Focus of the Week (1/14/18)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids
1.14.2019 – 1.20.2019
- 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 from Closed Guard – Push, Pull, and Fix a Bad Triangle – 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, russian drill, arm drag drill, chop down arms to double leg takedown, and De la Riva to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard sweep
- Takedown: Chop Down Arms to Double Leg
- Ground: Pendulum Series from Closed Guard
Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. This week focus on setting up the russian tie, the push/pull wrestling stance drill, the arm drag drill, setting up double leg takedown by chopping down on the arms, and transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. On the ground, we are studying the pendulum series from the closed guard. Begin with the pendulum movement drill, then show the pendulum armbar, and finally show the pendulum sweep. Finish class with positional training from closed guard.
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 – Leg Kick Defense and Counters
Last week our focus was low kick offense and strategy, so this week we flip the script and look at our common types of defense and how they apply to the low kick! Not all of our common defenses work well against the low kick, so we will focus on the core defenses (check/block, evade, intercept) and our best counter opportunities against a heavy-low kicker as well.
Kids – The Three T’s
In dealing with bullies, we have options depending on whether the bullying is verbal or physical. We can rely on The Three T’s, in this order: 1) Talk, 2) Tell, 3) Tackle.
- Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
- Standing – Jab, cross, step, duck
- BJJ – Crocodile Control, Super Base, Sneaky Mount, review Tackle the Giant
- Game – Instructor’s Choice
- Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, footwork, and ducking in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Crocodile Control. Crocodile control teaches students how to hold side control and advance from side control to the mount. Revisit Tackle the Giant if time allows.
Tigers – Whtie Belt
- Standing – Front Bear Hug
- Ground – Americana
Tigers – Advanced
- Standing – Under Hook to side clinch (split middle)
- Ground – Sleeve and Collar Omoplata
Thoughts – Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Comparing your progress to that of others is a fruitless venture that inevitably leads to discouragement. Try instead to set realistic goals for yourself both in BJJ and in life, and then seek to accomplish them. Strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be, because ultimately that is all you can do.