Session 6-24-12

For a change we started out today’s session with sambo. So we threw our jackets on and worked on 5 classes of leg vs leg attacks.
We also worked on a very very low single, shoulder to ankle. We then spent about 20 minutes discussing and working through some concepts of balance, both when standing alone and when engaged..
We followed up the drilling with 2 rounds of combat freestyle sambo.
We ended our session with 10, 10 second rounds of stormfighting. As always this form of combat is a learning experience.

Session 6-17-12

Just Chris and I this week.
2 rounds of shadow boxing
1 round focus mitts
About 15 minutes working a nice elbow to hammerfist combo.
4 rounds of boxing
1 round savate
2 rounds partnered footwork
This was some real hard sparring, hardest I have done in quite some time. Definitely can feel it today but not as bad as I thought I would. Lots of clinch and in-close dirty fighting going on. We both made good use of the elbow to hammerfist combo that we had worked on earlier. I survived on through treachery. I swear over 24 hours later and I am still a bit adrenalin pumped.
I was pretty wiped out after the hard sparring but I wanted to go over a few fine points on the inside trip and back trip from sambo so we hit those for about 20 minutes or so and did a little work from side control.
We ended the session with a short review of the blocking methods in the Footpad and Cane style of Irish stick.

Session 6-10-12

Chris, Matt and I today…
2 rounds freestyle shadow boxing
1 round Russian hook drill
2 rounds boxing
2 rounds savate
2 round partnered footwork drill
1 round free style foot work
defend the shoot with a sprawl and underhooks, run through into a neck crank. Reverse headlock take down from combat glima. We then worked this same take down with a jacket to add to our sambo game as well. We also went over a leg lever throw from glima.
We ended the session with the navaja, first a quick review of basics then work on the flourish, Sevillian star and defending against thrusts by using hand, blade and evasion techniques. Some work on navaja vs stick as well.
Good rough session…the boxing and savate at least were pretty rough. The rest was mostly technique oriented work but we are well past that point when it comes to beating on each other. Not that we don’t still work technique but more often than not we have been putting what we know to good violent use.
Making some good progress with our Spanish knife play. Lot’s of room for personal expression here IMO. We are all looking a bit different on our way to becoming navajeros.

Session 6-3-12

Chris, Dave and I…
2 rounds shadow boxing
4 rounds boxing
We then broke out the focus pads and worked through some of the Russian fisticuff drills including a few methods for clearing the way for strikes and working against multiple opponents.
Out came the shillelaghs for 2 bouts each. Chris fought both, Footpad and Cane style, Dave used our shillelagh method and I went one Footpad and cane and then grabbed a mountain axe for my last bout. Axe vs. stick is a pretty unfair fight…but I didn’t really to say that.
We ended the session going over the Russian police baton manual once again. For the most part it is all functional and well thought out but there are a few things that seem to make little sense to me like trying to scoop up a kick to the groin with the baton when you could just bat it down. Despite the few strange parts I do think it is a good basic system for using the short baton. The section where the baton is held in more of an icepick grip and laid along the forearm is very close to some of the things we were already doing in our Footpad and Cane work.