Focus of the Week (11/5/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
11.5.2018 – 11.11.2018
- 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.
- Drills: Split the Middle (X Pass)
- Takedown: Side Clinch Series
- Ground: Knee on Belly Chokes and Armbar
Kickboxing – Round Kicks
This week in Kickboxing, we focus on the most important and strongest strike in our arsenal: the round kick. This kick is widely regarded in combat sports as one of the most powerful and devastating strikes due to the sheer force and speed with which they can be thrown. Mechanics to develop a strong round kick are essential. We will focus on using our entire body and swinging our shin like a baseball bat in order to generate maximum force. The rear round kick, the lead leg switch kick, and learning how to throw these kicks for speed and balance will be the focus!
Muay Thai – Boxing
This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on the Sweet Science of Boxing! However, boxing in Muay Thai is very different than traditional boxing. We will examine some of the differences between the two, and how to better use our punching in Muay Thai to allow us to employ our other weapons successfully.
- Warm Up – Front Rolls, Back Rolls, Hipping Out, Break Fall
- Standing – Jab, Cross, Step, Duck
- BJJ – Bulldozer Walk, Crazy Roll, review Shark Bite and Spider Kid
- Game – Ball Game
- Explanation – For the Muay Thai portion of the class, we will focus on basic jabs, crosses, ducks and side steps to both the left and the right, making sure students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. During the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu portion, we will warm up with a game, 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 – Whtie Belt
- Standing – Single- Leg Takedown
- Ground – Top of Guard – Knee Slice Pass
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Grip Strip Double-Leg Takedown
- Ground – Top of Mount – Armbar from Giftwrap
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.