Session 7-18-10

Justin, Matt and I today…

2 Rounds shadow boxing
3 Rounds sparring
1 Round focus gloves
1 Round heavy bag
2 Rounds partnered footwork drills
1 Round freestyle foot work

Next up, sambo…we threw on our jackets and did two rounds of grip/balance work. Justin reminded me just how good the technique called cradling works for controlling your opponent.

We then worked a series of three throws to the lapel grab side. Normally if an arm is grabbed you want to throw in that direction since it is harder for them to post or catch themselves if you already have the arm…this time we went against this rule and threw to the side where you did not have an arm grip.
You can see the series of throws here:

We also worked on defending the standing guillotine.

Jackets off…knifes picked up! Inspired by James Loriega’s blog
we each grabbed a CS rubber knife and worked from extreme close quarters. We started our live knife fencing from an “in the grips position”. Luckily we are all right handed so easier to explain. Opponents grab the wrists of the knife hands. So we basically started out chest to chest. Very eye opening! Very messy but brutal.

We finished out the session working with the e-tool against it’s natural enemy…the bayonet.
Using some recently dredged old Soviet material, we went through and did some basic work against the thrust then we worked knife and e-tool against the thrust and lastly we worked two variations of throwing the e-tool and attacking with the knife against the bayonet.

Screen capture of a clip with Russian WWII vet teaching e-tool vs bayonet.

Last Tuesday I worked out with Gov…lot’s of boxing, padwork and footwork. We then pulled out the mountain axes and did a little bouting with them. he also got his first taste of singlestick bouting. These two young fighters that train with me are going to be monters at singlestick or whatever weapon they choose, once they get the theory down. Their level of athleticism is way higher than most people have come across.

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