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2010 Peoria Athletic Club Fightcamp

Coaches in attendance were Dean Lessei, Jeremy Harminson, Dave Rogers, and Ryan Blackorby. In addition to a tought workout there was a large amount of information discussed.

Skip rope

Dean stressed the importance of respect with traditional Thai hand salutation.

Economical punching warm-up. One partner has a left bag glove and a right focus mitt and the other is vice versa (i.e. right bag glove and left focus mitt). Each partner does one strike for an entire interval and then they switch for a new round.
  • One side jabs, one side crosses
  • One side lead hooks, one side rear hooks (twist the rear knee to point towards the lead knee, turn the hand over "check the time")
  • One side lead uppercut, one side rear upper cut
Knee entries
  1. Scoop parry the jab (catch and then flick the punch laterally) followed by the rear knee
  2. Double or cross parry the cross (pull the punch laterally and inferiorly) followed by the rear knee
  3. Cover the hook, the lead hand grabs the neck on the same side (smothering the punch) followed by the curve knee
  4. Outside parry, cross side neck clinch, trap with the opposite hand, rear knee
  5. Inside slip on the cross, arm and cross neck clinch, rear knee
  6. "Split the middle" parry the cross and follow the arm to wrap the neck and slap your palms together to chinch it in

Knee play "shark tank" keep it light but keep it busy for the "chum" in the tank

Thai pad knee drill

  • Plum 3 knees
  • Hold pushes forward and feed's an arm
  • Switch to side clinch on this side with 3 three knees
  • (MMA variation: three inside punches)
  • Return to plum with 3 knees
  • Repeat side clinches ad nauseum
  • To finish, throw to kick range on holder's call

Double arm clinch

  • From the plum, overhook one side while the opposite side finds your opponent's shoulder and then traces it down to their elbow
  • Feed this arm through to the overhook
  • Cinch in both arms with the overhook

Punch-Knee-Kick Range Drill. Each range has a prearranged drilled combination(s). The coach calls out each range while the holder feeds each the drills for that range.


  1. "1 return 3" -- Catch the jab, return jab-cross-hook
  2. "2 return 4" -- Catch the jab, cover the cross, return cross-hook-cross-hook
  3. "3 return 5" -- Catch the jab, cover the cross, cover the hook, return hook-cross-hook-cross-hook


  1. Long rear knee, long lead knee, clinch 5 skip knees, throw to range


  1. Cover rear kick to lead leg, lead cut kick, rear body kick, hook, cross, two lead kicks
  2. Cover rear kick to lead leg, rear knee, rear kick, hook, cross, hook, two rear kicks

Punch kick glove combinations

  1. Catch the jab, return jab, catch the jab, jab, cross, lead cut kick, rear body kick
  2. Catch the jab, return jab, catch the jab, clip the cross to the sameside lateral line throwing the jab over the cross, rear kick, lead kick
  3. Catch the jab, return jab, catch the jab, slip the cross with counter cross the the face, cross side clinch with arm pin, two knees push to kick
  4. Catch the jab, return jab, catch the jab, front cover the cross, rear upper cut, lead hook, rear kick (step in the direction of the hook arm to create space for the kick)
  5. Take the rear kick on your thigh, return a rear kick to the thigh, leg cover rear kick to lead leg, lead cut kick, rear body kick
  6. Take the rear kick on your thigh, return a rear kick to the thigh, tiip to the body as they kick, cross, hook, rear kick
  7. Take the rear kick on your thigh, return a rear kick to the thigh, catch the rear kick to the body (step with it), cross side clinch, knee the the underside of the caught leg or the medial surface of the plant leg
  8. Take the rear kick on your thigh, return a rear kick to the thigh, cover the head kick, create a "shelf" with the cross hand, hook over the kick and swing through. A variation shown but not practiced was underhooking the kick leg with the cross hand, but then passing it to a safer position overhooked on opposite site

Punch kick Thai pad combinations

  1. Jab, cross, lead kick, long rear knee, three skip knees, throw, two rear kicks
  2. Catch jab, cover cross, cover hook, cross hand clinch, two lead knees, "garage door" (lift the hook cover hand to duck under the arm), pin the arm to your clinch hand, two lead knees, push and disengage, cross, hook, two rear kicks


ActiveEdge Smoker

Team Solid went 6 and 2 at the ActiveEdge Smoker in Lansing, IL.
  • Alex "Pro-cop" Prokup picked up a decision after using some devastating knees to the body.
  • Matt Cropper stepped up and fought a fighter 12 pounds heavier than him. He lost after the second due to his corner tossing in the towel.
  • Gavin Blythe earned a decision after first teeing off on his opponent's testicles before settling down and putting together some nice punch kick combinations.
  • Vaughn Comacho swarmed his opponent like a wave, using a powerful overhand, same sharp cut kicks, and a head of stone to win a decision.
  • Phil "Zombie" Halverston took a decision to win his fight with punch knee combinations.
  • Alain Sothikhoun did not unleash the animal and lost a unanimous decision after a stellar first round. He did indeed present an envelope with his WoW login before the match.
  • Dan "the Ukranian Sensation" Yasinki earned a TKO in the second round.
  • Joe "Machete" Gradle earned a TKO due to knees in the third round.
Many thanks to Jarred Meyers and Willie Sweatt who did not have the opportunity to fight but pitched in to corner and coach anyway.

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Guarding Passing and T-Bar Kneebar

Practice today started with Jeet Kune Do entering by slipping the jab, trapping, and backfisting. To this we added kicks and other methods of intercepting before setting up the straight blast, clinching to knees, elbows, and headbutts. I still move like a geriatric dump truck so I had difficulty with applying forward pressure. Even though it would simplify my life to push forward and put pressure on my partner, it was not readily obvious due to the stress-strain relationship my lower extremities have with accelerating and decelerating rapidly in any direction. Hopefully practice (and more rehabilitation will make perfect).
On the ground we worked guard passing. It is important to remember that solid fundamentals and base are the basis of guard passing. Thus after establishing good posture working the legs and hands methodically to positions of maximal leverage to break the guard rather than hurrying to break is important. We worked two methods for breaking the first stays on the ground using a "T" position of the legs and perpendicular forearm pressure to break open the legs. From here there are two methods to pass.
The same side pass uses the leg that was not placed near your partner under their coccyx and the rearmost breaking arm to slide your opponents same side leg down as you slide you knee to the floor, past their thigh, pinning with your distal leg and shin. Simultaneously the other knee comes up, splitting your opponent's legs as you reach through and hug your partner, the same side arm hugs the head. Your opposite arm cradles the unpinned leg, placing pressure on both the upper body as well as the sinews of their thighs. Now "spider man" out, flipping the non pinning leg 270 degrees over to the far side of your pinning leg, turning your body toward the ceiling before unpinning the leg and reestablishing in a solid side mount, resuming a face to the mat pinning and attacking position over your partner's chest.
The cross side pass uses the leg under the coccyx to slide up and over the thigh, while the arm on this side controls the lapel or reaches for an underhook. The opposite hand goes for same side wrist or sleeve control, the nonpinning leg on this side escapes out and you slide over the pinned leg into a side mount position.
The other way introduced to pass the guard was from the high guard, standing and coming down with one knee up, using the feed of you opponent's guard dictates which side the knee slides through to pin. This allows you to use the coccyx knee as the pinning knee same side or cross side to perform either one of the passes above.
As part of our warm up today, the others shot double legs. I don't quite have the knee dexterity to shoot a double so I went for a high crotch position, and Dan showed me the T-bar position, where you essentially set up a biceps locked figure four position. Thus from a side clinch position the dorsal hand reaches through and grabs the biceps of the ventral arm that has posted to the far hip. The opponent is lifted and dumped to their back. From here you can slide down the leg to the ankle, and drop to the mat with a cross body ankle lock or heel hook. Alternatively you can spin around keeping the arm tucked under the armpit and sit for a knee bar.

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