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Submission Grappling from the Top (diary entry)

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30.07.19 Tuesday night saw the first hour of my client’s first course in Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson began with the top position and was mainly concerned with learning the major pinning positions and transitioning through them. We warmed up with bear crawls, lizard crawls, seal crawls and caterpillar crawls before snaking/shrimping forwards, backwards and from the side. Then we moved onto the first technique. Side control is a good solid position to begin from. It […]

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Last Hour of Stand-up & Ground (diary entry)

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01.06.19 The final hour of my client’s mixed course on Muay Thai and Submission grappling went through various stand-up combinations and also a round of grappling sparring. We began with mirror footwork and some reaction drills. The first drill was the Dutch one-for-one kick repayment. Various kicks are exchanged to prompt returning a strike as quickly as possible. This was then changed to prompting and taking advantage of predictive behaviour – low kick/low kick/teep. We then went through all the […]

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Escaping & Taking the Back (diary entry)

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18.05.19   My Saturday morning client’s special course reached hour nine. We have been splitting each session into Muay Thai advanced techniques and Submission Grappling escapes from underneath. Last week we put the entire focus on Muay Thai. This week we are spotlighted Submission Grappling, where we looked at escaping reverse scarf-hold and the mount. After a warm-up of floor exercises we moved onto reverse scarf-hold. Here we looked at snaking/shrimping to take back mount. We looked at two attacks […]

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Kicking Back & Escaping the Mount (diary entry)

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15.05.19   Wednesday’s second two lessons consisted of junior Muay Thai and Senior Submission Grappling. The former lesson involved working a lot on piecing the game together, reviewing Western Boxing from the previous course and merging aspects from the different disciplines. The second lesson focused entirely on escaping the mount position.   We began the junior lesson an exercise for drilling faster returns and recoveries from kicks. The exercise is performed very lightly with the two training partners taking and […]

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Heavy Bag Training & Reverse Scarf-Hold Escape (diary entry)

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08.05.19   Wednesday night’s lessons consisted of Junior Muay Thai and Senior Submission Grappling. The former provided an overview of combination set ups and counters to the back kick. The senior Submission Grappling continued work on escaping the knee-pin and also looked at escaping reverse scarf-hold.   We began with basic distancing and mirror footwork. This led onto combination setups. Here I focused on using the teep as an effective jabbing tool, creating and maintaining distance. Then it was used […]

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Cobra Punch and Back-Kicks (diary entry)

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20.04.19 Saturday morning’s lesson was the third hour of my client’s tailored Stand-up Striking/Submission Grappling course. We continued looking at advanced Muay Thai techniques, set ups for the cobra/superman punch. We also spent a lot of time on the back kick. In Submission Grappling we moved onto the next pin escape, repeating the escapes from scarf-hold I did with my client on Wednesday. We warmed up with Indian press-ups and standing leg raises. Then we went to the focus mitts […]

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Head & Foot Fight Coordination (diary entry)

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14.11.18   Tonight’s second lessons consisted of my regular junior class followed by my senior class. These are private lessons for an uncle and nephew team. My junior class focused on western boxing concepts, tightening up footwork and upper body movement. My senior class continued work on grappling – stand-up/takedown wrestling and submission/groundwork.   The junior class included mirror footwork and head movement exercises performed in isolation before being combined. This was the difficult part and requires a good amount […]

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Testing Half-Guard (diary entry)

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03.11.18   This morning I reached the seven and a half hour point of my client’s further course in Mixed Martial Arts. This two hour lesson spent extra time looking at the half-guard from a submission grappling perspective and then when it is integrated into MMA.   We began with mirror footwork, building up into various drills from different ranges. This included underhook pummelling into takedowns, neck-wrestling into strikes and bulling (collar and elbow tie) into breakaway punching combinations. We […]

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MMA Stacking (diary entry)

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18.08.18 This morning my client’s course finished at the five and a half hour point of his course on Mixed Martial Arts Ground-Fighting. This one hour lesson was entirely focused on fighting inside the guard. We trained standing up in the guard, stacking, passing, punching combinations and transitioning into submissions. We began with top position callisthenics – bear crawls, stiff-leg bear crawls, lizard crawls, frog jumps and monkey crawls – followed by bottom position callisthenics – snakes and crab crawls […]

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Trapping & Transitioning (diary entry)

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14.06.18   Tonight, my client continued looking at dirty boxing and its relationship with MMA in its entirety. We warmed up with some mirror footwork and take-down entries. Then we trained transitioning between the clinch and stand-up ranges and back again. This brought us back onto the dirty boxing tactics of Duran, Frazier, Hearns, Foreman, Corbett and Johnson, which we revised along with Muay Thai set-ups for kicks. From here we began looking at using dirty boxing tactics to set-up […]

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Specific Sparring for Transitions (diary entry)

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09.05.18   The transitional series of MMA lessons looked a lot at pressure tonight. We began with various specific exercises, dealing with the three transitions and four postures. These were layered with techniques. We tried moving backwards and forwards along the mats whilst moving into submission holds. Stand-up work focused on Western Boxing and Muay Thai set-ups. Next week we might bring in some takedown entries and combination that link the postures. After applying strikes from all the postures and […]

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Complete Combat Movement (diary entry)

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02.05.18 Work continued tonight on combat transitioning. We warmed up with movements from the back, seated, kneeling and footwork. After going through a few fundamental details, we added in punching combinations and kicking. Next we looked at the hook-guard and how it worked within the first transition. We revised the half-guard/butterfly guard flow drill, which was then used as method to train the hook-guard/butterfly guard flow drill. Here we went back over attacking with a knee-bar. Everything was then brought […]

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Ground Fight Transitioning (diary entry)

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25.04.18   Tonight’s MMA transitioning lesson focused on the hook guard. This position needs good mobility between lying back and sitting up. We warmed up a series transitioning exercises that began with movement from set postures.   Snaking/shrimping forwards and backwards for lying back, butterfly guard scooting forwards and backwards for sitting up, knee walking combat base for kneeling and v-stepping for stand-up fighting.   Then we focused on the hook guard. From here we drilled taking the back and […]

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Fight to the Feet Continues to Develop (diary entry)

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07.03.18   Tonight we made more progress with our transitional series of lessons. This area of training is planned to be at the core of the upcoming Vagabond Warriors seminar. We warmed up with dynamic stretching and mobility exercises before getting straight into postures. Here we moved through the postures with strict form. Then we isolated each one to perform specific exercises:   • Posture one (closed guard position and fighting from the back): Bridging (upa), snaking/shrimping on the spot, […]

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Punches, Kicks, Submissions and Takedowns through Postures (diary entry)

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28.02.2018   The second lesson of the day continued my long-time client’s transitional combative applications. We continued to go over and develop drills. Training began with the deck squat base exercise and then we broke up the various connection points used for fighting through postures. Next the humble jab was used as the single technique to transition through the postures. We began with a double jab, overlapping the second jab across the postures. Then, in order to promote faster and […]

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