Tag Archives | Wrestling

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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Arm Triangle through the Arts (diary entry)

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          21.08.1   We began my client’s second course on Personalised Martial Arts Cross Training looking at moving offline using the arm triangle structure. Having just covered rounded movement in the previous course we used the bobbing and weaving tactic from a collar and elbow clinch position. Here the fighter weaves under the necktie grip on the back of his head or neck and encircles the neck and shoulder with an arm triangle position. Muay Thai […]

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Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

Sleeve Grips and X Guard (diary entry)

20.08.16   Today’s second double lesson focused on gi and no-gi grappling. We began with set-ups for lowline takedowns in the gi section. This started with the double leg takedown, where the double lapel or sleep upward grips preface the actual takedown. We discussed the similarity with the high to lowline jab or even the high jab to double leg takedown. Keeping on the theme of sleeve grips we looked at the downward sleeve grab used to obtain a single […]

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Moving from Gi to No-Gi to MMA (diary entry)

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        23.07.16 Today’s second lesson saw the return of a long term client. With a strong background in Judo and Western Boxing, he adopts a more buffet-style approach to cross training with me, selecting certain specific areas he wishes to explore. After an initial discussion we decided to focus on gi ground work, no-gi ground work into no-gi clinch and then MMA clinch and MMA ground work. We warmed up with some solo specific exercises followed by […]

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Underhooks, Shovel Hooks and Waist-Locks (diary entry)

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18.05.16   The eighth lesson in my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training looked at very close range fighting. We began with the clinch and the double-under-hook position. From here we focused on controlling movement and posture. Closing gaps is crucial in grappling, as the slightest space allows an opponent to block or delay an attack. It’s important to move into the grip as deeply and early as possible, and to be wary of […]

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MMA counters to advanced Muay Thai (diary entry)

MMA counters to advanced Muay Thai (diary entry)

16.03.16   Tonight we began my client’s second course on Mixed Martial Arts for Martial Arts for Martial Arts Cross Training. The direction of the training is somewhat different in my client’s personal programme. Having just completed an extended second course in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training, which included three extra lessons on advanced techniques, we decided to take this experience/knowledge to a Mixed Martial Arts line rather than a self-defence one. Usually we spend the last two […]

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MMA 101 (diary entry)

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07.11.15 This marks the beginning of a series of two-hour MMA lessons for an old client of mine. My new regular gym is situated out in the sticks and I appreciate it is not easy non-local clients to get to me on a weekly basis. Therefore, it is often better for those who live further away or have a more sporadic lifestyle to book me in for fortnightly double sessions. However, the dynamic of these lessons will always be different […]

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