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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - This post will probably upset some martial artists.....I'm not sorry.

    This post will probably upset some martial artists.....I'm not sorry.

    This post will probably upset a lot of Martial Artist. I’m not sorry. Within the Martial Arts community there are many types of people. Some have morals and are stand up kind of people and others.......well, not quite so much. You would think that in a profession where character traits such as honor, integrity, courtesy, perseverance, and an unbreakable spirit are held in such high regard, that you wouldn’t see such Fly-by-night type of people. In my 35 years of training, I have met, trained and associated with some of the highest quality people on the planet. However, on the flip-side, I have also met, tried to stay away from and been unsuccessful at some point in meeting ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Find stillness within motion

    Find stillness within motion

    Find stillness within motion Say you’re practicing with another student - your sparring with them and you miss a block. You get hit. Your natural reaction is to tense up. The body has been injured, or at least assaulted. Maybe a little fear kicks in, and your mind starts jumping around – “oh man, I missed that one. Geez, that was fast. What’s he going to throw next? Quick, hit him.” As you start to think and you start to anticipate, your body and mind becomes less and less relaxed. If you recognize that you’ve lost focus, you then start to get angry at yourself. More distracting thoughts. Each thought infuses the body with a little more tension, a ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Peaks , Valleys and Plateaus

    Peaks , Valleys and Plateaus

    This too shall pass By now you know that practice is a process to be experienced, not a result to be achieved. It’s a journey, not a destination. Sometimes though, it feels a lot like a roller coaster. You always seem to be hitting peaks and falling into valleys. Some days, you feel great about your practice. You feel strong, powerful, flexible, focused. Your cardio is good in your technique is crisp and clean. You can’t get enough of these days. Other times, you feel overwhelmed, sloppy, distracted. You keep looking up at the clock. You wonder if you’re ever going to get any better at this. Sometimes these peaks and valleys last for a while - weeks, maybe months. ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The ego is what causes  you to feel superior. To study martial arts is to battle with the ego.

    The ego is what causes you to feel superior. To study martial arts is to battle with the ego.

    John was is his 30's and had practiced martial arts for many years. He had practiced 2 or 3
    different styles and was quickly becoming bored with his present practice. Believing that he had gotten all he could from his present style and teacher, he started to look again for another "Better" school. His search led him to a school on the outskirts of town. John thought that he had visited every school in the city at least once, but somehow he had missed this one. John walked into the school with the intention of interviewing the master. He had prepared a lengthy list of questions. This was the same list he used to confront all of his previous instructors, as well as many other that did not ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - What is "Kiai"

    What is "Kiai"

    WHAT DOES KIAI MEAN? In many martial arts there is this concept widely practiced but barely explained. I’m talking about KIAI. Most people think is just a yell. But KIAI is more than that. I mean to the general public, people yelling at the dojo looks a little silly and how many times have we lost our voices because we yelled too much during class? For some KIAI, is a yell when executing a technique or strike, other wise known as a martial shout. Although some do yell when executing techniques with high energy, KIAI goes beyond a loud yell. Composed by the kanji of KI (energy), and AI (unification), KIAI can literally be translated as the harmonization of Ki energy ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The most important person on the mats, your training partner.

    The most important person on the mats, your training partner.

    In a world where "its all about me" as so many people think; the concept of "Uke" is hard to understand. In Japanese, the term Uke refers to a blocking technique in most martial arts. However, the term also can be translated as to "receive". Children especially struggle with this concept and must be guided to understand the deeper meaning. Many adults also struggle with it as well. To receive is to take the brunt of the impact while training in order to help the situation in the future. A senior student should always have their junior student training partner in mind. many Martial Artist only think of their own training and never what impact they may have on the next generation. For ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part 8 in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. MUAY THAI

    Part 8 in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. MUAY THAI

    We have made it to the 2010's and up to today. Hands down, the next Martial Art on our list is the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai or "Thai Boxing"! Muay Thai has slowly been gaining popularity around the world for the last fifteen to twenty years. However, it has been the success of high level MMA fighters in the UFC who have helped demonstrate the effectiveness of the art. Muay Thai is both a combat sport and a Martial Art. Kickboxing, often confused as Muay Thai is very different. Muay Thai is called the "Art of the eight limbs", due to its use of two hands, two elbows, two knees and two feet (actually shins are used to kick, not the feet). The Thai style also utilizes a wide range ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part 7 in the series on The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today.

    Part 7 in the series on The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today.

    Part Seven (7) The art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is first and foremost a grappling or ground fighting art. Today it is one of the main pillars of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA. It is best known for its ability to control a opponent on the ground and allow its practitioners to "submit or Tap Out" their adversary with the implementation of chokes, and joint locks. The original style was developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie in Rio about 1925 after they were taught Judo (see earlier post on Judo). Carlos took the Japanese Judo style and began to make modifications to it and his younger brother Helio then took the teachings and further modified the system into what we see ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - part six in our series on the Martial Arts that changed the way we train today.

    part six in our series on the Martial Arts that changed the way we train today.

    We are now up to the 1990's. If you missed any of our previous blogs on the Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today, you can go back at read them on our web site. on November 11th 1993 the Martial Arts world changed forever. On that date the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was held at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver CO. Prior to that, there was a never ending argument between Martial Artists of all styles as to what Martial Arts would beat the other. Who would win between a boxer or a karate guy, or a wrestler vs a Kung Fu fighter etc? The controversial event featured a mix of many different martial disciplines such as Karate, Kenpo, Kung Fu and one of the game ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part five in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today . The mid to late 1980's.

    Part five in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today . The mid to late 1980's.

    While the "Ninja Boom" lasted well into the 1980's and early 90's, another Martial Art began to really take hole around the world. The Korean Martial Art know as Taekwondo was it. Even today in late 2018 Taekwondo is still the most widespread and most practiced Martial Art on the planet. While the roots of Taewkondo may stretch back centuries, the modern Martial Art has only existed in its current form since the end of the Korean war. Master Jhoon Rhee was the first Taekwondo teacher to immigrate to the United States and is considered the "father of Taekwondo" in America. Why did Taekwondo explode on to the Martial Arts landscape? Simply one word, KICKS! Taekwondo is clearly the most ....

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