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Focus of the Week (12/19/16)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

12.19.2016 – 12.25.2016

BJJ

Fundamentals – Single Leg and Guard Passing

  • Low-Level Single Leg – We will start by having a mirrored stance with our partner. What we will do from here is feel out our distance from our partner. If our left foot is forward, we will start by dropping our level. From here we will step in with our left foot to the outside of our partner’s right leg. Clasp both palms together in a gable grip, and lift the partner’s leg high between our legs. From here there are multiple ways for us to finish. Make sure we take our partners down nice and easy, and make sure everyone is break falling!
  • Guard Passing – Under – Always posture up in the closed guard first. Make sure your spine is straight and you are looking fully upwards. From here we will set up our grips and step up and out on our left leg. It is important to note that when you open the partner’s legs, you must tuck your right elbow back toward yourself. If you leave your elbow in between the legs, you will be triangled! Once you pull your elbow back, step forward near the partner’s hip with your left leg. The right hand can push the partners left knee to the mat as you bring your right shin over to the other side of the partner’s inner thigh. Your left hand should also be under the partner’s leg and going with a thumb-in grip on the far side lapel. From here you are going to pressure directly forward and slowly shrug your left shoulder to pass the guard.

Intermediate – Head Control Takedown and Fan Sweep Combo

  • Snap the head and go
  • Fan Sweep, Kimura, Guillotine Combo – These all work very well off of each other. Remember, we are always going for the fan sweep first. If our partner tries to stop the fan sweep by planting their hand, then you Kimura. If they push into you as you go for the fan sweep then go for the guillotine. Always make sure on the guillotine that your shoulders are in front of your butt. That way your base is better and the partner on top can not flatten you out.

Kickboxing – Reloading, Posting, Framing, and Weight Distribution

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 – Seminar Review and Instructor Choice

We have had a busy few months for our Muay Thai program! Since we are wrapping up the year, we will continue to touch on techniques from the Kru Bob Perez Seminars in class, as well as techniques of your Instructor’s choice. We will have some fun these last few weeks and get a good workout in!

Thoughts

Running and Reading: The Keys to Life
Whether you like Will Smith’s movies or not, he is a prime example of someone who dreams big, tolerates failure, and strives for greatness in everything he does. He once said that the keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running and you have that voice in your head that tells you it’s ok to quit. Your lungs hurt, your legs burn, and you think about how nice it would be to just give up….but you don’t. Once you learn to not listen to that voice when you’re running and working out, you will be able to apply that to other aspects of your life. Because not quitting is the key to achieving. Reading is important because any problem that you could ever encounter has already been dealt with by someone else, and documented. Be resourceful when answers are elusive. If you look hard enough, you can probably find it in a book. Learn from those before you. So even if you didn’t like The Fresh Prince, keep running and reading.

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