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  • 5 Ways Martial Arts Boost Mental Health

    Mental Illness will affect almost half of all adults in the USA at some point in their lifetime. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. Despite the alarming numbers, less than half of those suffering receive formal treatment, but there are methods to improve the situation regardless of whether you choose to have treatment or not. Exercise as a whole, and martial arts, in particular, can help to reduce symptoms of mental illness while increasing feelings of wellbeing. Here are seven ways martial arts can help with mental wellness. Exercise Releases ‘Happy’ Endorphins Exercise ....

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  • Top 3 Secrets to Motivational Success

    To achieve anything, one requires motivation. We must desire an outcome to move intentionally towards it. Motivation is a potent emotion. It can make you feel like you have boundless energy along with a burning hunger to achieve something. Indeed, it can make us feel unstoppable. Often this sentiment drives our actions, emboldens our choices, and strengthens our resolve when challenges inevitably crop up. Motivation is the spur that we all need to help us struggle and strive towards progress. However, motivation is not an infinite resource. Like fire, it requires replenishment to keep the embers burning. This is why it can be challenging to get back into the gym after a long break ....

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  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Fight Stance

    Every martial art has a primary stance that each student must master before any real progression can begin. Having the correct stance can improve power, speed, and defense. Ignoring its importance can mean slow defense and movement and make you more likely to become off-balanced, whether from a strike, sweep, or takedown. The stance is the basis of all movements. It is the foundation that will be tested, undeniably, during a fight. TIt creates a kinetic chain that allows you to produce force, attack, or defend smoothly and, ultimately, ensures that your whole body mass is behind a strike. It’s a common misconception that we punch from the shoulders, for example, when in ....

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  • The Top 3 Injuries in BJJ and How to Avoid Them

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to thrive as a combat sport and self-defense system. Roughly translating to ‘the gentle art’, it is one of the least dangerous of the grappling arts in terms of injuries, compared to judo or wrestling, or MMA. Despite this, practitioners train rigorously and injuries are often a part of participating in a contact sport, however, with caution, this can largely be avoided. Injuries in BJJ are far more likely to occur in training than they are in competition. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance to find a gym that is appropriate for you and your needs. Things like partner suitability, and sparring intensity will all need to be ....

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  • Gi vs. No-Gi BJJ: Everything You Need to Know Before Switching Styles

    The gi is synonymous with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), among other martial arts. Most commonly seen in white or blue, the uniform is one of the first things you will receive upon joining a dojo. To receive your gi and belt is a form of initiation and is regarded with great respect and honor. Purists and traditionalists believe gi BJJ is the best place to build your foundation. Still, a new wave of practitioners thinks the opposite, especially if you are interested in competing in MMA. Knowing where to start or when and how to transition can be difficult decisions. Luckily, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about both styles and how to transition from gi to no-gi BJJ. ....

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  • 7 Benefits of Martial Arts for Women

    There are countless benefits to adding martial arts to your life that improve both the mental and physical. Although female fighters have been blazing their way through the scene for almost as long as men they have come under the spotlight in the last decade. Some of the UFC’s most exciting fights have been women. An ever-increasing number of young ladies are flocking to gyms to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, kickboxing, and karate, to name a few. Here are some of the top benefits female martial arts students experience: An Increase in Physical Fitness Every martial art can boast of being a challenging full-body workout. Both striking and grappling-based ....

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  • Beginning Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu

    A Comprehensive Short Guide to Starting BJJ As the popularity of martial arts has increased and MMA moves to the forefront of sports coverage, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has become a widespread choice for learning a new skill. Whether this will be your first martial art, or you are an experienced fighter, it can be challenging to find everything you need to know compiled in one place. We want to make your decision as easy as possible, so we’ve created this guide to answer all your questions if you are considering starting BJJ. What is BJJ? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art that involves ground fighting and submission holds. It is both a ....

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  • Transform Your Child Through Martial Arts

    Our Top 5 Reasons to Enroll Kids in Martial Arts Classes The benefits of martial arts have been known for centuries. From stress management and increased self-control to improved physical and mental wellbeing, martial arts have offered participants a wide range of positive effects. This, coupled with the rise in popularity across multiple disciplines, has drawn students from all age groups, including youths. There are physical, social, emotional, and intellectual changes throughout the three main stages of child development (childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence). Martial arts training nurtures all of these areas and is an excellent supplement to other forms of mental and ....

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  • Think It’s Too Late to Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

    3 Studies That Prove BJJ is Suitable For All Ages Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art created by the Gracie family of Brazil. It is rooted in Judo, a discipline that hails from Japan, but was adapted by Carlos Gracie and his brothers beginning in 1917. Differing from Judo, most of the techniques happen on the ground; it is considered a grappling combat sport and a martial art. The sport boasts a host of positive health benefits from increased cardiovascular strength to improved mental wellbeing. Students also claim better self-control, concentration and discipline. It’s clear to see how effective and suitable BJJ is for kids and young adults, but what about older ....

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  • Lovely RYSE Ladies and the #DontRushChallenge

    View this post on Instagram When Darío posted Pasando Guardia’s #DontRush challenge to us in the group last week we knew we wanted to join in on the trend but with a little different message 🤙 #bjj4life 🤩Featuring RYSE ladies @boydtania @gisselibanezz @muellermakingmuscles @meriword @btate16 @trixy24 & @shan.wick #RYSEup #dontrushchallenge #woodwardmartialarts #woodwardok #bjjwomen #girlsingis #wcw #bjj #bjjlife A post shared by RYSE Academy of Martial Arts (@ryse_mma) on Apr 22, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT ....

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