NEOHEMAS Session 5-18-14

Just Chris and I this week. While it is real nice to have a full house, we get a whole lot accomplished when we have basically a private session. We really get to focus on improving Chris’s skills and strategies during sessions like this plus I get a much better insight into coaching. I get to learn just about the same amount as he does.

2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
3 rounds boxing  (all rounds fought mirror image, Chris southpaw, me orthodox stance, 1st round Chris actively circle tot he outside, 2nd round I do the same and 3rd round we both try to circle and block the other.)
1 round freestyle foot work to allow my heart to stop trying to rip out of my chest.
1 round savate, again mirror image with active circling to the outside by both of us.
We then worked out coup de pied bas and fouette from the outside circling movement, worked on both catching kicks and not getting our kicks caught.
We ended the session with some work on sambo, two interesting anklelock variations and several leg lock counters to rear naked choke or back mount.
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NEOHEMAS Session 1-12-14

Been very bad about getting my reports out. Last Sunday Just Chris and I again. Good session mainly working on mechanics and polishing what he already knows as well as a nice three count combo from Russian fisticuffs. Still working on getting his striking ready for his fight in Feb.

On Thursday, Gary, Jason and I had a frigid training session. We worked focus mitts, cadence drills and did some grappling before the cold got to us.
On this past Sunday, Gary, David, Jason and I travel south to Akron where I taught a 2 1/2 hour clinic on sambo. I am far from an expert but know enough to give a decent intro clinic which is what I did. My old grappling friend David Doyle invited me down to work with some of the locals.
We started with some nice Russian ROM exercises then an explanation of our grip drill and showed some things to work on. We went through half a dozen or so takedowns and submissions.. Git to see and old friend and meet some people. Hopefully they had as much fun as I had.
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NEOHEMAS 11-24-13 Session

Chris, Gary, Jason and I today. Jason still injured so he only took part in a small amount on training but kept time for our rounds and generally helped out. Brutally cold in our training area today but we have come to expect that we either broil or freeze.

2 rounds shadow boxing (Chris absolutely drilled me in the jaw after sidestep…why do I do this?)
2 rounds boxing
We then worked a punch knee combo from combat sambo and elbow knee combo from Savate defense. We ended out striking training with an interesting savate defense kicking combo while on the ground against the legs of a standing aggressor.
Onto sambo…no kurtka today but we did use our belts. Two takedowns, the first a run through black leg trip after a pull to the “wrong” side. The second a ski lift type of throw off a belt grab.
We ended our session with the navaja…Sevellian star, figure eight movements, matador’s thrust and floretazo were the focus for todays session.
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NEOHEMAS session 10-6-13

Gary, Jason and I today….Jason still on injured reserve.

2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round boxing
3 rounds limited boxing (one boxer only can throw straight leads)
1 round savate
On with the kurtki…today we worked on the front trip and a takedown called the Cuban. Since it is still leglocktober we worked on a few leg locks and leg lock defenses today. Defending straight ankle lock and Achilles crush as well as the mechanics of the double ankle lock and a few others. We ended out grappling session with two rounds or parterre.(ground work)
Not to leave Jason out we did some basic navaja work from a seated position, foists or hand switches as well as a drill called the Sevillian star. Better to do it with footwork which Gary and I did but still useful to do it from the mat with a bum knee.
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NEOHEMAS session 10-4-13

Gary and I today. Jason injured but ran the timer and just generally helped out.

2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round boxing
1 round savate
10 15 second rounds of Russian stormfighting (unbelievably tiring…like 10 adrenaline dumps.)
Stormfighting in a nutshell for those who have no idea what it is..15 second rounds of pure aggression and no rules.(we still do our best to not break our training partners though.) Although it is a comp in Russia, we use it as an attribute builder. Teaches aggressive attack and how to not only deal with pressure but how to apply it. One ten round stormfighting bout probably teaches you more than ten normal roungs of sparring but man…it kicks my butt bad! Will try tog et some video of the stormfighting next time around. Our stormfighting tradition comes way of RAF Russian All Round FIghting.
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We then worked on a move form wrestling dubbed the farmaconda, made famous by the Schultz brothers. Since wrestling season starts soon for Gary, we will be hitting the wrestling extra hard. Here is a link to a vid of the farmaconda being used in international competition:
Seeing that this month has been dubbed Leglocktober, we decided that every session this month will include leglocks….went over bassic achilles crush and straight ankle lock as well as inverted heelhook.

NEOHEMAS session 9-12-13

Gary, Jason, Sophia and I today…Sophia is 10 so she had to skip af good deal of what we did but she still got her feet more than a little wet.

2 round shadow boxing
1 round focus mitts
2 rounds boxing
2 rounds savate
2 rounds partnered footwork drill
Since this is our sambo and am wrestling off season we decided to work a different style and jumped in to Fabian Von Auerswald’s manual from 1539:
This is a manual that I have worked with on and off since around 1998 when Pete Kautz first sent me a copy of it. I have not touched it for about a year and I think this whole year with a strong focus on sambo has helped me get in tune with my grappelarity(tm). We only went over a small portion but something must have clicked upstairs, everything was clear and I was seeing cognate techniques and concepts easier than ever. The guys seemed to enjoy it as well.
Sophia got a chance to review her sambo lessons and show off some of her slick moves on her old man. She is really getting better each time we train which is very nice to see.
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NEOHEMAS session 9-8-13

Everyone canceled today so I grabbed my 10 year old daughter Sophia and took her next door to beat me up.

A while back I saw a Russian sambist who lives in Scotland named Vadim Kolganov was making clips of him teaching his young son sambo. A few weeks ago I started teaching my youngest daughter straight from these videos. She has really been enjoying them and they are nicely put together lessons so overall I am pretty happy. Yesterday was her 5th lesson. Here is a clip of the Vadim’s 5th lesson on youtube:
What is interesting to me is that she really has nothing to fall back on as far as martial technique or even preconceived notion of what she should be doing so she only has what I have shown her at her disposal and she really uses it.
10 year old girls can only get thrown by full grown men for a set amount of time before the headache sets in, so after a brief rest and dinner, we went back out and worked on Angelo’s Regimental broadsword work as set out by the Cateran Society…our focus this time was on inside guard and outside guard, online stance and offline stance.