WAKF & Crossfit Blog

Can’t Armbar? Biceps Cut.

June 24th, 2016

Often when you go to armbar someone, they grab their hands together and hold on for dear life to prevent the finish.  There are many solutions, of course, but one is to use a technique called the biceps cutter.

Basically, it involves cramming your radius bone deep in your partner’s elbow crook and then twisting it.  Fun stuff.  It either makes them tap or let go of their hand.  And if they let go, you can get that armbar you wanted.

What’s a Frame?

June 16th, 2016

Early on in the requirements, we teach a block called the frame.  What is a frame?  What is it for?  Confusingly, there are a few different things in martial arts called frames.  In this particular case, we are talking about the block that protects your head against strikes.

To do the frame, simply grab the back of your neck with one hand and then press your forearm tightly against your head so that your elbow points forward.  It should feel snug and should also obscure your peripheral vision.  Now tuck your chin to your chest.  This tightness will provide a structure that covers your temple, chin and jaw.

The frame is designed to absorb damage when you are close in with your partner.   It costs you mobility but gains you a helmet of sorts.  Like a helmet, it only absorbs some of the impact and you will still feel a bit of a rattle from bigger shots.

We teach this block early because it is simple and effective.  Watch the above video for an illustration of the technique and some drills to get started with using the frame.

Safe Boxing?

June 6th, 2016

Someone coming at you with boxing gloves can be intimidating.  So, if you’re feeling terrified at the idea of getting hit with a glove, slap boxing might be a beautiful way for you to work yourself into the world of boxing.

It’s simple.  You box with open hands.  Instead of punching each other, you slap each other.  In general, it is a little easier for beginners to maintain a slower pace and hit lighter with slap boxing than if they have the gloves on.  The awesome news for people who aren’t complete novices is that slap boxing isn’t just for beginners.  People with skill can simply raise the speed and contact level to keep things interesting… or they can keep it slow and see all the things that they might miss out on noticing at faster speeds.

Slow Cooking

May 26th, 2016


Have you been to the Wednesday night BJJ class yet?  You should come.  It is a party not to be missed.  Everyone who comes is guaranteed a turn being on the receiving end of Justin’s incredible control.  Watch the video.  See those guys on the bottom?  They are fighting, I swear.  I know it looks like they are just laying there getting crushed but they are actually resisting at full tilt.

… and that snapping noise?  It’s not an elbow breaking.  Don’t worry.  Coincidental background noise.

Get In or Stay Out

May 19th, 2016

Stick drills are tough.  They’ve got a stick and you don’t.  It’s a huge range advantage and they are almost certainly going to try and maintain that advantage for as long as they can.  The solution then, is to either close that distance or get far away – because playing their game – hover ing within stick striking distance – means getting smacked with a stick over and over.

How do you close that distance?  Nothing is certain but one great strategy is to rush in after they throw a committed strike.  They swing big.  You dodge and then barrel in.  Give them a tight hug, making sure to control the shoulders, head and hips.  Turn the knee kicks on automatic and stay in tight less they take back the distance again and use the range of the stick to their advantage.

Another tough part of stick drills is it is pretty messy to go full speed with actual sticks… but at least we can whack each other hard with the practice sticks and have some fun – AKA stick sparring (the above video).