How to Avoid Back Pain and Get the Most out of Your Bjj Training

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How to Avoid Back Pain and Get the Most out of Your Bjj Training. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a safe and healthy form of exercise, but it can also be rough on the body. A common ailment among BJJ students is lower back pain. Back pain in BJJ is usually caused by positions and movements that… Read more »

Chan Ssu Chin

Chan Ssu Chin Comes from Chen Tai Chi 1. Learn external movements 2. Then study internal Silk Reeling Cocoon (Training exercises) • Silk represents the way in which the energy flows through the body • Cocoon represents your waist, as it rotates on its axis • Chan Ssu= silk reeling cocoon • Chin= internal flowing… Read more »

The importance of Muay Thai as a mental training tool

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Muay Thai as a Mental Training tool… The importance of Muay Thai as a mental training tool. Exercise has multiple different meanings and can go beyond a simple hour of movement. Developing a symbiotic relationship can reshape your entire workout and give you better results. When exercise becomes a means of reshaping your body, rather… Read more »

It’s Not About How Hard You Can Roll in Jiu Jitsu…

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It’s Not About How Hard You Can Roll in Jiu Jitsu… One of the things that separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from other martial arts is the ability of practitioners to use 100% effort during sparring. This also happens to be one of the reasons the art is so effective. It allows students to test their skills… Read more »

Fight Training Nutrition: The Weigh-In for Competition

Fight Training Nutrition: Background on the Weigh-In   Fight training nutrition plays an important role through all phases of training, but it’s arguably the most important before, during, and after the weigh-in. High-level Boxing and MMA competitions are more likely to have weigh-ins the day before the fight.  Weigh-Ins for Muay Thai can happen the… Read more »

Fight Training Nutrition: Carbs Versus Fats

by Coach Erik N. We often  think of carbs and fats as being unhealthy.  However, in the proper context, carbs and fats both play a crucial role in any athlete’s fight training nutrition regimen. The key is to know when it’s appropriate to eat them, and which kinds of carbs and fats are the best…. Read more »

Coconut Water For Fight Training

by Coach Erik N. Coconut water can be an indispensable tool for martial artists who are doing serious fight training.  We all know that it’s important to stay properly hydrated when exercising.  Coconut water, for some fighters, is a much better choice than plain water. There’s an old saying that states that good fighters don’t… Read more »

Political Jiu Jitsu: Turn Strength into a Weakness

Political Jiu Jitsu has been defined as turning an enemy’s strength into a weakness.  Taking an opponent’s criticism and using it against them is another example. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of news articles relating to the upcoming elections.  I’ve noticed a couple of instances where Jiu Jitsu was thusly used as a metaphor…. Read more »

Not Just a Striker: Bruce Lee Grappling

Bruce Lee Grappling?  He is far better known for lightning-fast strikes, and creating Jeet Kune Do (which we do teach, here at Northwest Fighting Arts).  Bruce Lee borrowed techniques from many martial arts to create Jeet Kune Do (JKD) (including various forms of grappling).  Because of this, many people dubbed Bruce Lee the “Father of… Read more »

Gratitude and Appreciation with Martial Arts Training

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Gratitude and Appreciation with Martial Arts. As martial artists it is easy to get caught up in the practice and forget to be appreciative of your practice. There are many things we need to be grateful for when we have the privilege of learning martial arts. You want to be thankful for all those who… Read more »