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Teacher Development Programme: Self-Protection (diary entry)


26.10.21 Tuesday night also saw the continuation of the teacher consultancy programme booked by Denmark’s Holstebro Taekwondo Klub via Zoom. Tonight we took a break from active sparring drilling and training to focus on their self-protection programme. Areas I covered included: Recommendation that attitude should be trained before awareness training Confirming their inclusion of situational awareness training Discussing either the inclusion of the 3 Rs version of the OODA Loop or, at least, bringing in the “double tap” Establishment of […]

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Teaching Challenges; Progress Through Adaptation (diary entry)

Talking Hands (small)

05/11/10   Tuesday’s late evening session was my teacher training lesson. In addition to going through my own pin transition and guard transition routines we looked the use of the half-guard. This is all designed to form certain basics for my client’s students to have down prior to a workshop I will be teaching on MMA.   I discussed suggested hierarchies for submission grappling and MMA in relation to using the guard. We both agreed that the students in question […]

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Focus Mitts for Self-Defence Coaching (diary entry)

Jamie Clubb coaches a transitional striking drill, beginning with the fence

23.08.19   Tonight I was booked for a special two hour instructor private lesson. My client wanted me to coach self-defence/counter-assault focus mitt exercises. These will be used for children and teenagers. My client was a highly experienced martial arts teacher with good cross-training credentials as well as a progressive attitude towards coaching.   Each of the below focus mitt exercises are underpinned with the overlapping principles of the “Training Matrix” (thank you Iain Abernethy, for coining this term). Each […]

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Martial Arts Scepticism: Taking it on the Chin and Listening to Fools


We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield. —George Orwell (1946) The process of martial arts training can be a […]

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