🥋Week 11 Breakdown!🥋

Welcome to our Weekly Breakdown for Week 11 of the Gracie Barra Fundamentals Curriculum! We are excited for all classes to dive in to guard passes this week! We also have some effective counter attacks from hair pulls, and backpack grabs! Adults are working how to slip jab and hook punches!

🗣️Word of The Week: Respect

The word of the week is respect. Respect in jiu-jitsu is fundamental as it ensures a controlled and safe environment that supports learning! It honors the traditions, fosters sportsmanship, and upholds Gracie Barra’s ethical standards!

Tiny Champions (3-4) & Little Champions 1 (5-6):

Class A – Week 11

Self-Defense:

  1. Jab + Straight Punch
    • Jab: This is a quick, straight punch thrown with the lead hand. It’s used to gauge distance, disrupt the opponent’s rhythm, and set up other strikes.
    • Straight Punch: This punch is delivered with the rear hand. It’s more powerful than the jab due to the additional rotation of the hips and shoulders, targeting the opponent’s head or body.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Bull Fighter Guard Pass

Class B – Week 11

Stand-Up Technique:

  1. Foot Sweep
    • Foot Sweep (De Ashi Barai): This technique involves using your foot to sweep your opponent’s foot out from under them, ideally when they are shifting their weight or stepping. It requires precise timing and balance. The goal is to destabilize your opponent and make them fall to the ground.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Bull Fighter Guard Pass


Little Champions 2 (7-9) & Juniors(10-13):

Class A – Week 11

Self-Defense:

  1. Front Hair Pulling Escape + Back Hair Pulling Escape
    • Front Hair Pulling Escape: Techniques to defend against an attacker pulling your hair from the front. This typically involves securing the attacker’s hand to reduce pain and control, then using leverage and body movements to break free and counter.
    • Back Hair Pulling Escape: Techniques to defend against an attacker pulling your hair from the back. Similar to the front escape, it involves controlling the attacker’s hand, protecting your head and neck, and using body mechanics to escape and counter.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Instructor’s Choice: Guard Passing

Class B – Week 11

Stand-Up Technique:

  1. Bodylock + Inside Hook Takedown
    • Bodylock: Establish a strong bodylock around the opponent’s torso to control their movement and posture.
    • Inside Hook Takedown: Utilize an inside hook (Uchi Mata or similar technique) to disrupt the opponent’s balance and execute a takedown. This involves hooking the opponent’s leg from the inside while maintaining the bodylock to bring them to the ground.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Instructor’s Choice: Guard Passing

Stand-Up Technique:

  1. Foot Sweep
    • Foot Sweep (De Ashi Barai): This technique involves using your foot to sweep your opponent’s foot out from under them, ideally when they are shifting their weight or stepping. It requires precise timing and balance. The goal is to destabilize your opponent and make them fall to the ground.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Bull Fighter Guard Pass

Specific Training:


Adults & Teens Fundamentals (Tuesday & Thursday):

Class A – Week 11

Self-Defense (Strike):

  1. Block the Hook Punch + Hip Throw + Straight Armbar with Knee on Belly
    • Block the Hook Punch: Learn to effectively block an incoming hook punch using proper hand positioning and body mechanics to protect yourself.
    • Hip Throw: Transition from the block into a hip throw (O Goshi), using your hip as a pivot to lift and throw the opponent over your hip to the ground.
    • Straight Armbar with Knee on Belly: After the throw, establish a knee-on-belly position to control the opponent. From this dominant position, apply a straight armbar, ensuring correct positioning to hyperextend the opponent’s elbow joint.

Sport Jiu-Jitsu (Guard Top): 2. Open the Guard on the Knees with Two Hands on the Belt

  1. Knee Slide Guard Pass Controlling the Sleeve
    • Once the guard is open, perform a knee slide pass. Control one of your opponent’s sleeves to limit their ability to defend. Slide your knee across their body, aiming to clear their legs and secure a dominant position, typically side control.

Class B – Week 11

Self-Defense (Strike):

  1. Slip the Hook Punch + Bodylock Takedown + Transition to the Mount
    • Slip the Hook Punch: Move your head to the outside of the punch to avoid it, using a slip technique that minimizes the risk of getting hit.
    • Bodylock Takedown: After slipping the punch, secure a bodylock by wrapping your arms around your opponent’s torso. Execute a takedown by lifting and controlling their body, bringing them to the ground.
    • Transition to the Mount: Once on the ground, maneuver into a mounted position, maintaining control and preparing for further attacks or submissions.

Sport Jiu-Jitsu (Guard Top): 2. Opening the Guard Standing Up Controlling the Collar and Hip

  1. Guard Pass Standing Up with Both Arms Under the Legs
    • From a standing position, reach both arms under your opponent’s legs, lifting their hips off the ground. This disrupts their guard and allows you to pass by moving around their legs and establishing control.

Adults & Teens No-Gi

Class A – Week 11

Stand-Up Technique (Leg Grabs):

  1. Low Single
    • Low Single: A wrestling takedown technique where you shoot for the opponent’s lead leg, aiming low to grab just above the ankle. The goal is to destabilize the opponent by lifting their foot off the ground, causing them to fall.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Half Guard to Mount

  1. Half Guard to Side Mount
    • Half Guard to Side Mount: Transitioning from a top position in half guard to side mount (side control). This involves passing your opponent’s legs and securing control from the side, improving your position for attacks or further transitions.

Specific Training:


Class B – Week 11

Stand-Up Technique (Leg Grabs):

  1. High Single Running the Pipe
    • High Single Running the Pipe: A wrestling takedown technique where you lift the opponent’s leg high and then turn (or “run the pipe”) to bring them down. This involves maintaining control of the leg while rotating to off-balance the opponent.

Ground Technique (Guard Top): 2. Deep Half Guard Pass to Inverted

  1. Deep Half Guard Pass Leg Over the Head
    • Deep Half Guard Pass Leg Over the Head: This pass involves maneuvering out of the deep half guard by bringing your opponent’s leg over your head. It helps you clear their legs and move to a dominant position such as side control or mount.

Specific Training:

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