Tag Archives | self defense

Self-Protection Ground Zero (diary entry)

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11.03.17 Today’s double lesson was with a new client. He has a background in rugby and traditional martial arts. He has decided to begin his training with me on the 10 lesson basic self-protection course. As covered in the lesson and in previous diary entries on the same subject we began with a discussion on defining self-protection. Self-protection can be divided up into soft skills that we call “personal security” and hard skills we call “self-defence”. Soft skills cover attitude, […]

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Detailed Review of Private Lessons

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My process for teaching clients is always evolving and being updated. Below is the latest detailed review of lessons I offer to clients. My aim is to offer a bespoke service tailored to the demands of my client. However, I appreciate that the world of martial arts and self-protection training can be confusing so I have done my best to narrow down some simple ideas to help me construct a programme of personal lessons. Please note I use the term […]

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Takedown “Revenge” (diary entry)

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25.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight with a focus on regaining a standing position and the use of strikes. We warmed up with our usual mobility exercises building onto grappling-style calisthenics and then we went into some basic techniques.   Two important factors – internal and external – were addressed within the psychology, strategy and muscle memory of this current subject.   Firstly, we have the internal. By internal I am talking about the fighter’s self, so to speak. […]

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Takedown Countering (diary entry)

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18.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight, but this time the focus was totally on grappling counters and we looked primarily at the single leg takedown.   Warm Up   We began with mobility exercises – quadruped shoulder rolls, progressive scap press-ups and dynamic cat stretches.  This moved onto callisthenics – Indian press-ups and Indian squats. Then we covered more specific muscle engagement – hip thrusts, single leg hip thrusts, shoulder bridging, combat base squats and sprawling.   Grip Fighting […]

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Takedown Defence Work (diary entry)

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11.01.17   Tonight’s focus was on takedown defence. We studied this mainly within the context of MMA fighting rather than self-defence, but the fundamentals are pretty much the same. Although anti-grappling tactics feature this isn’t the same as takedown defence, which features a lot of grappling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that wrestling offers the richest and most proven base for this part of the clinch fighting range. I know! Shock horror!   Wrestling – […]

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Bringing it under Mixed Martial Arts (diary entry)

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07.12.16   Tonight it was time to start taking stock of all the recent material covered and bring it together. We looked at it from an MMA sport context. Areas covered and revised included Muay Thai, shoulder throws, fireman’s carry throw and attacking the turtle position.   We began on the Thai focus mitts. The warm-up consisted of various standard combinations performed lightly first, focusing on technique and then increased to full power. We looked at setting up for low […]

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Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

  23.11.16   We continued our shoulder throw theme tonight, looking at two variations and bringing it into the ground game plus a submission. The colder temperature inspired a more vigorous warm-up with careful attention taken towards promoting progressive mobility and the inputting specific actions in view of the techniques about to be taught.   We began with tight forward rolls, backward rolls, break falls and (combat) base squats. Then we did some turtle drilling in preparation for the groundwork […]

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Filthy Boxing (diary entry)

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26.10.16   Today my client took a break from grappling and we focused on some hand-striking. Rather than just working on modern western boxing for martial arts cross-training, we also brought in some “dirty boxing”. I am not quite sure I want to use that term, as it has become so generically thrown about in the martial arts world I am not whether it has a clear meaning anymore. Randy Couture used it to describe his wrestling based striking style; […]

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Getting Grounded (diary entry)

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15.10.16   This morning’s double lesson began my client’s course on Basic Submission Grappling (Groundwork) for Cross Training in the Martial Arts. We will be focusing entirely from a grappling “no-gi” perspective, learning and layering the rough categories of the fight as we progress through the lessons.     Ground is considered by many MMA coaches to be the third area or range of the fight game with the first two being stand-up and clinch. The ground game is possibly […]

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Striking Along Angles

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28.09.16   Tonight we focused solely on 45 degree striking. As I have been demonstrating in recent lessons on Muay Thai for martial arts cross-training, edged weapon training is a great method for conveying these particular strikes. Many Southeast Asian weapon arts begin with 45 degree strikes. Eddie Quinn, a Muay Thai kru and creator of the Silat-inspired “The Approach” self-defence system, puts the criss-cross primary angle strikes at the centre of his self-defence methods. These angles and their reverse […]

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Elbow Clinic (diary entry)

24.09.16   My first lesson of the day was my client’s fifth lesson in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross-Training (the seventh lesson in her second course with me). This became an elbow strike clinic, revising the previous lesson and introducing some new techniques. We covered the slashing elbow, the horizontal elbow, the backward elbow, the uppercut elbow, the diagonal elbow, the chopping elbow, the spear elbow and the side elbow strike. These were worked in isolation and then […]

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On the Inside (diary entry)

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          31.08.16   My client’s twentieth lesson in Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training worked on the theme of attacking inside the jab and inside attacks in general. I have always considered going inside the jab to be a more dangerous than than outside the jab due to the fighting immediately going into the line of fire and it requires far tighter movement.   Using the slip to get inside the jab, we began […]

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Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

20.08.16   Today’s second double lesson focused on gi and no-gi grappling. We began with set-ups for lowline takedowns in the gi section. This started with the double leg takedown, where the double lapel or sleep upward grips preface the actual takedown. We discussed the similarity with the high to lowline jab or even the high jab to double leg takedown. Keeping on the theme of sleeve grips we looked at the downward sleeve grab used to obtain a single […]

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Fourth Anniversary Lesson (diary entry)

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14.08.16   Today’s second private class was a two hour session focused on combat conditioning with a special request for work on kicking. The format was roughly divided into three sections: muscle memory drills for MMA, technical training for Muay Thai kicks and high intensity interval training.   Muscle Memory Drills for MMA   A feature of my coaching programmes is to prioritise actual martial arts techniques over most exercises. Although I have been a long-time opponent of just mimicking […]

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Time to Cover the Cover Part 2 (diary entry)

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10.08.16   The second private class of tonight was my client’s seventh lesson in Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training. We are currently working on cover concepts. Last time we had a double lesson that mainly looked at self-defence methods for using the cover to regain the striking initiative. Tonight we looked at grappling options, where we trained three lines of attack: high, mid and low.   The grappling option is a back-up method if, for some reason, returning striking is […]

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Not Pulling your Leg (diary entry)

10.08.16   The first private class of tonight was my client’s seventeenth lesson from his second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. We are currently focusing on rolling attacks and also looked at kick-catch counters. In short, we were more leg-grabbing focused than a frustrated Jack Russell or his embarrassed owner.   The class began with a series of mobility and muscle activation exercises. This began with reverse Indian press-ups, which place more pressure on the […]

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