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February 17, 2019

Focus of the Week 02/18/2019

Carlos Espinosa

Focus of the Week 02/18/2019

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

2.18.2019 – 2.24.2019



  • Side Clinch – Pull your opponents hips towards you. Pinch your thighs on their legs to keep them from moving it. Head positioned right on their chest/shoulder.
  • Knee to Elbow Escape – Mount can be one of the most exhausting positions to be in on bottom. We will look at using our knee to elbow escape to establish some kind of guard and rebuild from there. Turning to our side, elbows in, push the knee and shrimp creating space to bring our knee through. Then frame across the body and shrimp again to clear our other knee.


  • Drills: Push/pull stance drill, russian drill, arm drag drill, post drill, and De la Riva to anaconda guard to 1 leg X-guard sweep
  • Takedown: Punch Defense to Side Clinch
  • Ground: Armbar and Triangle from the Closed Guard

Standing, we are looking at defending the basic overhand right punch, to establish a side clinch position. Varying takedowns from here. On the ground, we are studying how to attack the technical armbar from the closed guard, and then how to transistion to the triangle choke when our partner pulls their arm out of the armbar. Finish class with positional training from the closed guard.


Kickboxing – Angles of Attack

The goal of combat sports is to hit and not get hit! This week, we will focus on different ways of “stepping off the line” to avoid getting hit after we hit our opponents. A good rule of thumb is to step to the side you finish on. So, if you finish with your lead hand, step to your lead side. If you finish with your rear hand, exit to your rear side. This week, we drill the pivot step to the lead side and the slide step to our rear side. Get off the tracks!

Muay Thai – Teep Offense and Strategy

This week in Muay Thai, we will focus on using the teep, which translates to “foot jab” in Thai. The teep is a versatile weapon that can be used for range finding, disruption, off-balance your opponent, or setting up another attack. We will look at the mechanics of this kick then explore the different uses of it, especially for distance and balance manipulation.

Kids – Whatever it takes Attitude

“This week we are going to talk about having a “Whatever It Takes” attitude. Having a “Whatever It Takes” attitude means that you are willing to do whatever is necessary (as long as it is right and moral) in order to achieve the desired results.
Everything in life has a price. For example, the price for getting good grades in school is to:
1. Pay attention in class
2. Do your homework
A. Sometimes the price of getting your homework done is having to:
i. Skip your favorite TV program
ii. Stay inside doing homework while your friends play
What are some other prices you might have to pay to get your homework done?
One of the most important parts of becoming a Black Belt is that it teaches us how to be successful in life. A Black Belt is a white belt that never gave up. Getting your Black Belt is having a “Whatever it Takes” attitude. For example, Black Belts didn’t just come to class when they felt like it- They came to class regularly-especially when they didn’t fell like it. Once they achieve their Black Belt, they can use that “Whatever it Takes” attitude to accomplish anything. What would you like to accomplish:
1. In martial arts?
2. In sports?
3. In school?
4. In life, what would you like to become?
a. What are you willing to do to get there?

Having a “Whatever it Takes” attitude is the first step in accomplishing great things!

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing – Jab, cross, and elbow
  • BJJ – Snake Bite, Quick Bite, Snake Squeeze, review Base Battle
  • Game – Hallway of Doom
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on jabs, crosses, and elbows. Make sure we are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then learn Snake Bite. Snake Bite teaches us the buck and roll escape from the bottom of mount when their opponent is attempting to choke them. Revisit Base Battle and play Sumo Wrestling if time allows.

Tigers – White Belt

  • Standing – Snap-down to Back Take
  • Ground – Risky Escape
    Position – Back Defense

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Grip Strip Double
  • Ground – Knee to Elbow Escape
    Position – Mount Bottom

Thoughts – Positive Self-Talk

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”

Our self-image, and how we appear to others, is largely predicated on how we speak and think about ourselves. If all we do is talk about how we “can’t do things” or how we “aren’t good at things,” then we will never be able to do things, or do them well because of our own self-imposed limitations. When you impose limitations on yourself, and you identify with failure, then you will welcome failure. Conversely, if you identify with power and success, you will welcome success. Basically, how we speak of ourselves and the language we use, becomes our self-fulfilling prophecy.



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