Focus of the Week (3/12/18)
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Martial Arts Curriculum
Week of 3.12.2018 – 3.18.2018
Fundamentals – undefined
- 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: Push/pull stance drill, russian drill, arm drag drill, chop down arms to double leg takedown, and De la Riva to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard sweep
- Takedown: Chop Down Arms to Double Leg
- Ground: Pendulum Series from Closed Guard
Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. This week focus on setting up the russian tie, the push/pull wrestling stance drill, the arm drag drill, setting up double leg takedown by chopping down on the arms, and transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. On the ground, we are studying the pendulum series from the closed guard. Begin with the pendulum movement drill, then show the pendulum armbar, and finally show the pendulum sweep. Finish class with positional training from closed guard.
- Drills: Guard pull to sleave and collar guard, triangle, armbar and omoplata drills
- Ground: Attacking from the open guard
Remember, all advanced classes start with a hard 25 minute drilling session. There are no videos yet, so please do your research before teaching class. Everyone teaching advanced curriculum should be familiar with these movements. On the ground, we are studying how to attack using the spider guard, the De La Riva gaurd and the inverted DLR. Make sure there is at least 45 minutes of training in every advanced class.
Kickboxing – Angles of Attack
The goal of combat sports is to hit and not get hit! This week, we will focus on different ways of “stepping off the line” to avoid getting hit after we hit our opponents. A good rule of thumb is to step to the side you finish on. So, if you finish with your lead hand, step to your lead side. If you finish with your rear hand, exit to your rear side. This week, we drill the pivot step to the lead side and the slide step to our rear side. Get off the tracks!
Muay Thai – Zone 1 Weapons and Offense
This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on 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.
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.