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Revision, Protecting Others & Post-Fight (diary entry)

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22.05.18   My 5:30 lesson brought my client’s first Basic Course on Self-Protection to a close. We revised the fence, straight striking, hook striking, transitional striking, the cover, multiple attackers, fighting from the ground, kicks and anti-grappling concepts.   We also covered adaptations for protecting others. This included using another person’s boundaries as a gauge for intercepting a threat, clearing the intended victim (the principle) and pre-emptive striking. Then we drilled removing a protected person from a dangerous area – […]

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Grappling Defence at Kingham Hill (diary entry)

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16.05.18   The second lesson of the day was part of my continuing Self-Protection/Mixed Martial Arts course I am running at Kingham Hill School. Today the class moved onto anti-grappling tactics. We overlapped pad-work, technique application and live testing on all the techniques cover today.   We warmed up with posture transitioning and movement exercises. Then we began an anti-grappling exercise that involved one partner using grappling holds and the other placing strikes. This built up into a series of […]

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Transitional Kicks (diary entry)

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03.05.18   The 5:30 a.m. sessions continue with my client’s sixth hour of a 10 hour course in Basic Self-Protection. This morning’s lesson looked at building a transitional structure for multi-range unarmed self-defence, leading onto anti-grappling tactics. We had introduced kicks into the previous class. This aspect was covered again from a ground-defence position. However, we got to the ground-defence kicking it was important for me to better establish transitional movement.   My client first trained going through the four […]

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The Cover at Kingham (diary entry)

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02.05.2018   My third lesson teaching self-protection/MMA at Kingham Hill School brought the entire class onto the in-fight problem of regaining the initiative. We began with an overview of the cover, which successfully tested to everyone’s satisfaction. The rules of using the cover were explained – namely that it is a recovery and temporary tool used to regain the initiative whilst recovering from an attack, the cover position of the hands must remain mobile and the person covering must move […]

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Moving to the Lowline (diary entry)

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01.05.18   Kicking things off again at 5:30 a.m this morning, my client has reached the halfway point of his 10 hour course on Basic Self-Protection. Today’s focus was on transitioning, proper coordination and technique training as well as the introduction of kicks.   We began with target familiarisation as a warm-up. My client practised reacting to confirmed threats and placing straight hand strikes, hook strikes and offline strikes to the correct targets. With all these areas drilled, we moved […]

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Regaining the Initiative (diary entry)

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26.04.18 The fourth hour of my client’s self-protection course brought us onto offline striking, covering and hooking. We warmed up with revision on straight rear hand striking, training the fence target familiarisation exercises and then onto the focus mitts for some incidental combination work. This was followed by obstacle removal training using the same incidental combinations. We then turned our attention to the offline strike. This is a counter to the attempted “Judas Punch” or offline attack. The technique taught […]

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Second Self-Protection Lesson at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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25.04.2018   Today’s afternoon lesson was the second in Kingham Hill’s Basic Self-Protection/MMA course. We began with some simple fence targeting and target familiarisation. These exercises are designed to train a robust and legal way to set up a pre-emptive strike. I do this as a touch-contact drill to reinforce the behaviour to hit realistic targets. This is then overlapped with hitting the focus mitts.     We discussed intent and the anaerobic nature of striking for self-defence. This was […]

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Owning the Straight Strike (diary entry)

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24.04.2018   Training began at 5:30 a.m. with my client’s third hour of his 10 hour course in Basic Self-Protection. We warmed with simple movement exercises designed to prepare him for the straight rear hand strike. This was performed first as a target familiarisation exercise, which is an important part of mental conditioning. I have known many people who can hit targets hard, but have a problem when it comes to actually hitting people in a pressure tests. We then […]

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New Self-Protection Course (diary entry)

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21.04.18     This morning I began a new course with a new client. Training was conducted at my home address, where a make-shift gym is beginning to see an increasing number of new students. We covered the first two hours of my bespoke 10 hour self-protection course. Having already been provided with advice on some reference material for personal security, we began the session with an overview of soft skills in general. I cover these areas quite extensively in […]

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Self Protection Course Begins at Kingham Hill School

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18.04.18   Today’s first lesson was the beginning of a special course I am teaching for a term at Kingham Hill School. The students in attendance were between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age. The course was trialled last term with a good response. The agreed content was self-protection moving into Mixed Martial Arts.   Today we addressed the legalities of self-defence, including when it is permitted to use a pre-emptive strike as well as other soft […]

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Galahad’s Goals Part 1 (Podcast)

The latest episode of my podcast is now out! I discuss fruitless martial arts quests and go into my view on what makes an effective self-defence system. I had a few technical issues and decided to split this show into two halves. The length is roughly the same as last time per episode, however, it means you will be getting another episode a lot sooner than I had scheduled. Hopefully that will make up for the tardiness of this one!

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Grapple ‘n Strike Transitioning Begins (diary entry)

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07.02.18   Tonight my client returned to the all-range transitioning course after a brief interval of stand-up training. After a warm-up of rudimentary dynamic stretching and specific calisthenics, we went back to the deck squat. This exercise is at the core of my transitioning work, developing the right force-vectors and muscle groups to enable individuals to fight off the ground to a stand position. The deck squat presents the fighter with a good indication on over all conditioning in relation […]

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MMA Self-Defence Adaptation

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27.01.18 This morning we covered the final hour of my client’s course in Basic Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training. As with subsequent courses, the lesson brings my client back to his self-protection line. For the most part, this is a revision of the culmination of techniques taught in his original self-defence course and an examination of how strong MMA’s attributes are in this respect. MMA, being an art dealing with all ranges of unarmed combat and combining techniques […]

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Ground-Work Self-Defence (diary entry)

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    01.12.17   The final part of my client’s 10 hour basic course on Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting brought us back to the self-defence line. All lessons up to this point worked within the context of grappling with another ground grappler. Here the student can explore the art and the sport rather than be concerned with its place as a counter-assault method. Tonight all of that changed, as we had a different objective. Here the fighter is focused upon damage control […]

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