – Martial Arts Cross Training. As with my children’s workshop session, Lee Mullan, who heads Keiryu, has done a great job in garnering support from other forward thinking traditional karate clubs. The attendance for this course included teachers from Shinkyu Martial Arts, Do He Dai Shotokan Karate and Forest Schools of Karate amongst others. Lee and his Keiryu outfit […]

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“When Parents Aren’t Around” Children’s Self-Protection Workshop (diary entry)

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17.03.19 The first of two workshops I taught today for Keiryu Practical Karate in Maldon, Essex: “When Parents aren’t Around” – Child Self-Protection. Lee Mullan joins a growing number of teachers in Europe and Britain who have embraced a genuine need to teach practical and self-protection skills to children. I had the privilege of working with both enthusiastic child students from Lee’s club and other visiting martial arts schools as well as wonderfully supportive parents and teachers. This makes the […]

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