Focus of the Week (5/11/15)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
5.11.2015 – 5.17.2015
Fundamentals – Escape the Mount
- Foot Sweep – This week’s standing technique is the sideways walking foot sweep. The objective here is to sweep your partner’s trailing foot out from under them.
- Knee-to-Elbow Mount Escape – Last week we looked at the buck and roll. This week we’ll practice our other main mount escape, the knee to elbow. Get as many reps as possible with both of these–you’ll want them to be well practiced when you find yourself mounted.
Intermediate – Defending Punches from Guard
- Stop Hands to Low Back Clinch and Takedown – In a self-defense situation, your focus is to minimize damage to yourself, and get to a position where you can use your Jiu Jitsu. We’re going to practice “stop hands” to block an attacker’s punch, followed by a pummel and a low clinch. From here, you can take them to the ground and look at other attacks.
- Defending Punches from the Guard – Another excellent real-life application of your Jiu Jitsu is using the closed guard to defend against oncoming punches. We’ll use our legs to break our partner’s posture, and get double-unders. Once you’re safe from punches, you can take the back.
Kickboxing – Push Kicks/Teeps
The “teep,” which is the Thai word for the lead-leg push kick, is a great defensive tool that helps us keep the opponent at distance or disrupt the rhythm of their combinations. Think of the “teep” as a foot-jab. The rear-leg push kick has significantly more power and can be used to move the opponent back or off-balance the opponent. This week we will focus on good teep/push kick mechanics, and incorporating them into our number system!
Fitness Challenge: Russian Twists and Alternating Lunges
Muay Thai – Elbows
Elbows are the highest scoring weapon in traditional Thai Boxing, because of the degree of difficulty it requires to land elbows effectively. A great Thai Boxer uses timing and set ups to land vicious elbows, which can cut the opponent and end the fight. We will look at incorporating elbows with our various other weapons, countering other strikes with elbows, and how to use elbows and avoid them in the clinch.
Kids – Dinner Before Dessert
This week our mat chat is about deferring gratification and being responsible. We’re talking about why it’s important to take care of our responsibilities before we do the fun stuff, and how this can make the “dessert” taste even better.
- Little Tigers – We’re going to continue this week with our mount drills and games. Get ready for more Bulldozer, Spider Kid, and Shark Bite!
- Tigers – This week we’re continuing our practice of the back sweep, torreando pass, getting into mount from side control, the push hips escape, and setting up the armbar from guard.
Footwork is an essential component of any striker’s repertoire. We’re practicing moving around the bags as we would an opponent–maintaining a stable stance, and staying on the balls of our feet.
- This weekend, Coach Max and Coach Gigi from Centennial will be going to battle at the Fight To Win Machines card. Friday night at the National Western. Don’t miss this!
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