Mantis Kickboxing Camp (AB Girls Basketball Team)

Mantis Kickboxing Camp (AB Girls Basketball Team)

Kickboxing Camp for Acton Boxborough Girls Basketball Team - challenging, fun, objective based high intensity workouts to increase power/speed, strength/conditioning, plyometrics, and cardio endurance. Functional fitness training that will give positive results in off the line speed, improved jump height, agility on the court, and higher endurance levels throughout the game.

5 Reasons Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is THE Best Martial Art for Kids

Striking arts, whether they be Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Kickboxing, etc. - all require high degrees of focus on multiple facets of fighting, & self-defense (you can read more on this in my 2015 blog post).

I have spent the past 18 years practicing Mantis Boxing, and the past 5 of those also practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I also spent years teaching kids both Kung Fu, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My first love will always be Mantis Boxing, but frankly speaking, it is not for kids. 

Exciting News - Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class Starting in April

Exciting News - Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class Starting in April

Many have requested this, and now we are making it happen!!! 

Introduce your kids to the best self-defense system for their ages. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu works with a child's natural abilities, and tendencies to grapple. It teaches them to use leverage and technique to overcome bigger opponents.

Kids will enjoy learning to sweep, roll, and perform amazing moves with their friends, while gaining confidence and strength.

How to Start Martial Arts

As we get more people contacting us, and joining classes of late, I thought it was a good time to send around this video again. Max put this episode together a few years ago as part of his Swamp Talks series. Enjoy the sound effects. [Gunshots were not an intentional part of the production]

Emotional Control

Emotional Control

‘Emotional Control’ - this often sought after, and rarely attained, side effect from martial arts training. We envision the wise old master sitting quietly in meditation, only to turn into a verifiable badass the moment the movie needs an action star to save the day.

What we don’t see, is that emotional control doesn’t really come for free, or as an automatic trait of just taking martial arts classes a few times per week.  It doesn't come with...

Learning to Walk Again

Learning to Walk Again

The original title for this article was "Why is BJJ easier than my [insert Stand-Up Art]?" This was a question proposed to me last year when we were taking submissions for the
 Swamp Talks videos. Truth be told, it was a question that made me uncomfortable at first, as I assumed it would be misconstrued. This question, out of all of them, really stood out to me and made me think.

It made me think about something I hadn't previously considered. Something that was clearly...

Mantis Boxing vs. Ultimate Boxing

Mantis Boxing vs. Ultimate Boxing

Sure enough, they were the same character. This lead to further research and comparisons, and soon I had a series of principles and sub-principles that drew a solid link between the two styles. The English translations people used can vary, but the character is found to be the same for each style. Below is a work in progress but it is far enough along that I can share it. 

Find Your Passion - Succeeding in Fitness

Find Your Passion - Succeeding in Fitness

Yesterday I was meeting with a professional from a different part of the health, wellness, fitness industry who mentioned her gym membership(s) going to waste. Her story may be familiar to some of you, so I thought I would share it, and offer some of my personal tips to stave off similar circumstance.

Power Building Oats

This is a hearty breakfast I like to make once or twice a week. The protein powder helps give the oatmeal some substance, and keeps you going for longer.

Power Building Oats

Cook:
⅓ cup Organic Steel Cut Oats
1 cup Water

Boil water and add oats. Cook to completion.

Add & Mix in:
2 Tbsp Organic Ground Flax Meal
then
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
⅓ cup Blueberries or Raspberries (or combination of the two)
5 or 6 Walnuts
3 slices of fresh Apple, or Peach on top
Sprinkle Cinnamon to taste.

Monkey Style Kung Fu Shake

This is a personal favorite of mine. Usually on workout days I like a breakfast that isn't too heavy, but will give me the energy to perform while keeping me satiated for a few hours.

The addition of the Chia Seeds helps with keeping you fuller longer so I recommend keeping those in there.

Note: it's important to put the items in the blender in this order. Keeps the almond butter from gumming up the works.

Monkey Style Kung Fu Shake

1 scoop of vanilla, chocolate, or coconut whey protein powder
½ scoop Dandy Chicory Blend (optional)
2 cups spinach
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 banana
1 tsp Chia Seeds
½ cup Coconut Milk
½ cup Water or Coffee
6 ice cubes

Blend!!!

 

No Discounts! How to Increase Your Martial Arts Learning Potential.

No Discounts! How to Increase Your Martial Arts Learning Potential.

"I don't like this move."
"This technique isn't for me."

These are examples of things I hear from students from time to time. Usually they are unaware I am listening, and I like to keep it that way so they feel free to express themselves in the process of learning. I myself have said similar things in the past while going through the process.
 

The Science of Bridging - How to Close Distance in a Fight

The Science of Bridging - How to Close Distance in a Fight

You charge in on your enemy, filled with the hope that you can capitalize on that weak spot you spy in their guard. As you are about to land your punch, suddenly, without warning, BAM!!!! POW!!!! SMACK!!! His strike has met you mid-stride and square in the nose. As blood begins to rush down your face you pause and wonder, why you were unable to hit that giant hole that invited you to enter to begin with?

Speed Kills

Speed Kills

Whether you are Boxing, rolling in Jiu Jitsu, or Wrestling on the mats, speed is a factor that can destroy, or enhance your training depending on how you use it. Here's a quick rundown on the benefits of controlling speed to enhance your training.

12 Fighting Principles to Help You Succeed

12 Fighting Principles to Help You Succeed

These 12 Principles will lay a foundation for you to improve from. Once you have mastered these, you can explore the offensive side of each principle where relevant, to trip up your opponent. We have a saying: Learn the rule. Know the rule. Then you can break the rule.