Focus of the Week (3/20/17)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
3.20.2017 – 3.26.2017
Fundamentals – Guillotine, Fan Sweep, Kimura
- Standing Guillotine Offense and Defense – The guillotine choke is a dangerous submission that can be employed from a variety of positions in BJJ. This week we will begin class by showing how to both attack and defend the guillotine from standing.
- Fan Sweep, Guillotine, Kimura – When on the bottom of the closed guard, begin by breaking the posture of your opponent. When they regain posture, sit up with them up for a fan sweep. If your opponent drives into you as you try to sweep, attack the guillotine. If they leave their arm exposed, attack the kimura.
Intermediate – Drills and Side Control Escapes
- Drills – All intermediate classes will now start with a hard drilling session consisting of the push/pull wrestling stance drill, arm drag drill, post to single leg drill, and using the De la Riva guard to transition to the anaconda guard. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. Next, we’ll look at finishing the single leg with a standard dump and outside trip.
- Side control escapes – We’ll get to the ground to practice escaping side control using both the frame and pummel. There are a total of five escapes that all intermediate students must understand from this position; again be sure to study the video to see all five in detail. Finish class with positional training from side control.
Kickboxing – Body Punching
This week in kickboxing, we look at the art of attacking the body. Learning how to properly punch your opponent’s midsection can add a new level to your offense! We will work on level changes, setting up the body shots, and proper follow ups after we land a devastating body punch.
Muay Thai – Clinch and Zone 1 Attacks
This week we will focus on “Zone 1” attacks and clinch work. As we all know, clinch and grappling on the inside is an entirely separate game from punching and kicking at longer range. We will go over the fundamentals of clinch and positioning, as well as the basic offense, defense, and throws from the clinch. Don’t forget to take off your jewelry and take our your piercings before class this week!
Facing Failure and Setbacks
One of the most difficult barriers we face in athletics, business, and in life is the fear of failure. Failure and setbacks are an unavoidable and inevitable part of the journey towards success. The most successful people are the ones who possess a high tolerance for failure. Everyone has heard how Michael Jordan was moved to the JV squad his first year of high school, how Edison failed over 10,000 times before he succeeded in building the light bulb. Although, these stories are commonly told to inspire, the message is valid and important. If you have never failed at anything in your life, let me save you the suspense….you will eventually fail at something, and experience a setback of some kind. What is important is that from failure, you learn a lesson, and use what you learn from that lesson to move toward success. As Paulo Coelho says in his excellent book The Alchemist, “The trick to life is falling down seven times, and getting up eight.”