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Focus of the Week (7/31/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

7.31.2017 – 8.6.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals – Single Leg and Guard Passing

  • 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, Uchi Mata, Tripod Series

  • Uchi Mata – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills: Click Here for Video
  • Tripod Sweep Series from Closed Guard – On the ground, we are studying how to attack the from the closed guard using the tripod sweep when our partner stands up to attempt a pass.

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

We are a Diverse Group- Please be Respectful of Others:

The Easton Community is a diverse group, and that is something we are proud of. We are a place for everyone to train and grow as individuals. We are a sanctuary and a second home to our members. Always remember this, and remember the impact you have on others. The things you say, the things you do, and the way you talk to others all have an impact on our community. Please make sure that you are having a positive impact and going out of your way to make feel people welcome. This includes: not using foul language, not making jokes at the expense of others, and always making sure we are mindful of others’ feelings. If you see someone not acting in accordance with our values, do not chastise them, but rather kindly let them know that their behavior needs improvement. Be tactful, be kind and represent who we are well.

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