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Focus of the Week (9/11/17)

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Martial Arts Technique Focus of the Week
9.11.2017 – 9.17.2017

BJJ

Fundamentals –

  • Headlock Defense on the Ground – We touched on these techniques a few weeks ago, but this week we will go straight to the ground and look at using the pendulum, hooking the leg to push, then pull, hooking the head and turning to all fours in order to defend the headlock on the ground. Don’t despair; the video will make this easy to understand.

Intermediate – Drills, Single Leg, and Passing Closed Guard

  • Single-Leg Takedown – Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills:
    Single leg, frame escape, anaconda guard sweep, leg drag drill.
  • Passing the closed guard – On the ground, we are studying how break the close guard with our knee and then pass to a dominant position.

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 – Switch Series, Shifting, and Dutch Rush

This week in Muay Thai, we will look at some fancier footwork options that have offensive and defensive applications: switching, shifting, and Dutch Rush. As always, based on a given scenario, we can use these footwork techniques to either create new angles of attack, close down the pocket, or create space from our opponent. We will examine all 3 techniques and their applications within the sport.

Thoughts

Positive Self-Talk

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”

Our self-image, and how we appear to others, is largely predicated on how we speak and think about ourselves. If all we do is talk about how we “can’t do things” or how we “aren’t good at things,” then we will never be able to do things, or do them well because of our own self-imposed limitations. When you impose limitations on yourself, and you identify with failure, then you will welcome failure. Conversely, if you identify with power and success, you will welcome success. Basically, how we speak of ourselves and the language we use, becomes our self-fulfilling prophecy.

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