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The Jab and Right Cross

By Becca Borawski

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February 01, 2007

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When most people think of martial arts, they think of the striking arts--karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, etc. As children we instinctively resort to throwing punches to resolve disputes and as adults we have made boxing a multimillion-dollar industry. Mixed martial arts (MMA) has been exploding in popularity the last couple years, and it is the phenomenal knockouts that are most popular with American crowds.

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January 01, 2007

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A dream gym. That is what Big John McCarthy opened earlier this year in Valencia, CA. Opening a gym had long been a thought in John McCarthy’s mind, and in March of 2006, at the urgings of close friends and his wife, he decided to go for it. Just six months later Big John McCarthy's Ultimate Training Academy opened its doors.

For a mixed martial artist seeking a gym, the Ultimate Training Academy has everything… Continue Reading

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Fight Camp

By Becca Borawski

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December 01, 2006

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Photo courtesy of Team Quest.

Becca Borawski talks with a trainer who's been working with MMA fighters and world class wrestlers for decades, about how he incorporates strength and conditioning work with skills training and how he peaks and tapers training leading up to a fight.

Ideally, when preparing for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight, an individual would like to have eight to ten weeks of preparation, a period known as… Continue Reading

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The Triangle

By Becca Borawski

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November 01, 2006

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Due to the efforts initially of the Gracie family, and many others to follow, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was introduced to the United States in the 1970s and has since thrived. Jiu-jitsu has evolved into a popular art and one of the essential elements of the growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

The triangle symbolizes Brazilian jiu-jitsu both philosophically and physically. The triangle shape is embedded in the logos of schools across the… Continue Reading

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CrossPit Basics

By Tony Budding

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April 01, 2006

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CrossPit is a blending of CrossFit with the Pit, John Hackleman's mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness training program—a blending that we believe best prepares fighters for the ring and the rest of us for general self-defense. CrossPit's efficacy comes from its simplicity. Proficiency in stance, movement, and a few basic strikes, combined with the gas to go the distance, is usually more effective on the street and in the cage… Continue Reading

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