CSPS Training Log–PT Session 27.01.2013

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Sunday saw one student’s return to regular training after a few weeks over Christmas, and so we got straight back into it with training the basics in new and interesting ways – biomechanical drills, specific and generalised movement concepts and their application, etc.

As this student has two-hour sessions we had plenty of time to get through a lot, and so we broke back into some aggression-fuelled drills involving use of the shoulder, elbow striking, hammer fists, knee striking and I don’t even know how many other striking methods. Taking an initial contact as a reference point, we used a set framework of movements to efficiently train the different muscle groups of the body to work together efficiently to present a functional combative response.

What that means is, the pad got bashed hard, fast and lots!

We also went through some sensitivity drills using a (training!) knife and then finished with an open-ended finish where we went through some concepts around striking with the knees and how to use that tactically with a biomechanical awareness to gain useful advantages over an attacker. All in all, an excellent session and some good progress made!

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CSPS Training Log–PT Session 04.01.2013

IMAG0196 (2)Over 2012 I didn’t publish very many posts, out of a mix of laziness and busyness. I intend to make up for this by returning to the act of publishing these little training logs. For me, it’s a useful way to see how things grow and progress over time. For my students it’s a useful way to monitor their progress and easily look back on their sessions and for everyone else it gives an idea of what you might expect from a CSPS session.

Today started off with a nice personal tuition session with Matt, a fairly new student. An hour long, this session was fast-paced and intensive and we got through a lot of material. We started off with some simple pyramid-progressive striking in combinations to get things moving on the soft, knackered pads pictured above. They’re my first pair, still alive after about 11 years! Best Christmas present ever. Anyway, back to the training. We then moved onto a more taxing section of fast, randomised padwork encouraging instinctive responses without lengthy decision-making or memory-accessing thought processes getting in the way. See the dot and bash it! He did very well, with some nice, accurate kicks too.

The rest of the session was concerned entirely with ground mobility, as due to the constraints of the venue for this student training is outdoors and he didn’t want to roll on wet ground (understandably). Weather doesn’t stop him for anything else – padwork, partner work, exercises, etc – it’s all good. We’ve just been waiting for a dry day to get him started with the ground mobility. Today we went through forward and backward rolling from various starting positions and Matt made some excellent progress.

At the end, as always with this student in particular, I ended up chatting with him for a while instead of rushing off as he asked me about knives and this entered into a general chat about violence, weapons, the law, etc. Knives and surviving edged weapon attacks are a point of particular interest for this student so we’ll be focussing on that soon at his request.

Until next time,

FCIns. Josh Nixon, CSPS

PHDefence (26.11.2011) Feedback

imageAnother awesome session at PHDefence today – Paul did some work standing up, and I did some work lying down. All in all, it was great fun and even better training! There’s talk still of PHDefence moving to Friday nights, which is looking increasingly certain as the only viable option they have, so get in touch with Paul or me to let us know what you think. I don’t think he’s planning to change anything before 2012 though.

PHDefence is cancelled next week because nobody can make it, which is a real shame, but it’s back on the week after so it’s not on Saturday the 3rd, and it is on Saturday the 10th. Bring your friends, family and random people you meet! PHDEFENCE NEEDS MORE STUDENTS!

Homework:

Yes, you’ve got homework! I’m going to see who of you reads these updates with this as well which will be funny. You have the following things to do for the next session:
– Everyone needs to have a try at the first Wing Chun Form (Xĭu Līm Tào – 小念头) for next time. Blue sashes have no excuse – you need to have more than a try because you’ll need it for your next grading! Anyone who can remember the name gets bonus awesome points. Now for some individual things:
S.S: You need to, assuming your back’s ok, show me one full pushup. Just one.
G.C: You need to show me some real aggression on the pads. You did it before, so I know you can do it again. Stop being so nice!
B.S. and L. (sorry, I don’t know your second name so I can’t properly initial you but you know who you are!) have the same objective – stop being so easily distractible! You need to learn to focus. Be warned – next time you two lose focus I have an exercise for you that will help! You won’t like it much though, so this is your warning!

Sorry for the initials but I don’t feel right putting your names on properly with you being kids.

If anyone needs a copy of the guides or has any questions, get in touch.

If anyone wants some training in the meantime, or at any other time, don’t forget where I am! If there’s something you just don’t get, or you just want to make up for lost time, or you just want more training, then let me know and I’ll do whatever I can for any of you. Chuck me an email.

Now here’s the real test to see who’s been reading. Next time, I’m going to ask for the secret code, which is: ‘WEIRD BEARD’ – anyone who can’t tell me this code will have extra warmup! [insert evil laugh here]

Until next time,
FCIns. Josh Nixon

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