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 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.

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Rec Vio 10 is in the books…quick run down:

Saturday
Fist hip and shillelagh- Taught by me, a class combining stick, boxing and wrestling in the Irish tradition.
Broadsword and targe- taught by Chris Thompson, great class on targe(we ended up using bucklers) in conjunction with the Broadsword.
Agrippa- Taught by Randal Gustitis, really interesting class that got cut short once the lightning started. We went back to my house and finished up the class using bowie knives due to lack of space.
Bowie knife-  taught by Kirk Lawson. After the rain died down we ran through this class that was a surprise to Kirk:) But he did a great job.
Sunday
WWI Bayonet- taught by Kirk Lawson, great fun class with nice rifle bayonet trainers alongside the real thing. Simple and easy to understand. just my sort of class.
Sparth Axe- Taught by Ken Pfrenger and Chris Thompson. Chris handled the history while I demoed the use of the big axe going through the 10 lessons as set forth by the Cateran Society.
CQC knife entries- Taught by Tim Anderson. Fun class with little int he way of actual technique instruction…we all have our own way of doing things, what he gave us were suggestions and ways to train. Nice stuff.
MacGregor’s bayonet and some combatives concepts-  Taught by Chris Thompson, quick run through MacGregor’s bayonet then some work on combatives for an upcoming project.
Zachary Wylde’s staff- taught by Randal Gustitis, simple but interesting system of staff play from 1711.
Numbers way down this year. We may change location and take this on the road to Dayton next year. Or still hold it here and do a second event in Dayton in the fall. Still in the works.
s always the social aspect of events like this were very important, seeing old friends, making new ones and sharing food drink and martial arts make this sort of thing the highlight of my year.
I want to thank all that were able to make it out to teach and learn and thank those who tired to make it but came up a bit short.There is always next year or the year after that.
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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 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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