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December 4, 2017

Focus of the Week (12/4/17)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (12/4/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

Martial Arts Technique Focus of the Week

Week of 12.4.2017 – 12.10.2017


Fundamentals – undefined

  • Front Bear Hug Defense – This week we will focus on defending a bear hug from the front by fighting for double underhooks and then moving to the low back clinch position.
  • Maintaining Mount and Attacks – This week we are focusing on how to attack from the top of the mount. First, we must understand how to maintain the mount, and then we will look at a basic cross choke and armbar.


  • Drills: Anaconda guard sweep, esgrima pass, mount from side control, gift-wrap to armbar or back
  • Takedown: Front headlock/sprawl
  • Ground: Gift wrap from the top of the mount

Remember, all intermediate classes start with a hard drilling session. Please watch the video below for a detailed look at these drills. On the ground, we are learning how to attack from the top of the mount using the gift wrap series.



  • Drills: Anaconda guard sweep, esgrima pass, mount from side control, gift-wrap to armbar or back
  • Ground: Gift wrap from the top of the mount

Remember, all advanced classes start with a hard 25 minute drilling session. There are no videos yet, so please do your research before teaching class. Everyone teaching advanced curriculum should be familiar with these movements. On the ground, we are studying how to pass the open-guard. Focus on forcing half-guard and passing with the long-step, knee slice, and smash pass. Make sure there is at least 45 minutes of training in every advanced class.

Kickboxing – Reloading, Posting, and Weight Distribution

One of the most fundamental principles of fighting is learning how to effectively use your weight to generate power in your strikes. This week, we will focus on transferring our weight properly between our lead leg and our rear leg while throwing strikes. We will also look at a technique called “reloading,” which allows us to throw the same-side strike two times in a row, with power. Once we learn to shift our weight properly, we will look at “posting” and “framing,” which are techniques used to control the opponent and create rhythm breaks in our attack patterns. These prove to be very useful and cause confusion to the opponent! Weight shifting will play a key role in your striking development, so pay attention this week and get some good repetitions.

Muay Thai – Switch Series, Shifting, and Dutch Rush

This week in Muay Thai, we will look at some fancier footwork options that have offensive and defensive applications: switching, shifting, and Dutch Rush. As always, based on a given scenario, we can use these footwork techniques to either create new angles of attack, close down the pocket, or create space from our opponent. We will examine all 3 techniques and their applications within the sport.


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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