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Focus of the Week (8/31/15)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

8.31.2015 – 9.6.2015

BJJ

Fundamentals – Armbar from Closed Guard

  • Grip Strips – Often in BJJ the match is decided at the very beginning of the match by who is able to establish their ideal grips first. Getting there first allows this person the upper hand when attacking. It’s important that we understand how to strip the grips to keep the opponent from gaining the upper hand. Then we can establish our grips!!
  • Armbar from Closed Guard – We are focusing on finishing from the guard this week. What better move to focus on than the armbar? This move is a finish that works from the lowest to the highest levels of experience. What can be a bad situation (bottom of closed guard), quickly becomes much better when we utilize this attack. If the opponent is slick and pulls his arm out, we then have the triangle as a back up.

Intermediate – Closed Guard Sweep and Submissions

  • Arm Drag and Basic Double-Leg – The arm drag is a great way to create an angle from standing to attempt a takedown. We will also be looking at using it to setup a double-leg takedown too. This will highlight the ability of the arm drag to create angles and create openings.
  • Closed Guard Sweep and Two Submissions – For this week’s intermediate class, we will be going over the fan sweep plus two great attacks that seem to compliment it well. I always think of these three attacks together because they really work well chained together.

Kickboxing – Teeps and Push Kicks

The focus for both programs this week is teeps and push kicks. “Teep” is a word the Thais use for the lead-leg push kick. Teep means “foot jab.” The teep is used to find your range, keep your opponent at a distance, and/or disrupt your opponent’s rhythm during an attack or counter. This week we will focus on proper mechanics of the teep and the push kick as well as proper uses before and after combinations. In the Muay Thai classes, we will look at different follow ups off the teep and push kick and we will also focus on multiple ways to defense push kicks and how to counter them properly.

Fitness Challenge: Plyo-Lunges and Sit-Ups

Muay Thai – Teeps and Push Kicks

The focus for both programs this week is teeps and push kicks. “Teep” is a word the Thais use for the lead-leg push kick. Teep means “foot jab.” The teep is used to find your range, keep your opponent at a distance, and/or disrupt your opponent’s rhythm during an attack or counter. This week we will focus on proper mechanics of the teep and the push kick as well as proper uses before and after combinations. In the Muay Thai classes, we will look at different follow ups off the teep and push kick and we will also focus on multiple ways to defense push kicks and how to counter them properly.

Kids

BJJ

  • Little Tigers – Little Tigers are continuing to work on maintaining the mount, playing a game called Spider Kid.
  • Tigers – We’ll be practicing a double-leg takedown, as well as defending a choke from someone on our back.
  • Advanced Tigers – We’ll work on the side clinch single-leg takedown, as well as a headlock escape.

Muay Thai

This week we’re working on the teep and push kick, a technique used to maintain distance from your opponent.

Announcements

  • Congrats to all of the competitors that went out and competed at the FTW Jiu-Jitsu tournament. We won the team trophy again, as well as the newly introduced “Achilles Cup” where 20 competitors from each team square off to see who is the pound for pound best team! Awesome work everyone!!
  • The in-house Muay Thai smoker was a tremendous success! Thanks to all of the competitors, coaches, and staff for making it happen in such amazing fashion. The event ran smoothly and everyone had an awesome time!

Thoughts

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
–Newt Gingrich

Techniques

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