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January 26, 2015

Focus of the Week ( 1/26/2015 )

Brian Carlsen

Focus of the Week ( 1/26/2015 )

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.26.2015 – 1.32.2015


Fundamentals – Headlock Defense

  • Headlock Defense – This week we’ll be studying what to do if we are trapped in a headlock and our attacker begins to throw punches. This is one of the most common self defense situations you can find yourself in.
  • Headlock Defense – The reason BJJ is such a useful self defense system is its focus on the ground game. Many real-life defense situations eventually end on the ground, giving you the advantage ove your opponent. We’ll be studying headlock defense from the ground position this week, looking at how to escape and reverse this common situation.

Intermediate – Cross Guard

  • Single Leg Takedown – The Single Leg Takedown is the Double Leg’s brother. Without the two together, they’re lonely :). This week we’ll be studying how to get our partner to the mat if they are in a “Mirrored” stance.
  • Cross Guard – One of the most technical, and often overlooked, Guard positions in Jiu Jitsu. This week we’ll study how to recover and progress form this dynamic position.

Kickboxing – Elbows

Elbows are a short range weapon that are very quick and sneaky. Where punches and kicks are designed to “slam” into an opponent, elbows are unique in that they are designed to “cut.” They are not a power weapon, but a speed weapon! Use your hand combinations to set up a solid elbow strike. We will look at horizontal elbows, downward elbows, and uppercut elbows this week!

Fitness Challenge: Squats and Push Ups

Muay Thai – Punch Defense

Defense is the most important tool in your arsenal, whether you are a fighter or not. Knowing how to keep yourself safe from strikes is a top priority. Thankfully in Muay Thai & Kickboxing, you have boxing gloves to use as shields. Use these to your advantage and create a shell! This week we focus on parries, blocks, high guard, and long guard. All defensive tools designed to minimize the amount of damage and keep you in the fight longer.

Kids – Avoiding Dangerous Situations

This week we discuss how to avoid dangerous situations all together. It all starts with making good decisions, and being aware of your environment. The best way to win a fight is to never get in one to start with.


  • Little Tigers – This week we’re looking at some Stand Up technique. We;ll be studying how to properly throw a jab, Cross, and Knee. We’ll also study how to take our partner to the mat so we can begin to use our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
  • Tigers – This week we are studying how to escape Side Control. This is a very common self defense situation, and knowing how to get out can save you in a fight.
  • Advanced Tigers – We’ll be combining our Mount escape and Side Control escape this week, studying how to put together a defensive game from the bottom position.


  • Coach Gigi Good will be fighting at the Paramount theater on March 6th. This PFC card will also feature a concert by Everlast! Tickets available at Be sure and enter Coach Gigi’s name! See you there!


No one is void of imperfection. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Make the changes that need to be made and keep on moving…and don’t judge others because of their imperfections. They’re just trying to figure it out like you.



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