The Committed Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner

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  Always works hard Can produce a little extra Can make things happen Stays in the game regardless of the score Sees criticism as helpful feedback Is not afraid to fail Recovers well after a mistake Is a team player Never misses a practice Makes the right choices every day The Attributes of the Committed… Read more »

How to Hit the Heavy Bag Like a Pro

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Working on the heavy bags can be surprisingly difficult and even intimidating when you first start boxing. Oftentimes people are not sure how to approach the bag, what strikes to throw, how to set a pace and, as a result, tend to get nervous or avoid it all together. So, here are a few tips… Read more »

Why You’re Not Successful with Your Fitness

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Are You Happy with Your Fitness Results? The truth is there are hundreds of ways to tune up the body mentally and physically. So why are so many people unsuccessful when trying to improve their overall well-being? It is not that they are incompetent or that they do not know the right combination of things… Read more »

Which Martial Art Type Are You?


There Are Many Reasons People Train in Martial Arts. These 5 different reasons are what make the difference between your black belt next-door neighbor and the Filipino legends who defended their country when it was being invaded by the USA.   Being the neighborhood black belt is great. Black belts have a high level of… Read more »

Parents, Please Teach Your Kids This One Lesson!

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Without this skill, your kids will have a hard time finding success. If you are a parent reading this, I would guess that you do everything you can to help your child have every opportunity possible. We push them in school to get better grades, get them involved in sports, music, martial arts, dance, gymnastics,… Read more »

Off The Mat


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an amazing martial art. It is fun, improves health, increases awareness, it is strategic, builds confidence, and is a great form of self-defense. If you are new to the practice, it will take some getting used to. I always tell people when they are starting that it is not easy, and it… Read more »

Read This Before You Spar


Sparring should be both fun and exciting. However, there are some important things to understand before starting. One of the keys to making your sparring sessions productive is communication with your partners. The last thing you want to do is throw on some gloves and ask someone you don’t know to spar without communicating. This… Read more »