Fitzsimmons demostrating the foul pivot


Marciano throwing a hook into an illegal elbow

I mentioned this in a comment on the elbow clip a few minutes ago.


Some lead elbow techniques

Milo was asking about our opinions on the lead elbow on the Classic pugilism list…I told him I would vid a few concepts to share. Much easier and clearer than typing them out. I wanted to get them done on the weekend but power problems in the Loft of Doom made that impossible….better later than never I guess.

Sambo 2-25-09

Matt and I doing a bit of sambo on a fairly warm Wed. afternoon.

Session 2-22-09

We were having power problems in our space today. Right away we blew a fuse, I replaced it. 10 minutes later we blew another….no more fuses and no store open in this metropolis to buy new ones…so we trained until it got too dark.

We went over some of the things we did last week end at the clinic…
cross grip podvhat or for those more japanically (yes I made that word up) inclined an uchi mata. We worked this from a cross grip and from a whizzer grip and did it a little different and low on the leg.
Also from this cross grip we worked a front body drop throw, a melnica or firemans and a leg sweep along with a belt grab into a Georgian pick up.
Onto par terre or groundwork….we worked on getting the armbar from the bottom then countering that armbar attempt with a nice leg lock flow that included a knee bar, a banana split and three different achilles crushes.
We then took out the entrenching tools and worked on flowing with them, and on a certain thrust with almost an epee grip from the Russian manual I got to see last week. We did some work against a knife using the e-tool and did some practice chopping/cutting against heavy wooden beams. Like I say almost every week…the more i play with this thing, the more i like it.
I had grand plans for doing a lot of different things this week but it just got too dark too fast and we called it a day after only an hour and a half.
So I have to save the navaja, shillelagh and pugilism for next week and still find time for at least one Broadsword league bout.

Sambo clinic review


Matt an I drove out to Findlay Ohio for a sambo clinic yesterday with Mark Tripp….so no training session report for today. 

We spent three hours doing sambo, combat sambo, Russian influenced judo and sambo influenced MMA. I broke my index finger on my left hand within five mins of the start when my finger got caught up in Matt’s jacket when I was tossing him with a fireman’s takedown. Needless to say this put a damper on my day. I got it taped up right away but it really was painful. It looks like a fat sausage today!
We went over a good amount of material and I learned several things that are going to help me up my game…so it was definitely worth the 3 1/2 drive and the paltry fee of $25. We will be doing this again in April.
After the clinic Coach Tripp produced his Soviet era classified military manuals…I asked him to point me to the shovel section….very cool material in there. Nothing complex and not too in depth but just from looking it over for a few minutes I was able to absorb a few concepts to add to my own arsenal of e-tool techniques.
imagesNot a pic of my actual finger:)

A few simple chokes using the shillelagh