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Iain Abernethy
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Vagabond Warriors with Jamie Clubb (22nd of October)

Are you really expanding your comfort zones in martial arts and self-defence training? Many think that stretching yourself in the combative arts consists of training hard at what you’ve always done and studying what you always studied. Even in the liberating world of martial arts cross-training students and teachers are susceptible to group polarization and what Geoff Thompson would call “The Comfortable Uncomfortable”. “Vagabond Warriors” takes cross-training into a new dimension. Our aim is to develop a personalized compass that ensures you will always keep growing, learning and getting the most out of your martial arts experiences. This not about creating a clique or forming an organizing it is about putting YOU at the centre of you training and not an abstract idea.  It’s not what you know, it’s how you think!

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought” - Basho, Matsuo

Date: 22nd October 2011

Venue: St Nicholas Primary School, Priory Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2PE

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Kit list: Water, towel, note pad and pen, an inquiring and greedy mind

Contact: jamie@clubbchimera.com

T: 07973681732

A Typical Training Day for Vagabond Warriors



Safety Brief

Seminar Protocol

Refreshments, Amenities and Rest Periods

Coach introduction

Plan of the day

Course limitations

The Vagabond Warriors Approach

History of Cross Training

Clarification – Scepticism – Individuality

Deciding the purpose of your training and understanding the purpose of a deviation Constant rational inquiry – science and critical thinking  

Putting yourself or your student at the centre of the training rather than the art, style or system


Relevant exercises – specificity, controversy and balancing maximum benefits

The Hierarchy of Training – Time Management for the Martial Artist

Specific Training

Defined as focusing on one specific technique or tactic

Quarrying instinctive techniques and tactics through restrictive pressure activities

Progressively drilling and then testing said quarried technique

Strategy One – Creating and maintaining distance

Tactics – Pushing, Controlling, Striking and Evasive Manoeuvres

Strategy Two – Closing down distance

Tactics – Covering, Grappling and Capturing Manoeuvres

Attribute Training

Defined as intelligent cross-training

Researching other schools, systems and instructors

Using a set structure to gain attributes for designated purpose

Strategy One – Strike-Based Systems

Strategy Two – Grappling Based Systems

Functional Fitness

Defined as improving physical and mental conditioning through relevant exercises (also see warm-up and warm-down)

Aspects of Training

Think like the coach – real leadership and discipline (clarification)

Critical appraisal (scepticism) - Can the drill be improved? - How is the drill flawed?

A map for personal goals in training (individuality)

Testing, Experimenting and Exploring

Assessing claims and trends in martial arts – consumer awareness

Common logical fallacies in martial arts

Pressure Tests – discovering what works

Pressure Ordeals – discovering how you work

Doubt, error and failure – True individual growth in martial arts


Relevant exercises – retaining muscle memory and promoting better recovery

Closing Discussion

Recommended resources

Future training