Wednesday 16 July 2014

Class notes: fighting from the clinch

The standing grappling part of the class was a refresher and then some from the learning of last week.

Arm drag from fixed positions:

Right hand on same side shoulder: arm drag

Right hand on opposite side shoulder: head and arm choke

Right hand on same side hip: DWL

Right hand on opposite side hip: Double lap

As well as working the variants with the left arm, mixing it up, incorporating fast twitch speed and reaction. Ensure the motions are tight and small. With speed comes erratic movement patterns so we tried to train to our perfect ideal of tight and small.

4 variants of the arm drag from the inside and outside wrist control (with punch down the centre)

Arm drag to back shoulder and hip control:

When done to you this feels most unpleasant, firstly because you are spinning around with your head below heart height, secondly, they are not applying much force and so are riding your attempts to escape. Below are the 4 variants of the arm drag entry to get to their back and hip.

lap right and punch left starting position: arm drag - pull the hook, shoulder drives through their shoulder to where they are not, just in front of their foot. Break the footwork rule of feet together, ride the bull, torque the wrist.

- buh the arm, and slip the left hand to hook the upper arm for the AD and reach around and grab the hip with the right.

- roll over and pull the elbow back if the pressure is going across the centre

- pressure being pressed into you and he is not letting you have the arm, go over for the DWL

- same side arm drag

10 minutes of 3 drill practise. Trying to look for arm drags.

Off the backfist, hit to the balls, same arm rising elbow to the jaw followed by a hook or elbow with the other hand.

Uppercut from wrist control and punch to his centre. He blocks the punch. Keep the pressure on with the punch and lean the shoulder slightly into him. Turn the hip and the shoulder for the uppercut (hand on his wrist) and go back to wrist control. It looks like a rotation of the spine, nothing is extended. Tight small movements are the key. Continue to hit off until you get the chance to uppercut under his forearm. From here your hand will appear trapped between his arm and his chest. However, this is the perfect set up for the DWL.

Boxing sparring drills:

A Jab and B jab counter

A jab and B jab, left hook counter

A jab and B jab, left hook, left uppercut counter

A jab and B jab counter. Initial jab attacker has to shoot in for the clinch or wrist control then go again.

Fighting from the clinch: start with equal position wrist control and look to strike and control. Several rounds of this led to lots and lots of sweat. This aspect of training, sparring, is my favourite part of training at this moment of time.

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