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GJ Looking for the the proper insertion

I have a sore throat exacerbated by talking and training for two hours.

Anyway the term "insertion" in the non-Biblical/pornographic sense is used to describe access to a combination or technique. For example, getting double underhooks is an insertion it opens the game up and has a wide variety of follow-ups. Without the double unders none of these techniques are possible.


  • squats
  • jumping jacks
  • arm swings
  • deep knee-head knee
  • leg swing
  • advancing and retreating bob and weave
  • three bobs to the back
  • Thai neck pummeling
  • pummeling
  • cross (arm drag) pummeling
  • knee tag
  • shoulder tag
  • hooks inside lift to stand-up
  • Frank Shamrock-up

Covered the outside neck grab knee, sweep the head to skip knees. On the insertion, the rear hand must be up to ward of the errant hook. Should he hook, cover and bump it to tie-up. The sweep over the head protects and keeps opponent close for knees.

Thai pad rounds

  1. Basic cover (cross-high, lead hook-side, leg kick-leg point knee at 90o to leg) return cross-hook-cross. I think this is a strong, basic, reaction with high yield. More advanced people can vary his with returning "3" off the high and side cover, thai reaction (C-H-Kick) off leg covers, and the short reaction off body hooks (U-C-H or U-H-C)
  2. This round we used the openings created by throwing strikes to add reaction. Call out combination and give reaction at end of drill.
  3. Conditioning for beginners 2 min of cover return kick with incremental increase in kicks, switching left and right. Advanced cover return X kicks plus one missed kick spin and return kick on opposite side. Final minute 20 sec pitterpat, 10 sec push-ups, 20 sec pitter pat, hold push up position for 20 sec then do 10 push-ups.

Ground flow: Partner shoots, late defense, sit to guard, insert hooks and arm, sweep to opposite side. Take kesa gatame. Bridge and roll and take side mount. Escape by pushing from safe position and shrimping legs to guard.
Alternatively, escape kesa gatame by sliding hips out, triangling head and establishing top position.

A transient thought came to me during practice: the complexity of techniques that you know means nothing compared to flawless basics. When I visited Japan, I trained at a gym there, within in ONE round of shadowboxing they asked me how long I trained boxing/thai boxing and where I'd fought. The most complex combination I threw was J-C-Kick.

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