Lionel Ju Jitsu Club
Striking Seminar, 14th March 2015

Members of Ishin Ryu Lionel and the Eilean Siar Muay Thai Club

Members of Ishin Ryu Lionel and the Eilean Siar Muay Thai Club

Cross training in the martial arts is not a nicety. It’s a necessity. If there was an Ultimate Martial style, then we would all be doing it, and the fact that there is not proves how important it is to be open to new ideas, be it techniques or philosophies.

On Saturday 14th March, members of Ishin Ryu Lionel Ju Jitsu joined forces with Eilean Siar Muay Thai Club for an afternoon dedicated to the art of striking, led by British and two-time Scottish Muay Thai Champion, Norrie Mackenzie.

Norrie Mackenzie shows Morgan and Katherine the importance of keeping the guard up.

Norrie Mackenzie shows Morgan and Katherine the importance of keeping the guard up.

In a world filled with the likes of UFC and Strikeforce, it is easy to forget that a good jab or kick can be as effective at ending a confrontation as a rear naked choke or arm bar. With open minds, the participants got their sweat on with a quick warm up before moving in to some basic hand work.

Norrie demonstrates a masterful uppercut

Norrie demonstrates a masterful uppercut

We began with a simple jab and cross, and Norrie reminded us all how to generate additional power by rotating our hips, and striking through the target. From there we moved downstairs, with the brutal basics of the turning kick into the knee and floating ribs.

You don’t want to be on the business end of that!

You don’t want to be on the business end of that!

The afternoon passed by quickly as we moved into combination punches and kicks, showing how important it was to move between the body and the legs, maintaining the guard and using distance as an effective weapon. Towards the end of the session we worked on Ishin Ryu’s favourite area – closing the distance to work on the inside of an opponent.

John drives the knee in

John drives the knee in

Calum and Anna put the elbow to good use

Calum and Anna put the elbow to good use

The joy of Mixed Martial Arts is taking a technique from one discipline, tweaking it, and making it your own. In the final hour of the seminar, Norrie and I worked on a Muay Thai clinch that could be modified into a choke and then a throw – we’ll definitely be trying that that on Monday night.

Huston, we have lift off!

Huston, we have lift off!

Too quickly five o’clock came around, and after a quick warm down we said our goodbyes. It was great to make new friends, and Norrie is a fantastic instructor. We were all sad to see the Muay Thai Club leave Ness, but hopefully we will see them again soon, when I run a grappling and groundwork seminar in Stornoway in the coming months.

 Ishin Ryu is run every Monday and Wednesday, 7-9pm, at Sporsnis, by Sensei Martin Adil-Smith

Muay Thai is run Monday and Wednesday, 6-8pm at Fitness Studio, Cabar Hotel, by Norrie Mackenzie.

 

Many thanks to Muriel Mackenzie for permission to use her photographs.

 

2 Comments on Lionel Ju Jitsu Club
Striking Seminar, 14th March 2015

  1. Osu Sensei,

    This looks like so much fun. Keep up the good work.

  2. fiona o'connor // April 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm // Reply

    Lewis thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, thank you all for organising it 🙂

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