2018

Denver homicide increase in 2018 driven by domestic violence, gang activity
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High numbers of killings connected to gangs and domestic violence last year contributed to Denver’s rising homicide count and helped create an increase in the overall number of violent crimes in the city over the year prior, public safety officials said Thursday. Sixty-seven people were killed in Denver in 2018, the highest number recorded since 2004, […]

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Lesson Plans Monday, January 14, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (A1) Focus Mitts: Left/Right/Right Combination Movement (forward and backward) Advancing Straight Punch Drill: Left/Right/move backward to avoid jab/Right 360 Defense Drill: as above, but between combinations, attacker makes single 360 attacks   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (A1) Uppercut Punch Focus Mitts: Combinations 8 & 9 Bearhug from the Front, Arms Free Bearhug from the Front […]

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Lesson Plans Monday, January 7, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (A1) Straight Punches Groin Kick Drill: move around the room, pad holder calls out for Left/Right or Groin Kick Choke from Behind Drill: as above, but a third person makes Choke from Behind   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (A1) Focus Mitts: Combos 1-4 Focus Mitts: Combos 6 and 7 Bearhug Front Arms Caught Bearhug Front […]

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Lesson Plans Friday, January 4, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (A1) Palm Heel Strike Front Kick Vertical Target Combo: Front Kick Vertical/Left/Right (palm strikes) Choke Front (2 hands) INTERMEDIATE CLASS (A1) Advancing Straight Punch Gun from the Front ADVANCED CLASS (A1) Mouth of Hand punch Incorporate Moth of Hand punch into all lower level self defense techniques. Gun Side, Front of arms

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Lesson Plans Friday,December 28, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Straight Punches Elbows 4-7 (review) Knees (review) Choke from the Side Ground – Side Position and Movement Ground – Side Kick Ground – Get Up Drill: groups of 3; on the ground, defender moves to defend against pad holder; pad holder steps forward and defender kicks; defender gets up and punches pad; […]

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Lesson Plans Thursday, December 27, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Left/Right/Right Elbow/Right Knee Straight Punch with Advance Inside Defenses Choke from Behind with a Push Drill: partners work on Inside Defenses; random attackers walk around and make Choke with a Push against the punchers.   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (D3) Focus Mitts: Left/Right/burst out to avoid jab then burst back in/Right/Left Hook Focus Mitts: […]

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Lesson Plans Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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Beginner (B3) Round 1: Target recognition: 2 hand combatives or 2 knees. Alternate type of hand combative, i.e.hammerfist to elbow. Switch. Round 2: Find your partner drill. After the push up, striker must find pad holder and throw non-stop hand combatives until instructor calls time. Switch. Round 3: Ground, Pound, and Drag drill with belts. […]

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Lesson Plans Friday, December 21, 2018
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Beginner Class (B3)Palm Heel Strikes (from mount)KneesDrill: Groups of 2; Striker; Palm Heel Strikes (from mount) on pad holders signal “UP!” strikers quickly stands up and works Knees on pad; on pad holders signal “Down!”, striker mounts and continues with Palm Heel Strikes.Choke from Front (1 handed)Choke from Behind with a pushDrill: Monkey in the […]

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Lesson Plans Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Beginner (B3) Left/Right Combination Round Kick Knees Drill: Pyramid 30 seconds Left/Right combo 10 second Rest 45 seconds Round Kick 10 seconds Rest 60 seconds Non-stop Knee strikes 10 sec-Rest 90 seconds Target recognition: 2 punches, Round Kick, or Knee Ground – Side Position                                                                 Ground – Side Kick                                                                         Ground – Getting Up (from side position) […]

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Lesson Plans Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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BEGINNER (B3) Front Kick – practice from passive stance, followed by straight punches Round Kick Round Kick – focus on various angles: downward, horizontal, upward Drill: Horseshoe Drill (Horseshoe Kicking Drill) Wrist Releases – discuss aggressive v. soft responses based on situation and stimulus Arm Pull — burst forward with counterattacks Drill: Aggressive or Soft […]

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Lesson Plans Monday, December 17, 2018
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BEGINNER (B3) Advancing Straight Punch Review Straight Punch Low Low Punch Defense Front Choke – 1 Hand Pluck DRILL – FINAL: Roaming Attacker. Defenders neutral, eyes closed. Attackers cue verbally to send low punch or tactile cue with choke. __________ INTERMEDIATE (D3) Basic Takedown Defense (Spin on Centerline) Advancing Front Kick Reflexive Defense vs. Front […]

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Lesson Plans Friday, December 14, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Left/Right Elbows 4-7 Ground – Side Position and Movement Ground – Side Kick Ground – Get Up Choke from the Side   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (D3) Focus Mitts: Right/Left Hook Focus Mitts: Left Hook/Right Focus Mitts: Left/Right Hook Focus Mitts: Right Hook/Left Hook Hair Grab from the Side Bearhug Behind Lifting   ADVANCED […]

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Lesson Plans Thursday, December 13, 2018
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Palm Strikes Hammerfist to the Side Drill: Monkey in the Middle — groups of 3; person in the middle makes Palm Strikes to a target until pushed from either side; when pushed, the person in the middle makes Hammerfist to the Side, then continues with Palm Strikes, etc. Do TWO rounds in […]

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Lesson Plans Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Beginner (B3) Elbow 4 Punches- Straight Punch Hammerfist Forward Knees Drill: Groups of 3: A/B/C. A holds pad for B, calling out any number 1-10. B throws that number of hand combatives, either straight punches or Hammerfist Forward. C is a roaming attacker and can tap any B from behind with pad. B throws Elbow […]

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