Lesson Plans Monday, April 4, 2022

John Whitman
April 3, 2022

Beginner (B1)

Movement from Fighting Stance (Forward, Left, Right, & Back)

Straight Punches w/ Advance & Retreat

Drill: Partners traveling in 1 lane so as not to collide with anyone else. Pad holder has a tomb stone. Starting in punching range, pad holder will either advance one step or retreat one step. Striker will respond as quickly as possible and deliver an advancing straight punch or a retreating straight punch

Choke from the side

Drill: Groups of 4. 1 tombstone pad holder, 1 defender, 1 attacker, and 1 bystander. Defender must throw broken flurries w/ full aggression at the pad. Bystander “interferes” with Defender by body blocking the pad, pulling the defender away, or pushing the defender away. The Bystander must make it difficult, not impossible, for the Defender to get back to the pad to continue with flurries. The Defender may not hit, push, pull, or otherwise “fight” the Bystander. The defender must use footwork to get around the Bystander. At any point, the Attacker may choke the defender from either side, which the Defender will address with choke from the side defense.


Intermediate (B1)

Headbutts (forward, side, backward, & upward)

Defense vs. Hook (covering)

Drill: Pad holder with focus mitts. Calling combos 1-4. At any point, mitt holder yells “Cover” and throws a wide looping hook at the defender while presenting the other focus mitt in front of (but not touching) the defender’s face. Defender uses covering defense, then immediately throws a headbutt to the mitt presented in front of their face.

Choke from Front Against Wall

Drill: A/B drill. Half the class will be A, the other half will be B. A’s defend first, lining up in front of the wall (approximately arm’s length away), facing away from the wall. Defender’s close their eyes and any person in B group may attack any person in A group. Then switch.


Advanced (B1)

Punch one direction, kick in another

Drill: Group of 3. 1 focus mitt holder, 1 striker, 1 kick shield holder. Focus mitt holder and striker free work. Kick shield holder approaches striker and gets attention verbally. Striker includes a kick with any punch of the current combination.

Full Nelson – throw

Full Nelson – sweep

Drill: Defender stands in the middle of a crash pad with eyes closed. Attacker applies full nelson. Defender either throws attacker forward or sweeps attacker backward and finishes with combatives.

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