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Focus of the Week (10/24/16)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

10.24.2016 – 10.30.2016

BJJ

Fundamentals – Bear Hug Defense and Guard Passing

  • Bear Hug from Behind – Defending the bear hug from behind (over arms) can be pretty tricky. Especially because we can’t really use our arms. Learning to use our body as a whole to get out of a position can be a laborious process, but well worth the time spent.
  • Guard Passing – Over and Half Guard – Being stuck in closed guard can be a extremely frustrating experience. Sometimes even if the partner isn’t doing anything offensive, it can be extremely difficult to escape. Learning how we can escape using good posture and proper grips will really help us understand how to escape closed guard, and expand our overall knowledge of defense in our training.

Intermediate – Double Leg and Half Guard

  • Double-Leg Takedown Setups – We have been looking at the sprawl and double leg. We will now put more emphasis on setting up the double leg. We want to make sure our partner has the same stance as us (not mirrored). We will be adding in some movement, a snap down to shooting into the double leg off when our partner postures up.
  • Half Guard Top – Pass half guard with a base switch (step-out; push-out and kimura). Getting past half guard is really daunting at first. Especially if the person you are going against has a strong shield (top leg that frames against your torso). We will be looking at how to eliminated the shield, get our partners shoulders flat, and get past the half guard.

Kickboxing – Reloads, Weight Distribution, Posting and Framing

One of the most fundamental principles of fighting is learning how to effectively use your weight to generate power in your strikes. This week, we will focus on transferring our weight properly between our lead leg and our rear leg while throwing strikes. We will also look at a technique called “reloading,” which allows us to throw the same-side strike two times in a row, with power. Once we learn to shift our weight properly, we will look at “posting” and “framing,” which are techniques used to control the opponent and create rhythm breaks in our attack patterns. These prove to be very useful and cause confusion to the opponent! Weight shifting will play a key role in your striking development, so pay attention this week and get some good repetitions in!

Muay Thai – Round Kick Defense and Counters

Last week, round kick offense. This week, round kick defense. Now we learn how to defend against a strong kicker. There are a number of ways to defend and counter a round kick, depending on the scenario. We will look at blocking, checking, catching, evading, and intercepting. All of these are important, so come get your reps in!

Thoughts

Positive Self-Talk: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”

I am a huge believer in positive thinking and positive self-talk. Our self-image, and how we appear to others, is largely predicated on how we speak and think about ourselves. If all we do is talk about how we “can’t do things” or how we “aren’t good at things,” then we will never be able to do things, or do them well because of our own self-imposed limitations. When you impose limitations on yourself, and you identify with failure, then you will welcome failure. Conversely, if you identify with power and success, you will welcome success. Basically, how we speak of ourselves and the language we use, becomes our self-fulfilling prophecy.

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