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 »

UFC Fight Night 96 is Coming to Portland!

UFC Fight Night 96 will be held at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 1st.  The event is expected to be headlined by a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and former two-time UFC Flyweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller bantamweight winner John Dodson. UFC Fight Night 96 Submission: The Guillotine Choke   Lineker’s… Read more »

The Importance of Good Footwork When Learning How to Box – Boxing Footwork


Boxing Footwork. When taking up the art of boxing there is a basic progression of ideas, techniques and strategies that you need to understand. First is your stance and foundation. If you are not solid in your stance it will be difficult to defend attacks and you will have no power or mobility with your… Read more »

The Importance of Jiu Jitsu Testing

Jiu Jitsu testing is important for a lot of reasons, but the most obvious is this: It forces you to practice more.  Unless you’re a masochist, or love public humiliation, committing to testing forces you to practice more, so you don’t embarrass yourself on test day. Test prep forces you to learn new techniques and… Read more »

Family Jiu-Jitsu

Family Jiu-Jitsu. Being a in a family of four it is not always easy to find activities that are fun for the entire family. My oldest child is 8 and my youngest is 6. They are both active, but going for a bike ride, jog or hike with a 6 year old is not really… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu: Go With The Flow And Use Less Muscle

Go With The Flow If you’ve ever put on a gi and set foot on a mat, I guarantee that you’ve heard your coach tell you to stop using so much muscle and flow more. I’ve been rolling for five and a half years, and I still hear some variation on this phrase all the… Read more »