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January 5, 2016

Focus of the Week (1/4/15)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (1/4/15)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.5.2016 – 1.11.2016


Fundamentals – Grip Strips and Basic Armbar

  • Grip Strips – It is important to know how to handle when someone gets grips on you (no gi) or your kimono. We will look at the most common grips (gi and no gi) and how to strip them, giving you the best chance to shut down your opponent’s attempts to control you with grips
  • Armbar – This technique is a fundamental attack from the bottom of closed guard. In this move, we use our legs and torso to apply pressure to the opponent’s elbow, forcing them to tap. This move is a great equalizer for the person on the bottom if they know how to do it effectively.

Intermediate – Low Back Clench and Side Control

  • Low Back Clench – This takedown is achieved from inside the clench. In this one, we position our head just under our opponent’s chin and our hands locked low around the belt level. With this hand position and head position, we create a sheering force that forces our opponent down to the ground.
  • Side Control – This is another pivotal position for you to make sure you understand. If you can hold your opponent down here, then advancing to mount or submitting them should become much easier. Since we looked at maintaining and controlling last week, this week we will be looking at a triple attack from side control.

Kickboxing – Angles of Attack

The goal of striking combat sports is to hit and not get hit! This week, we will look at “stepping off the line” against our opponent in order to avoid staying in front and being a stationary target. We will follow the basic principle of “strike first, be gone, then strike last,” or in other words: initiating the exchange with our opponent, taking an angle to avoid the counter strikes, then following up once we have created our angle. Learn to move your feet to avoid unnecessary damage and keep your opponent guessing!

Muay Thai – Footwork and Directional Striking

Fighting is not a stationary sport, either you or your opponent are moving trying to adjust for an offensive attack or evading and trying to not get hit. This week we will look at our footwork against an opponent who is moving, and learning how to adjust the gap between the two fighters. We will also look at striking while moving to hide our footwork. Stay in motion!


  • We will be closed on the evening of Thursday January 7th for our all-academy staff holiday party. Please check our online schedules!


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