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Sweeps and Teeps (diary entry)

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06.11.2023 Hour six of my couple client’s Muay Thai course was another sparring overview. However, this time we began with some clinch drilling, looking at breaking posture and setting up sweeps. This was followed by these two-minute rounds: Round 1 – One-for-one knee strikes in clinch Round 2 – One-for-one/two-for-two/three sparring Round 3 – Round kick exchange We then looked at developing better timing, especially in the clinch where executing sweeps in dependent on an opponent moving. I focused on […]

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Combining Ranges in Muay Thai (diary entry)


14.06.2023 Tuesday morning continued my teaching consultancy with Athena School of Karate and, as the title implies, we began the revision of the eight limbs of Muay Thai. This isn’t to say we didn’t cover new material. The lesson involved using a long range to close range combination to set up a horizontal elbow strike whilst angling off and also a Muay Femur style sweep setup. We began with teep work, bringing in feints, combining jabs and countering round kicks. Then […]

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Clinching Counters Continues (diary entry)

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05.04.2023 With 1.5 hours to work through our Muay Thai clinch material, we were able to revise much of our previous lesson content. We began just getting a feel for the rhythm of unbalancing opponents, becoming sensitive to weight distribution and timing whilst clinching. This began with the simple v-step angle work leading to knees and sweeps. From here we went to the sweep counter using a following around action as well as a knee bump. Then I introduced a […]

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Knee-Shield in MMA (diary entry)

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16.01.2023 The ninth hour of my couple clients’ course on Mixed Martial Arts ground fighting took us on to using the knee-shield tactic. This is provides a very strong base of defence against top position striking and it was important to get both clients familiar with its use. After the warm-up I had them do some very light specific sparring where the objective was for the bottom fighter to defence against the striking opponent. We looked at responses to the […]

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Closed Guard in MMA & Passing the Knee Shield (diary entry)

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23.03.2022 My final two lessons on Wednesday were my junior MMA and senior submission grappling lessons. In the former we went through standard defences from the back in the MMA. In order of priority mixed martial artists seek to escape, to sweep, to submit from guard. The advantages of gravity offered to a striker makes the guard a much more dangerous place in mixed martial arts compared to submission grappling. We looked at the hip-out escape to the feet, drilled […]

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Introducing the Guard (diary entry)

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22.10.19   After a layoff my client returned for the eighth hour of his Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. Due to the time off, my client has decided to book me in for an additional 10 hours when this course finishes. Clients typically add on two extra hours to a basic 10 hour course due to the sophistication of this discipline. Tonight we revised previous material with the exception of escaping pins and focused on the closed guard.   We began with […]

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Progressive Grappling Sparring (diary entry)


28.05.19   Tuesday night saw my client reach the sixth hour of his basic course in stand-up grappling. We continued work linking up grips, sweeps and takedown entries. I was keen to involve more live, resistance-based work but not at the cost of poor fundamentals. Therefore, the lesson was as follows:   Warm-up of Indian Press-ups and Squats, dynamic stretching and exercises geared towards the actions to be performed today. We then went back through all our break-fall/roll combinations at […]

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Hybrid Grappling (diary entry)

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23.04.19   Tuesday’s private lesson consisted of the second hour of my client’s Clinch/Stand-up Grappling course. We revised falls and rolls, turning them into muscle memory callisthenics. Then we resumed work within the clinch, looking at breaking posture, control positions, under-hooking and two basic sweep/throws.   The lesson began with a simple warm-up followed by Indian press-ups and squats. Then we moved onto rolls from the front, shoulder/side and back followed by front, side and back break falls, finally finished […]

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Beginning Clinch-Work (diary entry)


23.03.19 This morning my junior clients continued into their fourth hour of Basic Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. This lesson introduced the clinch and we also continued work on kick-catching. We warmed up with mobility exercises, dynamic stretching and specific callisthenics before we moved through basic punch, kick and knee combinations. This led us onto kick-catching and the importance of breaking an opponent’s postures. We covered both the cross-arm check from a round kick into a catch and […]

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Sweeps vs Angle Strikes (diary entry)


16.02.19 The first lesson of the morning was the final lesson of my client’s course on Martial Arts Cross Training. This class saw us revising stick and knife work before using them within the context of MMA ground-fighting. To set the scene for groundwork, we went over a series of sweeps, much as I had already done with my senior client last Wednesday. Training began with a warm-up of stick-work. We went through 12 angles of the single stick off […]

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Half-Guard Continues – Lockdown work begins (diary entry)


13.10.18   This morning we reached the five and a half hour point of this current further course on Mixed Martial Arts. Work on the half-guard continued and we covered a lot of material.   The warm-up consisted of a series of progressive sparring exercises. Working through the MMA ranges we began from cold with compliant, freestyle drilling. This built up to light specific sparring on the ground, including striking.   The bulk of the lesson concerned going through popular […]

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