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 4-27-14

Saturday, Chris and I got together for 10 rounds of boxing and savate. We ended our session outside with about 20 minutes of quarterstaff then a half hour of sparth axe.

Sunday…David, Gary, Jason and I.
Our focus this time around was on boxing and wrestling. After our shadowboxing, pad work and sparring we dove right into wrestling with Gary taking the lead. Nice sitting back and learning for a change as Gary took us through some basic wrestling…windmill, switch and standing switch and waffle.
The plan is for Gary to coach us on our wrestling all summer.
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NEOHEMAS 4-13-14

Just Chris and I today…
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus pads
2 rounds 3 count cadence drill

Our focus glove drills were a bit different this week. Normal as the fedder I control almost allt he movement but today we worked on Chris stepping off to his lead side after every combination he threw with me following him.. It had a differnet feel and work some important concepts.

We also worked on fine tuning our fouette (round kick), mainly maintaining our balance and our return after after the kick is thrown.

We ended our session by taking advantage of the fantastic weather and going outside to swing some sparth axe. Always one of my favorite things to work on. We covered our basic wards then went into lesson one as set by the Cateran Society and worked a few variations.

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NEOHEMAS 4-6-14

David, Jo, Jason, and I today…

2 rounds shadowboxing
2 rounds boxing
1 round savate
2 rounds focus gloves

We then worked on displacement before throwing the fouette in savate…one two straight punch combo followed by displacement fouette or displacement fouette, chasse or just displacement chasse.

Next out came the navaja trainers. We worked on a simple counter cut defense to a straight thrust and also defesne against having your knife hand grabbed.

We finished hte session with David working with Jo on some boxing and Jason and I doing some tomahawk (David also joined in here). Basic cutting pattern,g rips and a whole lot of talk and work about binding, getting stuck and what to do about it.

On Saturday Matt and I worked on some tomahawk (will this be the summer of the hawk?) Shillelagh in the style of Footpad and the Cane as well as three takedowns to go along with pugilism,

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NEOHEMAS 3-2-14 Training Session

I was supposed to attend Nord Schlag in Edmonton Alberta this past weekend but unfortunately once I got to Chicago I discovered that they canceled my flight to Edmonton and I could not get there until Sunday afternoon…when the even was just about over. After a two hour wait in line with hundreds of angry passengers, I was able to squeeze in on a stand by for a flight back home.

I slept much of Saturday away after being up all night. With the impending bad weather here in Ohio, I decided to just not tell my guys here that I would be home for our regular session.
Luckily Chris forgot I was not going to be here and came out anyway…good thing because I really wanted to do some training after a day of total rest.
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
2 rounds boxing
We then did some work on attitude and closing lines while leaving some open. We then went over the half-round blow from RAF fisticuffs…and interesting two punch combination that is better seen than imagined. I will try to get a video clip of that soon.
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We ended our session shillelagh in hand…we went over the entire Foot Pad and Cane style as well as Percy Longhursts advice for fighting with a blackthorn. Footpad and the Cane is rather sparse, I like it a great deal but adding the Longhurst material makes it a little more complete.
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Busy weekend….

Saturday had a new guy named Matt start what will probably be a bi-monthly session on boxing and shillelagh. We worked some basic body mechanic a theory for BKB then switched gears for an overview of Irish stick settling on foot pad and cane as a starting point. Matt is a big guy, once he gets the body mechanics down for power generation he is going to hit like a freight train.
Sunday, Chris, Jason, Gary and Gary’s cousin (I a bad with names)
2 rounds shadow boxing
some work on shifting and changing stance and most important, why we absolutely have to do it if we want to be the best fighter we can be.
We then worked the displacement step from savate…a jab>straight rear>step out>fouette median or bas. Stressing the importance of the step being rather long to defend against the takedown and counter strikes.
Our grappling this week consisted of this no jacket sambo throw:
We ended the session with the navaja. We did a review of everything we have ever covered and I am happy to say that a whole lot of it has stuck! Now we just have to get good at it.
Next week Savate and Russian Fisticuffs at Nord Schlag in Alberta Ca.. Really looking forward to this!
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NEOHEMAS session 8-22-13

David, Gary, Jason and I today…

Spent the first half hour going over Gary’s recent 1st place sambo tournie win from last weekend. Found a few things we need to work on, mostly a coach deficit…we all learn from these things. Even though I was not there, the video really helped .
Gary is in the blue kurtka (jacket)
We then took it outside in the humid evening air for some JdP and work with the sparth axe. Mostly review on the JdP material but the sparth axe was new ground and I took David through 5 lessons of the Cateran’s Society’s 10. We ended with a small bit of controlled freeplay with the JdP and a bit of less controlled freeplay with the sparth axes (leather heads are a bit safer).
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Session 5-5-13

We had a session on Wed…David, Gary, Jason and I:
shadow boxing
rounds of boxing and savate plus an introduction to knees. We ended the Wed session with a reintro into Footpad and Cane style shillelagh work.

On Sunday, Chris, Gary, Jason and I:
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing
1 round savate
Chris then took us through some nice work clinching and against the wall.
We then went through the 9 offensive stick actions with the shillelagh from Footpad and the Cane.

We ended the session with some work using the sparth axe…basic wards and a few defenses from common attacks. Sparth axe is a summer weapon since it is so large, nice to get swinging it again…I am reminded why Galloglass we all big guys.

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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.
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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.
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Session 8-19-12

Just Chris and I this week…
We went over a few things from Rec Violence such as the slungshot material and some of the Shiner style Irish stick to start the session.
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing
1 round savate
1 round partnered footwork
We then worked on a lead shoulder feint into a side step uppercut of shovel hook to the body. Also a jab, hammer fist to the ribs, hook to the head. We finished up the striking with some work on the jab/jolt including more feinting and a few methods for power generation and how and when to use them.
Next up we threw on our kurtka and worked on sambo…just a few things including the material in this video:
And the Perednyaya podnozhka. Which will be familiar to some as a Tai Otoshi or front body drop. (Kirk, do not try this at home).
Chris then brought in his asp and knife from his belt (new LEO) and we went over a few things including a few striking patterns and the bastoncello as taught by Allen Reed this year at Rec Violence. We looked at his knife, a strange forward curved blade that looked somewhat like a cross between a push dagger and a carpet knife. So how best to use this?
Well I just cleaned out a freezer and found a nice big freezer burnt pork loin that was just screaming to be slash and cut apart, so out we went with some cord to hand it with, Chris’s knife and my semi-new gaucho knife.
Definitely using the short curved knife in the manner of le couteau as discussed by Renaud…a more of a boxing approach. The Gaucho style punal cut like a dream…super thin and sharp blade. It is headed right for my kitchen:)
As a final kicker for our session, Chris and I moved a clawfoot tub for my wife.