Session 2-19-12

Just Matt and I today

My first training with a partner since breaking my thumb two weeks ago. Thumb still not usable but I am no longer in agony if I use my right hand for anything. Just have to wear a stabilizer cast for a while yet.
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing…I boxed one handed with my right hand behind my back. Got hit a lot and threw a lot of jabs and lead hooks/choppers.
1 rounds savate…felt better relying on my feet this round.
We then worked on a few Russian style kicks I had been playing with earlier in the week.
The golubets:
and the barrel kick:
I am a lumbering earthbound beast so these two kicks are a bit of a challenge but as long as I can’t punch with y right hand, it has been fun working on these.
We then worked on two take downs from a Russian 2 on 1 tie. Grappling was a bit iffy with the thumb as it is, so we were fairly brief.
Next up more Russian stuff…storm fighting drill. 10 second bursts of sparring with virtually no defense started from 10 different positions:
       1 standing face to face
        2 standing back to back
        3 kneeling face to face
        4 kneeling back to back
        5 sitting face to face
        6 sitting back to back
        7 lying head to head
        8 lying feet to feet
        9 lying side to side
      10 lying head to toe side by side
Many more variations possible but this was a good start…great great fun. Will be revisiting these again very soon.
We ended the session with some combat glima…basic work with a focus on catching the head and applying elbow blocks/blows as per the plates in Ling’s text.
Overall a good session, very glad to be able to do something given the state of my right hand.

Session 2-5-12

Chris, Matt and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
Russian fisticuff drills: horizontal half round blow drill with and without focus pads. Hammer fist drill fore and back. Hammer to hook drill.
2 rounds boxing
2 rounds savate
Some realy good fighting this week. Seems like all three of us improved at some things since just last weeks session. During my second round of sparring I broke my right thumb when it got hooked on something during an exchange, most likely Matt’s 4oz glove. I finished the rest of my rounds with pain but once we stopped and the adrenalin dropped, I realized just ho bad I hurt…I played coach for the rest of the session.
Next up navaja…just a quick review of offensive actions, cuts and thrusts.
We ended this weeks session with some dussack. Went over some basics and some work on triangle stepping. Chris and Matt fought a few bouts putting what we worked on into play.
My right hand will likely be on the shelf for a while so lots of footwork and left handed stuff for me, at least for a while.









Actual photo of puffed hand.