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March 4, 2019

Focus of the Week 03/04/2019

Carlos Espinosa

Focus of the Week 03/04/2019

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

3.4.2019 – 3.10.2019



  • Drills: Push/pull stance drill, russian drill, arm drag drill, post drill, De la Riva to anaconda guard sweep, and smash pass to mount from the De la Riva
  • Takedown: Hip throw
  • Ground: Attacking from the Butterfly Guard

This week focus on setting up the russian tie, the push/pull wrestling stance drill, the arm drag drill, the hip throw, transitioning from DLR to anaconda guard, and passing the DLR with the smash pass to the mount. On the ground, we are studying how to attack from the butterfly guard using the hook sweep and the “take out the trash” sweep.


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!


The most commonly recognized weapon in Muay Thai is the round kick. What differentiates the round kick in Thai Boxing from other martial arts (karate, taekwondo) is the intent thrown behind the kick. The goal of the Muay Thai roundkick is to kick THROUGH your opponent, not just TO the opponent! Think of throwing a round kick like swinging a baseball bat, you must turn your entire body into the swing in order to generate force. Same thing with the round kick! Full power every time!

Kids – Being a Good Finder

Being a good finder means that you have to look for the good in all the people in your life and in all situations. Sometimes this is not easy. It’s hard to look for the good in someone you don’t like or someone that is different or mean to you. If you do it, however, you will find a friend in just about everyone. It’s hard to see the good in a situation when something bad happens. If you do this, however, you will learn to be solution-oriented. That means you will become a more optimistic person. For the next week, every morning when you first wake, I challenge you to think of five things you are proud of, happy about or excited for. Constantly be a good finder. Whatever happens, try to find the good part by asking yourself, “What’s good about this?” or “How can I benefit from this?”

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing – Jab, cross, and knee
  • BJJ – Crazy Legs, review Guard Monster
  • Game – Tunnel Dodgeball
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and knees. Make sure the students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Crazy Legs. Crazy Legs teaches students to pass the guard using a basic bullfighter pass. Revisit Guard Monster if time allows.

Tigers – Whtie Belt

  • Standing – Side Clinch
  • Ground – Frame Escape
  • Position – Side Control Bottom

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Arm-drag to Back
  • Ground – De La Riva to Hook Sweep
  • Position – Guard Bottom

Thoughts – Don’t Put off Until Tomorrow What We Can Do Today

I’m obviously preaching to the choir because clearly all of you are here bettering yourselves, and aren’t home sitting on the couch watching TV like a large majority of people. Still, I think it is incredibly important to hear from time to time the importance of initiative, and not putting the things off for tomorrow that could be done today. This is why I have never believed in New Year’s resolutions. If something is important enough that it is on our list of things to do, then waiting for an arbitrary date to begin is a disservice to ourselves. At some point, all of you made a decision to put your health and fitness on that list, and I am proud of all of you for getting in here and working hard. Pat yourself on the back for having the courage and gumption to get in here and work out today, instead of waiting for tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is not a luxury that anyone is promised…So today is what we have.



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