Focus of the Week (9/10/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
- Defending Bear Hug from Behind (Under Arms) – Last week we looked at how to get out of the bear hug if our partner is grabbing over our arms. This week we will be looking at how to escapes the bear hug if our partner is grabbing us under our arms. Because we a more free to use our arms in this position it makes fighting it off slightly easier. We will look at how to use our hands and hip position to break their grips, and escape to a superior position.
- Maintaining Side Control and Armbar, Kimura, Americana Combo – When you have someone in side control your top priority is always to maintain the position. Even if you are naturally small superior body position will make you feel very heavy. Once we all learn some basic strategies to maintain the position, we will start looking at isolating the far side arm to attack the americana, straight armbar, and kimura.
- Drills: De La Riva Series
- Takedown: Side Clinch Series
- Ground: Half Guard Bottom (Gordo Series)
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 – Open Stance Fighting (Southpaw vs. Orthodox)
One of the most classic match ups in combat sports: orthodox vs southpaw. The majority of fighters prefer the orthodox stance, so it’s important to know how to face an opposite-stance fighter. Many tactics that normally work against an orthodox fighter will not work against a lefty! We will look at basic offensive strategies, basic defense, and countering the lefty attacks.
- Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
- Standing – Jab, cross, step, duck.
- BJJ – Guard Monster, Guard Hug, Guard Swim, Back Sweep, review Snake Bite
- Game – Hallway of Doom
- Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, lateral footwork, and ducking. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Guard Monster. Students will learn to use the Guard Hug and Guard Swim to keep themselves protected on the bottom of the closed guard, and then move to the Back Sweep when their opponent stands up in their guard. We’ll revisit Snake Bite if time allows.
Tigers – Whtie Belt
- Standing – Single Leg
- Ground – Torreando Pass
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Underhook to Single-Leg
- Ground – Spider Guard Triangle
Thoughts – Running and Reading: The Keys to Life
Whether you like Will Smith’s movies or not, he is a prime example of someone who dreams big, tolerates failure, and strives for greatness in everything he does. He once said that the keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running and you have that voice in your head that tells you it’s ok to quit. Your lungs hurt, your legs burn, and you think about how nice it would be to just give up….but you don’t. Once you learn to not listen to that voice when you’re running and working out, you will be able to apply that to other aspects of your life. Because not quitting is the key to achieving. Reading is important because any problem that you could ever encounter has already been dealt with by someone else, and documented. Be resourceful when answers are elusive. If you look hard enough, you can probably find it in a book. Learn from those before you. So even if you didn’t like The Fresh Prince, keep running and reading.