Clothing and Gear Essentials for Every Workout

Even if you’re a dedicated gym rat, there comes a time when you need to upgrade your workout gear. And it might be in the best interest of your motivation, too, since when you have a new stash of goods you’re much more likely to hit the gym, trail or court, even if you’re feeling… Read more »

One of the Songs of Tai Chi Chuan

8 Essential skills needed to reach a high level in your Tai Chi Chuan training   1- No Shape, No Shadow- Tai chi chuan. Developing a transparent feeling with in the body will help you to establish a smooth flow of energy. If you have a good posture and are relaxed there will be less… Read more »

Learn How to Conquer Your Fears with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Learn How to Conquer Your Fears with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ask yourself this question; What kind of person am I? Person A: An individual who never acts, and always second guesses themselves. Or Person B: An individual who acts first, and deals with the consequences later. A person who is constantly overthinking all their actions will… Read more »

Why People Can’t Meditate and How You Can…

Why People Can’t Meditate. Ever Wonder Why so Many People Fail at Meditation? Why People Can’t Meditate. I have been teaching meditation for over twenty-five years. I have met hundreds of people through the years that have tried meditation and not experienced success with the practice. Why is it that meditation can be so amazing… Read more »

One Secret To Kid’s Martial Arts Training That ALL Parents Should Know

Kid’s Martial Arts is an amazing tool for developing discipline, focus and physical strength. It’s what most parents want their kids to develop, and have the confidence to be speak their mind and able to defend themselves if the situation ever arises. This is only scratching the surface to what martial arts can offer for… Read more »

Is Jiu Jitsu good for flexibility?

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Is Jiu Jitsu good for flexibility?   Adequate flexibility is a necessary component of peak athletic performance. Poor flexibility, on the other hand, limits movement and increases the risk of injury. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to maintain and improve flexibility, one of which is the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Improved flexibility, developed… Read more »

Detoxification Qigong

Detoxification Qigong 1.) Opening salutation a.) open with feet connect with breath 3 powers (humanity, earth, universe) b.) raise hands to greet the universe and lower pay homage to earth, sun etc…be happy to stand in the space you are in c.) circle L to R into gungfu salute R foot stays straight -symbolizes the… Read more »

How to treat Cauliflower ear

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How to treat Cauliflower ear. If you’ve spent any time around the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, chances are you’ve noticed that some students, particularly those with years of experience, tend to have lumpy, misshapen ears. This is a condition commonly known as cauliflower ear. Prevalent among grapplers of all types, this condition is typically viewed… Read more »

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Strategy

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Strategy. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly effective self-defense system. Unfortunately, BJJ’s self-defense applications are often ignored in today’s competition-focused environment. This isn’t meant to disparage BJJ competitions, as they’re a great way to test your skills and evaluate your progress. However, we should always keep in mind BJJ’s original purpose and devote… Read more »

BJJ hip mobility

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BJJ hip mobility. Nearly every technique in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires efficient hip mobility. Generally speaking, this refers to the ability of the hip joint.  To move through its entire range of motion without pain or discomfort. Perhaps the most obvious technique requiring good hip mobility is the hip escape. The hip escape is a fundamental grappling… Read more »