Week 12 Curriculum: Mastering Clinch & Holds, Foot Throws, Back and Turtle Position

Welcome to Week 12 of our curriculum at Gracie Barra Lake Orion Jiu-Jitsu! This week, our training sessions will focus on mastering clinch and holds, executing foot throws, and understanding the back and turtle positions. Let’s dive into the techniques and strategies that will enhance your skills and improve your overall performance on the mat.

Clinch & Holds

The clinch is a fundamental aspect of Jiu-Jitsu that allows you to control your opponent’s movement and set up various attacks or defenses. This week, we will emphasize the importance of proper hand placement, body positioning, and leverage to effectively control your opponent. Practicing different types of clinches and holds will prepare you for various situations you may encounter during sparring or competition.

Foot Throws

Foot throws are powerful techniques that can quickly change the dynamics of a match. By utilizing your legs to off-balance and throw your opponent, you can gain a dominant position. We will cover several types of foot throws, including the basic foot sweep and more advanced techniques like the Deashi Harai. Understanding the mechanics and timing of these throws will significantly enhance your grappling skills.

Back and Turtle Position

The back and turtle positions are critical in both offensive and defensive scenarios. Controlling the back position gives you a significant advantage and opens up numerous submission opportunities. On the other hand, the turtle position requires effective defense and escape techniques to avoid being controlled or submitted. This week, we will practice maintaining control from the back and executing escapes and reversals from the turtle position.

Word of the Week: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, without distraction or judgment. In Jiu-Jitsu, mindfulness allows you to stay focused, anticipate your opponent’s moves, and make precise decisions. By cultivating mindfulness, you can improve your training, enhance your performance, and achieve a deeper understanding of the art.

Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce two upcoming events at Gracie Barra Lake Orion:

1. Kids Summer Training Camp: June 10-14, 9am to 12pm. Activities will include games, Jiu-Jitsu drills, challenges, prizes, and snacks. This camp is open to kids ages 3 and up.

2. Family & Friends Training Class: Saturday, June 29th at 9am. This special class provides an opportunity for parents, kids, friends, and family members to train together. Training with loved ones brings benefits that go beyond health and fitness, fostering strong bonds and creating lasting memories.

Join us for these exciting events and continue to grow and develop your Jiu-Jitsu skills with our community. Stay mindful, train hard, and embrace the journey!