Monthly Workshop

February review


On Sunday the 25th of February we held our monthly workshop at the usual venue in Southampton. Attendance was good with some 20 plus guys turning up to take part. After our initial introduction and overview we started things off with our first module which covered Striking from attachment this provides us with several advantages.


  1. Gaining attachment will prevent the subject from getting away from you keeping him at close quarters where we can operate most efficiently.


  1. In addition to this, attachment (also referred to as anchoring) will allow you to hit harder as you can now pull the recipient onto your follow up strikes.


  1. Attachment will allow you to index and track your target, so you can continue your attack until the threat is dealt with. You now have the benefit of tactile awareness, as long as you can feel the subject; you can hit the target even if vision was impaired.



Here we looked at several drills starting with a multi strike pad drill, where we index to the pad bearing limb then fire in with 2 palms/2 HF’s/2 elbows for five reps on the right, then turn and repeat with the left side with forward pressure and aggression. Next we looked at attached striking from any position starting from a standing position, then the pad man tackles, taking you to the ground from where you attach and strike from your guard, from here you reverse the position, taking the mount then attach and strike from there.


Unfortunately photos were a little slim on the ground for this workshop but here are a few of the lads working attached strikes from a variety of positions.



Finally we employed the use of a blind fold and attached to the pad bearing limb, working palm strikes from the tactile cue of movement, striking at the pad from whatever position the pad man moves his/her arm. Finally we looked at clinch knees on a shield. Here the feeder can move 360 degrees around the blind folded trainee and will bump him from any direction, from here Index by attaching to his neck with a Thai or side on clinch for multiple knee strikes.


Developing tactile awareness via attachment pad drills; palm strikes and clinch knees.


Next up we worked a Low-line assault module. Focus here was on employing our low-line weapons, namely our feet/boots and knees to low-line targets of choice. Here we incorporate the inside/outside hard edges of our boot/shoe in a variety of low-line kicks and stomps to the feet, ankles, shins, knees and groin of our aggressor, from both an unattached and stand up clinch perspective. Here we worked the following drills;

1.       Inside/outside edge of boot kick from the clinch

2.       Spike kick to cycling, takedown, stomp

3.       Low-line clinch drill/knees to low-line targets with shin guards and shields

4.       Stomps to knee drop drill


Low line tools; namely the spike kick, edge of boot kicks and limb stomps as finishers.


Secondary tools & attacks; In some situations such as a counter clinch either standing or on the ground, it is not always possible to ballistic ally strike immediately, in which case a secondary attack is employed in order to create the opportunity for a more telling blow. Examples include the use of gouging, raking fish hooking and biting in order to create space and opportunity to get to the means of delivering ballistic impact ASAP. Here we worked a variety of such tools from a standing clinch against a wall and a ground grapple for dominance, where the objective is to hurt him and get to our feet ASAP.


Dan and Paul depict examples of secondary tool use namely biting, gouging fish hooking etc.

Here we worked the following drills with the objective to get to striking and/or disengagement as quickly as possible;

Thumb gouge, to head butt to elbow to disengage.

Ear rip, gouge, bite-spit to elbow strikes.

Opposite ear rip to chin twist reversal, smash wall to elbow strikes.

On the ground; ear rip to eye gouge, head twist to reverse mount to attached striking.

Ear rip/thumb gouge to head twist…


Fighting from the floor. In this case we are talking worst-case scenario, where you are on the ground and your assailant is still on his feet baying for your blood.  It may be that you have been knocked to the floor or that you have simply lost your footing and slipped. In either case the absolute priority is to get back up on your feet as quickly as possible.


Fending off your knees after getting shoved or knocked down, here we cover from a shot, blast through the limb with an elbow strike as you pull sharply on the ankle. From here control the limb to the ground for a follow up stomp as you cover from a potential kick from the other foot.

Here is a much clearer depiction from one of my books UC volume one



Regaining the initiative from a kneeling position, start by landing a heavy elbow strike to the thigh. From here using a push/pull action with your arms, take your opponent down to the ground and get back to your feet ASAP finish the fight with your feet by stomping on his ankle.



Steve fends and takes down off his knees.


Next we looked at fighting off our back in order to create enough damage and space to get up ASAP. Here we looked at a couple of fast takedowns should the opportunity present itself, then as is more likely the act of kicking out the ankles, shins and knees with multiple aggressive stomps in order to regain our feet and finish.


Using the push/pull principle to take the man down, if the opportunity should present itself.



Kick out from the floor; on the day we employed cricket pads and shin guards, but you can also use a shield.

For this last module we presented a brief module on Combative Conditioning as a finisher of events for the day. Here we employed a couple of modern alternatives to our standard ATP conditioning drills that we’ve looked at in previous workshops. Basically we looked at two methods that work the energy systems required for combat. Both focus on the specific, required energy system, that of the ATP Anaerobic system that fuels the Combative activity of fighting, for a very short duration at high intensity.  This also has an accumulative effect on our cardiovascular fitness to.  As always this kind of work is hard, hence it’s relevance to the cultivation of mental toughness and that ‘’Do or Die’’ attitude so necessary to prevail in combat.




HIIT drill:

HIIT is an acronym for High Intensity Interval Training, this is where we take an exercise such as skipping, running, or basically any task specific exercise and work it into a format where we can combine aerobic low intensity work for duration of 45 seconds, with hard anaerobic work at high intensity for a short period of 15 seconds. This is then repeated for the full duration of the workout anywhere from 5-25 minutes. In this example we are going to combine jogging on the spot/punching out with the hands for the aerobic work, with fast pace Burpees jumps for 15 seconds or 10 reps of hard anaerobic work. This is then repeated for duration of 5 minutes which will show you, just how hard and result producing HIIT work can be as a training tool.


Tabata Protocol:

The Tabata Protocol is pure ATP work with hardly any rest in between; it is usually worked for a series of 5-8 sets of ten repetitions. The example here is made task specific to pad/impact work but could be employed for any floor exercise with good effect, such as Burpees for example. Here we pair up with a partner and strike the pads in the following way; L/R palms followed by L/R slaps hard and fast, this counts as 1 rep, repeat for 10 total reps. For this drill you are not going to repeat 5-8 times as that would be a total workout in itself. The purpose here is to just give you an introduction into the training method, therefore you with do 2 series of ten then switch with your partner.


This pretty much brought yet another successful workshop to a close…all that remains, as always is to thank everyone in attendance also thanks to my son Dan and Alban for being my demo partners for the day and Neil for organizing and merchandise. Hope to see you all at future events…

Peace LM