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  • My journey to black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    My journey to black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    This post is about my journey from white belt to earning the
    coveted
    black belt in
    Brazilian
    Jiu-Jitsu "BJJ". However, in order to tell the story properly, Ill have to give you some background on my previous experience.
    By the time I started BJJ in the summer of 2008, I had already been practicing martial arts of various styles and systems for well over 20 years. I had already earned multiple black belts in other arts based on striking and weapons techniques. As a martial artists I always looked at the wholes in a
    particular
    style and tried to fill it with another one that would put a check in that box so to speak.
    I had wanted to
    study
    a grappling art for many years ....

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  • Martial Arts "Titles", what do they mean?

    Martial Arts "Titles", what do they mean?

    There are many titles of honor in the martial arts. These titles are given and earnedabove and beyond earning the covetedrank of black belt. In other words, just because you earn a black belt, does not mean you have earned the right to call yourself a Sensei or master. Each martial art depending on national origin(Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, Brazil or Philippines)have different but similar meanings to their martial arts titles. The most commonly used tern that most people have heard is the Japanese term Sensei. The equivalent in Thailand for Muay Thai is Kru. Sabumnim in Taekwondo and other Korean arts. Guro in the Philippine martial arts. Sifu in Chinese styles and many Brazilian ....

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  • Most Americans have got it all wrong... When it comes to wins and loses.

    Most Americans have got it all wrong... When it comes to wins and loses.

    This topic is talked about all the time in the fight game among fight fans, fighters and coaches alike. Most Americans , and most of the world outside of a few select countries put an incredible amount of emphasis on wins and losses. Most fighters are revered when they have a undefeated record. Then, the moment that they lose... "They all the sudden SUCK". This is crazy!! Wins and losses are going to come. If a fighter takes a lose, many in the public (most who don't fight or coach fighters) all of the sudden get belligerent about a fighters career. Way to much weight is placed on wins and losses. In Thailand for example, they rarely if ever ask what a fighters win/lose record is. Instead, ....

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  • How I keep my passion for Martial Arts after over 38 years!! (For my instructor friends)

    How I keep my passion for Martial Arts after over 38 years!! (For my instructor friends)

    I often get asked the question, "How do you stay motivated about training in Martial Arts after so many years (over 38) in training? " The answer is a bit complicated but I will try to break it down as best I can for you. There are many things that I do to stay motivated or to re-motivate myself. Let me first start off by saying that it is only human to go through your "Peaks and Valleys" in your training. Everyone goes through times when they don't want to train. Myself included. However, over the years I have developed a few ways to pump myself back up! 1st. Don't fuel the fire! What I mean is, don't even acknowledge the slump. Just "Keep going". While this seams very simple, ....

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  • Custom American Top Team Tracy Hoodies.... going...going.....GONE!!!!

    Custom American Top Team Tracy Hoodies.... going...going.....GONE!!!!

    Well over 100 of the most amazing custom Hoodies are almost gone! If you didn't pull the trigger of one of these plush hoodies made exclusively for ATT-Tracy by Blackout fight gear, you are missing out. We still have a VERY limited number left in our pro shop if you would like one. The hoodies feature a heavy blended cotton to ensure minimal shrinkage. They have have a double layered insulated drawstring hood with a special red insert to help block out the cold. The design is awesome and have been meet with rave reviews from EVERYONE who purchased one. If you are interested , please see Ms. Santos or Ms. Nichole at the front desk. What we have left is what we can get for the rest of this ....

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  • To Treat or Not to Treat? How to Best Deal With Martial Arts Injuries

    To Treat or Not to Treat? How to Best Deal With Martial Arts Injuries

    To Treat or Not to Treat? How to Best Deal With Martial Arts Injuries An injury can be a major setback for a martial artist, not only physically but also psychologically. Pain may put a temporary hold on practice, which can lead to isolation, depression, and discouragement. On the other hand, it can be tempting to avoid seeking treatment due to the fear that you’ll be told to stop training, which could lead to further injury. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about how to respond to a frustrating injury and hope the tips I’ve picked up along the way can encourage those martial artists who are contemplating whether or not to seek treatment for pain.* Three months ....

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  • Is your schools lineage real? Is lineage important?

    Is your schools lineage real? Is lineage important?

    Lineage is another hot button topic within the martial arts community. Some say that who you come from is of the utmost importance and others could care less. But why are there so may different opinions on this topic and why dose the very mention of it often enrage others? First lets try to get a basic understanding of what "Martial Arts Lineage" is and is not. Your martial arts lineage is the direct line of instructors and teachers from who the knowledge that you are studying has flowed through. Consider it similar to a NFL football teams coaching tree. Where did the knowledge come from and was it from a reputable and winning source? Lineage is a way to track if what you are learning is ....

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  • The psychology behind losing your motivation.

    The psychology behind losing your motivation.

    Losing interest in your Martial arts training will happen to everyone at some point. There are various reasons why this can happen. However, changing your perspective a little can be all it takes to rekindle your love of Your art and keep you training. Losing your Martial arts mojo has happened to most students at some point. Perhaps you’ve been training hard for months. You’re fit and you’re in great shape. But suddenly training becomes more of a task than a fun time. How come, when you feeling at the top of your game, your feelings can suddenly change? Sometimes the novelty of the training wears off. Other times an injury or a bad experience forces you to have time ....

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