Today’s matt work: Pummel pass Vs half guard > Knee slide Vs half guard
We’re experiencing a heat wave at the moment which isn’t very common around here, so only 3 students showed up and my self. I reckon everybody else was at the beach.
We changed the structure of the class a bit today due to the small amount of attendees, and the heat, doesn’t bother me at all but they seemed to be affected by it, so instead of sparring we used the better part of an hour drilling disconnecting / hip escaping away from various situations where our opponent would be standing and entering.
Today’s Strength training:
Cleans from blocks 10x3, 60s rest, pause stretch: squat
6 x 50kg
4 x 52.5kg
Towel deadlift 5x3, 60s pause, pause stretch: frog stretch
1 x 90kg
1 x 95kg
1 x 100kg
1 x 110kg
1 x 115kg
Cable plank rows, 3xfailure, 60s rest, pause stretch: forearms & fingers
1 x 15kg x 10
1 x 25kg x 10
1 x 30kg x 10
Renegade db rows 3xfailure, 60s pause, pause stretch: spiderman stretch
1 x 10kg x 6 (12 in total)
1 x 10kg x 4 (8)
1 x 10kg x 4 (8)
Band side steps, 3xfailure, 60s pause, pause stretch: Backward roll over the neck, knees to the ground
1 x 8 (16 in total)
1 x 8
1 x 8
- Used a thick green band wrapped twice around my ankles. Really got my glutes fired up.
Band resisted alligator smash, 2xtime, 60s rest
2 x 5kg plates x 40s left, right 38s
1 x 10kg plate & 5kg plate x 30s
Plate pinch 2xtime, 60s rest
1 x 10kg plate x 60s
1 x 15kg plate x 46s
Towel kb holds 2xtime, 60s pause
1 x 20kg kb x 75s
1 x 20kg kb x 60s
Pronated deadlift holds 2xtime, 60s pause
1 x 70kg x 40s
1 x 80kg x 30s
Towel deadlift hold 1xtime
1 x 80kg x 40s
The clean is coming along quite nicely and even though I’m new to the exercise, I already have a good feel about the mechanics. I’m not thinking too much about the amount of weight at the moment, actually never have payed attention the amount of weight. I’m much more interested in how fast it’s moving or fast I’m moving.
The towel deadlift’s were pretty easy and I think I could easily have added at least 15kg’s to the last set but I like to start out low and work my way up, greasing the groove along the way. My little finger, which I broke last week, still isn’t 100% yet. Good news is that It’s getting better though and I’m able to make a fist without looking British and I hardly felt any discomfort during the deadlift.
My grip is coming along nicely as well and even though it is far above average as it is, it can never be too strong. Grip strength is in my honest opinion one of the most important factors in any fight but at the same time also one of the most neglected areas for most combat athletes. Grip strength is king.
My little finger is still broken and even though it is getting better, fast, it hurts like a mother… If I hit from a certain angle. Hasn’t slowed me down though and it wont unless it suddenly gets a lot worse.