Striking Program New Student Start Up Information


Welcome again to Northwest Fighting Arts, we are so pleased to have you as a new member and will do everything we can to help you work towards your goals.  Below are some video resources to help you through the curriculum and prepare for your first test.   Also, if you are on Facebook, could… Read more »

The Art of Yielding the Philosophy Behind Tai Chi Push Hands

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What is yielding? I had this student John about ten years ago who trained with me for about 3-4 years before he moved to New York. John was a very type A personality always aggressive and forcing things into submission to get what he wanted. Not only was he like this at the academy with… Read more »


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O SOTO GARI While it is always great to have a partner to practice your takedowns we don’t always have someone around. In this video you will learn a cool takedown while getting some great ideas on how you can practice on your own. Do not get stuck in the mindset that you cannot improve… Read more »

Yang Style Tai Chi Saber

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This is the Yang Style saber form. The first time through the form it is shown with pauses in between the movements. This is so you can see the form more clearly. The second time through it is performed more smoothly and how it should be practiced. Names of the movements: 1. Commencement Of Tai… Read more »

Jiu-Jitsu Solo Drills Abdominal Workout

How to Get the Most out of Your Jiu-Jitsu Class

The Jiu-jitsu techniques in this video will build your core strength, coordination, and flexibility. There are 20 different exercises in the video. Start small do sets of 10 with each exercise. If this is easy do sets of 20. Once you have memorized the series for Jiu-jitsu abdominal exercises. Play around with it, maybe do… Read more »

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tricks to Open your Opponent up for the Submission

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In this Jiu-jitsu video we cover 4 different common positions where people get stuck when rolling with stronger opponents. These techniques will teach you how to use angles and leverage to set up the submission without having to see who the bigger meathead is. 1- Mount Kimura opener In this position, your opponent’s arms are… Read more »

Lessons You Can Learn from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Lessons You Can Learn from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

To the untrained eye, the physicality of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) makes it appear to be a muscle sport where brawn is valued above brains. This, however, cannot be further from the truth. The martial art of BJJ was built on the foundations of overcoming the size and strength limitations of the individual through carefully devised… Read more »

The Rules and Scoring in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Rules and Scoring in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Over the years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been codified according to a variety of criteria that help determine the victors in bouts as well as keep participants safe. When you’re just starting out, you may make mistakes regarding the rules that people follow, which is all right so long as you aren’t injuring your sparring partners… Read more »

Strength Training Exercises to Increase your Power For Muay Thai


Last time we studied a few top Muay Thai fighters for their training routines and fighting styles. We saw how their fighting style may vary, but each fighter used similar training routines and rigorous practice of technique to better themselves as fighters. This time we are going to focus on a bit of strength training… Read more »

How to Prepare for Your First Jiu-Jitsu Competition

How to Prepare for Your First Jiu-Jitsu Competition

After picking up the basics and getting to a decent beginner’s skill level, you may want to begin competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Your instructor may even recommend it if they believe you are ready to take on the challenge. Taking part in a tournament is an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow, so it’s a… Read more »