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Having explored a classic opening move, the jab, and a classic finisher, the armbar, it was time to look what can happen in between. We focused on the transition from stand-up to clinch in our MMA session.
The class warmed-up with footwork drills and then onto some clinch positional work; this included neck-wrestling and pummelling before moving onto some basic “entry” drills. We looked at the arm-drag and arm-drag counters, and then arm-drag/double leg takedown combinations. Moving back to stand-up we trained the peek-a-boo tactic, made famous by Cus D’Amato, and its application against the jab. This was done with a simple timing drill. One student pumps constant jabs to another student’s head. The other student keeps the peek-a-boo guard and slips the punch to find an opening. The counter began as a smother and then as a clinch. This moved us onto the cover tactic – a very effective recovery method for both self defence and MMA. I used a self defence code white drill to get to the essence of the cover tactic.
Sparring then included rounds of kickboxing, clinching and clinching versus kickboxing.
- MMA explained: “The Clinch” (thestar.com)
- What is MMA? (townsendmma.wordpress.com)
- Transitioning from stand-up to clinch (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)
- Specific MMA exercises & pre-emptive strike revision (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)
- From stand-up to ground & mental toughness (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)
- 13th CCMA grading & Vagabond Warriors II (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)
- Stand-up, clinch and ground revision (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)
- Working jab combinations & positioning for the arm-bar (diary entry) (clubbchimera.com)