Tag Archives | submission fighting

Forward and Backward Spinning Knee Bars (diary entry)

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08.12.20 Tuesday night saw my teacher consultancy continue work on attacking with knee bars in the half-guard position. We are currently looking at these techniques from the top position and covered two attacks with two submissions. Of the knee bar attacks we did two grip variations – the basic chest hug grip and the behind-the-shoulder grip. I have provided a link below that shows a third grip variation I didn’t cover, the choke-hold grip. The other submission was the toe-hold […]

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Twist and Shout (diary entry)

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17.11.20 Tuesday night’s second lesson saw my teacher consultancy continue from the dog fight position. Last week we looked at as a means for escaping a type of side control. This week we attacked the back and I chose a particularly no-gi style back mount position. This began with the threat to sweep from dog fight position. Here the opponent will block and the fighter can ascend the back.After getting one hook in we threated with another hook. Typically submission […]

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Top Surfing and Escaping (diary entry)


03.11.20 Tuesday night’s third and final lesson was my teacher consultation class. Matters moved in a totally different direction as my client now has her lockdown daughter present for partner training. Despite my client having an excellent background and level of experience in submission grappling, I was asked to cover this topic as a means of refreshing information and providing an insight into my approach to this area. We went through my clockwise and anti-clockwise pin drill. This is a […]

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Ground-Fighting Clinic (diary entry)

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23.07.20 Two martial arts instructors booked me in for a clinic on ground-fighting. We specifically addressed escaping the dreaded side-control, which is a common problem especially when facing larger and stronger opponents. Before I approached this specific issue, I warmed my two clients up with a series of ground-fighting callisthenics. We then went through my pinning drill to best establish the basic top positions. From here we began to address countering two types of side control. My main focus was […]

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Escaping Full Mount (diary entry)


13.07.20   The eighth hour of my client’s second MMA course (submission grappling/ground-fighting specific) arrived at the full-mount. This position is an especially difficult as the mount is one of the strongest positions in symmetrical ground-fighting.   The lesson began with the usual warm-up of ground-fighting callisthenics and dynamic stretching, moving onto pin transition drilling between my client and her lockdown partner. As per last week’s lesson, the second time each of the participants drilled their pins from either side […]

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Submission Grappling Overview Continues (diary entry)


14.03.20   Saturday morning continued my client’s Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course where he booked in a special two-hour session. This brought his current course up to the four and a half hour mark. We spent the first hour going back through pins, transitions and submissions from the top position. The second hour focused on guard passing and submissions from the guard.   We began the session with a run through of specific grappling callisthenics. This included exercise for both top position […]

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MMA Guard-Work (diary entry)

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25.08.18 This morning my client completed his seventh hour of a 10 hour course on MMA Ground-Fighting. We continued our work on fighting from the top position in the guard and then began work from the guard position for MMA. Striking and defending strikes from these positions is an art unto itself, requiring a lot of work looking at how to transition effectively. We warmed up with both top and bottom position callisthenics. Bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, lizard crawls, […]

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North-South and Fighting in the Guard (diary entry)


13.08.18   My client’s course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting reached the four and a half hour point. Tonight we continued work on the top position, adding in some extra options from side control and working on the north-south pin. We then began looking at fighting inside the guard.   Warm-up consisted of a series of mainly top position calisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-legged bear crawls, frog jumps, monkey crawls, lizard crawls, press-up jumps, row walks, knee-pin transitions, seal crawls […]

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Ground ‘n Pound Begins! (diary entry)


26.07.2018   This evening saw the beginning of my client’s first lesson in MMA ground-fighting. As the title suggests, this will involve both striking and submission work from top and underneath positions. My starting point for this course was to look at establishing strong pins and transitioning through pins to work the top position. In order to do this the fighter needs to have specifically trained core muscles. He needs to be able to coordinate weight distribution, maintain firm stability […]

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MMA through the Ranges at Kingham Hill

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20.06.18   Today was the final lesson of this term’s course on Self-Defence/Mixed Martial Arts. Last lesson we switched entirely over to the MMA programme. This lesson offered a mixture of basic footwork, clinch, kicks and submissions.   The warm-up began with various techniques on the move – blitzing/bull-rush forwards, side-step transitioning from stand-up to clinch ranges, sprawl/knee combinations, snaking/shrimping and bear crawls. Everyone then partnered off for some important mirror footwork and coaching. Simple prompts consisted of jab/cross, sprawls, […]

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Triangle Choke in MMA (diary entry)


22.03.17   Having covered countering the leg triangle choke in MMA we looked at setting up the choke itself.  The lesson began with the usual series of mobility and muscle engagement exercises with a special focus on groundwork movements. We then began deconstructing the technique.   This time, when it came to the set-up, I looked at the importance of using the guard to immediately break the opponent’s posture. During the previous two lessons with this client – where we […]

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Stand-up, clinch and ground variations (diary)

  30.03.16   Tonight was the second in CCMA’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross-Training. We had an extended lesson, working on several different variations between the ranges. A similar format will follow next week.   We started off with some simple sport specific movement exercises. This began with shadow boxing, moving onto partner work. I had my client perform repetitions of jab-slipping and rolling off hooks into hooks and uppercut/hooks. This movement was then applied […]

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