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Takedown “Revenge” (diary entry)

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25.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight with a focus on regaining a standing position and the use of strikes. We warmed up with our usual mobility exercises building onto grappling-style calisthenics and then we went into some basic techniques.   Two important factors – internal and external – were addressed within the psychology, strategy and muscle memory of this current subject.   Firstly, we have the internal. By internal I am talking about the fighter’s self, so to speak. […]

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Takedown Countering (diary entry)

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18.01.17   Takedown defence training continued tonight, but this time the focus was totally on grappling counters and we looked primarily at the single leg takedown.   Warm Up   We began with mobility exercises – quadruped shoulder rolls, progressive scap press-ups and dynamic cat stretches.  This moved onto callisthenics – Indian press-ups and Indian squats. Then we covered more specific muscle engagement – hip thrusts, single leg hip thrusts, shoulder bridging, combat base squats and sprawling.   Grip Fighting […]

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Takedown Defence Work (diary entry)

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11.01.17   Tonight’s focus was on takedown defence. We studied this mainly within the context of MMA fighting rather than self-defence, but the fundamentals are pretty much the same. Although anti-grappling tactics feature this isn’t the same as takedown defence, which features a lot of grappling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that wrestling offers the richest and most proven base for this part of the clinch fighting range. I know! Shock horror!   Wrestling – […]

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Strikes to Clinch (diary entry)

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21.12.16 Tonight we specifically looked at the clinch range, combining strikes with throws. However, prior to this we had a complete MMA warm-up going through all ranges. We began with a progressive series of mobility exercises – quadruped shoulder rolls, cat stretch, Indian press-up, squat thrust and Indian squats. This was followed by footwork and stand-up combinations. We looked at attacking the lead leg. We did some clinch drills such as under-hook pummelling and arm-drags.  Next we drilled the three […]

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Feedback Loop Training in Action (diary entry)

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14.12.16   Tonight we continued our sparring themed series of classes. These are lessons specifically designed to test and correct certain aspects of my client’s personal range of skills as well as tactics. It is not always easy to do this on a one-to-one basis for various reasons, but there are general observations that can be made that will aid a client to reach his potential as a martial artist and fighter. We use feedback training loops whereby drills and […]

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Bringing it under Mixed Martial Arts (diary entry)

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07.12.16   Tonight it was time to start taking stock of all the recent material covered and bring it together. We looked at it from an MMA sport context. Areas covered and revised included Muay Thai, shoulder throws, fireman’s carry throw and attacking the turtle position.   We began on the Thai focus mitts. The warm-up consisted of various standard combinations performed lightly first, focusing on technique and then increased to full power. We looked at setting up for low […]

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Attacks to the Back

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30.12.16 Continuing from our previous lesson on clinch and ground from the back, tonight we looked at single-hook back-mount, the arm-bar and the fireman’s carry throw. The first two came off the way the shoulder throw was being used as a tactic in the previous lesson i.e. as a reaction/counter to someone placing their weight to far up the top end of the turtle position when attacking with the seatbelt hold. The third technique was offered as a tightly timed […]

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Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

Shoulder Throws Continue (diary entry)

  23.11.16   We continued our shoulder throw theme tonight, looking at two variations and bringing it into the ground game plus a submission. The colder temperature inspired a more vigorous warm-up with careful attention taken towards promoting progressive mobility and the inputting specific actions in view of the techniques about to be taught.   We began with tight forward rolls, backward rolls, break falls and (combat) base squats. Then we did some turtle drilling in preparation for the groundwork […]

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Shoulder Throw (diary entry)

Shoulder Throw (diary entry)

  16.11.16   Tonight after a three lesson hiatus off our clinch-to-ground programme we returned to some throwing practice. Previously we focused on more wrestling-based takedowns, throws and slams; this included suplexes and single and double-legged takedowns. Tonight we looked at the shoulder throw. This technique and its variations can be found in most grappling styles, but Judo possibly has the best reputation for its refined execution under pressure. The throw’s continued teaching in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling and […]

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Clinch/Standing Joint Locks and Retraining Holds

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12.11.16   Today’s double lesson concerned joint locks with a request for a particular focus on the clinch range. We are currently working around a recent operation. A strong feature of the coaching and teaching I offer is the ability to adapt. Geoff Thompson and Mo Teague have been strong influences on the importance of adaptation. Fighting is rarely convenient. This is why training through a range of inconveniences from simulated injuries and around less than ideal conditions are crucial […]

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Filthy Boxing (diary entry)

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26.10.16   Today my client took a break from grappling and we focused on some hand-striking. Rather than just working on modern western boxing for martial arts cross-training, we also brought in some “dirty boxing”. I am not quite sure I want to use that term, as it has become so generically thrown about in the martial arts world I am not whether it has a clear meaning anymore. Randy Couture used it to describe his wrestling based striking style; […]

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More Pins and the Kimura (diary entry)

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19.10.16   My second lesson of the night was also on submission fighting. This is my client’s third lesson in her course on Basic Submission Grappling (Groundwork) for Martial Arts Cross-Training. We revised the Americana, introduced the Kimura and spent a good portion of the lesson transitioning through pins.   The lesson’s warm-up consisted of simple muscle activation and mobility exercises for groundwork. We used bear crawls (backwards, forwards and sideways), spider-man crawls (forwards and backwards), seals (backwards and forwards), […]

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The Turtle and the Anaconda (diary entry)

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19.10.16   Tonight’s first lesson looked at grappling mobility with a focus on groundwork top position. I emphasised the importance of engaging the hips at all times in order to dominate and I also used a few timing drills.   The warm-up began with some basic grappling exercises – Quadruped Shoulder Rolls, Indian Press-ups, Squat Thrust/Indian Squats, Forward Break-Falls and Backward Break-Falls. We then did some partner drilling. This started with collar and elbow transitioning, changing to bulling, then necktie/wrist […]

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Getting Grounded (diary entry)

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15.10.16   This morning’s double lesson began my client’s course on Basic Submission Grappling (Groundwork) for Cross Training in the Martial Arts. We will be focusing entirely from a grappling “no-gi” perspective, learning and layering the rough categories of the fight as we progress through the lessons.     Ground is considered by many MMA coaches to be the third area or range of the fight game with the first two being stand-up and clinch. The ground game is possibly […]

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Single Leg Takedown

Single Leg Takedown

12.10.16   Keeping with my client’s current area on study, stand-up grappling/wrestling, we focused on the single-leg takedown, another common MMA takedown. This began with a warm-ups specific to this range. We warmed up with quadruped shoulder rolls, dynamic cat stretches and Indian press-ups. This progressed onto the squat-thrust/Indian squat, which is a full body movement that increased in tempo as the repetitions progressed. Then we performed backwards, forward and side rolls, both with and without breakfalls, and in increasing […]

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Suplexing (diary entry)

Suplexing (diary entry)

14.09.16   Having previously covered anti-grappling for MMA last lesson with my client, I decided that we would start looking at tactics for engaging in grappling. We used wrestling/stand-up grappling as a base for tonight’s training. After warming up with some wrestling-based calisthenics we did some grip working, focusing on the upper/mid-line.   We began with wrist grip holds and breakaways, beginning as a drill and then as a form of specific sparring. This was then done with bulling/neck-wrestling and […]

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