Tuesday 28 October 2014

MMA thoughts

Last night I went to my old MMA class for the first time in 18 months since I damaged my knee there. I thought it would be a great chance to try and apply all the stuff Martin has been teaching us. There was only a few chances throughout the 3 hour class to apply what I have learned.

The first part of the class was technical striking so in my head it was time to work all the points Martin talks about with striking. The protective shell. head movement, footwork are all key when big gloves are coming at the head. And as if to parrot Martin's ideas, Lee, the MMA coach also expressed the same technical points to striking success. He is also a big believer in being excellent at the basics, again, something Martin has broken down before with the 4 keys to being a sound fighter.

We did a wrestling drill from our knees to get a takedown and then try to pin the partner. I wanted to start standing to get the arm drag going but could not get it from my knees.

We did a wrestling drill against the cage where you try to keep correct posture and pressure and flow through the different no closed hand grips. I found staying soft and feeling where my partner's arms were was something we had sort of worked on in class with Martin. I also thought a lot about my breathing and being in control of that. This helped me to stay relaxed.

We did a grappling technique looking a DWL from side control.

In the free spar at the end I was looking for the head and arm. Got the position few times on the floor but the shoulder was not through deep enough to cause a Saracen Leader effect! I was looking to use those magic bones on the forearm of catch wrestling, I also found the guilotene but again the shoulder was not deep enough around the head.

You can see the full blog post here detailing the other aspects of training covered.


Thursday 23 October 2014

Class notes: boxing and co-ordination work

Boxing gloves on:

Sparring from out of range

Footwork drilling

Jab, hook, wrist control
Jab, jab, inside gate wrist control
Jab, outside jab, lap wrist control

Repeating the rounds with new partners:

How to counter the counter puncher

Jabbing and moving the head offline, jab and move off the powerline, jabbing sparring

Then again with the gloves off

Bare knuckle sparring

DWL of the jab and hook set up.
Long arm head control with the forearm. If they try to stand then positive posture, push the chin with the other hand if they try to scoop to grab the leg for a takedown.
Folded arm shoulder control from DWL entry.
Drunk man hug counter - going deep over the shoulder.

Pak lap drill
Basic roll, adding inside gate pak.
Changing on their attacks: Tristan change, change on the pak and the strong wrist change.

Friday 17 October 2014

Class notes: finger jabs and co-ordination drills

3 drill to warm up.

From long range, man sau to inside gate pak sau as an entry for the chop attack. Whilst chopping keep in the chin tucked into the shoulder. From here work on follow up techniques from as wrist and shoulder control as the chop will be a way to bridge the gap.

If the throw a right hand as you enter with the chop, because there is a pulling on their lead hand, have the left hand on your forehead with the
palm facing outwards. This will add another layer of protection as well as having the hands up for the next phase of your work.

Martin also introduced using the finger strike to the eyes instead of the chop. This is not poking or anything kung fooey. For me it is like imagining my fingers have water on them and you are trying to flick the excess water off the tips. By using this technique you are not trying to pull out eyes and cause major trauma ending the fight in a magic second. You are causing distraction and triggering reflex actions as a way to get his hands up and momentarily disorientated.

Pak lap drill.
Getting the reps in to build on from last week.
Basic roll
Punching on the lap then inserting changes and punches.
Punching on the pak and inserting changes and punches.
Adding the inside gate pak after the pak sau.
More changes, more frequent hits and generally building up co-ordination competency for the drill.

Standing grappling set: working the arm drag, headlock defence, DWL, double lap, head and arm choke.

Martin then spent some time talking about a technique that he has applied with constant success against all types of grapplers, he also sent this paragraph:

You attempt an arm drag, when it is defended, probably by putting pressure on you shoulder or face, you go to grab the back of the head. This was what Martin called steps of the ladder way earlier on in the year. If the neck bends then you go to Thai grip. If they push back against your head grab you go straight to the head and arm choke. The other one we didn’t do but mentioned by Martin was Thai grip to either head and arm when pushed back or the take down (that doesn’t work on Jack).

Boxing gloves back on and we were working the jab and jab counter drill. This led to the counter punchers being able to choose to jab or the long left hook.

Saturday 11 October 2014

30 minuts workout to get the lungs going

Get your lungs working and get a sweat on in this 30min workout. It is great for us as martial artists because there is no rest, the motions change often and the body is put under stress. As we can't spar ever day we can achieve some of the emotional and physical states through different types of exercise. So find the time to give it a go.

Thursday 9 October 2014

Class notes: Snatch attacks

This class was one of those session where I should have filmed because that would explain in much clearer terms than what follows. I guess this is an unusual post in that if you were there it will hopefully act as a reminder. If you missed class then it will probably not make too much sense.

3 drill: recycling the hands for the initial chop. This was chopping with the 'wrong' hand in 3 drill.

Pak lap drill: Partner simply throws continuous punches and you control along the power lines using lap and pak to keep him at distance and under control.

Once the basic roll is sorted you can start to add the change. The change is a double up of either the pak or the lap to get you on the other side.

Once you have got the roll of the drill and the change then you can begin to insert punches. Start by punching on the lap attack. Get your rhythm, timing and distancing then start attacking off the pak. You will also need to add subtle hip rotation to the punches to give them extra body behind them.

Next when you feel comfortable with the above start inserting the inside gate lap. This happens by turning the hand over after the pak to guide that punch to the opposite shoulder. Punches can also be added to the inside gate lap.

Martin and Trist both demonstrated the whole drill fro punching on single attacks all the way up to attacking of the 3 control points. To me it looked like a blur and something that is a long way away from being good let alone competent at. Martin then took it one step further and showed the whole sequence from snatch to 3 drill to pak lap and back again.

Martin also gave a brief demo of practising solo in the air.

Pak lap drill becoming a snatch attack drill from long range - pre contact range in sparring or match fighting.

Applying the snatch attack to short lap the from arm of the guard then pak with the same hand to his rear hand then to insert your own choice of attack depending on angle and distance. Knees, head control, neck and wrist control,

Inserting the pak lap control into the 3 drill. To get it going, the person who wants to apply the technique needs to start with the lap and palm strike. This will give you his attacks then three of yours to get it going.

This as usual was one of the sessions whereby time went too quick and more time is needed to practise. I guess that is what the next 40 years are for!