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GJ "Down is the same and over, up is across and under"

This is Lauren's very succinct description of the kimura where the hand is pointed toward the mat, you grab straight and then reach over the top of the arm to secure the grip. The americana you reach across the body and come under the arm.

Warm-up included jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, Thai neck pummeling, side shuffle, carioca, skip squat, shooter's walk, shooting under the heavy bag.

We then did single/double leg shots from circling, two step lunge walk with a 90o turn. Also worked on sprawling, hips down and "laces to the mat".

Today we did thai reaction;

  • Off jab cross: Catch, angle step parry, cross, body hook, cross / shovel hook / knee / thai kick
  • Off tiip: Pat to outside with angle step, kick to back of leg, continue on angle, throwing head hook, cross. Also try patting and cutting back leg.
  • Off cross hook: Cover both, cross, hook, cross. Or cover cross, bob and weave hook with body hook, cross, hook
  • Off leg kick (yes cover works but), leg evasion, return evaded leg kick ("Wish him on his merry way"). Or return head / body kick with "rear" leg. Or fall into cross, hook, cross combination off evasion.
  • Off body kick, body evasion and "paint the face", that is, karate style low block kick into floor (trying to stick it to the floor). Leg kick. Alternatively catch the kick, knee to tibial nerve and driving punches or cut kick inside (then outside). In both cases step with the kick to reduce momentum.

Guard movement

  • Opponent is standing up and trying to throttle you. Grab wrists and open guard, use knees to push back and then pull forward, settling into arm triangle. His arm will be next to your head and your arm will wrap around his neck, catch your own bicep and put your other hand behind your head. Submit here or grab lat and move to rear mount and finish with rear naked choke.
  • Opponent has you mounted, shrimp to guard (go to one hip and push same side knee then switch to other hip and create a frame while pushing other knee). Once in guard, opponent stands straight up. Open guard and cup heels, push straight back with knees, toppling them backwards, rise forward (you may have to angle body to more easily accomplish mount).

We also discussed the figure four position at is strength for submissions, showing it in standing kimura, americana, and guillotine. I just wanted to introduce the concept and strength of the figure four.

Had people practice inserting off the punch and then going to an arsenal that they feel comfortable using. The key is a strong insertion and THEN using your "arsenal", be it boxing, thai boxing, jeet kune do, judo, wrestling, or just fighting dirty.

Discussed the Fundamental Exam, I would like to see everyone be able to do

  • Breakfalls
  • Hold pads
  • Core self-defense (punching and tackling)
  • Spar

Also held some rounds for Kelly and Joe. I noticed that in practice I will often have a theme, however I often lose that theme when holding after practice. I will have to make note of themes or areas that I want to work with my fighters and hold pads accordingly. Training without a plan is just bad form.

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