Focus of the Week (8/20/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
- Headlock Escapes – 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.
- Drills: De la Riva to anaconda
- Takedown: Double leg(snap and go/chop arms)
- Ground: Flower sweep series/Fan sweep(no gi)
Kickboxing – Creating 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 – Clinch – Practical Application
This week in Muay Thai, we will work on taking what we learned last week and putting it into application! Classes this week will consist of positional and technique review followed by “live” rounds of clinch; working with various body types and partners with the goal of getting more comfortable in clinch!
Kids – Wherever you are, be there
This week we are going to talk about being focused. “Wherever you are, be there.” This means being “present-focused” and not easily distracted.
- Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
- Standing – Jab, Cross, Knee
- BJJ – Base Battle, Crocodile Control
- Game – Sumo
- Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and knees. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Base Battle. This game teaches the students to stand with a good base and resist being pulled and pushed. Then we’ll play Sumo Wrestling, a game where students stand in a circle and must try to push or pull their opponent out of the ring.
Tigers – Whtie Belt
- Standing – Grip Strips – One of the most important aspects of training in the kimono is grip fighting. In order for an opponent or attacker to effectively pin you or throw you, they must first obtain some sort of grips. If we spend the appropriate amount of time learning this part of the game, it should be extremely difficult for someone to mount an attack against you or throw you with any amount of confidence.
- Ground – Armbar from closed guard
The armbar is one of the most traditional types of locks utilized in grappling, a lock that works by hyperextending the elbow joint. This week we will focus on attacking the armbar from the closed guard.
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Single leg takedown
The single leg is a fundamental takedown in wrestling and BJJ. Focus on the high single finish shown in the video.
- Ground – Open the closed guard with the 2 on 1 and pass to mountFirst, stand up in the closed guard controlling uki’s wrist with a 2 on 1 grip. Once the guard is open, force half-guard, wrap the head and drive to the mount.
Thoughts – Dream Big
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity.” -Mohammad Ali
One of the reasons I teach is that I believe anyone can do anything they put their mind to if they want it badly enough. If you want to reach your fitness goals badly enough, then you will, no question. I’m not just talking about your fitness goals though. One thing that people say a lot is to have dreams that are attainable. I disagree with that logic, because then you will never work hard enough to realize your full potential. I genuinely believe that resources are not as limited as we are led to believe. The people who are successful and achieve in life are the ones who don’t impose self-limitations, and are not discouraged by missteps and setbacks. Like everything in life, the dreams that are the most rewarding to realize are the ones that have the hardest paths. I challenge all of you to take that chance and to take that path. Go home, think about what it is you really want to do, and start chasing it. It sounds cliché, but I think most things that sound cliché are that way because there is inherent truth in them. If your dream doesn’t scare you, even a little bit, then you’re doing it wrong.