Focus of the Week (7/3/17)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
Martial Arts Techniques of the week for Easton Training Center.
7.3.2017 – 7.9.2017
- Low-Level Single Leg Takedown – We recently looked at the double leg takedown. The decision of whether to go for the double or the single leg has to do with our opponent’s stance. When our opponent has the same foot forward as us, this is perfect for a double leg. When the partner has the opposite foot forward, mirroring us, this is when we want to use the single leg. Let’s really focus on getting a good level change, keeping our head up and to the inside of the hip, and clasping our hands tightly (Gable grip).
- Back Escapes – Last week we focused on attacking the back, and this week we will focus on escaping the back. We will go over grip fighting in order to protect ourselves from being submitted, and then we will look at both the “safe side” and “risky side” escapes.
Intermediate – Hip Throw, Drills, and 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 – Knees
This week in Kickboxing, we focus on a dangerous mid-range and short-range weapon: the knee. We will look at the mechanics and usage of the straight knee and the angled knee, as well as the skip knee and the barn door knee from the inside position in the “clinch.”
Muay Thai – Round Kick Defense and Counters
Last week, round kick offense. This week, round kick defense. Now we learn how to defend against a strong kicker. There are a number of ways to defend and counter a round kick, depending on the scenario. We will look at blocking, checking, catching, evading, and intercepting. All of these are important, so come get your reps in!
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.”