NEOHEMAS Session 4-26-15

Chris Matt and I…
2 rounds shadow boxing
4 rounds focus gloves
4 rounds 3 count cadence drill

2 rounds 1-2 punching on the focus gloves for Chris.
We then reviewed our Roman and Greek boxing, basic stances and some attacks then putting on some headgear and working a few combinations.

Chris had to leave early so I went over our basic gladiator work with Matt for the first time, giving him a chance to fight in the various armatura that we have the equipment for.

We worked a bit on the basic mechanics for the thrust and lunge which lead us into some spear work, going over Fiore’s spear material plus some from the Cossack method. We ended the session with some knife, cutting against targets with real force.

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NEOHEMAS 1-25-15 Training Session

Great session of recreational violence today but first let me give the report from Saturday…
Evelyn, Louis and I on Saturday.

We started out on German longsword. After a quick review we went over uberlaufen and countering Zornhau with Krumphau. We then jumped straight into our navaja work. This time our focus was on the Matador’s Thrust and floretazo so we donned our masks and got busy thrusting and cutting to the face with glee.

We then hit on the style of Irish stickplay found in the 1905 San Francisco Call focusing on the series of attacks and defenses against them. We ended our session with a focus on ancient arts…Greek and Roman boxing and gladiatorial combat.

Today it was just Chris and I…

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus pads
2 rounds three count sparring drill
1 round boxing
1 round savate
1 round freestyle footwork
1 round partnered footwork drill

Since we had such fun with the ancient boxing on Saturday we went over the same material on Sunday, basic stances and some attack and defense from them. This was one of my original forays into the concept of western martial arts many years ago when I first got started, I wish I would have stuck with it…where would I be now?

We ended our session with a heavy dose of gladiatorial combat working with the training shields weapons I have been working on the past few weeks. Gear is decent but needs to be heavier, especially the shields but good to start with for now. Probably the most fun I have ever had training. Interesting how the different sets of gear match up even with the non-historical match ups we played with. Definitely will be part of our Sunday violence for the foreseeable future.

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NEOHEMAS Session 9-14-14

Chris, Gary, Jason, Matt and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds boxing
1 round savate
1 round Pammachon (boxing with a dagger)
Next up, grappling…
We worked the the single to Barzegar finish from last week again and added a podsod throw from sambo in as well, with two variations. We also worked on our shots and sprawls and a turnover called elbow in the ear:)
We finished the session with some navaja work, a simple sidestep thrust counter, and a little work from the Navarrese stance.
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NEOHEMAS session 8-7-14

Chris, Gary, Jason and I today…

2 rounds of shadow boxing
4 rounds of boxing
2 rounds Pammachon boxing – boxing with a knife on your waist. Knife can only be pulled once you clinch. This was really eye opening. Learned a great deal just from these two rounds…how hard it is to draw your blade and how hard it is to stop the other guy from drawing his. This will become a staple for us with expanded rules for the engagement down the line. Since Chris is a LEO this is just the sort of thing that we can do to try and make him safer on the job. You can read more about the ancient sport and it’s modern recreation here:
 
This lead to an exploration of whether it was better to draw the knife in an ice pick grip or saber grip. At least for the range we found ourselves in during this drill we found that we almost always drew the blade in ice pick grip.
 
We then worked on two different striking concepts…step across and hook with the rear hand followed with a spinning back elbow and finish with either a rear hook or a fouette. The step across is pretty severe, probably need to make a video clip of this one to share. We also worked on a simple leverage parry jab against jab from mirror image stance.
 
We ended our session with a wrestling take down called a barzegar, named after an Iranian wrestler for the 70’s Mansour Barzegar. Here is a clip of the takedown:
A little alien feeling at first but once we got to do it a few time it started to flow.

 

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Mansour Barzegar Silver Medal 1976 Olympic games in Freestyle.

NEOHEMAS session 8-24-14

Just Chris and I again…

 
2 rounds shadow box
3 rounds focus gloves
4 rounds boxing
1 round savate
 
The sparring has become exceptionally active between Chris and I. Tons and tons of footwork and working for position is fairly small space. Absolutely no rest in the round at all. If we clinch we fight out of it…really some great progress being made I think.
 
We spent some time on dirty boxing and by dirty I mean illegal stuff for any comp…headbutts, elbows, groin shots etc.
 
We finished the session by reviewing some of the savate kicks we have worked on. with a focus on very low (ankle height) kicks.
 
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NEOHEMAS Session 7-27-14

Just Chris and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
4 rounds boxing
1 round savate
3 rounds focus gloves.
We then worked on getting a lead leg fouette low line off faster and more accurately. Weather was getting rough so we cut out a little early. Minutes later, our power was knocked out.
On Friday Chris was out, we did 10 rounds of striking with plenty of sparring then worked a bit on asp baton using various sources from Scottish Regimental Broadsword to Cossack saber
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NEOHEMAS Session 7-13-14

First off on Thursday Chris and I got together for a training session. Chris is still one armed due to a recent surgery so we worked a whole bunch of one armed boxing drills using the focus pads and empty hand. We ended out session with some navaja which we repeated in today’s session.

Today Gary, Jason and I…
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round focus gloves
4 rounds boxing sparring
1 round freestyle footwork
We then got on our shinguards and had a nice refresher course on savate’s coup de pied bas or oblique kick to the shin.
We ended our session with a focus on delivering the point in our navaja work plus some drills from garrote Larense adapted for the shorter blade.
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