Quiz: Which Type of Martial Arts is Right For You?

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There’s no doubt that involvement in the martial arts can help improve your body and your mind. But although the number of martial arts participants in the U.S. reached 3.58 million in 2016, there are a lot of people who don’t quite understand the differences between these various disciplines. If you have an interest in… Read more »

BJJ 101: Where Did BJJ Come From?

Jiu jitsu is one of many ancient martial arts practiced in the world today. Martial arts has continued to be popular in today’s world, despite the ancient origins; in the U.S. in 2017, approximately 2.38 million people participated in mixed martial arts. But where does jiu jitsu, specifically Brazilian jiu jitsu, come from? How did… Read more »

Take Action Today to Increase Self-Motivation

How to increase self-motivation with Martial Arts It is easy to have good intentions, big dreams, wants, wishes and desires; we all have them. Why is it that some people seem to get what they want while others never do? This is not the luck of the draw. Sure, some people are born with more… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu Vs. Judo: Understanding the Main Differences

Jiu Jitsu Vs Judo

Those who are a bit less familiar with martial arts disciplines may not be able to tell the difference between karate and tai chi or muay thai and taekwando. When the disparities are subtle, it’s difficult to discern one type from the other. But if you’re in the process of determining which practice might be… Read more »

3 Benefits of Kickboxing For Women

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In 2016, approximately 6.9 million Americans above the age of six participated in kickboxing classes. This sport is certainly a popular one that provides a wealth of opportunities for muscle definition and weight loss. But there are also several unique benefits of kickboxing for female participants, in particular. Let’s take a closer look at the… Read more »

The Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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In 2016, nearly 3.58 million people in the U.S. over the age of six participated in martial arts training. While there are numerous martial arts disciplines to choose from, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (also known as BJJ) has become one of the most popular. But if you’re brand new to BJJ, it’s easy to feel intimidated… Read more »

Martial Art Action Steps to Develop Positive Self-Control

How can we use martial arts to develop positive self-control? Most people overestimate their ability to control their actions and thoughts. This takes work and awareness to have control over how we respond to both positive and negative situations in our daily activities. First, we need to slow down to notice what is going on…. Read more »

How To Get Yourself Mentally Prepared For Your Workout


Brazilian jiu jitsu in Portland is one of the most fun workouts you can engage in, but BJJ is still a challenging workout. If you’re one of the many people who struggle to muster up the courage to start or finish a workout, try these tips to get yourself mentally prepared.   Focus on the… Read more »

How to use Martial Arts to Develop Positive Self-Esteem

  How to use Martial Arts to Develop Positive Self-Esteem. Whatever style of Martial Art you practice you will find building your self-esteem is one of the many benefits of your efforts. In order to understand how to use martial arts to develop positive self-esteem we need to analyze what it is. Also, how our… Read more »

Three Successful Tips to Build Positive Self-Awareness with Martial Arts

Three Successful Tips to Build Positive self-awareness with Martial Arts When you hear people talk about martial arts often times it is about punching and kicking or this choke or maybe that knife defense. While these physical techniques are some of what makes martial arts fun and interesting, to the true practitioner the self-defense and… Read more »