Session 8-19-10

Justin, Matt and I today…

2 rounds of shadow boxing
Then is honor of James Toney’s outstanding performance this last weekend we did 4 rounds of boxing.
2 rounds of freestyle footwork

It occurred to me during one of the rounds of boxing that I was having an absolute blast…which is strange in a way. here I am doing my best not to get my face bashed in while trying to punch my own friends in the face…this should be horrible or at least traumatic but no, it is fun.

In honor of Randy Couture’s performance this past weekend we worked on the low single leg from the outside.

We went through Silvers bill material using the Irish sparth axe again this week plus a review of all the axe stuff we have been doing lately.

Lastly we played with bows…no actual arrows took flight. We just played around a bit with Matt’s Magyar bow and my compound, using different drawing methods including a thumb ring.

Next weekend ISMAC!

Session 8-22-10

Matt and I today…

I was pretty sick all week but felt good enough today to train…I do hate to cancel.

We skipped all thoughts of warming up today and jumped right into fighting.
3 rounds of boxing followed by 2 rounds of savate.

Gypsies seemed to be the topic of the day so we flowed right into navaja work from the MdB going over the basics of the jiro and contra jiro and footwork…this lead to an all over Navaja session lasting about an hour.

We ended the session working once again with the sparth axe trainers covering what we have been working in the previous weeks but adding some new material from Silvers section of the bill and q-staff. This all lead to me spouting off everything I knew of Silver for Matt to try an absorb…I stuck to what I was comfortable with which admittedly was not much.

Session 8-15-10

Just Matt and I today…

We started off the session working with the sparth axe. Going over
some of the material from last week plus some material from Silver.
Rather than risk our lives again, I made two spart trainers, wooden
shafts with leather heads, still pack a wallop but not deadly. making
some good headway here.

Next we dug into some sambo and worked on the lesson plan from last
week that never got done. After two rounds off balance/grip drill we
worked on three main concepts:
1 A very wrestling like single leg with a jacket grip set up
2 A drop knee throw and the step over counter then a rolling kneebar
to counter the step
3 A lateral trip or Pancake throw

We ended the session working with the e-tool for about a half hour.
Just the basics, simple attacks and defenses…only high percentage
work done today.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday Chris came out and we did lots of
footwork, sparring and timing drills.

Session 8-8-10

First off for the week…

Tuesday I had Chris and Gov out for lots of drilling, boxing mostly and huge amounts of footwork.

Wednesday just Chris was out and we did some sparring and once again a ton of footwork.

Today it was Justin, Matt and I…

I had planned on doing a whole bunch of Sambo today but we started working through some ideas and material for the Sparth axe and before I knew it we were almost two hours into our session.

The big news is that we managed not to kill each other working through this stuff. The big axes are just that, big axes. Hard to control and hard to stop once they get going. My shoulders are dead tired but good tired. I may give up the kettlebells and just swing my axe around from now on.

I had read about the Galloglass being big and strong when described, now I wonder if it wasn’t constant drilling with the sparth axe that made ’em that way.

We finished the session BS’ing, hitting the bag, some shadow boxing and more BS’ing. Next week we cannot skip the sambo!