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MMA Sparring for Beginners Lesson 2

Monday, October 23, 2017

MMA Sparring for Beginners Lesson 2

MMA Sparring for Beginners - Lesson 1

Monday, October 16, 2017

MMA Sparring for Beginners - Lesson 1

Sparring is one of the big reasons why people enjoy martial arts training. Sparring is a way to practice your punches, kicks and blocks by using various sparring drills.

There is an almost infinite amount sparring drills that can be created, but here the first two in our series of sparring lessons.

Non-contact alternate Sparring – I demonstrate during the lesson shown. You have you partner and you fire a single move or a combination of moves towards your partner. You aim to hit shorts of the target area, but you do aim at that area. Even though there is no contact the technique should be executed with good technique and power. There is no need to add speed into the equation unless your moves already have a good technique. Nothing ruins technique quicker than speed!

In this lesson you will notice we are not bouncing around with elaborate footwork. The movements are kept straight forward. Again, like with speed too much foot work may compromise your stance and general technique.

The goal, here is two fold. One of the most important skills you need for sparring is your ability to face forward and turn away. If you get into the bad habit of turning or looking away then you will never master striking techniques. However, by practicing the sparring drills as shown you will build up a great amount confidence and keep your eye on your target.

The second goal, when practicing is too develop good technique and footwork. Good technique is never accomplished in a rush or by trying to practice moves too fast.

Alternate Touch Sparring - This time we slow down the moves and simply make touch contact with our partner. With the lesson you can see that if you have a good technique and control you can shoot the move with power and still just have touch contact.

This drill can be used as a basic sparring exercise, but there is real magic is this way of practicing. For more advanced students, they can practice more challenging techniques. I personally like touch sparring to work high kicks. On future lessons I will demonstrate how to best practice this technique.

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Triangle choke for Mixed Martial Arts

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Triangle choke for Mixed Martial Arts

The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 3

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 3

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Ninja Attack Gone Wrong

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ninja Attack Gone Wrong

The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 2

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 2

This video lesson demonstrates a very important part of the ground self defence system.

The previous lesson dealt with how to get up of the ground in a fast safe way. The problem here is what happens if the bad guy closes the distance and can unload punches on your head!

The high guard leaves you venerable to strikes.

You will see we use a low guard, by sitting back to avoid the punches and use our legs to fill the space to ensure the bad guy can’t close the distance. I cover my head and pressure my feet on the guys hips, we are assuming the bad guy is being very aggressive and leaning into his punches.

If he pauses and steps back even for a moment that would give me enough space to stand up and guard. However, he piles the pressure on. This gives me an opportunity to execute a fantastic sweep.

On this video lesson, I demonstrate the move slowly with the bad guy taking it easy. However, as part of our regular training we would add more and more pressure, with the bad guy punching quicker. This ensures we develop a technique that really does work. We call these drills rapid mastery drills.

The drill would go like this, Lewis (playing the bad guy) would try to land punches with more intensity until my technique failed. This idea of training to point of failure is extremely effective way, not only does it develop incredible technique but develops the reactions to a higher level. We will demonstrate this training method on the final lesson.

With the bad guy trying to punch me, he would usually have one leg more forward this gives him more power so he can land strong back hand punch.

I grab the front leg low on the ankle, then move my leg of his hip and hook it under his back leg.

You then pull his front leg with my hand, drive his hip up with the foot in his hip and pull his back leg with my hook…boom. The sucker is now on his back.

To readers who don’t train MMA or grappling and that have not experienced this move, you may be sceptical, but I must stress this is not theory, it is a dam good move that really works and works in a high pressure situations. But don’t take my word for it, practice the move, work it, and add pressure, develop skill. Then try it in sparring.

The next problem we need to solve is what happens when the bad guy tries to circle so he can get passed your legs this can him the opportunity to punch you in the head without hindrance, (or passing guard as we say). On the next lesson, we will demonstrate the techniques required to keep guard, but also when the bad guy simply grabs your legs and throws them to the side.

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The best Self Defence - Ground fighting part1

Monday, September 11, 2017

The best Self Defence - Ground fighting part1

Gannon's Dragon Camp - Martial Arts & Leadership Training

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Gannon's Dragon Camp - Martial Arts & Leadership Training

A True Story: The 80's, Cider Drinking and Flying Side Kicks

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A True Story: The 80's, Cider Drinking and Flying Side Kicks

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Masters Secret Revealed - How to land a head kick

Friday, August 04, 2017

Masters Secret Revealed - How to land a head kick

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