Session 2-9-09

Just Matt and I today…..

2 rds grip offbalancing work
3 rds freestyle sambo
2 rds par terre (mat work)
Best moments…..getting things we learned at Mark Tripp’s sambo clinic to work live! Matt also drove me across the floor landing a very nice single leg on me, growling the whole while!
With the revisions of the Broadsword League rules I wanted to have a few bouts but since it was jsut us two and neither of us were feeling too competitive after the sambo we decided to wait until next time.
We worked through the first two plays of Mair’s murder axe material. I had been having a hard time getting something to work in the second play…this was the first Matt has gotten to do this one. He automatically made it work right. I guess i just had a mental block and needed a fresh input. 
We ended the session with about a half hour spent working on the navaja….jiro and contra jiro, viaje and defending against. We made drills out of both of these concepts.
We also got a chance to shoot a video clip of some simple chokes using the shillelagh. I will be posting those on youtube and the NEOHEMAS site tonight.

Session 2-1-09

A break in the weather. We were blessed with a training area that was 40F today! 

2 rds offbalance, grip work
2 rds sambo 
1 rd ground work
We worked on two simple kicking attacks from savate…displacement with fouette and march croise with mid line chasse. After a review of technique we chained these together making a drill of them.
We broke out the axe trainers and did some work with the murder axe from Mair and worked some of it into our mountain axe play. We concentrated on binding and grappling.
We then moved on to navaja….
We went over four stances:
1 Sevillian navaja in lead hand
2 Sevillian navaja in rear hand
3 Long range stance from MdB
4. Navarresse as described in Carmen
We went over the basic jiro and contrajiro
Plumada and reverse
We also worked a bit with navaja and cloak. We ended out knife play with a bout using the cold steel trainers.
We ended the session by breaking out the trainer e-tools and bout against the knife with them. The extended reach and just over all nastiness of the short shovel make it very hard to fight against using a knife…the more I play with my e-tool, the more i appreciate it.