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Focus of the Week (10/19/15)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

10.20.2015 – 10.26.2015

BJJ

Fundamentals – Punch Defense

  • Standing Punch Defense – Here is where we break down how to approach a situation where punches will likely be thrown. We start with maintaining the distance, then we close the distance quickly, achieving the clench and getting the takedown.
  • Punch Defense from the Ground – Doing Jiu-Jitsu when punches are allowed changes everything! This is what it would be like in a real fight, so you must have some tools for dealing with your opponents strikes. This week, we will show you how to remain safe in the closed guard, and how to turn things in your favor.

Intermediate – Double Leg and Standing Guard Pass

  • Double Leg – This is one of the staple takedowns, which is why we revisit it so much. It takes years to get good at these takedowns, so lets get going towards the 1,000 repetitions it’s going to take for us to get this one down!
  • Basic Standing Guard Pass – Professor Vellore’s favorite way to pass is standing. It takes so much of the opponent’s offense away. It does, however, take some time to master, so get in to class this week and get started. Once you’re able to stand in most guards, your passing game will be much improved.

Kickboxing – Elbows

Although elbows are not under the sport rules of “Kickboxing,” they are allowed under full rules Muay Thai, and are one of the most dangerous and highest scoring weapons available. The elbow scores the highest to the judges because it is the shortest weapon. You must safely navigate your way into elbow range before you can land the elbow itself! Remember, when throwing elbows, the goal is to “cut” across the target, not smash into it like a punch. The motion for elbows will be a quick, cutting motion with a twist of the hips and shoulders. Keep your opposite hand high up (on your forehead) to avoid a counter elbow!

Muay Thai – Directional Footwork

Very rarely do you see Thai Boxing fights that are fought in one spot the entire fight. Footwork is one of the most important aspects of a strong Thai Boxer. A fighter must learn to keep distance or close the distance using footwork and balance. This week we will look at bringing our feet with us as we strike while moving. We will also look at “stalking” an opponent and cutting them off in the ring in order to minimize their space.

Announcements

  • Lots of events coming up! Show some support and pick up some tickets to go and watch your favorite coach/fighter leave it all out there! It always means the world to the competitors to have the support of the team! Check with the front desk and see what dates are coming up for your favorite competitors!

Thoughts

Enlightenment is at the source of everything. From it, flows our Intuition and our creative energy. It is the delta of the human spirit what we innately seek to return to, as we find ourselves lost in this world.
-Kim Chestney

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