Session 3-24-13

Chris, David, Gary, Jason,. Rachael
and I today…
2 rounds shadow boxing
2 rounds focus gloves
Some work on Russian style fisticuffs, combination punches, flowing form one side to the other.
2 rounds boxing
1 round each on Fred the Head…basically a padded head on a stick.
We then worked on a side step, body shot combo, from one punch to four punches and elbow finishing with a kick….
Next up, sambo! We threw on the jackets for some light work, going over some missed opportunities from our Ohio Championship matches. We worked on the pancake throw as well as a simple drag down into an armbar. Also both the bicep crush and the calf crush since Gary found himself in the calf crush situation at the Championships.
We ended with just a bit of discussion and work on basic knife throwing, no spin.

Session 1-13-13

Before I run down this weeks, here is a brief rundown of last week….
Gary David, Jason and i. Basic fisticuffs and navaja including the back cut. Limited sparring and some standing grappling.
On Friday Dave Jennings came out for some remedial fisticuffs as we called it. Just going over the basics and setting up a plan for what he can practice at home alone to get better.
Sunday the 13th…
Chris, David, Gary, Jason and I.
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds boxing
3 rounds kickfighting
3 rounds savate/kickboxing…no gear, just work on placement and timing
3 rounds body punching
Work on covering…2 basic covers and to advanced…the Philly shell and frame from combat sambo.
We then worked some more standing grappling and ended up on the mat for a few chokes.
We ended the session with the navaja, working the jiro, contra jiro and recortes as well as a few other things ending with Chris doing a single bout with each of us.

Session 9-9-12

Super late with report but I figured I would get it done before writing the one for tomorrow.

Just Chris and I on Sunday. He has an MMA fight coming up on the 22nd so lots of work to get done. There was plenty of of video of his opponent online so we went over what we saw and decided that the guy who he was fighting was definitely game but lacking in some crucial areas, most glaring was his boxing. Definitely tough and a guy who comes to fight but a little on the raw and wild side.
So what we did was work on standing sparring…1st 2 rounds of shadow boxing then 2 rounds of focus mitt work. Then 10 rounds of light sparring working through things rather than trying to just band through the round. Also my nose is still broke and getting drilled in the face is not up there on my list of things to do right now, not too mention, this is a bad time for Chris to get a cut. Just best to take it easy and work on the mental game rather than the physical at such a time as this.
After the sparring we talked more about what we did and made some simple game plans to follow.
We finished the session with some test bash…bought a bunch of coconuts at a auction last Monday, more than we could possibly use and some seemed a bit old. We found a simple stand to use and bashed the coconuts with: e-tool, mace and Cold Steel poly shillelagh. I had always heard that a coconut was about as tough as a human skull, don’t know if that is true or not but we had a jolly good time smashing in pretend skulls. All thee weapons did great as skull smashers. Will definitely do this again.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s session, gonna work on more boxing and burning a few ideas into the head.

Session 1-8-12

Four of us today…First group training for three weeks! It has been a rough three weeks…lots of solo work and one session with Chris last Tuesday working on boxing and navaja.

Even though this was the first group session of the year I had to make it short one due to pressing issues. Still very glad we got together.
2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds 3 count cadence drill
2 rounds everyone against everyone boxing…head gear and gloves, everyone was your opponent. Really hectic, fast paced training. Learned so much just in these two rounds. I can’t wait to do it again!
Here is a Russian clip from RAF showing this type of drill:
I got lazy and didn’t use my gum shield resulting in a chipped tooth but it was worth it!
We worked on kick from the ground from Russian style kickfighting then did a ground kick combo from Savate Defense. Minor family emergency came to a head and we had to quit early…still great session even if short.

Looking forward to another year of training!

Session 8-17-11

Midweek session for Matt and I today. We have been focusing so hard on
sambo for the last month that it was time to take a break and do some
drilling and bouting with weapons for a change.

1 Dussack…we had two spirited bouts uising the PH leather dussacks.
I can feel these bouts in my legs still.

2 Longsword…just went over some basic binds then worked on them in
real time with resistance.

3 Shillelagh…two bouts with this overly fun weapon. We took up the
mats so we made the rule that we were not to go to the ground. Still
a constant struggle much less strategy and more gagression.

4 Sparth axe…we went outside and reintroduced ourselves to this most
brutal of weapons. It is good to get swinging once again. Have some
serious work with these planned in the coming weeks. Had two fun bouts
with these monsters.

5 Mountain axe..two bout with plenty of smashed hands. These are
really like the shillelaghs in the level of aggression that comes out.

6 E-tool…just one brutal round of shovel sparring. Brutal sums it up.

7 Navaja…two bouts using CS trainers. Been a while, great fun can’t
wait to do it again soon.

Overall fun session. Different energy, weapons vs unarmed, not less or
more just a different feel. Will go back to the mixed workout next
time around.

Session 12-12-10

Matt and I today…looked like a good day to do nothing but spar/bout.

2 rounds of shadow boxing
4 rounds of boxing
1 round savate
2 rounds freestyle sambo
1 round sambo par terre (ground work)

We broke out the navajas for some work. Our main focus today was the thrust. We worked through a three thrust drill that included both defense and offence. We then went over the mechanics for both the viaje and the matador thrust and worked drills for these. Lastly we worked on our flourish for a few minutes.

1 round shillelagh and bowie versus shillelagh and bowie
1 round navaja dueling
1 round e-tool bout

We then broke out the messer trainers, not quite dusacks, close but more messer-like in form. We went over the basics then had two quick bouts using this fun and indoor friendly weapon.

Session 7-18-10

Justin, Matt and I today…

2 Rounds shadow boxing
3 Rounds sparring
1 Round focus gloves
1 Round heavy bag
2 Rounds partnered footwork drills
1 Round freestyle foot work

Next up, sambo…we threw on our jackets and did two rounds of grip/balance work. Justin reminded me just how good the technique called cradling works for controlling your opponent.

We then worked a series of three throws to the lapel grab side. Normally if an arm is grabbed you want to throw in that direction since it is harder for them to post or catch themselves if you already have the arm…this time we went against this rule and threw to the side where you did not have an arm grip.
You can see the series of throws here:

We also worked on defending the standing guillotine.

Jackets off…knifes picked up! Inspired by James Loriega’s blog
we each grabbed a CS rubber knife and worked from extreme close quarters. We started our live knife fencing from an “in the grips position”. Luckily we are all right handed so easier to explain. Opponents grab the wrists of the knife hands. So we basically started out chest to chest. Very eye opening! Very messy but brutal.

We finished out the session working with the e-tool against it’s natural enemy…the bayonet.
Using some recently dredged old Soviet material, we went through and did some basic work against the thrust then we worked knife and e-tool against the thrust and lastly we worked two variations of throwing the e-tool and attacking with the knife against the bayonet.

Screen capture of a clip with Russian WWII vet teaching e-tool vs bayonet.

Last Tuesday I worked out with Gov…lot’s of boxing, padwork and footwork. We then pulled out the mountain axes and did a little bouting with them. he also got his first taste of singlestick bouting. These two young fighters that train with me are going to be monters at singlestick or whatever weapon they choose, once they get the theory down. Their level of athleticism is way higher than most people have come across.