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February 10, 2019

Focus of the Week 02/11/2019

Carlos Espinosa

Focus of the Week 02/11/2019

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

2.11.2019 – 2.17.2019



  • Punch Defense to Side Clinch – We will look at getting safe and closing the distance between us and our partner. We will be starting by taking our hands and blocking our partner’s hands. From here our partner can go for a swinging punch. As they circle out to punch, we block their bicep. Now our hands circle under the armpits and we will tie them up with a clinch.
  • Position – Closed Guard Bottom – Punch Defense to Back Take – Whether we are talking about sport jiu jitsu or self defense, making sure our partner is not postured up is really important. Let’s start by having the partner on top with their hands on the stomach of the partner on bottom. Partner on bottom will bring their hands under the partner on top’s wrist and swipe their hands out to the side. At the same time, we will pull forward with our legs. It’s really important to get our double under grips and flare our elbows out. If this is done correctly, they should not be able to strike you. From here you will be able to use your legs and hips to get towards 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: Punch Defense to Side Clinch
  • Ground: Arm bar and Triangle from Closed Guard

This week focus on setting up the russian tie, the push/pull wrestling stance drill, the arm drag drill, defending punches with the side clinch, and transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard. On the ground, we are studying how to attack the technical armbar from the closed guard, and then how to transistion to the triangle choke when our partner pulls their arm out of the armbar.


Kickboxing – Teeps

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 – Clinch, Practical Application

This week we will apply what we learned in the clinch last week into live rounds. The goal of this week is to spend as much time in the clinch as possible, getting comfortable inside and working through the positions. The more time you spend in the clinch, the better you will get at it!

Kids – If in Doubt, OUT!

For the past few weeks, we have been talking about how to ask for help. We have talked about boundary setting and awareness. Last week we talked about good touch/bad touch/no secrets.

This week we are going to talk about “If In Doubt…out.” This means you always trust your intuition. Intuition is a feeling you have about places or people that you just can’t quite explain. It’s when someone gives you the creeps or when being somewhere makes you feel uncomfortable. Your intuition is there to help warn and protect you from danger. You should always listen to them.

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing – Jab, cross, and elbow
  • BJJ – Snake Bite, Quick Bite, Snake Squeeze, review Base Battle
  • Game – Hallway of Doom
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and elbows. Make sure the students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. Teach Snake Bite. Snake Bite teaches students to use the buck and roll escape from the bottom of mount when their opponent is attempting to choke them. Revisit Base Battle and play Sumo Wrestling if time allows.

Tigers – Whtie Belt

  • Standing – Guard Pull
  • Ground – Position – Guard Bottom. Back Sweep.

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Grip Strip Single
  • Ground – Position – Guard Top. Ground – Leg Drag


  • Congratulations to those of you who received your new belts. Now lets get in the gym and help build everyone else up!

Thoughts – The “Wall” and Getting Over it

Everybody, at some point in their workout program is going to hit the “wall.” Whether that means you’re feeling burned out, or you aren’t seeing the same rate of improvement, or you feel like you are plateauing…whatever the case may be, you are going to hit that wall at some point in your training. The trick is to be aware of it, and to understand that it’s natural for everyone. Getting over the wall, which all of you will do, is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have, and this obviously is not only true for our training, but also for our lives. Life is full of obstacles, and the most successful people are the ones who keep moving forward and deal with setbacks in stride. As far as our workouts are concerned, the way to get over it is to stay consistent, and to remember that you can always ask any of the instructors here for advice and guidance because getting over the wall is something we have all personally experienced. Again, it’s just necessary to understand that at some point all of us will hit the wall, but what’s important, and what really defines us, is that we have the indomitable spirit and the fortitude to get over it and forge ahead.



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