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Ninja Home Invasion - Gannon's Martial Arts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ninja Home Invasion - Gannon's Martial Arts

Karate tournaments, does winning matter?

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Gannon's Martial Arts Camp Torrevieja, Spain 20th - 23rd April 2018

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gannon's Martial Arts Camp Torrevieja, Spain 20th - 23rd April 2018

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Triangle choke for Mixed Martial Arts

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The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 3

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Best Self Defence - Ground Fighting Part 3

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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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Monday, September 11, 2017

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Is Mixed Martial Arts the Best Style?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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What our clients say

Gannon's is the best martial arts academy in Leicester, very friendly instructor's. My son has been doing martial arts for nearly 5yrs and he loves it, can't get enough of the training. Well recommended to anyone, give it ago, you won't be disappointed.

Amit Patel

I have recently joined the academy and have been given a very warm welcome. I have no experience in martial arts and have started the beginner classes. I find the classes are exciting, fun and informative. They are a very supportive team and want to help you achieve your goals. Great atmosphere and lovely people to learn with! Whatever your ability or fitness, I highly recommend joining Gannon’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Diane Wartnaby

Wow, what a great place this is, we started taking our son as he was getting bullied at school, best move we ever made, he's like a different child! Lewis and Jasmine and Master Gannon are all great teachers and we are always welcome.

Ian Dunkley

I recently enrolled into the beginners program at Gannon's. Although it's early days I have learnt a lot already. The teachers are top quality and there is always a great atmosphere at the academy. I would definitely recommend Gannon's to anyone interested in starting MMA.

Jasper Alyn Stephens

My 7 year old son has just joined. Had a mini lesson on his own yeterday and had his first class tonight. He thoroughly enjoyed it and Lewis took the time to go through moves with him. He was not made to feel like a newby and hes looking forward to his next class. So far so good!

Kelly Richardson

Absolutely amazing! And that is a massive understatement. Everyone is very friendly and the instructors are top quality teachers. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Liam Crawford

We have been coming to Gannons MMA for 1 year now. Our 2 boys have moved from white to blue belt this year. That's absolutely phenomenal considering they only 8 and 6. Our boys are truly energetic and just want to have fun and its been a challenge to calm them down. But since we joined Gannons MMA Leicester they have matured so much and Hyper Jon has even improved his focus in class. We cannot thank Lewis and Jasmine enough to help with implementing discipline into our two wild cat's. Over and above this, we really enjoy the professional classes that our boys attend with a proper dojo setup of thick mats, mma cage and loads of punching pads including the Bruce Lee punching man. What really sets this mma school apart from other schools is that we have Lewis and Jasmin training the boys each lesson together, along with their professionalism they have a professional setup. So there is more consistency in their lessons. Lewis and Jasmin are also so friendly even while trying to stay focused during classes. Everyone in the class is so friendly. In fact we have met two other couple's thru the mma classes. What is also great is the mma tournaments and socials, but best of all the Summer Camp. If you want a serious investment in your children then I can definitely recommend Gannons MMA. 5 Star rating for sure!!!

Mark Wedge

Today I went for my first kickboxing lesson and I have got to say I enjoyed it very much.. I was quite nervous going on my own but Paul Gannon welcomes you with open arms and make you feel comfortable. I will definitely be coming back... it is amazing experience and you also have fun why training... Thank you master paul Gannon

Matthew Leeson

No matter what you're aim is, either self defence or fitness, then Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the best place to achieve your goals. The team are amazing, supporting you no matter what your level and it is more like a family than a dojo. I cannot recommend it highly enough, to say that it is life changing is not an exaggeration.

Paul Reid

A fantastic mixed martial arts school with brilliant, knowledgeable instructors and a great group of people to train with.

Paul Sheldrake

A fun and interesting classes that will keep you coming back for more

Ruth Singleton

The word Awesome is used a lot here. And for good reason. It is. Awesome instructors. Awesome people. And you will have an awesome time. If you are interested in martial arts. Fitness and mental discipline. You won't go wrong here. Two years in and still loving it. Awesome.

Steve Hadley