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  • Top 5 Deadliest Martial Arts

    Debates over the deadliest martial arts have existed for decades, if not centuries, and it’s hard to declare a definitive answer. One reason for this is our current understanding of what martial arts are and the deviation many have taken from their original forms to be accessible to the masses. ‘Martial arts,’ ‘combat sports,’ and ‘systems of self-defense’ can be used interchangeably but, unfortunately, dismiss the subtle differences that separate them. In the most real sense of the word, martial arts are systems of combat that were and are used in warfare to subdue, disarm, maim, or kill an opponent as quickly and effectively as possible. ....

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  • How to Beat Pre-Fight Jitters like the Champs

    Although rarely spoken about, most fighters, including elite-level fighters, encounter pre-fight nerves. The most significant difference between an amateur and a professional (besides experience, of course) is how they deal with it. Feelings of self-doubt, fear, anxiety, and nervousness are expected, especially in high-pressure situations, such as competitive sports. They exist as a survival mechanism to anticipate and protect us from harm. Our brains will always seek comfort and safety, but ultimately, we must take control in these situations. Combat sports are tricky because we know we are going into a more dangerous situation than an interview or aptitude test, for example. ....

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  • How to Master the Spinning Baseball Bat Choke

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective grappling martial arts and MMA’s most successful styles. The UFC wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of Hall of Famer Royce Gracie, one of the most influential figures in MMA history. BJJ is a grappling system based on takedowns, submissions, and ground fighting. Whilecertain ground positions and takedowns do score heavily in MMA and can contribute to a win, submission is the only way to ensure success. There are many submissions possible, but the most frequently used are armbars, locks (compression, joint, leg, wrist, etc.), and chokeholds. Chokeholds, also known as strangleholds, restrict air ....

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  • Sparring Survival Guide for Beginners

    Sparring is an essential part of the learning process and without it, you are only exposed to a fraction of your chosen discipline. It is the glue that binds all other areas of your training together. In Thailand, fighters devote daily hours to “play”, a form of light sparring that allows them to try new things, have their weaknesses exposed and problem solve. By the time they’re in a fight, they’ve already encountered the numerous issues that can arise and have practiced how to overcome or counter them. It’s a form of troubleshooting if you will. Whether or not you ever intend to fight, sparring really does multiply your efforts and your skills ....

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  • Top 3 Reasons to Start BJJ Today

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling based martial art that involves ground fighting and submission holds. It is both a system of self-defense and a combat sport. Although founded in Brazil, it has its roots in the Japanese art of Judo. As the popularity of martial arts has increased and MMA moves to the forefront of sports coverage, BJJ has become a widespread choice for learning a new skill. There are plenty of reasons to try BJJ, but what are some of the benefits of taking up the sport? Physiological Improvements Just 30 minutes of rolling can burn up to 500 calories. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu works every muscle in your body, challenging the cardiovascular system, building ....

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  • Muay Thai Origins

    From the battleground to the ring, Muay Thai is an ancient martial art that spans thousands of years, refined by history, culture, and tradition. Scholars disagree on the exact origin of Thailand’s national sport, but one thing is for sure, you can’t tell the whole story without looking at the country’s warring past. Origin Story: Under the constant threat of conflict, the first Thai army was built in the 13th century to protect Siam (now Thailand) from neighboring tribes and kingdoms. While there is physical evidence to support this, the subsequent invasion and looting of Ayutthaya, the Siamese capital at the time, by the Burmese in the 14th century decimated ....

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  • Devastate your Opponent by Mastering the Arm Triangle Choke

    The ‘arm-triangle choke’ is a core submission of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that is simple to learn but incredibly effective and powerful. This technique is taught to white belts early on in their training but can take a long time to fully grasp all setups and variations. However, this choke carries a high submission rate and incredible versatility, so it is one to master, no matter how long it takes. All arm-triangle chokes are blood chokes. They inhibit or stop blood flow between the heart and the brain, otherwise known as a stranglehold. Blood chokes are not precisely the same as chokeholds, and the latter prevents oxygen flow to the brain, but not necessarily blood ....

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  • Level Up Your Clinch Game

    The clinch is a unique skill set belonging to muay Thai, that helps differentiate it from other striking sports, like kickboxing. It is most easily described as a form of stand-up wrestling. The clinch is a very technical and strategic area of Thai boxing that includes the use of elbows, knees, sweeps, and throws. Although not always the case, in Thailand, it is usually weighed heavily in fights, and performance in this area can be the difference between winning and losing. The clinch only occurs at close range. This range is too close for punches or kicks. Both fighters hold one another, using their arms to control their opponent and create openings for point-scoring. Often chest ....

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  • The Differences Between a Blue Belt and a Purple Belt

    The martial arts belting system can be traced back to Kano Jigoro, the founder of Judo. The belts, or obi as they were known in Japan, were thicker back then and only consisted of two colors: black and white. His student, Mitsuyo (later Otavio) Maeda, traveled to Brazil in 1914 and played a fundamental role in what is now modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The judoka trained Carlos Gracie as a teen, teaching him the sport and his philosophies surrounding the nature of combat, which was later vastly significant to the crafting of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the modern system we know today. The addition of other colors to the belting system cannot be traced entirely successfully, but the Jiu-Jitsu ....

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  • Everything You Need to Know About the Rear Naked Choke

    The rear-naked choke (RNC) is one of the most dominant techniques in submission grappling. A fundamental of BJJ, it is widely considered to be one of the most effective chokeholds ever. Its increasing fame is mainly due to it being the single most common submission used in the UFC, finishing twice as many opponents as the guillotine, which is the second most used. Although renowned as a staple of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is taught and practiced across all grappling arts. History: The exact origins of the RNC are notoriously difficult to trace. Despite its Portuguese moniker ‘Mata Leao’ (Lion killer), it is believed the technique was developed outside of Brazil. It is ....

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