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I was bit late working in the ED but Jeff got everyone started with warm-up and started 3 minute pad rounds:
  1. Boxing to clinch
    In this round Jeff had the hitter clinch after each combination. Clinching must have
    • A safe and effective entrance. We must minimize the jeopardy in which we place ourselves when closing distance. Thus our hands must take the straightest route to the clinch either shooting individually or simultaneously.
    • A strong final position. Clinching whether offensive or defensive is to give us advantage. It should place us in a maximally effective position and destroying our opponent's posture.
    This drill highlights the skills of entering off strikes while showing the holder what clinching looks like.
  2. Reaction: Strike or clinch
    In this drill Jeff had the holder set-up a high cover. If the holder maintained their ground the hitter clinched. If the holder created space the hitter went for cross-hook-cross. Verbal and/or physical cues could be given to assist the hitter.
  3. Fall, Sprawl, Follow
    Along with a regular boxing pad round, the holder could call:
    • "Fall" -- Back fall, kick away, tactical stand-up, CHC
    • "Sprawl" -- Sprawl, CHC
    • "Follow" -- off any punch the holder could drop or fall to the mat, allowing the hitter to come in for the finish.
    This drill was designed to push the up-down nature of a fight as well as hone the killer instinct needed to finish a wounded opponent.
  4. Staccato Drill
    In this drill we checked the boxing guard (i.e. slapped our partner in the head or ribs) after each punch. Thus on a 3: jab-check-cross-check-hook-check. We did this for two minutes and then fed the last minute with regular reaction. The concept here was to improve and tighten up the the boxing guard
  5. Hook Refinement
    For this drill we made groups of three. One partner held for lead hooks while the other stood on the lead side of the hitter and created a "channel" with their arms and focus mitts for the hook. Each partner through 10 hooks and then rotated through 2 rotations. Here we attempted to clean-up the hook mechanics by forcing the hook to not loop and to remain parallel with the floor.
We then reviewed the hip toss (ogoshi) and hip reap (harai-goshi). We added the dropping (wrestling-style) hip toss. You can either throw the person and then drop to the ground, but ideally it works better to get the hip toss and in midtoss drop to knee you are throwing over and take the side mount or kesa gatame.
We next discussed (at least) four methods of defending the hip toss:
  1. Get fresh
    In this defense you literally put your hand on the hip or butt and hop with the throw. The hand creates space while the hop redirects the momentum of the throw.
  2. Sukui-nage
    Lower your center of mass (COM) forcing your opponent to sit on your thigh. Reach through with your hands grabbing behind each calf. Lift and scoop throwing your partner in front or behind you.
  3. Hip bump
    Lower your COM and bear hug your partner. Bump with your hips and tilt them to the floor.
  4. High crotch hip toss
    Lower your COM and reach your posterior arm between their legs. The anterior hand controls under the far armpit or at the neck. Use your legs to lift your partner. They will be slightly off angle so their own weight will rotate them horizontal. Pull them so that their belly button is on your hip and then rotate their body so that they fall in front of you.
We finished with 6 minutes of 1-2-3-4-5 kicks with the final minute being head kick sprawl. We then held the push up position for 1 1/2 minute with 5 push ups every 15 seconds.

And the title of this blog is in honor of Brittany's warcry. Ask her.

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