24 Hours to Mourn

Anyone who knows anything about me, knows that my grandfather played a pretty important role in my life. When he passed away I remember my mother saying that at some point he told her she gets 24 hours to mourn, then get back to it. I don’t know how that conversation came up, I don’t…

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Are You Teaching Your Students to Pass a Test or Survive Violence?

Most martial art systems have some form of ranking in place. Whether it’s belts or levels. In many traditional martial arts you must perform specific katas in precise ways to earn stripes or belts. Most BJJ groups hand out stripes based on attendance, performance in class, results of competitions etc.. Some BJJ gyms actually have…

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July 20th, 2017

7:00am – Awaken Training Back Squat 5,5,4,4,3(32X1) – 120/145/165/185/205 — RNT Split Squat 6 reps (20X1 – 2×35) Strict Pullups 5 reps (31X2) 3 sets — DB Single Leg RDL 6 reps/leg (31X1 – 2x35lb) DB Single Arm Press – Seated 8 reps (31X1 40lb) 3 sets — 20m backwards sled drag (135lb on rubber)…

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Quora: July 16th

You may or may not have heard of Quora. It is a website where people go to ask questions, and others go to answer those questions. You can ask anything you want and tag it into various categories. I’ve been hopping on here every now and again to engage with others. See how people are…

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July 16th, 2017

10:00am – Awaken Day 5 Back Squat (30X0 – 3,3,3,3,3) 185/225/255/265/275 Superset w/ 4 GHD Hip Ext (3111) rest 90s between sets — RNT Back Step Lunges (30X0 – 2x40lb DB – 8 reps each set) Strict Toes 2 Rings (20X1 – 8/6/6) rest 60s 3 rounds — 30s Assault bike rest 1 min 4…

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Real World Experience

We received an e-mail a few days ago from a potential student, who was looking to “vet” our staff before coming in to train. In the e-mail they said they were very serious and picky about who they trained with and (in short) they wanted to know what type of real world experience our instructors…

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July 12th, 2017

5:00pm – Recovery 20 minute ROMWOD   6:00pm – Awaken Day 3 Back Squat (32X1 – 6,6,5,5,4) 95/115/135/155/175 — RNT Split Squat (20X1) 8 reps each leg w/ 2x20lb DB rest 60s Ring Pull Ups (21X1) 5 reps rest 60s 3 rounds — Single Leg RDL (2011) 8 reps each leg @ 2x20lb DB rest…

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5 Tips for a Better Competition Experience

Saturday the Endeavor BJJ crew headed up to Toledo to participate in the Buckeye State Grappling Championships. Any time I go to an event or competition, I like to look around, see how things are run and see how the athletes act. We run a lot of competitions at our facility, so I like to…

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Causes Vs Symptoms

When you get up and move your body (i.e. train) you’re no doubt increasing your chance for tweaks, bumps and bruises. If you move poorly or with reckless abandon, you’ll no doubt amplify those tweaks into injury. (hence the importance of quality coaching) One of the biggest issues in fitness or defensive training world (or…

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July 5th, 2017

10:30am – Conditioning 1 min row 1 min ski 10 strict t2b holding fat grips 5 rounds   5:30pm – Strength/Stability 10 OH bandbell lunge (18 + 10) 10 single leg DL  each leg (60) 4 rounds   20′ backwards sled drag on rubber (115) 5 DB strict press (2×20) 5 minutes   20′ right…

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