Focus of the Week 08/06/2019
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
8.12.2019 – 8.18.2019
- Drills: Split the Middle (Smash)
- Takedown: Guard Pulling
- Ground: Masa Pao
Kickboxing – Angles of Attack
This week in kickboxing, we will focus on using the teep, which translates to “foot jab” in Thai. The teep is a versatile weapon that can be used for range finding, disruption, off-balance your opponent, or setting up another attack. We will look at the mechanics of this kick then explore the different uses of the teep!
Muay Thai – Round Kick Offense & Strategy
This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on one of our strongest and fundamental weapons: the round kick, or “middle kick,” We will examine proper mechanics to ensure we are kicking with our whole body, and not just our leg. We will examine how the round kick scores in Muay Thai and when/where to throw it. We will also examine what to do once we establish our middle kick and our opponent starts to anticipate it!
Kids – Focus
“What’s focus??” (Paying attention/looking/listening/etc) “Why is it important?” (To control your mind/to learn/to have fun) “Focus is a SUPERPOWER! Most people are pretty bad too, and don’t realize the power they could gain!” “For starters, you can’t learn without focus. If this is me in class *zoned out impersonation* then am I gonna learn ANY of what coach showed me?” (NO) “If you want to be good- good at Jiu Jitsu, Good at football, school, soccer, whatever- you have to be able to pay attention. “Focus can also help you practice controlling your emotions. Sometimes the emotions start to take control- has anybody here ever lost control of their emotions? Stop lying, put your hands up- But what are our emotions taking control of??” (Our mind- Our FOCUS) “If we are super practiced at aiming our focus at what WE want to be focused on, then we only have to be emotional for as long as we want to be. And then we can direct our focus back to something nicer or more productive. It’s not easy- I mean neither is JiuJitsu- but it’s WORTH it” “Let me show you how I practice” (Guided 1 minute meditation where students sit criss cross, eyes closed, and practice ONLY focusing on their breath. “In through the nose… and out through the mouth”. The “guiding” is just calmly reminding them every few seconds that if they’re in imagination land, its okay, but they want to try to bring their focus right back to “in through the nose, and out through the mouth”) “If you’re honest about it, it’s pretty difficult to naturally focus on something so boring. That’s why it makes for good practice. If you get to the point where you can hold your focus on your breath for five minutes, you’ll start feeling that power when your focus is on something you don’t want.” “Focus is one of the only superpowers you can LEARN and PRACTICE, so do not wait!”
- Standing – Snap Down
- BJJ – Backpack
- Game – Crazy Horse
Tigers – White Belt
- Standing – Pulling Guard
- Ground – Arm Bars
- Position – Guard
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Underhook to Single Leg
- Ground – Sleeve Collar Triangle (Push No-Gi) Position – Guard Bottom
- Easton 20th Anniversary this weekend on August 10th! Come out and meet the rest of your Easton Family. Good food, good people, good times! Buy your lunch plates online if they’re not already sold out! All profits go directly to Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
Thoughts – Our Community and Supporting Each Other
One thing we are very proud of at Easton is the supportive community that all of you have helped to create. Being surrounded by people with similar interests and goals often fosters a community that helps its members to push each other to be at their very best. If you ever feel like you are struggling for one reason or another, or feel your motivation waning, find someone here to talk to about it. Whether it’s an instructor, or another member, open up, and find an ear to talk to. Conversely, please always try to be there for others when you see them struggling, or you if you notice their consistency drop off. Even though all of you are probably very busy, and every day is jam-packed with things to do, when you come to train, try to immerse yourself in the community even a little bit. Surrounding yourself with people yearning for self-improvement can never be an unhealthy thing to do.