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 1-31-15

Louis and I today…

Quick review of some German longsword material including the versetzen, uberlaufen and durchlaufen. Again the lower ceiling making longsword a real not-winter sort of thing for us.

Next up about a half hours work on gladiatorial combat with a focus on Thraex, Murmillo and Dimachaerus amatura. Really really fun. We added to this a bit of Roman/Greek boxing for s nice session of ancient combat. Just need to add some wrestling for a full program of AMA.

The mountain axes finally woke up after an extended hibernation. We did some work on basic attack and defenses using a variety of axes and comparing the weight and handling aspects of a few different styles. WE also had a nice discussion of thrusting with the head of the axe.

We ended the session with one of my favorite weapons…the e-tool. We worked on the four basic attacks and defenses for them, then we worked some actual plays or techniques, shovel vs shovel and shovel vs knife. We ended the session with a bit of e-tool bouting, great fun as always.

Louis is off for Australia for the Spring and Summer so we won’t see him again until the Fall. Hopefully he will find someone down there to train with for that time. Anyone in or near Adelaide?

I canceled Sunday’s session due to the heavy snowfall.

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NEOHEMAS Session 7-27-14

Just Chris and I today…

2 rounds shadow boxing
4 rounds boxing
1 round savate
3 rounds focus gloves.
We then worked on getting a lead leg fouette low line off faster and more accurately. Weather was getting rough so we cut out a little early. Minutes later, our power was knocked out.
On Friday Chris was out, we did 10 rounds of striking with plenty of sparring then worked a bit on asp baton using various sources from Scottish Regimental Broadsword to Cossack saber
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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 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 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 session 3-23-14

Just Chris and I today…my entire household got caught by the flu last weekend. I am still not 100% but wanted to at least move in a martial manner today.

2 rounds shadow boxing
3 rounds focus gloves
1 round boxing
2 rounds savate.
That’s about all I had in me, pretty short session but ready to nail it next time around. Felt good to move. I still owe a few people video of the 4 quadrant punching from a few weeks back. Will get to that this week now that I am human again.

 

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 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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