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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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  • How to Choose the Right Martial Arts Gym

    Whether you are a beginner or a professional, choosing the right martial arts academy for you is a significant decision, and there are many aspects to consider when doing so. This can be a fascinating experience, but we want to help you streamline the process to have assurance and peace of mind when you make your final selection with so many options out there. Here are our top 5 tips to help you make an informed decision: Professional Team Excellent customer service should be essential for you. How the gym or academy treats both potential customers and students says a lot about their overall operation. It should be easy to inquire about information or offerings, sign up for ....

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  • How to Choose the Best Martial Art for You

    Martial arts include both ancient and modern systems of striking and grappling that were initially created for self-defense and combat purposes. However, some arts focus more on meditative qualities, which aid the practitioner in mental and spiritual development. The benefits of training include increased cardiovascular health, strength and muscle tone, better flexibility and balance, and sharper coordination and reflexes. Mentally, many positive influences include reducing anxiety and depression symptoms and improving concentration, confidence, and overall feelings of well-being. If you are contemplating taking up a martial art, there are a few things to consider before making ....

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  • The Best Elbow Wars and KO’s in MMA and Muay Thai

    The elbow strike is one of the most effective and practical weapons from a self-defense perspective. For this reason, it is used in martial arts like Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Lethwei. However, not all martial arts agree on the effectiveness of the elbows, at least from a sporting perspective. In fact, they are banned in many combat sports, including Taekwondo. Elbow strikes can be devastating, and depending on the angle used, they can cut as well as bludgeon the opponent. Some elbows are illegal in competition regardless of the sport. The 12-6 elbow (an elbow that moves from a straight-up to a straight down position) is banned in both the UFC and One Championship rulesets. Elbows ....

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  • Boost Your BJJ Performance Naturally with Testosterone

    Boosting T levels is a topic that arises for most athletes due to the host of benefits that come with higher testosterone levels. This is especially so for men over 30 who may start to notice the effects of declining T levels. For those who practice BJJ, a sport that requires a lot of physical strength and energy, it is a reasonable concern as elevated levels result in increased sports performance. Testosterone is a male sex hormone and anabolic steroid found in humans and some animals. Also known as an androgen, testosterone is responsible for the development and maintenance of male characteristics. It’s what makes a man a man, biologically speaking. It also plays an ....

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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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