Side Control In-House Tournament

Focus of the Week (11/11/18)

Joshua T. Baerwolf attempts to finish an armbar on his opponent at Fight to Win Pro 92 on November 3rd.  Photo by Moira Burns.

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

11.11.2018 – 11.17.2018



  • Side clinch back trip/with punch defense and pummeling — Let’s look at getting safe and closing the distance between us and our partner. We will be starting by taking our hands and blocking our partner’s hands. From here our partner can go for a swinging punch. As they circle out to punch, we block their bicep. Now our hands circle under the armpits and we will tie them up with a clinch.
  • Side Control Top
  • Maintaining side control and advancing to the mount — Maintaining side control long enough to effectively advance to mount or to apply a submission requires a great deal of understanding. This week we will go over some ways to control your opponent in side control, as well as a few ways to advance to mount.



  • Drills — Split the middle (x pass)
  • Standing — Side Clinch series
  • Ground — Knee on belly chokes and armbar


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 – Boxing, Knees, and Elbows

This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on Zone 1 weapons: elbows and knees. We will look at how to transition from Zone 2 into Zone 1 safely with strikes, and how to combine elbows and knees on the inside. We will also continue to study the Thai Long Guard and how we can use it to get into Zone 1 while defending against punches.




Little Tigers

  • Warm Up: Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing Technique: Jab, cross, duck, and step.
  • BJJ Technique: Bulldozer Walk, Crazy Roll, review Shark Bite and Spider Kid
  • Game: Ball Game
  • Explanation: For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on basic jabs, crosses, ducks and side steps to both the left and the right. Make sure the students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then practice some basic movements from the top of the mount position. The Bulldozer Walk teaches students to move to technical mount when their opponent turns on their side, and the Crazy Roll teaches students to take the back when their opponent turns to their belly and comes to all fours. Revisit Spider Kid and Shark Bite if time allows.


Tigers – White Belt

  • Standing: Side Clinch
  • Position: Side Control Bottom
  • Ground: Frame Escape


Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing: Arm drag to back
  • Position: Guard top
  • Ground: Knee slice



It is very important to make sure that we are all taking our cleanliness seriously. Make sure you are showering after training and washing and cleaning your equipment: gis, boxing gloves, shin pads etc. Not only is personal hygiene important for our health and the health of those around us, but it is also a matter of being considerate. Do not be the person that no one wants to train with.




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