Floor bag workout Oct2013

Floor bag workout

It’s been a quiet summer on the blog front. Training up for two gradings seemed to eat up spare time, and then taking a few – okay four – weeks off training afterwards didn’t help either. Anyway, so my mind turns to tuning up fitness again, and I’ve become a...

No-nonsense Baseball Bat defence Jun2013

No-nonsense Baseball...

So here’s a practical, effective technique to use if you’re unfortunate enough to face a baseball bat / pool cue attack. This is one area that usually makes me cringe. There’s a load of very theoretical, and potentially dangerous stuff suggested on this topic. The basic fact...

Punch perfect Mar2013

Punch perfect

This month, continuing to train with the MMA / boxing, as well as at my regular kickboxing club, and it’s all about the technical aspects. Kick conditioning. Hard round kicks, particularly off the front leg and switch kicking off the front leg. It’s addictive. The more you do it,...

You get knocked down, but you get up again Jan2013

You get knocked down...

Whether it’s a due to a slippy bit of surface (ahem!), some unsuccessful footwork, a technique that went a bit wrong or because of an all-too-successful technique from someone else, sooner or later, we martial artists all end up there. Lying on our backs, with an opponent standing over...

Pre-empting a problem Dec2012

Pre-empting a proble...

It’s not always a good idea to wait until your opponent throws their attack. In this film, Stewart over at Urban Krav Maga shows how you can pre-empt an attack without being the one to throw the first punch. It’s easy to get overly theoretical about these things, so I particularly...

Slip away Nov2012

Slip away

Check out this great guide to the technique of slipping punches from¬†Fran Sands at myboxingcoach.com. Recently I’ve been trying to get my technique a little sharper, training with some classical boxers. We spent time doing all the classic drills, including slipping punches. I...

Loop Choke Oct2012

Loop Choke

This technique is very handy for defending against someone much heavier or stronger, especially if you’re tired. Here, Anthony Britton explains how to do a loop choke submission, step by step. Check it out – but as he says, be very careful if you’re training...

Good Kicking Principles Jun2012

Good Kicking Princip...

Different styles of martial art teach different kicking techniques. My personal preference is this Muay Thai style, for its practicality, simplicity and powerful effectiveness. In this film Kevin Bankens explains the basic principles very clearly. Note the important difference between the...

Use your head Apr2012

Use your head

  If you’re in a tough spot, then using your head might be the only choice you have. And it can be highly effective, as the guys at Elite Martial Arts over in the States demonstrate here. It’s not a legal move in any martial arts competition I’ve seen, and is very...

BCA Ultimate Self Defence Mar2012

BCA Ultimate Self De...

I’ve heard only good things about Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson who run the British Combat Association. So if you’re in the UK and are near (or can get near) the Midlands on 7th October, you might want to check out their Ultimate Self Defence Seminar. Geoff and Peter will...

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