The Importance of Loyalty in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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I would like to share some thoughts on Loyalty in the martial arts. Brazilian Jiu jitsu is built around respect, discipline and loyalty. Unfortunately all too often both instructors and students lose track of this and the value of the art is diminished. Understanding the importance of Loyalty in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a incredible… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu for Beginners Survival Guide

  Jiu Jitsu is a complex art of skill and strength. At first it can seem so overwhelming that we want to give up. Our goals to be strong and fit, or to know how to fight just don’t seem worth it. It doesn’t have to be this way. You see most of the energy… Read more »

Goals and Martial Arts: Be comfortable on the outside.

So, I was homeschooled. Homeschooled in the give the child a pile of books and let him go feral sort of way. 🙂 Really though, no organized lessons just a lot of reading about whatever seemed interesting. The part of this story that matters is the isolation. There were parts that were hard about that… Read more »

Health Benefits of Muay Thai

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Health Benefits of Muay Thai There are many different ways to lose weight and get healthy. Few of them are as fun and as comprehensive as Muay Thai. Muay Thai or kickboxing is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and reach new fitness levels. Muay Thai is a full body aerobic… Read more »

Where Should You Look During a Fight?

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Learning where to look during a fight can make all the difference when it comes to your fighting ability. While it seems unimportant, understanding where to look during a fight can offer you the competitive edge needed to win. For example, are you supposed to be looking at their feet? At their eyes? Their shoulders? The answer is… Read more »

The Importance of Dropping Your Hips as a Boxer

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Learning how to utilize your body weight as a boxer will make you much more dangerous in the ring. It can help you better defend yourself, as well as allow you to throw harder punches. In the following sections, we’ll show you a few inside secrets for helping you harness the power of your hips while boxing. The… Read more »

Finding Your Dominant Hand

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Unless you’ve been gifted with the ability to be ambidextrous, chances are good that you have one hand that is stronger and faster than the other. In boxing, this is referred to as your dominant hand, and finding out which one it is will help you success in the ring. Knowing which hand is your dominant one will… Read more »

Resilience and Kids Martial Arts

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Resilience. The best thing we can teach our kids. I was talking with someone I know about upcoming trends in technology. The conversation was about what we could expect for our kids. (Mine are 3 and 9 months… Life is good). Well, you may have heard about Chatbots in Facebook and Self Driving Cars. These… Read more »

What does “OSS” mean?

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I heard one of my students ask an assistant instructor here at our academy What does “OSS” mean? He responded saying it is a display of respect. While yes this is true I thought it would make for a good article because I think many people in the BJJ and MMA communities are using this as… Read more »