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12 Round Shadow Sparring (diary entry)

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  18.06.20   Due to bad weather conditions, my online client’s third hour of his second Mixed Martial Arts course took place indoors and without the heavy bag. Tonight we decided to change pace and do a 12 x 3 minute round of continuous MMA shadow training. This included direct instruction, improvisation prompts, visualisation coaching and virtual sparring. So-called rest rounds consisted of active recovery – footwork/skipping.   We warmed up with 10 minutes of dynamic stretching and fight-specific callisthenics. […]

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Ground-Fighting using the Heavy Bag (diary entry)

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12.05.20 Tuesday’s second lesson brought this client up to the ninth hour of his Mixed Martial Arts course. Unlike Monday’s – who was primarily a kickboxing student – this client has been through several of my different courses and is very familiar with ground work. However, this course has been his first introduction to striking on the ground. Having a free heavy bag in his isolation, we were able to complete his ground-striking drills. I also did some more clinch-work […]

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Shadow Hip Throw & Single Legs (Diary Entry)

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06.04.20   Monday’s second video lesson brought my client up to the fourth hour of his MMA course. We looked at shadowing more difficult techniques like the hip throw and the single leg takedown and chaining them with stand-up techniques. We also did some fight endurance training and some speed training.   The lesson began, as per the previous one with a warm up of techniques that gently increased in intensity and range. As per my last lesson, I explained […]

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Me versus Me: A Short Meditation on Training Solo

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I walk into the old barn. One side, the side where my old kick bag hangs, is part occupied by hardy animals. The other side, the side where my multi-gym stands, is a makeshift garage. The bag was a Christmas gift I received in 1993. It has hung in several different places, but it has remained in its current location for the longest period of time. It now hangs from a ton strap, which enables me to climb the bag […]

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