Session 3-25-12

Chris, Matt and I today…

2 round shadow boxing
Gave my thumb a rest from pugilism this week and went right into some sambo.
First thing we worked on was an ankle pick from an epaulette grip:
You tube is a great learning and sharing tool.
We also went over our hand to leg attack series and Russian tie series.
Chris the took us through three wrestling take downs from a one handed neck tie up. We hit a little neck crank and well.
Since there has been some interest, we picked up where we left off last week on German longsword discussing wrestling and kicking in relation to the sword and working on krumphau this week. Likely we will do a short session of ringen next week along with more sword.

We ended this weeks session with the Footpad and Cane material again. Very simple attack and defense with an interesting striking exercise thrown in for good measure. I thi k next week we will begin some light bouting in this style.

Session 3-18-12

Chris, Matt and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
Mats were still out from last session so we jumped right into some sambo before boxing this week. We worked a four stage progression/series of hand attacks to the legs. The first three were a progression of failed attacks and the fourth was a variation. The first of these can be seen here:DRVpEdpbAmM Igor does them much better then we did.
We ended out grappling with some work on the combat glima high single.
2 rounds of boxing…able to slip a boxing glove over my slowly healing busted thumb. Six weeks later and it is stil pretty fat but overall pretty happy to get to throwing fists again.
Beautiful day so we headed outside and worked on the much neglected German Longsword after a short bit of training with the messer. Basic stance and attack work. Focusing on form and movement.
We ended the session with some Footpad and Cane style shillelagh work. Very simple style but still interesting. We went over all stick vs stick actions from the short text. Getting closer to bouting pure FaC style.

Session 3-11-12

A week late but here it is:)


Just Matt and I last Sunday.

2 round shadow boxing

5 rounds boxing and savate

1 round partnered footwork

1 round freestyle footwork


Combat Glima, basic drills and exercises. Hand is still messed up so just basic work for now.


Footpad and Cane style shillelagh work. We went over the entire short text bit by bit.  Will do more this week. I want to get where we can bout using this style only before mixing it with anything else.

Session 3-4-12

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds three count drills
Out came the mats for some work on the Russian 2 on 1tie from last time. We went through four actions from this grip. Two with the foot in front and two with the foot behind. We visited this 2 on 1 tie later in our knife work.
Out of pity for my thumb we worked on three savate combinations:
fouette to chasse
coup de pied bas to fouette  (same leg)
coup de pied bas to fouette switching feet.
On with headgear and gloves for the dread 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
2 rounds of sparring.
Next up navaja! We worked on transitions from forward to rear stance along with the cambios. We defended against the thrust and answered with a viaje. We ended our knife work with some empty hand vs knife. Downward blows against midline thrusts followed with some fisticuffs for good measure. We also worked using our grappling skills vs knife…adapting the skills you already possess to new usage.
We ended the session with Some Footpad and Cane style Irish stick…basic attacks and defenses along with some stick grappling. The more time I send on this simple style, the more useful it seems to be.