Session 2-24-13

Chris, Gary, David, Jason and I today…
Chris had an injured arm so we worked around that for quite a bit today. He is going to be down for a while healing os we will do our best to make sure we hit lots of footwork, knife and some stick so he can take part.
2 rounds of shadow boxing
2 rounds focus gloves
We then did some work throwing the lead hook with a diagonal step…very aggressive in gaining distance.
Some work on savate combinations and feints with kicks.
3 rounds partnered footwork.
On with the kurtki…
some basic grip breaks followed by two short rounds of grip and balance work
4 rounds of coached sport sambo. Chris may not be able to grapple right now but he really helped coach us through these bouts. Saw some really good stuff starting to shine through with these guys. Wrestling background is really shining through. Both Gary and David made it to Sectionals and their wrestling season officially ended yesterday.
We finished the day with a very neglected aspect of our training here…shillelagh. We  on the Footpad and Cane method focusing on two head strikes and defense plus the uppercut with the heavy end.
I am feeling a bit run over by a bus right now…grappling can do that to you if you go too long between bouts or maybe it is just that I am 47 grappling with teenagers:) Either way I am in need of a massage and maybe some vodka.
I have been taking it easy due to a flare up of tendinitis but trusty o9l’ DMSO is working wonders and I am fully feeling like using my arm again after a month or so of babying it.

Session 2-10-13

David, Gary, Jason and I today…

3 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds savate sparring
2 rounds boxing
We are focusing on sambo for the next month or so but will continue to work out boxing and savate to keep things fresh. We have decided to try and make it to the Ohio Sombo Championships in Jamestown Ohio mid March, so lot’s of grappling for us in the coming weeks.
On with the jackets…sambo time!
2 rounds gripe work
review of last weeks back trip session followed by the front body drop throw for today. We also worked the back trip into the body drop throw adding an inside leg hook.
2 rounds sport sambo.
Finished up with some navaja work including some time spent on the faja or sash. We also worked a little Southern Italian “manfredonian’s knife “. Pretty interesting, mostly held in the ice pick grip (not a favorite of mine but for the sake of working on something different, it is interesting.) and moved in a figure 8 pattern, at least what I have of it so far.

Session 1-27-13

David, Gary and I…
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing
2 rounds partnered footwork
1 round free style footwork
On with the jackets for some sambo. 
2 rounds grip work
Our focus this week was the back trip, cross body position and straight ankle lock. We worked on variations, and counters to these three concepts. Working first from a static position then moving to a more active almost one step sparring of all three.
Sambo at this years Arnolds Martial Arts Festival in March. Tentative, plans for us to go and compete. We will see how things roll in the next few weeks