This time around we started with AC Muay Thai on Saturday, May 11. This was for students with Blue ‘Prajiet’ Arm Band above. After some discussion about issues related to advanced training and instruction we got right into technique and strategy. For this workshop, we focused on ways to catch kicks and follow-ups. This included some striking counters and takedowns. At the conclusion of the clinic some students received rank promotions including: Tilo Jackson to Blue Prajiet, Jennifer Sommerville to 1-Stripe Blue Prajiet, Chris Bradley to to Purple Prajiet.
On Saturday, May 18 advanced Uechi-Ryu Karate students ranked Nikyu (Brown Belt) and above attended their AC seminar. After some discussion this group spent time working on advanced Kata or forms, and a series of drills known as ‘Yakusoko Kumite Daini.’ These drills feature relatively harsh responses for real world self-defense situations. Advanced promotions in this art are scheduled formally rather than performed in the AC clinics.
Advanced Jiu-jitsu students met on Saturday, May 25 for their Advanced Concepts seminar. Students ranked Blue Belt and above also began by covering some advanced and instructional issues. They then were taken through strategies for applying and countering submissions known as ‘Neck Cranks’. These are relatively dangerous holds that involve applying pressure to the neck and spine. At the end of the clinic several promotions were given, including: Jennifer Sommerville to Blue Belt, Russell Moody & Glenn Giumarra to 1-stripe Blue Belt, Frank Scago to 4-stripe Blue Belt, Matt Gerlitz to 2-stripe Purple Belt, Tim Somerville to Brown Belt, and Jedd Hall to 4-stripe Brown Belt!
Thanks to everyone who attended these AC Clinics and congratulations to everyone who earned promotions. See you all at the next round of Advanced Concepts!