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January 25, 2016

Focus of the Week (1/25/16)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (1/25/16)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.25.2016 – 1.31.2016


Fundamentals – Bear Hug Defense and Mount

  • Front Bear Hug Defense – There are only a few ways that an attacker will try and grab you. The front bear hug is one of them. We will look at both the front bear hug over the arms, and when they hug under our arms. Drilling these responses will give you the upper hand should someone attempt to grab you in a bear hug.
  • Maintaining Mount and Attacks – Maintaining the mount is a skill all on it’s own. Once you have gotten that part down, now it makes since to have some attacks from the mount position that allow you to finish the fight. This week we will look at both maintaining the position, and a couple of finishing options.

Intermediate – Double Leg and Closed Guard

  • Double-Leg Takedown with Setups – We have done this takedown before, but now we will add snapping them down or throwing a punch (jab or overhand) to set it up. You’ll snap the person down as if you were trying to snap them down to the ground. This will often cause them to resist the action, standing straight up in the process. This will make entering for your double much easier. The other setup we will be looking at if time permits is throwing out that jab or overhand to put something there for our opponent to have to deal with.
  • Closed Guard Sweeps and Submissions – Not preferred to be on the bottom if in a fight, but if it happens, you should have some ideas for what to do here. Keeping it simple, I recommend 3 S’s. Sweep, Submit, and Standup…not necessarily in that order. This week we will focus on the Submit part of the 3 S’s, and stick with an armbar/triangle/armbar triple attack, along with a shin strip triangle with an armbar finish option as well.

Kickboxing – Round Kicks

This week, we focus on the most important strike in kickboxing and Muay Thai: The round kick. The round kick, which is unique to these two sports, is one of the most powerful and devastating strikes in all of combat sports! We will look at the mechanics of this kick this week and how to use your entire body to maximize power on these kicks! We will also look at proper balance before and after the kick, and learning how to defend and counter your opponent’s round kick.

Muay Thai – Defense and Counters

Last week was push kick offense and mechanics. This week we look at a few different ways to avoid getting push kicked, and how to counter the teep. Evading, blocking, parrying, and catching will all be ways we can defend the push kick. Depending on the scenario, we will look at outside and inside counters to the push kick as well. Learning how to defend the strike is just as important as learning how to throw it!


  • There are some good travel tournaments coming up and we usually have students that travel out to compete. The Pans for instance is coming up and we will certainly have people going out for it. If you’re interested in going, check with your coaches and they will probably be able to put you in contact with someone else who is also going. Strength in numbers is real!


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
-Leonardo da Vinci



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