Focus of the Week (5/4/15)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
5.4.2015 – 5.10.2015
Fundamentals – Mount Escapes
- Osoto Gari – The Osoto Gari foot sweep is great for taking someone down using momentum. This technique is all about timing, you want to knock their foot out from under them at just the right moment. Make sure to get a bunch of reps in!
- Buck and Roll – As a lower belt in Jiu Jitsu, you will probably often find yourself on the bottom of mount, which is the bottom of the positional ladder. It’s a dangerous place. It’s claustrophobic, hard to escape, and if it’s a fight, you’re getting punched in the face. It’s essential to build up a solid escape plan so we don’t get stuck here. This week we’re focusing on the buck-and-roll escape, and next week we’ll look at the knee-to-elbow.
Intermediate – Knee on Belly Escapes
- Double-Leg Takedown Variations – We’re continuing to practice the double-leg to really get it down. This week your instructor may have their favorite version or more intricate details for the double-leg that makes it work for them.
- Knee on Belly Escapes – Knee on belly can be an unpleasant position to find yourself in. This week we’re going to look in more detail at the different ways to move out from beneath your partner’s weight, and throw them off balance.
Kickboxing – Elbows
Elbows are a dangerous short-range weapon in the kickboxing and Muay Thai weapon arsenal. Think of using elbows to “cut” or graze an opponent, vs. smashing into them like a round kick or a punch would. The power from an elbow strike comes from the quick twist of the hips and shoulders, and the tightening of the striking arm, to form a blade with the elbow. This week we focus on horizontal elbows, downward elbows, and uppercut elbows with our hand combinations!
Fitness Challenge: Mountain Climbers and Side Plank Raises
Muay Thai – Round Kicks
The round kick is the most fundamentally important strike for any Thai Boxer. One of the strongest strikes in all of martial arts, the round kick is similar to swinging a baseball bat at your opponent’s guard. Take time this week to understand the proper mechanics of the round kick and how to make your kick as powerful as possible. A strong round kick forces your opponent to stay defensive and opens them up for other attacks. We will also look at different ways to defend and counter the round kick in class.
Kids – Being Loyal to Those not Present
This is our fourth week talking about good attitude. This week we’ll focus on being loyal to people who aren’t present, including defending our friends when others say unkind things.
- Little Tigers – This week the Little Tigers will learn a new drill called Bulldozer. We’ll use this to practice maintaining the mount. We’ll also be adding in our Shark Bite and Spider Kid sequence.
- Tigers – The Tigers will be practicing the back sweep, torreando pass, getting into mount from side control, the push hips escape, and setting up the armbar from guard.
This week we’re going to be going over footwork. For the younger group, we’ll focus on basic footwork drills, including footwork around the heavy bags. The older kids will also add in partner drills, which will give them a feel for boxing and footwork with another person.
- The summer is almost upon us! We know you’ll be enjoying the outdoors but make sure you’re staying consistent with your training. It’s all too easy to find yourself absent for a week or two, but consistency is the key! Stay focused on why you started training and that should help you reach your goals.
The most common form of despair is not being who you are! Don’t rob yourself of that happiness that is being who you truly are inside! If you’re true to your inner self, things will work out exactly as they should!