Focus of the Week (1/22/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
Martial Arts Technique Curriculum
Week of 1.22.2018 – 1.28.2018
Fundamentals – undefined
- 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.
- Maintain Side Control and Attack the Arm – 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: Push/pull stance drill, arm drag drill, post to single leg, and De la Riva to anaconda guard
- Takedown: Single leg
- Ground: Side control escapes
All intermediate classes will now start with a hard drilling session consisting of the push/pull wrestling stance drill, arm drag drill, post to single leg drill, and using the De la Riva guard to transition to the anaconda guard. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. Next, look at finishing the single leg with a standard dump and outside trip. Finally, get to the ground to practice escaping side control using both the frame and pummel. There are a total of five escapes that all intermediate students must understand from this position; again be sure to study the video to see all five in detail. Finish class with positional training from side control.
- Drills: Sleeve and collar grips to anaconda guard pull, transition to X-guard, X-guard sweep to bullfighter pass, smash pass, kneeslice pass or longstep pass to side control.
- Ground: Attacking side control
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 the top of side control using the basic kimura and the kimura trap. Make sure there is at least 45 minutes of training in every advanced class.
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 – 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!
“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.