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Focus of the Week (10/16/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

Martial Arts Curriculum Week of 10.17.2017 – 10.23.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals –

  • Dragging Rear Naked Choke – The dragging rear naked choke is a perfect way to subdue a potentially dangerous opponent from behind. We will be practicing how to take our partner down and secure the choke, making sure to keep ourselves safe in the process.
  • Maintaining and Attacking the Back – The back is one of the most dominant positions in BJJ. It is imperative that we first learn to maintain and control the back position before moving on to attacking a series of submissions.

Intermediate – Drills, Hip Throw, Passing Half Guard

  • Hip Throw – Drills: Hip throw, double leg, frame escape, anaconda guard sweep
  • Passing Half Guard – On the ground, we are studying how to pass the half guard by switching our base to face our opponent’s legs when he tries to pummel.

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 – Zone 1 Weapons: Elbows and Knees

This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on on Zone 1 weapons: elbows and knees. We will look at how to transition from Zone 2 into Zone 1 safely with strikes, and how to combine elbows and knees on the inside. We will also continue to study the Thai Long Guard and how we can use it to get into Zone 1 while defending against punches.

Thoughts

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.”

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