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January 27, 2019

Focus Of The Week 01/28-19 – 02/03-19

Carlos Espinosa

Focus Of The Week 01/28-19 – 02/03-19

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

1.28.2019 – 2.3.2019



  • Rear Naked Choke Defense – Last week, we looked at using the RNC to control our opponent, take them to the ground and finish the attack. This week we will be learning how to defend the rear naked choke on our feet.
    Position – Back Escape
  • Risky Side Escape – Last week we focused on attacking the back, and this week we will focus on escaping the back.


  • Drills: Push/pull stance drill, russian drill, arm drag drill, post drill, and De la Riva to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard sweep
  • Takedown: Side Clinch Trip Backwards
  • Ground: Passing the closed guard

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, post drill to the side clinch and tripping our opponent backwards, and transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard. On the ground, we are studying passing the closed guard. We will stand in the closed guard controlling the sleeve, break the guard, and pass by forcing half guard and hugging the head of your opponent. Up – down – out from closed guard to finish off class.


Kickboxing – Boxing

This week in Kickboxing L1, we will be focusing on the “Sweet Science!” We will examine the similarities and the differences between traditional boxing and boxing for Kickboxing/Muay Thai. Let’s work on getting a mean jab this week!

Muay Thai – Short-Range Weapons

This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on on Zone 1 weapons: Elbows and Knees. We will look at how to transition from Zone 2 into Zone 1 safely with strikes, and how to combine Elbows and Knees on the inside. We will also continue to study the Thai Long Guard and how we can use it to get into Zone 1 while defending against punches.

Kids – Boundary Setting/ Be Aware But Not On Guard

Boundary Setting/Be Aware But Not On Guard

This week we are going to discuss Boundary Setting and Awareness. How many of you feel you should always be looking for bad guys and always be ready for trouble?

If you lived like this, you would be what we call “on guard.” Being on guard all the time would actually not be a good idea. First off, it would be no fun. But more importantly, it would work against you. Because when you’re always on guard, your intuition won’t work as well, so you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between real danger and imaginary danger.

“Be Aware But Not On Guard.” This means we always try to be aware of what is going on around us, but not fearful. If you are aware, but not on guard, your intuition will tell you when there is danger.

If you ever feel danger, boundary setting is important. Boundary setting is about having a safety zone between you and whatever the danger is. Imagine a big, mean, barking dog. If it is behind a glass door, you probably aren’t too afraid. If there is no door between you and the dog, you are probably going to be much more scared. The door represents a safety zone. Distance can also be a safety zone.

If someone who made you uncomfortable ever approaches you, never let him or her get closer than within three steps. That is your personal safety zone. Any closer than that and they can grab you or hit you.

Remember, the trick is to be aware, but not on guard.

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front roll, Back roll, Hipping out and Break falls.
  • Standing – Jab, Cross and Knee
  • BJJ – Base Battle and Review Crocodile Control
  • Game – Sumo Wrestling
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and knees. Make sure we are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. Sumo wrestling to see who can remain in the ring. Crocodile control and base battle.

Tigers – White Belt

  • Standing – Double Leg
  • Ground – Guard Top – 2 on 1 Closed Guard pass to Torriando

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Under hook to front head
  • Ground – Side control bottom – Frame to double


  • School-wide ETC Belt Promotions February 9th! Be there to support your fellow teammates as they take the next big step in their BJJ journeys!

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!



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