Friday 27 June 2014

Is bare knuckle boxing the future?

According to some sources it is safer than boxing and MMA because of the frailty of the hands. Yes it looks more hardcore because of the surface wounds and injuries but apparently the head trauma is far less.

Wednesday 25 June 2014


Class notes: be calm in the chaos

3 drill
chin down on the chop
alter the change to be a lap and right cross and roll with it
grab the punch to get wrist control, elbow down as you cross his wrists to break his grip, then strike. can also turn into a mini lap (2 hands to 1)
turn the hips and throw the right hand

attacking with the attacks from the 3 drill - he leads with a jab, inside gate lap against his lead hand and chop in - lap and backfist, lap and right cross

grip breaks revision - grab the grabber

inside gate pak sau against the lead hand in guard or jab. it must be out of range because you are then protected against the right hand. if you muck up you just have the hand and you are out of range. Then come in with a jab or chop

Boxing drills with the gloves on
jab, evade, jab, cross,
jab, cross, protective shell, cross

jab to the body
both sides jabbing to the head
all strikes v defending
striking vs grappling

Lack of application of pak sau and strike, inside gate inquisition

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Class notes: rev the wrist

3 drill:

No energy just feeling the shapes.
Change detail - pull the lap to stop him getting the hand out to defend. Do not make the elbow ornamental, it needs to travel back whilst the forearm pulls. Do not stop the elbow as you will loose a lot of controlling energy. Crash in with the backfist to put the pressure on his defence and have him on the back foot.
Bong sau reminders - shape and where the pressure release valves are. Martin also discussed the concept of where your hands should not be in 3 drill or clinch - they need to be at least a thumb to index finger span away from your chest.
Absorb in defence and release in attacking the energy

Take down from the change - anti rev the wrist and pull into your side, other arm, put the armpit over the top of his arm. Weight down putting pulling him to where his feet are not. Elbow to the sky and replace with the forearm into the back of his upper arm.
Fold the arm for the chicken wing - head turn to stand him up, slide down the arm to DWL then release to shoulder control. Martin showed it all as a lock flow.

DWL from the front and on the ground.

(off the change in the 3 drill) Upward shoulder rotation. Do not let the grip loosen on him. Keep it tight and do not let the wrists bend, keep them straight or even a little anti revved as you punch the hip and elbow through quickly for the shoulder rotation.

Ground: reach over and around to get the fingers on the meat of thumb. Pin the hand, keep the 90 degree angle and go for the DWL from side control. Get his elbow on to his hip to close off the DWL.

I have searched and searched but can't find an image of how Martin showed the DWL on the ground. See if you can spot what i am talking about and notice our modification. For what it is worth I have 4 years of grappling experience and not been shown this variation. It is the most painful variant that I have experienced.

Here is a lovely image showing the shoulder control, again similar to our but with slight variations. I just think it is great to see old photos of the same stuff we are doing today.

Punch the arm through deep, magic bones up, push the shoulder away, squeeze the elbows together.

Again the type we did last night is hard to find on the internet. Here is a similar variation; the shoulder is being pushed. Most images show hands/wrists clasped. Notice that the guy in the image is not yet using his magic bones although is looks tight as anything!

Boxing sparring drills:
Jab and counter jab
Jab counter jab followed by the occasional left hook.
Jab countered with a jab and cross or jab and lead hook. Defender needs to use correct small and tight motions to defend. Nothing big.
One attacking with punches, other defend with motions, parrys, blocks and grappling in standing.

The Snake Pit Wigan

This is where Catch wrestling became the centre of world wrestling focus.

Saturday 14 June 2014

UFC submission sucess rate article

My old MMA coach has been doing some analysis of submission over the past 5 years.

If my maths is correct then we have studied about 30% of successful ones (kimura - DWL, arm triangle - head and arm, Guillotine - grovit plus other 2 variations). Stands us at Workman Martial arts in a good position in terms of our submssion game. The next phase I assume is to apply them in all phases - standing, clinch and ground.

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Judo submissions

Fast, hard and fluid from our Japanese stylist cousins. Some pretty awesome technique on display.

You've been framed, the martial arts special

To add a little late night humour this Wednesday night at the expense of others choosing to demonstrate their 'skillz'...

Class notes: Bong sau, grip breaks and boxing combinations

3 drill warm up:
Martin was running a little late so the eight of us got into our 3 drill. I was working with Trist on angles of lap, forward energy, use of the bong sau in the final defence and looking at different/wider range of attacks on top of the 3 basic ones. It was nice to have some time to be creative, explore and play.

Martin's 4 key elements/fundamentals of the sound fighter:
Power punching
Tight and small movements

Bong sau:
Bong sau is passive and done when energy is on the outside of the are. It is really important to work it in the 3 drill because it gives the opportunity to feel the energy and develop the bong sau.

Bong sau drill: I left jab then he paks off and hit with his right cross. As he hits after his pak you do you bong sau. They key is the pressure on the arm and this will dictate the move. After a few reps you can add you looping hook punch. My mistake when doing this with Ayyaz was that my bong was folding into too much. I was not maintaining the 135 degree angle. After some corrections it felt better. I was folding the arm from the elbow not keeping the 135 shape and folding from the shoulder and then turning the shoulders. Another key point is to wait for the energy.
Several times tonight Martin reinforced the idea that we should not create the shape in the hope that it is needed. It is energy and sensitivity directed. Furthermore to feel the correct energy the attackers needs to throw the punches to the face.

Grip breaks against 4 main common grips (same side hold on top of wrist hands pointing down

And the the opposite so that the hand under the wrist so hands point up, on both side of the body)
The first thing to consider is: are you really bothered about it? Let him worry about grabbing you and using up time, energy and concentration.

Rule 1 of grip breaks is always grab the grabber: rev the wrist and this will pull your elbow back and extend him plus more than likely root his weight through his legs, then grab.

We worked putting the 4 grabs on then swapping sides. Getting lots of reps in.

When you rev the wrist, this isolates his arm. We have to be aware that he might not be grabbing with 100% so you still have to go for the movement. Stay away initially from elusive grip breaks as he will follow your motion. The universal grip break (UGB) will give you resistance in his body to work against. When his arm is lengthened using the UGB his is pinned, little finger towards yourself, Martin used the analogy of the little finger chasing the thumb (looks like a fook sau). Ensure the top of the ulna is against his thumb so when rotate back using the hip and thus using body torque you can turn the hand out of the grip.

We then looked at folding techniques to break the grip, this was making sure the elbow goes forward. This will affect his structure and grip ability.

Sensitivity drill - guiding down the powerlines
Double lap
Arm drag to double lap

Underhook counter - the cricket bowl into chicken wing or DWL. Key points in DWL detail: 1. squeeze the arm by trying to pin your elbow to your side. 2. elbow on his shoulder. At time it can get jammed at the top of his tricep and the DWL is very tough to complete. 3. Punch the hips through.

Grappling flow drill sneak preview

Gloves on:

Jab, pak and counter jab warm up.

Jab the hand (held close the head and head height) - he will counter jab so you go to the protective shell cover, but do not lean back. It looked like a tight and small roll. Load the right handright right - throw right hand. Add movement from the pad holder in all directions

As above but add on the cover right head as he throws a left hook to which you counter with a left hook.

Jabs to the body only sparring.

Hands to the body sparring, my minor development was getting the rear hand pak and hit off in terms of timing. Really good working with Trist and Darren with alive footwork and movement. Thanks to Big Ron for his accuracy in making his rear pak and hit off work whilst hitting to my body. I never knew my eye ball was part of my body!!

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Class notes: standing grappling workshop

3 drill:
Applying the Bong sau. See it's use and application as links in the pressure release valve on the outside of the arm. Ideally have a 135 degree angle. Incidentally you can practise this every time you walk through a door. Push the door open and as you walk through let the pressure release points in the arm happen at the elbow, shoulder and turn turn. Remember that the elbow is higher than the wrist.

Within the drill get used to counting 6 numbers - 1, 2, 3 attacks, 4, 5, 6 absorbtions/blocks. You need to bong on the number 6 as this will give you the gap to get the other hand out to block the palm strike.

Pak sau - hit towards him, encourage towards me.
Lap sau - does not go in one direction. You can push it towards his hip (evasive), into his void (pulling), up to the side even like the beginning of an arm drag. It is all about feeling the energy and exploring its use. So, stop thinking about lap going in one direction. Likewise with the double lap. PLay around with it.

We then looked at using:

Absorb relax and explode with different speed and rhythm. Relax on the defences and speed up on the attacks. Exploding with attacks only can happen if you are relaxed as there can be no acceleration from tension.

How to stay soft, relaxed and strong at the same time? constant forward pressure from your energy. Absorb his energy like a spring then send it forwards with your attacks.

We did loads of changes with everyone to feel the different energies in action and to have a go at absorbing and exploding in the 3 drill.

Drilling the position and tightness.
Transition to chicken wing and back again. In reality you really turn fast and throw the hips through as you pull your arms onto his back and shoulder.. We need to do it a lot slower as the pace will tear the shoulder. Even at a more 'understanding' pace you can still feel the incredible potential of what can happen to the shoulder using the DWL.

In the chicken wing, when his hand goes on the floor, hand on the face, turn it away and then up. This is nice as it can keep you mobile in combat. If at any point it is not working then go back straight to the DWL. Remember to keep your hands linked. To tighten the chicken wing aspect of the move, grab the back of his arm.

The other version is peel off the DWL to the chicken wing, push the arm through so the neck is on the fulcrum of your forearm and you can add knees to the mix.

Another tip: don't let yourself get disconnected with the DWL. Squeeze your elbow to your ribs - this will trap his arm. Pull the wrist tight into your chest and own the arm. Do not be in a hurry to get it. If he does not let you get the strong grip you can peel of to the chicken wing.

Keep gaps to the minimum.

Hand on hip - reverse rev, grind the tricep into the chicken wing.

Hand on hip - reverse rev, grind the tricep, weight on his upper arm so he goes down, fold him into the chicken wing.

Several times tonight Martin talked about being creative, not only with the DWL and thinking outside of the box and where the DWL can be applied.

Sensitivity drill: Stay out of range of the punches as you guide down the powerlines, don't push back or use too much energy.
Kau sau (hook)into body clinch by stepping into his hip as you clasp the far side hip. This then led into head and shoulder rev leading to knees to the face.

Double lap mechanics - wrist and elbow and pull down at the same time as you grab. Bend both legs and send the arms down. A common error is to bend the hips to lap. Instead, use gravity and sound body structure.

Final thoughts at the end of the session were:

1: Be creative, have fun whilst you are learning this and ways to explore how techniques can be applied.

2: As you go along you path in the martial arts, choose a few moves and make them yours. What is it that works for you? What is it that you love to do?

Again, another tremendous session tonight.


Billy Robinson interview

Find the time to sit down and listen to this catch wrestling legend.You can download it as a podcast so listen to it in the car or on the go