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Focus of the Week (11/6/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

Martial Arts Technique Curriculum for the Week of 11.6.2017 – 11.12.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals – Punch Defense

  • Stop Hands to Low Back Clinch – Let’s look at getting safe and closing the distance between us and our partner. We will be starting by taking our hands and blocking our partner’s hands. From here our partner can go for a swinging punch. As they circle out to punch, we block their bicep. Now our hands circle under the armpits and we will tie them up with a clinch.
  • Punch Defense from Closed Guard – Whether we are talking about sport jiu jitsu or self defense, making sure our partner is not postured up is really important. Let’s start by having the partner on top with their hands on the stomach of the partner on bottom. Partner on bottom will bring their hands under the partner on top’s wrist and swipe their hands out to the side. At the same time, they will pull forward with their legs. It’s really important to get your double under grips and flare your elbows out. If this is done correctly, they should not be able to strike you. From here you will be able to use your legs and hips to get towards the back.

Intermediate – Drills,

  • Drills, Guard Pull – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills: Guard Pull, Anaconda Sweep, Smash Pass to Mount
  • Amassa Pao – On the ground, we are learning how to defend the Amassa Pão from the bottom of the closed guard with an armbar series.

Kickboxing – Elbows

This week in kickboxing, we will go over the short-range weapon in the elbow. The elbow can be used to “cut” or “spear” the opponent, depending on how you throw it. We will look at proper elbow technique and then how to properly set our elbows up and cover distance from punch range to elbow range.

Muay Thai – Teep and Push Kick Defense

Last week we focused on the mechanics of our teeps and push kicks, this week we will look at the different ways to defend and counter them. Like all kicks, there are a number of defenses, which include: evading, intercepting, redirecting, and catching. We will drill all of these and look at which counters work best.

Thoughts

Our Community and Supporting Each Other:

One thing we are very proud of at Easton is the supportive community that all of you have helped to create. Being surrounded by people with similar interests and goals often fosters a community that helps its members to push each other to be at their very best. If you ever feel like you are struggling for one reason or another, or feel your motivation waning, find someone here to talk to about it. Whether it’s an instructor, or another member, open up, and find an ear to talk to. Conversely, please always try to be there for others when you see them struggling, or you if you notice their consistency drop off. Even though all of you are probably very busy, and every day is jam-packed with things to do, when you come to train, try to immerse yourself in the community even a little bit. Surrounding yourself with people yearning for self-improvement can never be an unhealthy thing to do.

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