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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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 Session 10-27-13

Just Chris and I today…

Took the low turnout to work on a few techniques and review a few concepts we have not touched on for a while.
With Savate we worked both the fouette and the chasse with passing steps, covering a massive amount of distance to attack. We also worked a lead leg low fouette.
Boxing…we worked on the corkscrew hook, putting into a combination from both sides. We also worked on the Miske twist. We did this from both sides ad worked the twist both defensively and offensively.
Not a real sweat inducing workout but a technical one. Sometimes this sort of session just feels right, this was one of those times.
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NEOHEMAS 9-22-13 Session

Thursday, David, Gary, Jason and I…

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds boxing
Work on ground striking and seated boxing…on knees in distance boxing. Very rough but fun.
Again Von Auerswald’s wrestling…review and continuation onto plate 12 I think. Things working extremely well.
On Sunday, Chris and I…
work on coup di pied bas and chasse bas from savate. Straight lead, straight rear coup de pied bas and or chasse bas.
Worked on some clinch fighting, in particular defense again a Thai plum clinch.  Also worked options from under hook and over hook positions.
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NEOHEMAS session 9-15-13

David, Gary, Jason and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round focus mitts
2 rounds boxing
We then worked on the concept of rhythm in our boxing, getting our punches closer together rather than faster was one aspect of our rhythm training borrowing concepts from music theory…we also worked on breaking our rhythm as a tactic during sparring. Last for our striking was a little work from the clinch, tying up the arms to clear a path for heavy body and back of the head shots.
Our grappling today was Von Auerswald again…reviewing the first series and getting into the Durchlauffen and Arm Winding this time. Great deal of fun…will continue with this.
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NEOHEMAS Session 8-11-13

On Friday, Gary and i got together for a solid 2 hours of working on sambo and sparring from the Sombo Joe Nationals coming up on the 17th of this month. We worked real heavy on foot sweeps, posts and trips. A good deal of talk and work on game plans and tactics. My daughter Sophia joined us for some beginning sambo as well.

On Sunday Chris, Gary, Jason and I…first hour was Chris and I working mitts and cadence drills along with some energy drills. Not really an eastern martial arts energy drills, more reaction to action type of things.
Gary and Jason showed up for the last hour and we hit the sambo real hard, once again working on trips and plenty of groundwork. Poor Gary got twisted up pretty good but he has made so much progress since he started. it is no walk in the park once you get him on the ground. He is a scrambling machine but he is out weighed by both Chris and I by a good 30-40 lbs. He is going to do great against guys his own size this coming weekend.
Once this weekend is over we wills tart weapon training again as part of our normal routine. Nice to have such a strong focus now and then but I miss doing some things as a result.
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Session 12-9-12

Just Chris and I today…I am still under the weather a bit but it felt good to get some sort of workout in.

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus gloves
3 rounds 3 count cadence drill

We then spent about a half hour to 45 minutes working on footwork,squaring up while throwing punches, slingshot stepping in and uppercutting or body hooks. We ended our session on time…a rarity. Looking forward to gettting back into some heavy training this week.

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:
You tube is a great learning and sharing tool.
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 10-16-11

Had a new guy out this week. His name was Matt and strangely he is the fourth Matt we have had out to train with us. A popular name for sure but we have had a disproportionate number of them.

So today, Matt, Matt and I…

I am getting over a week long bout of the flu so was a little weak and wheezy, luckily Matt1 was there to help show some basics to the new guy. We went over basic attitude and footwork, progressing to straight lead and straight rear punches vertical fist. NewMatt is a pretty big guy so when he had his rhythm and timing down for the punches they were solid. In a few weeks he should be hitting like a truck.

After about an hour working on the basics we had him join into our regular striking routine.

2 rounds footwork
1 round heavy bag
2 rounds feed and follow drill, just straight lead while moving around in footwork
Matt1 and I then sparred 1 round boxing and 1 round savate showing how hard we usually go and what equipment we use.

We then demoed some weapon work for him so he could see some of the things we work on besides boxing (which was his main interest)

We ended the session with just a few minutes of matwork.

Session 9-18-11

Just me and a new guy, Mathew today…

His interest at this time is on the Irish material so whenever he comes we will be sure to adjust the training accordingly. He has a fencing background so he looked comfortable with a weapon in his hand and already knew how to make his body do what he wanted it to, which was nice. Much easier to train someone who already has a background like that.

We stuck with the basics, stance, grip, parries and blocks and basic strikes. We will get into the grappling and boxing in the Irish style after a few more sessions. If all goes as planned we are going to do an Irish only class every other Thursday night. So if the idea of smacking each other with shillelaghs appeals to you and you are int he area, come on out and join us