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Sparring Drills Continue (diary entry)

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03.10.19 Thursday night brought my client up to the seven and a half hour point of his course on stand-up sparring. Tonight we built on previous Muay Thai sparring drills with some Western Boxing influences. We warmed up with mirror footwork, which was followed by three sets of pad-work. The first set looked at Western Boxing attacks and defences against kicks. The second added to this teeps and knees. The final set added in round kicks. We then commenced with […]

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Sparring Drills (diary entry)

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14.09.19 My first Saturday morning client completed his sixth hour in stand-up striking. We have decided to keep this course within the stand-up striking range and concentrate on MMA in the next course. Warm-ups consisted of agility and coordination work. We moved through the ladders, increasing step cadence and working off angles. The cones allowed for L-steps, V-steps and switch-hitting. Then we went into one-for-one partner warm-ups. This included teep exchanges, jab exchanges and combination exchanges before moving onto focus […]

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Hip Throws & Sparring (diary entry)

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11.09.19   My Wednesday night duo of nephew and uncle worked on hip throws and MMA sparring concepts respectively. The junior lesson also revised all three lines of attack covered in previous lessons. The senior lesson was divided up into timed rounds.   The junior lesson began with wrestling callisthenics. We then moved onto bulling and pummelling, revising two-on-ones and various entries. Next I introduced the hip throw. This is the basic no-gi version of what Judo would call an […]

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Integrating Elbows (diary entry)

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09.09.19   My Monday night client completed their penultimate lesson in this first course in Basic Muay Thai/Stand-up Fighting. We looked at integrating elbow strikes into the clinch and outside fighting combinations.   We warmed up with shadow boxing, including some basic advice on getting the most out of shadow boxing. This was followed by dynamic stretching and mirror footwork. We then did some revision on the focus mitts and belly pad. We went through sets ups using teeps and […]

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More Two-on-One Work & Sparring (diary entry)

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31.08.19   I just taught one part of my usual duo of junior clients this Saturday. We have reached our seventh hour of their basic course on clinch/stand-up grappling. Today we revised a lot of material, due to the large layoff between sessions, and I also focused on developing the two-on-one as well as sparring.   We warmed up with dynamic stretching and wrestling callisthenics. Next we moved onto break-falls and rolls. Then we moved onto bulling to set up […]

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10 Rounds of Stand-up Fighting (diary entry)

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29.08.19   We covered the third hour of my client’s course on Sparring Conditioning. We are currently focusing on the stand-up range (Boxing and Muay Thai). Today we ramped our training up to 10 x 3 minute rounds with one minute breaks to focus on specific areas.   The lesson began with dynamic stretching and sport specific callisthenics. We then did ladder agility drills and agility cone drills to develop footwork. The lesson then went into the 10 rounds.   […]

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Body-Locks & Pacing (diary entry)

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28.08.19 The junior lesson today focused on under-hooking. The senior lesson looked at riding the storm in Muay Thai and timing calm resting periods in between flurries of strikes. The junior lesson began with wrestling callisthenics and dynamic stretching. Then we did grappling specific ladder drills, including hip switches and double-leg takedown entries. Next we clinched with some basic bulling on the collar and elbow tie. From here we focused on the over-hook/under-hook position and did a pummelling warmup drill. […]

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Integrating the Clinch (diary entry)

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26.08.19   Monday night brought my client up to the seventh hour of their Muay Thai course. We looked at integrating the clinch into the rest of the training previously covered.   Training began with neck wrestling. This was then built up with footwork and breaking postures. From here we moved into one-for-one knee strikes and locking off positions. From here we used the belly pad to develop more impact and then the focus mitts to bring in punching and […]

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Flowing Under Pressure (diary entry)

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19.08.19   Reaching the fifth hour of my client’s first course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training it was important to bring in more resistance and to promote more fluidity between techniques. We worked on basic combinations, drawing connections between different techniques and also worked on close range fighting.   The lesson began with a warm-up on the agility ladders before we paired off for some punching practice. We built up the 4 punch combination with a […]

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More Fighting the Reverse Side (diary entry)

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15.08.19   Thursday began my client’s new course on sparring development. We will still be following progress from the previous two courses, but there will be a larger emphasis on fighting conditioning and better sparring in general. Today we looked at Western Boxing and Muay Thai.   The warm-up looked at agility ladder and cone activities, focusing more on tightening up footwork along with general coordination. The first half of the lesson generally covered the same ground as Wednesday’s lesson. […]

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Sparring to Collect Data (diary entry)

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05.06.19 Wednesday night saw my junior client finish his long and extended course on Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. Next week we will begin his Clinch/Stand-up Grappling course. The senior class that follows was largely based on stand-up sparring – Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. The junior class consisted of 6 x 3 minute rounds of Boxing and Muay Thai. The first two were on the focus mitts and the next four were sparring. We went over […]

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Muay Thai Sparring (diary entry)

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27.09.19   My second lesson on Saturday completed the eighth hour of my two junior client’s course in Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We focused on sparring and better combination work.   The lesson began with a callisthenic warm up and then moved onto a series of rounds on the focus mitts. After looking at specific areas for improvement off both clients we moved onto their first experience sparring in Muay Thai. This consisted of 6 x […]

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Concluding Boxing (diary entry)

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05.02.19   Tonight saw the final part of my client’s 10 hour course in Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. From the beginning of this course, my client’s objective has been to learn the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Tonight we put everything together and sparred for 5 x 3 minute rounds.   The lesson began with a warm-up of mirror footwork and slipping. This is a great form of attribute training that enables a student to focus on […]

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Sparring (diary entry)

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28.11.18   Today was my Kingham Hill class’s second lesson in Muay Thai as part of their self-protection course. We revised the techniques taught in the previous lesson and introduced sparring.   The warm-up consisted of line-work, dynamic stretching, footwork and guard changing. Then we went onto the focus mitts going through some basic combinations: jab/cross, jab/cross/teep and jab/round kick.   We then went through some basic defensive techniques, such as parries, shin checking and teep clearing. This was prior […]

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