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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - 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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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Dealing with negative people is just like fighting in martial arts.

    Dealing with negative people is just like fighting in martial arts.

    There are many tools in your arsenal.
    Throughout our lives, at one time or another, we all practice these four methods of dealing with negative energy. Everyone has been hit (had our feelings hurt, become defensive and upset). We have all blocked (were successful in taking a stand and defending it through hell or high water). We have all avoided conversations and issues by putting them off for another day or letting them pass altogether. And everyone has taken control of the situation, by looking for the most constructive outcome, or dealing with a problem and remaining in control. The truth is, we all need more than one defense in our arsenal. It is important to develop ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - A deeper purpose for sparring.

    A deeper purpose for sparring.

    William had practiced martial arts from the time he was eight years old. Now, at twenty-eight, he was approaching his 21st year in martial arts. He was a skinny young kid when he began, now, as a young man, he was completely filled out, strong and fast. He remembered his excitement when he first entered the school and how, later, his mother and his instructor had to encourage him to stick it out when he had wanted to quit. He remembered achieving his first, second and third-degree black belt. Now, as tournament season was coming to an end, he was preparing for his fourth-degree belt. William was in The best shape of his life. He had collected 30 trophies this year, more than in any year ....

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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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