Focus of the Week (7/16/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
7.16.2018 – 7.22.2018
- Side Clinch with Punch Defense and Pummel – 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.
- Maintain Side Control and Advance to 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: Rafa Steps to leg drag
- Takedown: Front Headlock/Sprawl
- Ground: Taking the back, then attacking or Marshall Plan (no gi)
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 – Round Kick Offense and Strategy
The most commonly recognized weapon in Muay Thai is the round kick. What differentiates the round kick in Thai Boxing from other martial arts (karate, taekwondo) is the intent thrown behind the kick. The goal of the Muay Thai roundkick is to kick THROUGH your opponent, not just TO the opponent! Think of throwing a round kick like swinging a baseball bat, you must turn your entire body into the swing in order to generate force. Same thing with the round kick! Full power every time!
- Little Tigers
Warm Up: Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall.Standing Technique: Jab, cross, and elbow.BJJ Technique: Tackle the Giant, Duck and Tackle, Clap and Tackle, review Bulldozer and Spider Kid.
Explanation: For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on basic jabs, crosses, and elbows. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Tackle the Giant. In order to be successful with this move, students must understand the fundamentals of a wrestling stance, how to shoot while still keeping their head up, and to grab the giant around the knees.
- Tigers –
Standing:Front bear hug defenseThis 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.Ground: Maintaining the mount, front choke from the mount, and armbar from the mount
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.
- Advanced Tigers –
Standing: Single leg takedownThe single leg is a fundamental takedown in BJJ, and a movement that every practitioner should understand. From a proper wrestling stance, we will focus on changing our level and shooting on our opponent’s lead leg.Ground: Back attack
In order to effectively attack from the back, one must first learn to maintain the position. This week we will focus on the maintaining the back and attacking the collar choke and armbar.
The “Wall” and Getting Over it
Everybody, at some point in their workout program is going to hit the “wall.” Whether that means you’re feeling burned out, or you aren’t seeing the same rate of improvement, or you feel like you are plateauing…whatever the case may be, you are going to hit that wall at some point in your training. The trick is to be aware of it, and to understand that it’s natural for everyone. Getting over the wall, which all of you will do, is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have, and this obviously is not only true for our training, but also for our lives. Life is full of obstacles, and the most successful people are the ones who keep moving forward and deal with setbacks in stride. As far as our workouts are concerned, the way to get over it is to stay consistent, and to remember that you can always ask any of the instructors here for advice and guidance because getting over the wall is something we have all personally experienced. Again, it’s just necessary to understand that at some point all of us will hit the wall, but what’s important, and what really defines us, is that we have the indomitable spirit and the fortitude to get over it and forge ahead.