NEOHEMAS 5-4-14

Just Chris and I this week…

2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
 4 rounds boxing
1 round savate.
All focus pad work and sparring was done orthodox vs southpaw. Chris the southpaw got to work on the benefits of being a south paw while i glued myself to an orthodox stance (normally I switch my stance). We payed special attention to his circling to my outside, keeping his lead foot to the outside of my every second.
After our round work we took a deeper look at the extended guard and milling and how they work together.
During our single round of savate I took a fouette to the liver. As I told Chris after the round, had I not been hit so many time in my life that shot would have probably put he away. A little tender today but feeling better than expected.
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NEOHEMAS session 2-30-14

David, Jason and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
1 rounds focus gloves
3 rounds boxing
1 round savate
1 round partnered footwork
1 round freestyle footwork

We worked a short while on the four quadrant punching drill we did
few weeks back and got a short video to show just what I’m talking
about: http://youtu.be/Ds-mDze5H5Y

We then completely switched gears and brought out the training spears
for a quick recap of our skills before doing a little bouting. Since
we were indoors with spears of roughly 6′ length our focus was on
Fiore’s plays. Had some real excellent success using the Mezza Porta
di Ferro (Middle Iron Door), so after the bouting we went over this
again.

We ended the session with some work using the Regimental Highland
broadsword system as put forth by the Cateran society. Basic guards,
shifting the leg, compass attacks. Looking forward tot he nicer
weather so we can get outside with this.

NEOHEMAS session 3-9-14

Chris and I today….

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus pads
This training session was devoted almost entirely to fighting from and early pugilistic attitude…Mendoza. Using the extended guard to close and open lines, setting up counters, just generally making the other guy fall into your game plan with slight guard variations.
We worked on drawing the hook by taking control of the centerline, countering with a raised elbow with an inverted fist strike on the inside…we also lowered the guard a bit to invited a straight punch which we caught using Mendoza’s guard following with a chopper then a straight rear. We payed extra attention to the concept of throwing head and body back for defense.
We ended our session with some work on four quadrant punching.

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.
David goes for armbar

NEOHEMAS Session 12-22-13

Chris and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus gloves
3 rounds 3 count cadence drill
Chris has a fight coming up in Feb, so we are really hitting the boxing quite hard, pun intended. Our focus this week was on distance and closing off lines via different attitudes (boxing stances). We started with Mendoza’s guard making sure we had a good inclining upper body and square stance making sure to give a false sense of distance. We then jumped right into Carpentiers stance which was very much like Joe Louis’s…this particular attitude is very good at shutting down a mirror imaged fighter. Since Chris is a leftie, it is always a good thing to have another thing up the proverbial sleeve.
We pulled out the navaja and took a look at some of the concepts of distance came into play and worked a few ideas into the boxing.
At around 1 1/2 hours it was a shortt session but very very productive.
Merry Christmas!
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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 11-3-13

Just Chris and I today…only about an hours worth of training time:

2 rounds shadow boxing warm up
2 rounds boxing (boxing gloves only protection)
1 rounds savate
1 rounds focus gloves
Figured out how to use the interval timer app on my phone. Very useful from here on out.
I wanted to get a t least a little weapon work in so we went of Fiore’s spear once again, just the first three masters, getting more indepth and make sure our technique was correct as well as our footwork and talking about unmatched weapons and the need to adjust our footwork to compensate for different ranges. Just for a bit of fun we finished the session using a sparth axe as a stand in for the spear…of course it worked great.
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