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  • What to Expect in Your First Muay Thai Class

    What to Expect in Your First Muay Thai Class

    For a lot of people walking into an MMA gym can be intimidating, you see a bunch of sweaty guys trying to either strangle each other or punch each other in the face. It is alot for anyone to take in trust me, I've been there. But fear not, I’m here to prepare you for your first Muay Thai class. What is Muay Thai? If you think Muay Thai is a fruity drink you have on the beach in Hawaii, don’t worry you’re not alone. This is a very common question and understandably so. Muay Thai or 'Thai boxing', is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is also known as the "art of eight limbs" since it ....

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  • 7 Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

    7 Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


    HIIT is a broad term for workouts that involve short periods of intense exercise alternated with recovery periods.
    One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximal health benefits in minimal time. What Is H.I.I.T? HIIT or High Involves short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise Not only does HIIT provide the benefits of longer-duration exercise in a much shorter amount of time — it may also provide some unique health benefits
    1. HIIT Can Burn a Lot of Calories in a Short Amount of Time
    The researchers found that HIIT burned 25–30% ....

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  • What to Expect in Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class

    What to Expect in Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class

    For a lot of people walking into an MMA gym can be intimidating, you see a bunch of sweaty guys trying to either strangle each other or punch each other in the face. It is alot for anyone to take in trust me, I've been there. But fear not, I’m here to prepare you for your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class (we’ll tackle the Muay Thai aspect next week). History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Jiu Jitsu found its origins in Japan. It was used by Japanese soldiers as a last line of defense in battle. From there it shifted from the battlefield to more self-defense-based. In 1882, with this focus, Jigoro Kano founded his martial arts school, Kodokan. This school of thought and ....

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  • The Benefits of Strength Training Part II

    The Benefits of Strength Training Part II

    Last week we started the discussion on the benefits of strength training. Part I of this blog covered bone remodeling and the positive effects on potentially life threatening metabolic conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. This week we are diving a little deeper into the subject, strength training can also be super beneficial for inflammation and not only improve your quality of life, but also increase your life expectancy. Strength can be a potent antidote to inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and other conditions. Studies have linked the addition of regular weight training workouts with inflammation-quelling shifts in the body. Compared to those who ....

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  • The Benefits of Strength Training Part I

    The Benefits of Strength Training Part I

    For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to discard those antiquated notions of what resistance training can do for your physique and health. Modern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether that weight is a light dumbbell or your own body—may be the best course of action for those fighting Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and other life altering/threatening conditions. Through a process known as bone remodeling , strength training stimulates the development of bone osteoblasts, creating the cells that build bones back up. While you can achieve ....

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  • How Martial Arts Benefits Kids Beyond Traditional Sports

    How Martial Arts Benefits Kids Beyond Traditional Sports

    Every parent knows that kids need plenty of physical activity in order to be healthy and establish good habits that will last a lifetime. There are of course traditional team sports like baseball, football, and soccer, while those have their merits, martial arts offer so many other benefits that these sports cannot. Unleashing The Inner Superhero: First off martial arts are cool. It won’t take much to convince your child to at least give it a try, just have them watch any action movie and they’ll be ready to go! From Bruce Lee to Power Rangers to Marvel movies one thing that stands the test of time is that martial arts are really cool. Growing up is hard and kids ....

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  • Member Dossier - Kids class interview

    As an instructor I do not get many chances to get direct feedback from students without pulling them off to the side during a class. I decided instead to interview my students to see how well they
    felt they were progressing. Below is a short interview from my student A.S Did you want to try Martial Arts before your parents suggested it? If so why?
    -no, because I did not know about it. I tried gymnastics and soccer because I liked being active. I stopped doing soccer and tried jiu jitsu then decided just to do jiu jitsu. I quit gymnastics because the coaches where bad. What where your first impressions of Jiu Jitsu Class?
    -I thought it was amazing, I thought I would have a lot of ....

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  • My Approach to Mindfulness in Martial Arts

    “If I can teach my students only one thing it is that the best way to prevent a fight is to avoid one. Jiu Jitsu not only prepares students for how to deal with danger physically, it also teaches them how to curb intense emotions and exercise mindfulness in difficult situations. I have had students who demonstrated difficulties with social-emotional situations outside of Jiu Jitsu practice who have become leaders in class because of their Jiu Jitsu training. While many traditional martial arts show specific blocks and strikes, Jiu Jitsu shows a system of controlled grappling that stops an opponent without the need to hit them. This method teaches students how to extinguish a ....

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