Health Benefits of Muay Thai

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Health Benefits of Muay Thai There are many different ways to lose weight and get healthy. Few of them are as fun and as comprehensive as Muay Thai. Muay Thai or kickboxing is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and reach new fitness levels. Muay Thai is a full body aerobic… Read more »

Where Should You Look During a Fight?

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Learning where to look during a fight can make all the difference when it comes to your fighting ability. While it seems unimportant, understanding where to look during a fight can offer you the competitive edge needed to win. For example, are you supposed to be looking at their feet? At their eyes? Their shoulders? The answer is… Read more »

The Importance of Dropping Your Hips as a Boxer

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Learning how to utilize your body weight as a boxer will make you much more dangerous in the ring. It can help you better defend yourself, as well as allow you to throw harder punches. In the following sections, we’ll show you a few inside secrets for helping you harness the power of your hips while boxing. The… Read more »

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 »