Finding Your Dominant Hand

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Unless you’ve been gifted with the ability to be ambidextrous, chances are good that you have one hand that is stronger and faster than the other. In boxing, this is referred to as your dominant hand, and finding out which one it is will help you success in the ring. Knowing which hand is your dominant one will… Read more »

Resilience and Kids Martial Arts

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Resilience. The best thing we can teach our kids. I was talking with someone I know about upcoming trends in technology. The conversation was about what we could expect for our kids. (Mine are 3 and 9 months… Life is good). Well, you may have heard about Chatbots in Facebook and Self Driving Cars. These… Read more »

What does “OSS” mean?

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I heard one of my students ask an assistant instructor here at our academy What does “OSS” mean? He responded saying it is a display of respect. While yes this is true I thought it would make for a good article because I think many people in the BJJ and MMA communities are using this as… Read more »

Five Jiu-Jitsu Stretches

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When training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Few can argue that becoming better at Jiu-Jitsu competition requires a number of things. However, if you aren’t flexible, and you can’t get your arms and legs to where you need them, it won’t matter how many techniques you know because you won’t be able to use them. Let’s take a look at five… Read more »

How to Adopt Proper Fighting Stances and Movements

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Adopting Proper Fighting Stances whether you are fighting in a ring or on the streets, the fundamentals behind standup game remain the same. A good fighting stance will allow you to execute your techniques more effectively, as well as help you feel balanced and protected. Below, we are going to talk about MMA strategies that you can use… Read more »

The Thai Clinch

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The Thai Clinch falls directly between grappling and fighting. Some fighters refer to it as “Standup” while others refer to it as “Grappling”. Whatever the proper label may be, knowing that you should understand the MMA strategies behind clinching. Since this position is very common in MMA, learning them can only make you a better-rounded fighter. Basic Thai Clinch… Read more »

What is the MMA Formula?

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The MMA Formula, which was popularized by Jeff Patterson, is a simple, efficient, and effective formula that you can use as a reference for your MMA training. Basically, it breaks down MMA combat into three basic phases, each of which can be mastered with repetition of MMA drills. With that being said, let’s learn more about this formula…. Read more »

Top Strategies for Becoming an MMA Fighter

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Becoming the best MMA fighter that you can be requires dedication, determination, endurance, strength, and skill. You must have a grueling desire to work harder than the next day, as well as partake in MMA drills constantly until you perfect your techniques. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can become a better fighter today…. Read more »

4 Ways to Better Jiu Jitsu Hip Development

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Jiu Jitsu hip development “better hips” in Jiu-Jitsu refers to the overall awareness that you have towards your extremities and shift in body weight while grappling. If your hips are used incorrectly against a seasoned opponent, they will be able to take capitalize on the situation by tapping you out or transitioning to a dominant… Read more »

Interested in Competing in IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Competitions

Northwest Fighting Arts became a certified Academy in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). Competing in IBJJF Jiu Jitsu. What this means is any of our members who are out there competing and would like to become an official IBJJF competitor we can get on your way. For a list of all the official… Read more »