Session 11.25.12

Gary, his two sisters Danny and Rachel and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing, followed by loads and loads of footwork drills. Both Danny and Rachel have not had much exposure so we started heavy on the footwork.
We then brought out the focus gloves. I fed Gary and he fed me…we then each took a sister and worked through some of the basic concepts of striking. We kept it at straight lead and rear and lead rounding blow for today. Just enough to work on but not so much that we burned them out…I hope.
Gary and I then sparred three rounds, first boxing, then savate and lastly boxing again. Gary has been training a while now so I was able to open up on him a little more and give him a better feel for what his future holds. He did well. A well placed coup de pied bas in the second round had me thanking whatever god was handy that Gary had wrestling shoes on. Now no one should like getting hit but there is a special feeling about getting hit with something you just taught a few weeks ago. Nice to know that things sink in.
We ended the session with some review of some of the grappling we had hit during the past few weeks.

Session 11-18-12

First off…super tardy on any reports for the last few weeks and my trip to Chicago as well. Last couple of weeks has been Chris, Gary, David and I training, lots of striking and grappling. Plenty of live rolling. Both Gary and Dave have their first wrestling comps coming up so we want to get them a little extra mat time.

Trip to Chicago to teach pugilism at both Forteza Fitness and Gallowglass Academy went well. Forteza Fitness is an incredible facility. I am still slightly Green. Keith Jennings and family made me feel at home and we had a nice group of eager pugilists that hopefully went home with some new(old) ideas.
Sunday found me at Allen Reed’s Gallowglass Academy doing a semi private lesson on pugilism for Allen and Patrick Bailey. We went over a ton of material…Allen and Andrea were excellent hosts making me feel at home as well.
Ok, so now I got that out of the way, current training report.
Chris, David, Gary, Matt and I last Sunday. Full house, maybe one more person could have squeezed in for some of the action. Jason was there with his daughter, Jason took a bunch of pics while his daughter absorbed some quick self defense type stuff.
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds three count cadence drill
2 rounds focus pads
right into the grappling….we started working on the north south choke, improving our understanding of it and perfecting out technique that we found lacking. great improvement. We then did some live rolling for around a half hour.
Out came the longsword for Dave, Matt and i, followed by dussack while Chris and Gary went over some more striking ideas along with Jason’s daughter Danelle did some pad work as well.
So much I wanted to get to but ran out of time…the more people we have show up, the less we get to but having a full house is nice. Definitely want to hit footwork hard next week and do some Spanish knife training as well.