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January 11, 2016

Focus of the Week (1/11/16)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (1/11/16)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.11.2016 – 1.17.2016


Fundamentals – Osoto Gari and Escaping Mount

  • Osoto Gari – You have to have some good take downs in your arsenal if you’re going to be effective at taking the fight to the ground. This Judo takedown is the perfect addition to your takedown tool belt. Osoto Gari is one of the original 40 throws of Judo and is classified as a foot technique. If time permits, we’ll also show how this attack flows nicely into a foot sweep when the original throw is missed.
  • Buck and Roll – Being mounted is one of the worst things that can happen in a self-defense situation. We will spend a couple of weeks focusing on some really solid escapes, beginning this week with the buck and roll. This is an escape that can be used from white belt to black belt as you develop your timing and technique. After we get this one down, next week we’ll look at the Knee To Elbow escape.

Intermediate – Double Leg and Closed Guard

  • Double-Leg Takedown with Setups – We have done this takedown before, but now we will add snapping them down or throwing a punch (jab or overhand) to set it up. You’ll snap the person down as if you were trying to snap them down to the ground. This will often cause them to resist the action, standing straight up in the process. This will make entering for your double much easier. The other setup we will be looking at if time permits is throwing out that jab or overhand to put something there for our opponent to have to deal with.
  • Closed Guard Sweeps and Submissions – Not preferred to be on the bottom if in a fight, but if it happens, you should have some ideas for what to do here. Keeping it simple, I recommend 3 S’s. Sweep, Submit, and Standup…not necessarily in that order. We will be looking at two of these S’s in this week’s technique. Two submissions, and one sweep as part of a triple attack from the closed guard.

Kickboxing – Leg Kicks

Leg kicks are a very powerful weapon that are commonly used in kickboxing and Muay Thai. An effective leg kick can significantly slow down your opponent’s movement, force them to become stationary, and also opens up strikes to the body and head. This week we will look at the outside leg kick and the inside leg kick, the two common attacks to your opponent’s lead leg, and how to properly set these kicks up to ensure the highest rate of success when throwing them!

Muay Thai – Boxing and Defense Against Round Punches

This week we switch our focus to boxing and boxing defense. Specifically, defending against round punches (hooks and uppercuts) and various counters to these strikes. Unlike boxing, where you can only answer back with punches, we will look at counters involving all of the Thai Boxing weapons in our arsenal. We will also look at blocking, evading, and catching these punches, depending on certain scenarios in the fight.


  • There are fights this weekend at the 1st Bank Center on Friday evening. There are several Elevation Team members fighting, along with ETC’s very own coach Gigi from Centennial. Corey Sandhagen from HAMA will also be fighting as well. Grab tickets from them or from the front desk and come and watch two of our up and comers make more waves on the fight scene!


This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a shi**y year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can’t know what it’s like to feel holy until you know what it’s like to feel really fu**ing evil. And you can’t be birthed again until you’ve died.
Kelly Cutrone



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