Focus of the Week (8/27/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
- 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.
- Closed Guard Bottom – Pendulum and Technical Armbar – 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.
- Drills: De la Riva to single leg x
- Takedown: Renzo Hip Throw
- Ground: Half guard top (control head)
Kickboxing – Leg Kicks
This week in KB 1, we look at attacking the legs of our opponent, using the outside low kick and the inside low kick. These two kicks are designed to attack the lead leg of our opponent and cause damage, which in turn with slow our opponent down, and opens up another level of our offense (head, body, legs). We will also look at the basic defense for low kicks, by “checking,” and how to counter and return properly.
Muay Thai – Leg Kick Offense and Strategy
This week in Muay Thai, we will be looking at attacking the base of our opponents. We will be exploring low kicks and their many uses. We will drill the concepts of “climbing the ladder” and “coming down the ladder” as well!
Kids – Mind Over Emotion
This week we are going to talk about what we can do with our mind when we become angry or afraid. Fear and Anger are two emotions that sometimes get us into trouble if we let them run wild and don’t control them. On the other hand, these two emotions can greatly benefit us if we use them the right way.
- Warm Up – Front Rolls, Back Rolls, Hipping Out, Break Fall
- Standing – Jab, Cross, Elbow
- BJJ – Snake Bite, Quick Bite, Snake Squeeze, review Base Battle
- Game – Hallway of Doom
- Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and elbows. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Snake Bite. Snake Bite teaches students to use the buck and roll escape from the bottom of mount when their opponent is attempting to choke them. We’ll then revisit Base Battle and play Sumo Wrestling if time allows.
Tigers – Whtie Belt
- Standing – Defending Rear Bear Hug Over Arms – Defending the bear hug from behind can be pretty tricky, especially when our arms are trapped. Learning to use our body as a whole to get out of this position can be a laborious process, but well worth the time spent.
- Ground – Passing Closed Guard from the Knees – Being stuck in closed guard can be a extremely frustrating experience. Sometimes even if the partner isn’t doing anything offensive, it can be very difficult to escape. Learning how we can escape using good posture and proper grips will really help us understand how to escape closed guard, and expand our overall knowledge of defense in our training.
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 mount-
First, 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 – Facing Failure and Setbacks
One of the most difficult barriers we face in athletics, business, and in life is the fear of failure. Failure and setbacks are an unavoidable and inevitable part of the journey towards success. The most successful people are the ones who possess a high tolerance for failure. Everyone has heard how Michael Jordan was moved to the JV squad his first year of high school, how Edison failed over 10,000 times before he succeeded in building the light bulb. Although, these stories are commonly told to inspire, the message is valid and important. If you have never failed at anything in your life, let me save you the suspense….you will eventually fail at something, and experience a setback of some kind. What is important is that from failure, you learn a lesson, and use what you learn from that lesson to move toward success. As Paulo Coelho says in his excellent book The Alchemist, “The trick to life is falling down seven times, and getting up eight.”