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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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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July 23rd, 2017

Received my purple belt yesterday in BJJ … woot woot! 10:00am – Awaken Training 5 Kang Squat (4021 – 75/95/95) 8 GHD hip extensions (2020 tempo w/ 20lb DB) 60s rest 3 rounds — Back Squat 2,2,2,2,2 (30X1 – 185/225/255/275/285) — RNT DB Lunge 2×8 each leg/2×6 each leg (2010 – 2×8 @ 50s/2×6 @…

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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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July 17th, 2017

2:30pm – Awaken Day 6 Semi Supinated DB Bench (30X1 – 8/8 @ 2x50lb and 6/6 @ 2x60lb) Superset w/ 8 Single Arm DB Row (2111 @ 50lb) 4 sets — 8 Supinated Ring Rows (2112) 45s plank on elbows (add weight each round – 0lb/25lb/70lb) 3 sets — 40s wall sit 12 diamond push…

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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 14th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 7 x 5min rounds gi with big Ben Paxton (270lb purple belt)   1:30pm – Westside Barbell 6×4 cambered bar box squat with forward pulling bands @ 205lb 10×1 speed DL @ 165 + doubled bands while standing on 10″ of cushion 3×10 cambered bar good morning w/ forward pulling bands while…

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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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