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Focus of the Week (5/25/15)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

5.25.2015 – 5.31.2015

BJJ

Fundamentals – Headlock Defense

  • Headlock Defense from Standing – Ahh, the headlock! This is the most common move in a street fight. You won’t see it much from students of BJJ because it’s not a great attack, but it’s probably the most important thing to know for self-defense. In few weeks when we do escape side control, you will see why it’s a crucial thing to be able to do solidly.
  • Control Top of Headlock and Armbar – This week we’re looking at controlling an opponent with a headlock from the top, and adding in an armbar. Next week we’ll focus more on the escape.

Intermediate – Omoplata

  • Mid-Level Single-Leg – We’re looking again at the mid-level single-leg takedown, practicing two different options: spinning to dump your partner onto the ground, or taking their leg to your side, and taking out their base leg.
  • Omoplata – Soneca Style – The omoplata we’re working on this week is named for Helio Soneca, one of Professor Easton’s teachers. We set it up from closed guard, and it’s a bit complex, so get ready to get technical!

Kickboxing – Leg Kicks

The leg kick, or low kick, is a kick designed to attack the thighs of your opponent. The kick is thrown like a round kick, but with a downward trajectory to the target. Leg kicks are cumulative strikes; they wear on the opponent as the fight goes on. This week we focus on the outside and inside low kick!

Fitness Challenge: Mountain Climbers and Side Plank Raises

Muay Thai – Clinch

This week we focus on one of the most important aspects of Muay Thai: the clinch, or the grapple. The clinch occurs when the fighters tie up, but unlike boxing, the fight is only beginning from here. A strong clinch fighter can land devastating knees, elbows, and sweeps while in the clinch. We will focus on clinch position, posture, offense, defense, and escapes this week. Expect a sore neck all week!

Kids – Being Present

For our last week talking about good habits, we’re going to discuss the importance of staying focused and being present in our activities. We’ll talk about how we can prevent ourselves from becoming distracted.

BJJ

  • Little Tigers – This week we’re going to look at taking the back and maintaining position. That means it’s time for Crazy Horse! We’ll also review some of our mount techniques.
  • Tigers – Tigers are learning the push-hips mount escape this week, lifting their partners to set up butterfly guard. We’ll also work this into what we practiced last week, using it to follow up after the back sweep and balloon sweep.
  • Advanced Tigers – The advanced group will be working on the side clinch trip, taking their partners down from standing using double-unders and a knee bump, then coming into side control. Once in side control, we’ll look at the Kimura and the Americana attacks.

Muay Thai

This week we’re going to look at some of our most important lower-body techinques. Round kicks are the bread and butter of a Muay Thai practitioner’s arsenal, and they take a lot of hard work to perfect. We’re also practicing our straight knees, focusing on using our knee like a spear.

Announcements

  • The Rolles Gracie seminars are right around the corner! Registration is available on the Easton website, as well as at the front desk of your academy. Check it out and get signed up now before they’re all sold out. Dates available in Boulder, Denver, and Centennial. Check with the front desk or go to www.eastonbjj.com to find more details.

Thoughts

Don’t just drag out of bed every morning. Get alive and awaken your mind and body for the gift of a brand new day gift-wrapped with sunlight and air. Not just another ordinary day, it is the day of new opportunities.

Techniques

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