Session 3-25-12

Chris, Matt and I today…

2 round shadow boxing
Gave my thumb a rest from pugilism this week and went right into some sambo.
First thing we worked on was an ankle pick from an epaulette grip:
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We also went over our hand to leg attack series and Russian tie series.
Chris the took us through three wrestling take downs from a one handed neck tie up. We hit a little neck crank and well.
Since there has been some interest, we picked up where we left off last week on German longsword discussing wrestling and kicking in relation to the sword and working on krumphau this week. Likely we will do a short session of ringen next week along with more sword.

We ended this weeks session with the Footpad and Cane material again. Very simple attack and defense with an interesting striking exercise thrown in for good measure. I thi k next week we will begin some light bouting in this style.

Session 12-13-09

Took it very easy today, Dr’s appointment on Monday morning for the shoulder, did not want to go in more injured than I was. We started off with some German longsword. Working with the vier leger and the vier versetzen. We then tried out my new entrenching tool trainer made from a child sized solid plastic snow shovel. Still hits very hard but does not have much mass behind it. Will definitely try and make a few more after trying this one out. We armored up our right arm with various pads and hockey gloves and went to work attacking away at the guy with the shovel, cuts and thrusts. The combination of a padded attacking arm and a light weight trainer made for a nice contact drill. Even more impressed with the e-tool as weapon now that we can go full speed in training. On the shoulder front…went to the Dr Monday morning and had it looked at. Unlikely that it is a torn rotator cuff need to jump through some hoops to get the Insurance company to do an MRI on it so that may be a few weeks.

Session 11/22/09

We started off with about 30 minutes of German longsword today. Mostly working the zornhau into the bind and what to do afterwards.

2 rds shadow boxing

After the shadow boxing we worked a two punch combination for long range using the casting method for power generation. First a long range jab without a step but with a cast and shoulder whirl action and a diagonal thumb down fist alignment followed by a long straight rear with a casting movement and a diagonal thumb down alignment. Wicked power on this combination. After getting the mechanics down we hit the heavy bag with it a few times then moved to the focus gloves to practice.

2 rds boxing

We then went into some counter clinch and grab work, mostly against the Thai plum grip but also one handed grips and grips are the arms. Main theme was to get them off balance even if you have to absorb some damage before being able to do so.

We ended the session with some entrenching tool work. Some empty hand defense against the shovel first(main idea, get a hand or hands on their shovel), followed by some work against a knife thrust both single handed defense and double handed grip defense.

Then we talked about liquor for roughly 30 minutes and called it a day.

Funny, if we don’t grapple, or do a huge number of rounds sparring, I don’t feel like I got a real good workout regardless of what we do. Sore shoulder sort of made no grappling be the rule of the day but hopefully that will not last much longer. After Mark Tripp seminar on Dec 5th I plan on going to the DR and getting checked out.