Focus of the Week 09/02/2019
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
9.2.2019 – 9.8.2019
- Drills: Rafa Steps to Leg Drag
- Takedown: Uchi Mata
- Ground: Scarf Hold Defense 1-5
Kickboxing – Knees
This week in Kickboxing, we focus on a dangerous mid-range and short-range weapon: the knee. We will look at the mechanics and usage of the straight knee and the angled knee, as well as the skip knee and the barn door knee from the inside position in the “clinch.”
Muay Thai – Low Kick Offense and Strategy
This week, we will look at leg kick offense, set ups, and follow ups. Learning how to attack the opponent’s legs is a valuable tool that can slow the opponent down, take steam off their strikes, and set us up for a ton of nice follow ups. A hard leg kick is a staple of every good Thai Boxer’s arsenal, and on the other side, building up your legs to take leg kicks is key as well.
Kids – ABCs of Conflict- Be calm and Breathe
“This week we are talking about the ABCs of CONFLICT. Everybody say ABCs of Conflict!” (ABCs of Conflict!) “Conflict is a type of problem, and I do have to deal with some problems, but the ABCs of Conflict will give me some rules to follow to make sure I can always handle the problems I find myself in.” “This week is ‘B’ What does the ‘B’ stand for??” (Be calm and breathe) “Exactly! Be calm and BREATHE. A couple weeks ago, we talked about our EMOTIONS. When i’m extremely emotional, do I usually do something smart?” (NO) “So if i’m dealing with some sort of conflict, like a bully messing with me, is it going to HELP me to get extremely upset about it?” (NO) “But we all know how tough it can be to control those emotions, so what do I do if I realize i’m getting too upset?” (BE CALM AND BREATHE) “Especially when i’m dealing with a bully, staying calm will help me feel confident and show it. Pretty often, that’s enough to get them to stop. Bullies don’t want to pick on the person who keeps their cool and stays confident; they want to bully somebody who’s going to freak out” “Staying calm will also mean that even if I run into a TON of problems throughout the day, it will never RUIN my day. I’m cool. I can handle what life throws at me, and it’s because I PRACTICE handling things better and better.” “Give me a couple times you could PRACTICE being calm and breathing…” (Bully, losing, getting hurt, getting in trouble, etc) “Be good at being cool. It’s usually a way better day.
- BJJ – Guard Passing
- Passing – Over
Tigers – White Belt
- Standing – Single Leg
- Ground – Guard Passing Passing – Over
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Underhook to Front Head
- Ground – Spider to Tippy (or shin to shin ashi for no-gi)
Thoughts – Healthy Lifestyles
We are a pretty unique place to train. On one side we have martial arts and self defense classes going on, and on the other we have fitness classes of many varieties taking place. The truth is, on both sides whether martial arts or fitness, we are very concerned with self-defense. Self-defense means much more than learning how to punch, kick, choke and armbar someone. Statistically speaking, most people are hurt or killed not by some violent attacker, but by heart disease, or some sort of health complication due to unhealthy lifestyles. All of you are here for a reason, and I would hedge my bets, that fitness and health is close to number 1 on everyone’s list. The reason we are here teaching is because we care about your goals, and we care about your health. We can come in and work with you for an hour a day and in that hour make great strides, but really, in the end, the food you’re eating and your habits outside the gym play an equally important role. Again, we consider ourselves a place where you can get in shape and learn some great self-defense skills, but the self-defense skills we strive to teach are more than just the martial arts. We want you to live better, eat better, and in general live healthier happier lives. If you guys ever need pointers on how to do this, please ask me or any of the other instructors because we are here to help!