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Focus of the Week (11/20/17)

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Martial Arts Technique – Curriculum for the Week of 11.20.2017 – 11.26.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals – undefined

  • Low-Level Single Leg Takedown – 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!
  • Passing Closed Guard – Under the Leg – 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

  • Drills: Guard pull, anaconda guard sweep, smash pass to mount
  • Takedown: Guard pull
  • Ground: Bottom of the closed guard

Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. On the ground, we are learning how to defend the Amassa Pão from the bottom of the closed guard with an armbar series.

Video

Advanced

  • Drills: Guard pull, anaconda guard sweep, smash pass to mount
  • Ground: Bottom of the closed guard

Remember, all advanced classes start with a hard 25 minute drilling session. There are no videos yet, so please do your research before teaching class. Everyone teaching advanced curriculum should be familiar with these movements. On the ground, we are studying how to pass the open-guard. Focus on forcing half-guard and passing with the long-step, knee slice, and smash pass. Make sure there is at least 45 minutes of training in every advanced class.

Kickboxing – 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 – Holiday Week – Instructor Choice

We have a limited/modified schedule this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so class focus this week will be the Instructor’s Choice! Get ready to have for some creative combinations and also a killer workout to get ready for the holiday!

Announcements

  • Great showing by everyone at the Fight to Win tournament over the weekend!

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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