Focus of the Week (1/29/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
Martial Arts Technique Curriculum
Week of 1.29.2018 – 2.4.2018
Fundamentals – undefined
- Low-Level Double-Leg Takedown – The double 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 legs.
- Triangle Choke – The triangle is a perfect move for self defense and sport jiu jitsu. It’s important for us to focus firstly on breaking our partners posture and making sure they can not land strikes on us. Secondly when we feel safe we will learn how to set up our triangle and avoid striking damage, and getting stacked on our neck by under hooking our partners leg.
- 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 – Reloading, Posting, Weight Distribution
One of the most fundamental principles of fighting is learning how to effectively use your weight to generate power in your strikes. This week, we will focus on transferring our weight properly between our lead leg and our rear leg while throwing strikes. We will also look at a technique called “reloading,” which allows us to throw the same-side strike two times in a row, with power. Once we learn to shift our weight properly, we will look at “posting” and “framing,” which are techniques used to control the opponent and create rhythm breaks in our attack patterns. These prove to be very useful and cause confusion to the opponent! Weight shifting will play a key role in your striking development, so pay attention this week and get some good repetitions.
Muay Thai – Round Kick Defense and Counters
Last week, round kick offense. This week, round kick defense. Now we learn how to defend against a strong kicker. There are a number of ways to defend and counter a round kick, depending on the scenario. We will look at blocking, checking, catching, evading, and intercepting. All of these are important, so come get your reps in!
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.”