Level Changes in Mitt Work

Nothing is worse than someone dropping levels on you and you getting caught upright. Here’s a simple drill you can add into your standard mitt work to help develop that recognition of a level change and make sure you don’t get caught lookin’!  

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Why Anyone Interested in Self Defense Should Consider Competing in a Combat Sport… At Least Once

Generally speaking, many martial arts and combat sports are not “well rounded self defense systems.” That does not mean that there isn’t carryover from them into the real world. Obviously, learning to be a better boxer will help me throw more efficient punches if I ever find myself needing to do so. Having a wrestling…

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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 11th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling pressure pass into heel hook, and pressure top control into kimura 5×5 min round no-gi   12:00pm – BJJ 20 minutes drilling mount escapes and sweeps 5×5 min rounds gi   3:30pm – Awaken Day 2 WU EMOM 12 min 1) 5 seated box jumps (high height each round)…

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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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Self Defense and Fitness… A Match Made in Heaven

You have those that passionately train unarmed or armed self defense. They read all the articles, they drop money on various trainings and new “kits” or gear. They spend hours in the gym perfecting that drop seoi nage or that 1 inch punch. That bruce lee shit baby. They pursue that coveted black belt. Dedicated…

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The Rut in the Road

Imagine you’ve taken the same path down a dirt road for years. Over and over again you drive this path, and little by little, you start to create a permanent rut. The more you drive it, the more it wears away. It begins to create a deep rut, and the more you drive that path…

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Actions Speak Louder Than… Certs

As with anything in life, continuing to learn and to grow is of the utmost importance. Getting outside of your comfort zone, surrounding yourself with people that are smarter than you, trying new things. These are all necessary. In the world of teaching, especially strength and conditioning or self defense, it’s imperative to continually seek…

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