Focus of the Week (11/21/16)
BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids
11.21.2016 – 11.27.2016
Fundamentals – Single Legs and Back Escapes
- Low-Level Single Leg – We recently looked at the double-leg takedown. The decision of whether to go for the double or the single leg has to do with our partner’s stance. When our partner has the same foot forward as us, this is perfect for a double leg. When the partner has the opposite foot forward, mirroring us, this is when we want to use our single leg. Let’s really focus on getting a good level change, keeping our head up and to the inside of the hip, and clasping our hands tightly (Gable grip).
- Back Escapes – Trying to stop someone attacking our back is very tricky, especially because we can’t face them. First thing you are going to want to do is hand fight with the partner. While controlling the partner’s hands (no grabbing single digits) they will typically chose a side to pull you toward. Either the safe side (the partner’s arm that is under your armpit), or the risky side (the arm that is over your shoulder and used for chokes). You will have options for both sides and learn how to get yourself out of a seriously bad position.
Intermediate – Advance from Side Control
- Maintaining Side Control to Advance to Mount – As we always say, your plan should be position before submission. If you try to mount someone while they have a good frame, you will most likely get put back into guard. Let’s work on how to switch sides properly and get our knee under our partner’s close side framing arm. From there we can look at getting our knee to stomach, and then advancing into a solid mount.
Kickboxing – Elbows
This week in kickboxing, we will go over the short-range weapon in the elbow. The elbow can be used to “cut” or “spear” the opponent, depending on how you throw it. We will look at proper elbow technique and then how to properly set our elbows up and cover distance from punch range to elbow range.
Muay Thai – Leg Kick Defense and Counters
Last week we had leg kick offense and technique. This week we look at how to properly defend leg kicks and counter back. We will look at checking and returning as well as evading and returning. We will also go over strategy on now to negate a “kick-heavy” opponent and what we need to do to not get kicked in the legs!
Character is How You Treat Those Who Can Do Nothing for You
There is a meme floating around that says “Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” I think this is a very important theme in life. Learn how to be good to everyone and not just those who you will benefit from.