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May 5, 2014

Focus of the Week ( 5/5/2014 )

Brian Carlsen

Focus of the Week ( 5/5/2014 )

Easton Academies

BJJ | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Fitness | Kids

5.05.2014 – 5.11.2014


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BJJ – Mount Escapes


  • Escaping Mount – Being stuck in the mount is no fun; but more than that, in a self defense situation it’s a common spot to end up in and if you don’t know how to escape you may end up in some danger.  This week we’ll be looking at safe, effective ways to get out of this dominant position.


  • Mid-Level Single Leg Take Down – What do we do if the Double leg take down isn’t available, switch to the Single of course. This week we’ll going over how to get our partner to the mat when we only control one leg.
  • Back Attacks – We have our partner’s back, the most dominant position in Jiu Jitsu, so we need to be getting the tap every time.  This week we’ll be looking at some of the highest percentage finishes you’ll find in BJJ.  From white belt to black belt, these techniques will stay with you for the rest of your BJJ career, and your life.

Muay Thai – Punch Defense + Counters

  • Learning to stay safe is the most important aspect of striking. This week we focus on defending straight punches and round punches, as well as countering with strikes of our own. Offense, defense, counter….the natural rhythm of the fight!

Kickboxing – Body Shots + Defense

  • Body punches can be a very powerful tool if you learn to set them up and throw them properly. Is week we will look at proper technique to punch the body, as well as various set ups to give us the opening. We will also touch on defending against the jab and cross!

CrossFit – Chalk

The myth of the chalk cloud: we use chalk on our hands to dry our hands and give us a better grip on our bar or other object. The chalk is either in a brick or in a powder in a bucket, and athletes crowd around the buckets to paint their hands white. But this does not help! A thick layer of chalk will actually help you rip. All you need is enough chalk to absorb the sweat on your hands, then dust off the rest off!

Kids – Self Defense

Focus of the Month

  • Using the techniques we learn in class is a last resort for your child to protect themselves only after all other methods of conflict resolution have failed.  It can be difficult to identify exactly when using BJJ or Muay Thai techniques is justified.  This week we will go over examples of when it’s appropriate and inappropriate to use our BJJ and Muay Thai techniques.



  • Little Tigers – Being able to run behind somebody and control their back requires balance and agility, which is exactly what we’ll be focusing on this week.
  • Tigers – Guard Sweeps are paramount not only for developing a good BJJ game, but for self defense.  They allow you to get off your back and away away form an opponent safely.  We are also studying Headlock Escapes, which is one of the most common bullying situations.  We will learn how to safely escape a headlock, and take our partner to the ground so we can effectively use our BJJ.
  • Advanced Tigers – Open Guard Attacks are one of the most diverse areas of study in BJJ.  There is an incredibly variety of ways to get your partner from on their feet to on their back or tapping out.  this week we’ll look at a blend of how sweeps and attacks work together form Open Guard to create a game where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Playing this game requires incredible dexterity and core strength.

Muay Thai

  • Round and Teep Kicks – Kicks are the most powerful technique in Muay Thai, however, to get good at them take patience.  You need to hone balance, coorination, and timing, so the kick is as powerful as it can be.


  • Congratulations to the ETC coaches and competitors that traveled to Las Vegas for the IBJJF Vegas Spring Open.  We had several tournament champions and everyone represented well!  2014 is looking to be a great competition year for ETC!  Lets keep it rolling!


Be humble in defeat and in victory!  The best day for you as the winner, is often the worst day for the loser.  Be compassionate and aware of the other person and remember that winning well is just as important as losing well.  



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