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Focus of the Week (9/25/17)

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Martial Arts Technique Curriculum
Week of 9.25.2017 – 9.31.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals – Bear Hug Defense and Guard Passing

  • Defending Bear Hug from Behind (Over Arms) – Defending the bear hug from behind can be pretty tricky, especially when our arms are trapped. Learning to use our body as a whole to get out of this position can be a laborious process, but well worth the time spent.
  • Passing Closed Guard from the Knees – Being stuck in closed guard can be a extremely frustrating experience. Sometimes even if the partner isn’t doing anything offensive, it can be very 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 – Drills, Double-Leg, and Attacks from Closed Guard

  • Double-Leg Takedown – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills.
  • Closed Guard Attacks – On the ground, we are studying how to attack from the bottom of the closed guard using the flower sweep and the fan sweep.

Kickboxing – Creating Angles of Attack

The goal of combat sports is to hit and not get hit! This week, we will focus on different ways of “stepping off the line” to avoid getting hit after we hit our opponents. A good rule of thumb is to step to the side you finish on. So, if you finish with your lead hand, step to your lead side. If you finish with your rear hand, exit to your rear side. This week, we drill the pivot step to the lead side and the slide step to our rear side. Get off the tracks!

Muay Thai – Boxing

This week in Muay Thai, we will be focusing on using our hands as our main weapon. In traditional Muay Thai, punching is scored the least out of our weapons. However, in Muay Thai in the US, boxing is usually scored equal to other strikes. We will look at using our punching to set up other other weapons, as well as focusing on attacking the body with our boxing! If we have strong boxing, it greatly increases our chances of landing our other weapons behind it!

Thoughts

Don’t Put off Until Tomorrow What We Can Do Today

I’m obviously preaching to the choir because clearly all of you are here bettering yourselves, and aren’t home sitting on the couch watching TV like a large majority of people. Still, I think it is incredibly important to hear from time to time the importance of initiative, and not putting the things off for tomorrow that could be done today. This is why I have never believed in New Year’s resolutions. If something is important enough that it is on our list of things to do, then waiting for an arbitrary date to begin is a disservice to ourselves. At some point, all of you made a decision to put your health and fitness on that list, and I am proud of all of you for getting in here and working hard. Pat yourself on the back for having the courage and gumption to get in here and work out today, instead of waiting for tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is not a luxury that anyone is promised…So today is what we have.

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