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 »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Arm Bar Drills That Work

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Whether you’re relatively new to grappling, or whether you have years of experience under your belt, we all get caught in the occasional arm bar. Training brazilian jiu jitsu arm bar drills will help you build the skill set to defend these techniques. Even though in the beginning you will be forced to tap out… Read more »

Eskrima for Self-Defense

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Eskrima for Self-Defense There is a reason why the Special Forces, the Military and Law Enforcement choose to study Eskrima. Eskrima for Self-Defense is one of the most practical forms of self-defense in the world. One of the ideas that has always drawn me to the practice of Eskrima is how they teach in concept… Read more »

Yielding in Jiu Jitsu

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“Sir, you need to relax.  You are using a lot of muscle.”  I’ve heard this every week or two for the last nine years.  To my credit it’s better than it used to be.  I can flow… some 🙂  Still, yielding more, even in the face of intense pressure has become the heart of my… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu Chokehold Mastery

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Do you practice Brazilian Jiu jitsu? How is your submission game? Is your chokehold game successful? The Jiu jitsu chokehold game in Brazilian Jiu jitsu is not as common as it once was. Through the years many Jiu jitsu practitioners have gotten caught up in the whirlwind of new techniques and fads that have rushed… Read more »

Does MMA Help Build Muscle?

Some individuals train MMA so that they can defend themselves, while others train MMA so that they can build up their confidence. Then there’s the group of people who practice MMA so that they can build muscle. But how practical is this goal? So, does MMA help build muscle in a significant and noticeable way?… Read more »

Get Certified and Become a Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor

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If you have ever had the desire to become and Muay Thai Kickboxing instructor now is your chance. Here at Northwest Fighting Arts we have helped many people become nationally certified Muay Thai and Kickboxing instructors. There are different levels of certification depending on your goals and what level of students you want to teach…. Read more »