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February 12, 2017

Focus of the Week (2/13/17)

Sachi Ainge

Focus of the Week (2/13/17)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | CrossFit | Kids

2.14.2017 – 2.20.2017


Fundamentals – Bear Hug Defense and Guard Passing

  • Defending Bear Hug from Behind – Defending the bear hug from behind can be pretty tricky, especially when our arms are trapped. Learning to use our body as a whole to get out of this position can be a laborious process, but well worth the time spent.
  • Passing Closed Guard from the Knees – Being stuck in closed guard can be a extremely frustrating experience. Sometimes even if the partner isn’t doing anything offensive, it can be very difficult to escape. Learning how we can escape using good posture and proper grips will really help us understand how to escape closed guard, and expand our overall knowledge of defense in our training.

Intermediate – Hip Throw and Back Defense

  • Hip Throw – The hip throw is a staple in BJJ, Judo, and wrestling. Focus on setting up proper footwork and getting your hips in position to execute this throw.
  • Back Defense – Like Wu Tang says, always protect your neck. Defending the back is all about preventing the submission, and then escaping to a neutral or preferably dominant position.

Kickboxing – Stepping Off and Creating Angles

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 – Leg Kick Defense and Counters

Last week in class we looked at low kick offense and set ups. This week we will flip the script and focus on defending low kicks and answering back. As with all kicks, there are several types of defense. We will drill checking, evading, receiving, intercepting, and catching.


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”
Positive Self-Talk
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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