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 7-20-14

On Friday Chris and I got together for some focus glove work and navaja review.

On Sunday, it was just Chris and I again….
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
5 rounds light boxing sparring.
Spending a lot of time getting the overhand in this week since it is a punch Chris does not use often and I live by it:)
Next we worked on some savate, specifically gaining ground with the fouette, coup de pied bas and chasse.
We ended the session with the navaja once again, this time re reviewed and worked to perfect our three most used fighting postures…the Andalusian, the Castillian and the Baretaro.
Today’s image courtesy of a Phil Crawley find on facebook:
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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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NEOHEMAS 6-29-14 Session

David, Gary, Jason and I today…

4 rounds shadow boxing
1 round focus gloves
2 rounds boxing sparring
1 round freestyle footwork
We then spent a little time working on unmatched stances circling to the outside and ended our boxing session with the following combo, lead Mexican uppercut, rear Mexican uppercut finishing with a lead hook to the body.
Our sambo trained was all par terre (ground work) today. Some free rolling and counters to chokes as well and some positional work ending with a step over ankle lock from inside the guard.
I have been taking a martial break since Combat Con, felt real nice to jump back into it. Going to try and get David and Gary ready for Sombo Joe Nationals in August, not sure if we have the time to do it but will be trying.

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.

NEOHEMAS 5-11-14

Chris and I were joined by a couple of long distance folks, Cain and Daniel this weekend….

2 rounds shadow boxing
5 rounds focus gloves, lot’s of material to go over for the two visitors.
3 rounds 3 count cadence drills
New guys are always great…nice to have Chris get a chance to coach some today as well.
Chris then took us through a couple of defenses against a single leg take down and a few subs from these defenses.
Daniel and Cain were mostly looking to play with longswords so after we tortured them with our standard unarmed work we went outside and enjoyed the nuce weather with some steel in our hands.

 

NEOHEMAS 11-10-13 Session

Just Chris and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus glove
2 rounds boxing
1 round savate
2 rounds partnered footwork
Chris landed a few nice straight rear hands to the body today. The way he was throwing them was deceptive so we cultivated that for a while. A strong shoulderwhirl for power generation made it look like the straight ear was coming high when it was indeed to the body. I look forwar dot hearing how this works out in his sparring away from our group.
We also worked on what I consider to be his best combo on the pads…straight lead, rear then lead uppercut. This lead to a one two shovel hook to the body and some work on Fitzsimmons shift..
As always out study depends on who shows up to a particular session. At times we cover probably too much ground in a training session but since it was just Chris and his main interest is in improving his striking game it was nice to have such a narrow focus. It is a nice thing to have a few more people show up though…I am sucking wind between each round and it is nice to have some one else to take over ofr the next round of sparring but I guess this will keep me somewhat young.
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NEOHEMAS session 10-20-13

A little late in posting this week, just been busy.

Chris, David, Gary, Jason and I today…Jason still out with bum knee, Gary out with concussion(football).
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds savate sparring, no headgear 4 oz gloves and mouthpieces only.
1 round focus glove
3 rounds footwork, both partnered and freestyle solo.
We then worked on not telegraphing our kicks, focusing on lead leg attacks.
For some reason I forgot it was officially leglocktober and we did not do any leglocks.
We ended the session going through the entire spear section from Fiore…pretty simple but very fun. Always in search of good indoor winter weapons to play with, more room to thrust with a spear than swing a sword inside our small training area.
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NEOHEMAS session 9-26-13

Just Gary and I last night…

2 rds shadowboxing
2 rds boxing
1 rd savate
1 rd partnered footwork drill
1 rd freestyle footwork
We then jumped right into (what has become normal for Thursday night session) ringen! We had a talk about Ott Jud and his theory of speed, skill and proper use of strength and how it related to each of us at to a few others we train with.
We reviewed out work with Von Auerswald’s manual up to and including Das Schlosringen (the lock wrestling).
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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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