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  • The Armbar: Why You Need to Master this Ancient Armlock

    The armbar is one of the most ancient and powerful submissions known to man. Dating back thousands of years, this arm lock variation is one of the most used in the UFC and has a high submission success rate. Also known as a cross armlock in Judo or ude hishigi gatame in Japanese, it is a fundamental technique for any grappler to learn and will often be taught in the first few weeks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes. However, the armbar is not exclusive to BJJ; it is part of a long history of grappling and submission that dates back to the Stone Ages. Armbar History: Grappling sports trace back to at least the Upper Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) era, around 15000 BC. There ....

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  • Top Muay Thai Fighters to Follow on Instagram

    Over a billion people use Instagram every month, with over 500 million active users daily. Social media regularly comes under fire for the negative mental health impact on its users. For this reason, it is not only crucial to unfollow any accounts that negatively affect your life, but it is also essential to follow those accounts that motivate you, create value and offer knowledge. As a Thai boxer, Instagram is a great way to stay connected to your favorite fighters. However, not all fighters produce good content. The best accounts offer stories, tutorials, and insight into the life of a professional fighter. They should not only improve your feed but offer inspiration, and most ....

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  • The Armbar: An Ancient Armlock

    The armbar is one of the most ancient and powerful submissions known to man. Dating back thousands of years, this arm lock variation is one of the most used in the UFC and has a high submission success rate. Also known as a cross armlock in Judo or ude hishigi gatame in Japanese, it is a fundamental technique for any grappler to learn and will often be taught in the first few weeks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes. However, the armbar is not exclusive to BJJ; it is part of a long history of grappling and submission that dates back to the Stone Ages. Armbar History: Grappling sports can be traced back to the Upper Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) era, around 15000 BC. There ....

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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Pad Holding

    Pad holding is an art in itself. It’s a skill that requires confidence, speed, spatial awareness, and strong communication skills. It’s an essential component in the repertoire of a Martial Artist and many sports incorporate them as an indispensable part of the curriculum. Types of pads will vary from sport to sport. Thaiboxing uses Thai pads: rectangle-shaped pads a little longer than the forearm that is thick enough to absorb powerful kicks to the body. They are also used to catch punches. Boxing has much smaller pads, called focus mitts. They vary in shape and hardness but are often round and small to encourage and improve accuracy. Taekwondo pads ....

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  • Top Ten Women in BJJ

    Michelle Nicolini Hailing from Brazil, Michelle Nicolini is an 8 x BJJ Black Belt World Champion and 3 x European Champion, Pan American Champion, and Brazilian National Champion. The list goes on; Michelle is considered one of the most prolific and decorated BJJ grapplers of all time. She began her martial arts journey with Capoeira, aged 14. At 17, she turned to BJJ, earning her black belt in just six years. She became the first female to win gold at black belt level in gi and no-gi at all four major BJJ Championships. She also placed second for most IBJJF world championship titles, sitting only behind Beatriz Mesquita. She retired from BJJ competitions in 2016 to focus on ....

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  • Top 10 Stress Busting Benefits of Kickboxing

    Kickboxing is a total body martial arts workout that involves both punching and kicking. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to exercise and offers many positive benefits to students. One of the most impactful aspects of the sport is its ability to reduce stress and its accompanying factors. Stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Common symptoms include muscle tension, mental health issues, feelings of overwhelm, and a lack of ability to focus. Kickboxing is a fun way to help alleviate and reduce stress in those who are struggling. Here are our top ten reasons to train kickboxing as a form of stress relief. Promotes ....

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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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