Focus of the Week (6/26/17)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
6.26.2017 – 7.2.2017
Fundamentals – Rear Naked Choke, Maintaining and Attacking the Back
- 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, Mount Escape
- Drills, Hip Throw – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. This week focus on the hip throw when our opponent is walking toward us, setting up the russian tie, the push/pull wrestling stance drill, the arm drag drill, transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard, and passing the DLR with the smash pass to the mount. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills.
- Mount Escape – Knee to Elbow – On the ground, we are studying how to defend the mount using the knee to elbow escape.
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 – Round Kick Offense and Strategy
The most commonly recognized weapon in Muay Thai is the round kick. What differentiates the round kick in Thai Boxing from other martial arts (karate, taekwondo) is the intent thrown behind the kick. The goal of the Muay Thai roundkick is to kick THROUGH your opponent, not just TO the opponent! Think of throwing a round kick like swinging a baseball bat, you must turn your entire body into the swing in order to generate force. Same thing with the round kick! Full power every time!
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity.” -Mohammad Ali
One of the reasons I teach is that I believe anyone can do anything they put their mind to if they want it badly enough. If you want to reach your fitness goals badly enough, then you will, no question. I’m not just talking about your fitness goals though. One thing that people say a lot is to have dreams that are attainable. I disagree with that logic, because then you will never work hard enough to realize your full potential. I genuinely believe that resources are not as limited as we are led to believe. The people who are successful and achieve in life are the ones who don’t impose self-limitations, and are not discouraged by missteps and setbacks. Like everything in life, the dreams that are the most rewarding to realize are the ones that have the hardest paths. I challenge all of you to take that chance and to take that path. Go home, think about what it is you really want to do, and start chasing it. It sounds cliché, but I think most things that sound cliché are that way because there is inherent truth in them. If your dream doesn’t scare you, even a little bit, then you’re doing it wrong.