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Ground-Fighting – Pins

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24.09.20 Thursday night I was booked to teach a martial arts teacher and his family some more ground-fighting and submission work. We went through the pinning drill both clockwise and anti-clockwise – side-control/under-hook scarf-hold/north-south/under-hook scarf-hold/side-control/knee-pin/side-control/reverse scarf-hold/full mount/knee-pin. We briefly went over arm-triangles from scarf-hold and an arm-bar knee-pin. After this we looked at two escapes from side-control: the reversal and snaking to guard.

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Explosive Guard Passes & Attacking the Shoulder (diary entry)

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14.09.20 The sixth hour of my clients’ Submission Grappling course looked at footwork for guard passes, an explosive stacking pass and the omoplata shoulder lock from guard and sparring. My two clients began with a warm-up of footwork exercises. We used the toe-to-line footwork drill for guard passing. This begins with simple forward and backward rhythmic movements, keeping the posture low. We then progressed with side-steps and crescent steps before moving onto going through the guard and passing guard into […]

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Combat Base Guard Pass (diary entry)

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31.08.20 Monday night brought my client up to the fourth hour of their current Submission Grappling course. Tonight we looked at guard-passing and focused on the combat base posture. I find this posture is be very effective and efficient, and a great way to look at taking a guard apart. Having found ourselves in a standing pass position with the final technique I went back to the perspective of person holding guard and introduced the long-guard concept in submission grappling. […]

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Lockdown Sparring (diary entry)

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10.08.20 Monday night’s lesson was the second hour of my client’s new course on submission grappling. We went over last week’s material on the arm-bar and triangle choke from guard, but this time brought in flow drills and did two rounds of specific sparring – guard-passing.

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Arm-Bars & Triangle Chokes (diary entry)

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03.08.20 Monday night’s first lesson saw the beginning of my client’s new course. We are continuing from where we left off with Submission Grappling from the previous course. Tonight we worked on arm-bars from guard and leg triangle chokes. This was a very technical lesson, beginning with the usual series of ground-fighting related callisthenics and movement exercises followed by learning the individual techniques, and finished with some muscle memory drills. These two moves were first taught with a set up […]

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Defence from the Guard (diary entry)

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27.07.20 Monday’s lesson covered the hip bump sweep, the Kimura from guard, the scissor sweep and we started the arm-bar. This is the penultimate hour of their 10 hour course. The warm-up consisted of several solo ground-fighting exercises before the two lockdown partners performed their first fully resistant exercise. This was a type of long-guard game where one tries to touch the others head whilst the other fights from their back, using their legs to keep them away. It serves […]

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Escape from Knee-Pin (diary entry)

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29.06.30 Monday night brought my client up to the sixth hour of her second MMA course. In line with current restictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been running these via Skype and she has been training with her lockdown partner. This second course has really only focused on Submission Grappling. We arrived at escapes from the knee pin (aka knee-on-stomach). The lesson began with a warm-up of ground-fighting callisthenics and dynamic stretching. We then went into pin transitioning. […]

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Three Half-Guard Attacks (diary entry)

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11.03.20   Wednesday night’s junior Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting lesson brought us onto strategies from half-guard. The senior MMA lesson continued work focusing on how different disciplines relate to the entire game.   After a warm-up of callisthenics specific for grappling, the junior lesson began with the half-guard. This is the basic half-guard which better suited for Submission Grappling than MMA. We started with the dog-fight sweep which is a very low line attack and is a good beginner position because it […]

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Fighting from the Top (diary entry)

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06.03.20   Friday night’s lesson brought my regular client up the two and a half hour point of this particular course on Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting. As per our last lesson, we thought it best to thoroughly revise material in previous courses on this discipline before moving onto new material.   After a preliminary warm-up we did 2 x 3 minute rounds of grappling calisthenics, dedicating 30 seconds to each exercise. These exercises worked top position, guard, submissions and escapes. Next […]

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Wrestling combined with Submission Fighting (diary entry)

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04.02.20   Tuesday night brought my client up to the ninth hour and penultimate lesson of his second Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting Lesson. Tonight we looked to begin our journey to a Mixed Martial Arts Single Objective Path and combined stand-up grappling/Wrestling with Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting.   After a series of specific dynamic stretches and callisthenics – combining Wrestling and Ju Jutsu exercises – we began a double-leg/guillotine drill. This particular drill had been shadowed in the callisthenic exercise previously. The fighter sprawls […]

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Intensive Turtle! (diary entry)

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21.01.20   This Tuesday brought my client up to the seventh hour of his second Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We focused entirely on attacking and defending the turtle position.   The lesson began with a series of crawling callisthenics, specific to submission grappling. These also included three variations of sit-outs, rolling from turtle to guard partner drills and movement around the turtle position, all of which are directly relevant to tonight’s subject matter.   We then revised the basic attack on […]

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Attacking the Turtle Position (diary entry)

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14.01.20   My first Tuesday night lesson brought my client up to the sixth hour of his second Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. Due to missing a few weeks’ training we decided to do a revision of all the main areas before finishing with work in the turtle position.   We began with ground grappling callisthenics. The final callisthenics included three different types of sit-out exercises that can be utilised to better condition for the turtle position. Then we ran through both […]

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Arm Bars from Mount & MMA Overview (diary entry)

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08.01.20 My junior and senior regular double lesson resumed for 2020 with a focus on the arm-bar from mount for the junior class and an overall look at MMA with component sparring rounds for the senior class. The junior class began with some simple ground-fighting callisthenic exercises – crawls and snaking (hip escape). We then drilled the pin transitions from each side. Next we moved onto the mount which is the final original pin of the drill. From here I […]

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Turtle Knee Bar (diary)

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17.12.19 Tuesday night’s fifth hour of my client’s second course on Submission Grappling continued work on the back position – this time defending – and also went back over the omoplata. We warmed up with ground callisthenics – Indian press-ups, horizontal squats, lizard press-ups, upas, snaking on the spot and sit-outs. Then we moved onto the turtle position. Previously we were focusing on the back mount. This time we looked at means for closing down this attack. From the turtle […]

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Long Guard Theory (diary entry)

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03.12.19 My first evening class on Tuesday brought my client up to the third hour of his Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting and we focused on long-guard concepts. We warmed up with various ground callisthenics and agility ladder drills. From here we moved onto techniques from the spider-guard. The spider-guard has limited use in no-gi training and MMA. I was taught very much as a gi technique, taking full advantage of sleeve holds and other useful grips provided by the uniforms worn in […]

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End of First Submission Grappling Course (diary entry)

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05/11/19   Tonight – Tuesday – saw the conclusion of my client’s first course in Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting. He has decided to roll on with a second course in this particular discipline straight away, which will begin next week. Tonight’s two hour lesson covered two more submissions from closed guard as well as three standard guard passes.   We warmed up with a combination of freestyle callisthenic movement and agility ladder crawls. This solo training was then followed by partner drills. […]

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