MMA

Finding the Right Mix at a New Gym
Finding the Right Mix at a New Gym
20 Jun
MMA Blog

Finding a new gym is always difficult, especially if you’ve recently moved to a new city and you don’t have a lot of connections in the area. As Shane Fazen of FIGHTTIPS and Vince “The Anomaly” Cachero explain in the below video, just about all of the things that anyone is really looking for in a new gym boil down to feeling comfortable, being challenged, and finding a group of people who will make you better. For younger fighters, you may also want to find an established fighter willing to take you under their wing.

Building Resilience: The Importance of Conditioning in Mixed Martial Arts Training
Building Resilience: The Importance of Conditioning in Mixed Martial Arts Training
21 Jun
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Conditioning is absolutely vital for any involved in combat sports. Whether you’re playing high school hockey or training to become a professional MMA fighter, conditioning needs to be the backbone of your game if you ever plan to have the endurance to be a serious athlete and competitor. 

MMA Concepts: Learning a skill is a practice in compounding
MMA Concepts: Learning a skill is a practice in compounding
07 Jun
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Learning a skill takes time. To become a world-class musician, you need to dedicate hours to running scales and improving your finger dexterity. To become fluent in another language, you need to really live in a culture where the language is spoken for months or even years. In Japan, even the art of making buckwheat soba noodles requires years of practice before one can consider themselves an expert.

The Best Martial Art for Real World Application?
The Best Martial Art for Real World Application?
24 May
MMA Blog

Self-defense is the most common reason that people learn martial arts. While there are other benefits, like getting in shape, increasing flexibility, losing weight, and building confidence, the majority of people who walk through the doors of a martial arts gym for the first time are there to learn how to better defend themselves. For those who are just beginning to learn about martial arts, one question that repeatedly comes up is: Which martial art is the best in a real-world altercation?

Unleashing the Warrior Within: The Physical and Mental Benefits of MMA Training
Unleashing the Warrior Within: The Physical and Mental Benefits of MMA Training
21 Feb
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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport that has gained widespread popularity in recent years. MMA involves the use of various techniques and disciplines, such as boxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. While MMA is often associated with violent and aggressive behavior, it offers a range of physical and mental benefits that can positively impact a person's overall health and wellbeing. 

Is Grappling for MMA Different?
Is Grappling for MMA Different?
17 Jan
MMA Blog

Grappling is not the most glamorous form of combat. When you imagine the hero in an action movie fighting the villain’s top henchman, they’re usually landing uppercuts and roundhouse kicks or throwing each other through walls and windows. These fights also tend to end with a picturesque right hook. 

MMA Concepts: How to apply the 10,000 Hours Rule to Training
MMA Concepts: How to apply the 10,000 Hours Rule to Training
23 Dec
MMA Blog

Mastery takes time. Whether you’re learning how to cook, how to play an instrument, or how to defend yourself with jiu-jitsu, you need to put in the hours if you want to become an expert. This is because learning a new skill that requires activity of both body and mind requires at least three types of knowledge. The Ancient Greeks specified them as episteme (theoretical knowledge), praxis (practical knowledge), and phronesis (practical wisdom).

The Psychology of a Fight: Dominance vs Confidence
The Psychology of a Fight: Dominance vs Confidence
17 Nov
MMA Blog

When people start learning jiu-jitsu, they tend to be the most interested in submissions. After all, the easiest way to defend yourself is to quickly neutralize your opponent by putting them into a hold that ends the fight. In some cases, fighters are interested in getting an opponent to tap not only to end a fight, but to demonstrate dominance. 

Condition the Body to Lessen Injuries
Condition the Body to Lessen Injuries
04 Nov
MMA Blog

When you begin training jiu-jitsu or any mixed martial arts, you will get sore. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to class just to learn the basics of self-defense or planning to become a professional fighter. The good news is that conditioning creates results, and you will undoubtedly notice that you have more strength and endurance. What you may not notice is that conditioning can make you less susceptible to injury.

MMA techniques: Universal Take-Downs
MMA techniques: Universal Take-Downs
21 Oct
MMA Blog

Takedown moves are crucial in a fight scenario. On the one hand, taking the fight to the ground reduces the amount of damage that strikes can do. It by no mean eliminates the threat of strikes, but a person who is standing can generate a lot more power in a punch or a kick than a person who is on the ground.

MMA Concepts: Training for Skill NOT to WIN
MMA Concepts: Training for Skill NOT to WIN
14 Oct
MMA Blog

Training is integral to becoming good at jiu-jitsu. It’s the same as learning a language, an instrument, or any technical skill, and it doesn’t matter if your ultimate goal is to have the skills to win a street fight or to dominate in a mixed-martial arts tournament. Learning jiu-jitsu takes time, effort, and repetition. There are no shortcuts to mastery.

MMA Concepts: The complete fighter
MMA Concepts: The complete fighter
07 Oct
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Within the world of mixed martial arts, most fighters and commentors agree that jiu-jitsu is the best ground fighting technique, especially in a street fight. If you have a solid background in jiu-jitsu, and your opponent does not, they are going to struggle to control the pace of the fight or mount an effective attack if the fight goes to the ground.

MMA: Mixed Martial Arts or Gym Membership?
MMA: Mixed Martial Arts or Gym Membership?
30 Sep
MMA Blog

At its core, jiu-jitsu is about efficiency in technique and energy conservation. Rather than trying to simply overpower an opponent, jiu-jitsu fighters typically use as little energy as possible and only strike when they know they can subdue their opponent. In some cases, having the patience to make a move can be a test in endurance as one methodically erodes an opponent’s stamina and waits for them to make a mistake. For people who do not have the advantage of size or strength, jiu-jitsu gives them the tools to level the playing field.

MMA Training Program: Building A Complete Fighter
MMA Training Program: Building A Complete Fighter
19 Sep
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Within the world of mixed martial arts, most fighters and commentors agree that jiu-jitsu is the best ground fighting technique, especially in a street fight. If you have a solid background in jiu-jitsu, and your opponent does not, they are going to struggle to control the pace of the fight or mount an effective attack if the fight goes to the ground.

Synergy
Synergy
24 Jun
MMA Blog

Not everyone comes to jiu-jitsu class simply to defend themselves or to get in shape. Many people hope to train to become a world-class fighter who can compete professionally. In some cases, this may involve training for sport jiu-jitsu tournaments. In other cases, fighters may want to focus on learning jiu-jitsu to become better mixed martial arts (or MMA) fighters.