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  • Am I Too Old for Martial Arts?

    Am I Too Old for Martial Arts? Martial arts is an activity that attracts a diverse range of people. Young and old, men and women, and people from all ethnicities and backgrounds participate in martial arts training every single day. Despite the diversity of the martial arts community, many people still find themselves wondering if they are too old to begin training. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this question and cover a few factors that you’ll want to keep in mind if you are starting training at an older age. It’s a Health Issue, Not an Age Issue There’s no such thing as being too old to train in martial arts. There is such a thing, however, as being physically ....

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  • Six Things to Know Before Your First Martial Arts Class

    If you’ve decided to join a martial arts class, congratulations! Know that you are taking a positive step toward better health, beginning an exciting new hobby, and equipping yourself with the skills you need to be in control of your own safety and security. However, there are a few other things you will want to know as well before you arrive for your first class. To help make your first class go as smoothly as possible, we’ll cover those things below. 1) Martial Arts is for all Ages, Body Types, and Genders If you’re worried about being the odd person out at your martial arts class, don’t be. Martial arts is something that attracts all types of people. It can be enjoyed by young ....

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  • Best Kicks for Self Defense

    Best Kicks for Self Defense When it comes to hand-to-hand combat, kicks are a highly underutilized form of attack. After all, kicks have more power and range than any other form of strike, and since they are underutilized your attacker is less likely to see them coming. However, in the realm of self defense, not all kicks are created equal. Some high-flying, acrobatic kicks are much more at home in a Hollywood movie than they are a real, life-and-death situation. To help you discern which kicks are worth including in your self defense arsenal and which ones are better not to attempt, we’ve put together a list of the best kicks for self defense. Push Kick ....

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  • What's the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

    What's the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing? Two of the most popular striking martial arts are Muay Thai and kickboxing, and to the average person these two disciplines often seem very similar. After all, there are examples of highly-successful MMA fighters representing both kickboxing and Muay Thai alike as the striking portion of their training, and many of the techniques taught in Muay Thai and kickboxing share a lot in common. However, there are also a lot of key differences between Muay Thai and kickboxing that should also be considered when you are comparing the two. To help you out, we’ll take a closer look at both kickboxing and Muay Thai, the similarities they ....

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  • How to Use Focus Pads

    How to Use Focus Pads This is a video showing how to properly use focus pads (focus mitts) for boxing or Muay Thai for the beginner student, as illustrated by Muay Thai coach, Kru Joey de Los Reyes and Boxing coach, Sean Fulgencio.  Here are some pros, cons and tips, and there is small training video at the bottom of this post. Focus Pads Pros and Cons Focus pads are a great training tool for sharpening the tools for any martial arts involving strikes.   Here are some pros and cons of using focus pads. Pros: You can work accuracy, timing, distance and footwork. You can work your defense. There are tons of combinations that you can try on focus pads; you are only limited by ....

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  • What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout?

    What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout? What is the best martial arts workout?  All martial arts have something to offer, with regards to fitness, and the  benefits of training in martial arts are multi-layered. Not only is it an enjoyable activity, it also teaches you skills that you may one day have to put to use. In addition to this, though, martial arts is excellent exercise. There’s a reason why the most fit athletes in the world must compete in rounds that last just a few short minutes – martial arts and fighting make for an exhausting, full-body workout. It’s this calorie burning aspect of martial arts that draws many people to the sport, and with that in mind we thought we’d take ....

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  • What is Muay Thai?

    What is Muay Thai? Muay Thai might be the answer for anyone tired of the standard gym and aerobic practices. It’s more of an engaged recreational sport that does wonders for the physique. Those who haven’t been properly introduced to the sport, might view it as a rough and tiresome fight. However, there are a lot of great fitness benefits to reap from Muay Thai. Practically every nation in the world has a historical record of fostering and development of martial arts, with or without the use of a weapon. Muay Thai, a combat sport of Thailand, is one of the oldest combat sports. Its founding was a consequence of constant battles of Thai people that developed specific deadly and close ....

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  • Kombat Arts History Lesson

    The other day someone was asking what the letters represent on our blue wall mats. You can barely see them in the picture, but we used to write the letters of the alphabet on the mats. When we started off at Gold's Gym in Mississauga, almost 14 years ago, we were in a 2500 sq. ft. aerobics studio. At the time we could not afford grappling mats. So we made our own, out of plywood, tarp, insulation, industrial strength Velcro and carpet under padding. And at the beginning of EVERY Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class or MMA class, we would set up all the mats, and with the Velcro attach them together! There were about 16 mats! Each about 4' by 8'! It makes me laugh and smile at those memories. ....

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  • How to Steal Time

    A lot of athletes ask me how to increase their speed. There are many approaches to this, and for this week I'm going to share a concept about Time Framing and how to be more efficient with your techniques. https://youtu.be/3ZwRr71CDFk Time Framing is a concept that was introduced to me by Phil Mesina from Modern Warrior when I was doing a lot of Law Enforcement Training. This concept is very similar to Jeet Kune Do's economy of motion, and has helped a lot in making a lot of my martial arts techniques better. It also explains why some techniques don't work, and how to make them work. In any case if you enjoy the video, please like and share. Thxs And if you reside in ....

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  • Eight Muay Thai Combos That Will Improve Your Skills!

    Here are 8 variations of the FOUR COUNTS, that I learned from my different Krus. You can practice them by shadowboxing, pad work, partner work or on the heavy bag. Feel free to DOWNLOAD . Follow these round time and rest protocols: 3 two minute rounds with 1 min rest 3 two minute rounds with 30 second rest 5 two minute rounds with 1 min rest 5 two minute rounds with 30 second rest Substitute the two minute rounds with three minute rounds Follow these tips when hitting the heavy bag: Make sure you are in a strong stance before striking, especially when kicking. Make sure that you are in the right distance for all strikes. Feel free to substitute for any kind of kick. So instead ....

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