Tag Archives | submission grappling

Hook Guard (diary entry)

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26.09.2022 Hour seven of my couple’s current submission grappling/ground-fighting course looked at guard passing from the outside and introduced the hook guard (De La Riva guard). We warmed up with exercises specific to submission grappling including toe-to-the-line drills, combat base sit-ups, triangle crunches and half-guard side rolls before proceeding with some guard-passing drills. We looked at stepping around the guard to knee-on-belly (knee-pins) working these in as muscle memory drills. Then we did the same with back-scooting out of an […]

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Turtle Submissions & Cuban Boxing (diary entry)

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21.09.2022 My junior lesson continued work on the turtle position whereas my session lesson was a boxing lesson looking at Cuban method influences. After a warm-up my junior client first covered attacking the turtle. We looked at variations on attacking with the arm-bar. This was followed with defending from the turtle using knee bars. The session finished with 2 x 5 minute rounds of specific sparring from the turtle position, attack and defence. The adult session brought together everything I […]

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Knee Bars & Toe Holds from Half-Guard (diary entry)

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29.08.2022 Hour four of my couple client’s submission grappling/ground-fighting course brought us on to submissions from half-guard. Rather going to the kimura, I decided to take them into leg-locks. These are submissions we have not covered together yet and they also link up with some of the back-attack material we touched upon last lesson. We began with the knee-shield setting up the knee-bar attack. This also provided an opportunity to cover contingencies with the shoulder-over knee bar and toe-hold. This […]

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Half-Guard Basics (diary entry)

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22.08.2022 Monday night’s first lesson was my couple clients’ third hour on their second face-to-face course in submission grappling/ground fighting. Tonight we continued working within the mid-range guard concepts and started work on attacking from half-guard. After our usual dynamic stretching and muscle activation exercises, we covered specific solo movements associated with the half-guard position. In order to teach half-guard tactics and strategies, we looked it at from the point of view of the person fighting from the top. Taking […]

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Butterfly Guard Basics (diary entry)


01.08.2022 The first hour of my couple clients’ new course on Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting looked at the butterfly guard. We covered three sweeps, including two different types. After our normal specific warm-up and muscle activation we moved onto the fundamentals of the butterfly guard. Having covered some posture work in our warm-up, I specified the importance of a concave back so that the core was fully engaged and it was difficult for an opponent to flatten a fighter out. We […]

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Escaping North-South & Sparring (diary entry)


06.06.2022 Hour five of my couple clients’ second course on submission grappling/ground-fighting brought us to defending against the north-south pin. After warming up with appropriate muscle activation and sport specific exercises, we revised the pin transition drills and then I had both clients train this under pressure. The pressure benefits both parties. Those transitioning through the pins get some honest feedback on how well they are maintaining pressure throughout the drill and also whether they being fluid enough. The person […]

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Bridge, Snake & Roll (diary entry)


30.05.2022 My couple client’s second course on submission grappling/ground fighting continued into its fourth hour on Monday night (the first course having been undertaken via live streaming at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown). This time we looked at escapes from underneath pins. Although there are clearly nuances and numerous ever-evolving counters to pins, bridging and snaking form principle movements to escape and reposition. The respositioning aspect, as always, is of paramount importance. We cannot simply escape. At best this […]

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Submission Grappling Overview (diary entry)

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26.05.2022 Thursday night saw the penultimate lesson in my client’s return to Mixed Martial Arts course. Tonight we focused on submission grappling, trying to cover all the fundamentals of the ground game. After a warm-up of sport specific and muscle activation exercises, we covered the following basic topics: Top Position Transitioning – flow drill and with mild resistance Top Position Transition Escapes Top Position Submissions – Americana, Kimura, arm triangle, snake-choke, north south choke and reverse arm-triangle from all six […]

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Submission Revision (diary entry)


16.05.2022 Hour three of my couple clients’ course on Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting became a technical revision of the material covered in the previous lesson. After a warm-up of various crawls (training specific exercises for ground fighting) I watched them go back over the pinning transition drill and the three submissions from side control: Americana, Kimura, Snake Choke and Arm Triangle. We also went over the scarf-hold versions of these submissions. Takeaway Points from the Lesson: When learning these submissions, always […]

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Ground Fighting Begins (diary entry)


02.05.2022 Monday evening saw the beginning of my couple clients’ new course on submission grappling/ground fighting. The bulk of their previous submission grappling course was conducted at the beginning of the national lockdown and training was done online. Although a lot can be covered this way, and it is especially helpful when I have two clients working together, hands on training has its obvious advantages. We spent the first lesson revising the top position transition drill. I was happy to […]

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MMA Combination 8 & The Dead Orchid (diary entry)

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09.03.2022 Wednesday’s fifth and sixth lessons were junior MMA and senior Submission Grappling. In the former we looked closely at technique and the final combination of this set. In Submission Grappling we covered the dead orchid submission from the rubber guard. Junior MMA’s combination – slip/cross/hook/jab/jab/overhand right/double leg shot This combination begins with a power punch off a slip. Typically slipping is best done when an opponent throws a big punch and this slip cross is tailor made for taking […]

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Half-Guard & Lockdown (diary entry)


05.01.2022 Wednesday night I continued my current Submission Grappling programme with my veteran client followed by a stretching routine. We focused on the half-guard tonight. This began with the classic half-guard work that marries up with the butterfly guard sweeps we used before the Christmas break. In short, we looked at framing and transitioning to the dog-fight position. From here the fighter has option to shoot for the sweep or to attack the back. This is dependent on whether the […]

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Muay Thai introduction & Butterfly Guard (diary entry)

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15.12.2021 Wednesday night saw the start of a new junior client who is interested in learning some Kickboxing/Muay Thai and more work with my senior client on submission grappling where we covered the butterfly guard. Muay Thai training consisted of learning the jab, the straight right and the teep. These were trained in isolation and combined in different ways. After the warm-up I introduced each technique first through shadow work then target placement and finally on the focus mitts. Submission […]

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Teacher Development Programme: Ground Pins (diary entry)

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16.11.2021 Tuesday night my client’s teacher development programme booked by Denmark’s Holstebro Taekwondo Klub via Zoom reached its 11th hour. Originally this course was booked for 10 hours, but early on an extra hour was added now yet another hour has been added for next week. This is little surprising given the amount of content present in ground fighting. Although my client is a highly experienced martial arts teacher with an experienced and very able co-teacher as his training partner, […]

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Deconstructing Basics (diary entry)


02.03.21 Work continues in my teacher consultancy regarding the progress of sparring/pressure-testing for grades, especially but not exclusively to child students. As my progressive and proactive client suggested, we began at the beginning and looked at where and how sparring should be introduced. Key things to consider would be that gradings would not be a test for everything. A club does not have to have sparring in the first grading and yet students by this stage can be accustomed to […]

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Knee Bar from Below (diary entry)

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15.12.20 My teacher consultancy lesson continued work on the knee-bar. This included a revision of the front and back spinning knee-bars from the top position before we began work with the knee bar from the bottom position. In this latter instance we began from the half-guard shell. This is quite a big departure from the lockdown style of fighting we were using when previously attacking from the half-guard. The half-guard shell uses more a knee and shin sheild to frame […]

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