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Focus of the Week (1/9/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.9.2017 – 1.15.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals – Osoto Gari and Escaping Mount

  • Osoto Gari – This week we will focus on the classical right-handed osotogari, where tori steps next to uki with his left leg and reaps uki’s right leg (at the back of the thigh) with his right leg.
  • Mount Escapes – Buck and Roll – Understanding how to effectively escape from the bottom of the mount is paramount in BJJ. This week we will focus on the buck and roll escape, and show how to combine the knee to elbow escape with the buck and roll.

Intermediate – Overhook, Underhook, and Mount Escapes

  • Underhook and Overhook to Front Headlock – Both the overhook and underhook can be used to upset the balance of our opponent, and pull them into a front headlock position. From the front headlock we can guillotine, snap them down to all fours, or set up a single leg.
  • Mount Escapes – Understanding how to effectively escape from the bottom of the mount is paramount in BJJ. This week we will look at the buck and roll, a few variations of the knee to elbow, and also the Helio escape.

Kickboxing – Round Kicks

This week in Kickboxing, we focus on the most important and strongest strike in our arsenal: the round kick. This kick is widely regarded in combat sports as one of the most powerful and devastating strikes due to the sheer force and speed with which they can be thrown. Mechanics to develop a strong round kick are essential. We will focus on using our entire body and swinging our shin like a baseball bat in order to generate maximum force. The rear round kick, the lead leg switch kick, and learning how to throw these kicks for speed and balance will be the focus!

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

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Comparing your progress to that of others is a fruitless venture that inevitably leads to discouragement. Try instead to set realistic goals for yourself both in BJJ and in life, and then seek to accomplish them. Strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be, because ultimately that is all you can do.

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