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Focus of the Week (8/14/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

8.14.2017 – 8.20.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals –

  • Front Bear Hug Defense – This week we will focus on defending a bear hug from the front by fighting for double underhooks and then moving to the low back clinch position.
  • Maintaining Mount and Attacks – This week we are focusing on how to attack from the top of the mount. First, we must understand how to maintain the mount, and then we will look at a basic cross choke and armbar.

Intermediate – Drills, Uchi Mata, Back Escapes

  • Uchi Mata with Overhook – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills.
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  • Back Escape – On the ground, we are studying how to escape the from the back using both the safe side and risky side escape.

Kickboxing – Reloading, Posting, and Weight Distribution

One of the most fundamental principles of fighting is learning how to effectively use your weight to generate power in your strikes. This week, we will focus on transferring our weight properly between our lead leg and our rear leg while throwing strikes. We will also look at a technique called “reloading,” which allows us to throw the same-side strike two times in a row, with power. Once we learn to shift our weight properly, we will look at “posting” and “framing,” which are techniques used to control the opponent and create rhythm breaks in our attack patterns. These prove to be very useful and cause confusion to the opponent! Weight shifting will play a key role in your striking development, so pay attention this week and get some good repetitions.

Muay Thai – Leg Kick Offense and Strategy

This week, we will look at leg kick offense, set ups, and follow ups. Learning how to attack the opponent’s legs is a valuable tool that can slow the opponent down, take steam off their strikes, and set us up for a ton of nice follow ups. A hard leg kick is a staple of every good Thai Boxer’s arsenal, and on the other side, building up your legs to take leg kicks is key as well.

Thoughts

Motivation vs. Dedication

It’s important to know the difference between motivation and dedication. Motivation is great, but it’s a very temporary feeling. Everyone, at some point in their lives is motivated to do something. All of you, if you are newer, are probably motivated right now to be here. Dedication, on the other hand, is different. It is a deep-seated promise we silently make to ourselves. It’s a promise that sometimes is hard to keep, but that is why people who are successful are always dedicated. To be dedicated means to keep pursuing your goal even when you are no longer motivated. The days when you’re tired, or it’s raining out, and the last thing you want to do is come in here and train, that is where dedication separates itself from motivation. I challenge everyone in here to make that promise to yourself, and to live a healthier and more rewarding life because of it.

Techniques

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