Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Memorial Vacation weekend is over.

Now that our coveted Memorial Day Weekend is over, its really time to get back into the swing of things.  That means to get back in the gym, get back to your routine of being active.  Whatever that activity is, it is very important that you do something regardless.  Build that routine, and stick to it.  This is about a lifestyle, not just some sort of week by week or month by month deal... you do not want this to be temporary.  Perhaps this will carry on beyond what we traditionally call working out, go backpacking, canoeing... do whatever you have to do to get off the couch, break up the monotony.  Sometimes you need an escape from your routines around the house and work, getting outside and being active can be a big help.

Traditional fitness gyms can be monotonous as well, and there is a lot you can do to handle that, a lot like what we mentioned above.  However, MMA fitness or any kind of fitness that brings a sense of adventure, anything were you might evolve emotionally, tend to be far from monotonous.  I encourage you to give these types of experiences a shot, live a little.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Gi vs No Gi

In modern MMA, or more specifically, jiu jitsu, there are two major aspects of training in grappling.  These two aspects are gi (wear the traditional jiu jitsu cloths- top and bottoms) and no gi (only shorts and possibly a rash guard)

The principle difference in no gi and gi is that with no gi, there is no grabbing of your opponents clothing.  This rule was established with the creatation of MMA as a sport, and it was with the purpose of making the sport more viewer friendly.

Traditional jiu jitsu practictioners for a while only taught and trained jiu jitsu while they and their students wore full gi.  Slowly more and more jiu jitsu gyms have begun to train, teach, and modify their technique for no gi grappling (jiu jitsu).  This actually took some time, but today, both gi and no gi grappling is being taught around the country as well as all around the world.

It's important to remember that no gi grappling was developed for sport, not in particular for self-defense like traditional gi-grappling was.  So, with that taken into consideration, it is important to train both gi and no gi in order to develop a more all around profeciency in grappling.

For great classes and instruction in both gi and no gi grappling, and even wrestling, check out

Defending yourself

Hopefully no one reading this will ever be in a situation where you need to defend yourself from someone trying to hurt you, or... god-forbid worse.  I don't want to go into fear mongering territory, but for many people, they feel that they would rather be prepared and not use self-defense skills, than not be prepared and need to use self-defense skills they don't have.

This isn't something just for the woman who has to walk a few blocks at night in the inner city to get to her car.  It really is universal, from muggings,  to home burglaries, to simple disagreements that might escalate into a physical altercation, or even schoolyard bullying.  It wouldn't be unwise to learn not skills to defend yourself should you ever be in a bad situation, but also some skills that can help prevent this situations and even de-esclate them.  For one thing, it is always best to do everything you can to stay out of a bar-fight, just walk away- don't turn your back to be vulnerable, but calmly remove yourself from the situation.

Unfortunately, like most probably know, things can happen so fast that you have to react immediately to protect yourself.  In these situations, self-defense skills, fitness, and knowledge priceless.

There are many gyms that can provide all of these, American Top Team- Savage is one of them, and the strategy they use to teach students MMA skills is all-inclusive, not only do they stress how to defend yourself, but also how to avoid the danger in the first place.  Check out ATT Savage.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer is Here!

SUMMER is coming- Can you feel it with a 90 degree day on the forecast for tomorrow?!? Who is in their prime summer shape? Not me. For those of us behind on their fitness goals the time is here to make them a reality. The time is here to try something different, something exciting, something challenging... something that will promote healthy physical fitness AND provide emotional growth.

Mixed Martial Art fitness and training is something many people will never try. Well, I challenge you to challenge your misconceptions of this sport. We are confident that you can find your place at an MMA gym. After giving it a try you will soon realize that being a member of a American Top Team is so much more than a gym membership. In this gym you will find yourself a part of a strong support system that strives to understand and relate to each others goals... And ACHIEVE them!

With summer right around the corner there is NO better time to give this a shot. Did I mention it will be 90 degrees tomorrow??? As the warm weather comes people tend to relax a everyone starts to relax you might have more time on your hands, perhaps it's time to switch it up and try something new, even supplement your regular workouts. Come try MMA. You will not regret it. The level of fitness you can achieve coupled with the self-confidence you will gain is priceless. Put those two together and you have one hot bod with the support system and motivation to keep it that way. Have to work 60 hours this week? You will look forward to getting off work and heading to the gym.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mixed Martial Arts as a workout

Combative sports of any kind, especially ones when sparring is done at a higher intensity, are grueling.  Training in Mixed Martial Arts, and any of the styles in Mixed Martial Arts can and often does develop into a very healthy lifestyle.  Not only does in influence it's practioners to a more healthy lifestyle, it instills displine, mental toughness, confidence, and humility.  It has an ability to put things into perspective, and when it comes down to it, there are no excuses.  That build resilence, perservernce, and hardens will.

Simply take a look at wrestlers, who practice only one dimension of Mixed Martial Arts, the displine, and intestinal fortitude these athletes must have to thrive, that is much like, if not exactly like what Mixed Martial Arts training will do.  If you want to succeed in your fitness goals, you need the will, and the guts to make it happen, MMA will teach you that, but you need to let it.  Embrace the grind.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

MMA training can complement your regurlar training

It's starting to finally look like summer!  Get outside, go for a run, go for a walk.... do everything you can to take advantage of being able to get outside.

If you are looking for something to complement that training, a healthly dose of MMA classes would be perfect and just what you might be looking for.  Fortunately, for those of you in the Minneapolis area, you have American Top Team- Savage.  Drop in and check it out.

Want to really push things, I dare you to show up to Saturday Warrior dryland training.  Join the competitors in their training outside.  But beware, it isn't easy, they will push you, and excuses aren't excepted.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rodrigo Gracie

Rodrigo is the son of Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Reylson Gracie and grandson of one of the founders of Gracie Jiu-JitsuCarlos Gracie.

Rodrigo, along with his cousin, the UFC legend, Royce Gracie, conduct seminars all over the world, teaching world class jiu-jitsu.  His instruction is priceless as Rodrigo, like Royce, is an excellent instructor.

What would be a better way to jump start your training?  Learning from the best in world, and having a ton of fun in the meantime.  The time flies and before you know it you are covered in sweat, you've learned drills and technique to notch your game up toward the next level.

There isn't much better of a jiu-jitsu seminar opportunity around, especially in the Minneapolis area.  So how can you take advantage to these regular seminars that fortunately occur ever few months?  Check out to learn more about joining the Gracie Jiu-jitsu system.  You won't regret it.

Seminar this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.