Category: Knowledge is Power

  • To Gi or not to Gi

      A common question I am asked by beginners is whether they should train gi or nogi.  My answer is always the same…both.  I always tell them that the gi will transfer over and help your nogi game tremendously; however the same cannot be said the other way around. If you ask any high level
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    The Importance of Defense

    “Offense scores points, defense wins championships,” was a common saying a former coach of mine always told my middle school basketball team.  BJJ and MMA are far different then basketball, however the same defensive mentality should apply.  Defense is a big part of any sport.  You can be as good as you want on the
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    Overcoming Training Plateaus

    Definition of a Plateau A period during which the level of something does not change, especially after a period it was increasing. As we all know, sports and martial arts in general are very physically and mentally demanding.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu definitely falls into this category.  During my journey from white belt to black belt I
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    The Benefits of Keeping a Training Journal

    Mixed Martial Arts is an extremely competitive contact sport that requires optimal dedication and practice. Mastering this sport is challenging, because there are so many different skills and disciplines that must be learned. Using a training journal as a way to organize your thoughts and keep track of your skills can be the ideal way
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    Cleanliness and Martial Arts Training

    Cleanliness and Martial Arts Training Personal hygiene is important in every aspect of our lives, from how we feel about ourselves to how we are perceived by others.  It’s obvious that a whiff of body odor can put an abrupt end to any social interaction, but good personal hygiene is about more than just the
  • How To Choose A Mixed Martial Arts Academy

    Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a great way to stay fit and build confidence. However, its increase in popularity has resulted in a plethora of irreparable gyms. Here’s a guide to help you ensure you find a quality gym that’s also a great fit for you. Find An Academy Finding an academy is the first