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February 1, 2016

Focus of the Week (2/1/16)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (2/1/16)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

1.32.2016 – 2.7.2016

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Fundamentals – Headlock Defense

  • Standing Headlock Defense – We often make the joke that whether you know how to fight or not, you know how to do a headlock. In real fights, they are extremely common. We don’t recommend doing them as they are not good Jiu-Jitsu, but it happens…especially from the attacker. This week we will show you how to handle when someone puts you in a headlock while standing.
  • Armbar from Headlock – This is the perfect compliment to the standup technique, because we will of course take the fight to the ground when someone headlocks us standing. Most people that think a headlock is a good idea, will stay committed to it. This often leaves us stuck in that headlock once we hit the ground. No problem, because now we will look at turning that position into an arm bar for us.

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. This week we will focus on the Submit part of the 3 S’s, and stick with an armbar/triangle/armbar triple attack, along with a shin strip triangle with an armbar finish option as well.

Kickboxing – Knees

This week in kickboxing we will focus on throwing knees, a powerful mid-range and short-range weapon. We will look at three types of knees, depending on the scenario we face: the long knee, the round knee, and the skip knee (clinch knee). We will look at finding range for our knee strikes and setting them up properly, the mechanics to develop maximum power, and how to reset after delivering a knee.

Fitness Challenge:

Muay Thai – Knees

This week in Muay Thai we will focus on knees from the outside position (not from clinch range). The long knee, the round knee, and the jump knee are all useful knee strikes depending on the situation. We will look at managing distance before and after our knees, setting them up off various strikes, and intercepting our opponent’s attacks with knees as well.


  • There are some good travel tournaments coming up and we usually have students that travel out to compete. The Pans for instance is coming up and we will certainly have people going out for it. If you’re interested in going, check with your coaches and they will probably be able to put you in contact with someone else who is also going. Strength in numbers is real!


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.



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