Martial Superiority: The Silent Assassin

Martial Superiority: The Silent Assassin

When we look at one school versus another, and determine that one of them is promoting people to Black Belt with far easier requirements than we ourselves went through, or they are expecting less of their students than what we expect of our students, we can climb on our rickety soap box and take a stand against them, railing at the injustice of it all, or we can look at it like this...

Defending the Worst Position Ever!!

Defending the Worst Position Ever!!

The High Mount combined with striking is a deadly combination. This is by far, one of the worst positions you can get stuck in on the ground. The traditional BJJ escape for mount - bridge, trap, and roll doesn't work quite yet, and meanwhile our opponent is raining punches on us, and bringing the thunder like Poseidon.

All too often, we panic in this situation and end up flailing, or trying to grab arms. Here we show a technique we call - 'Shield Up / Shimmy Up' to help you deal with this problematic position. We have to work from where we are, not where we want to be.

Is a Self-Defense Course for You?

Is a Self-Defense Course for You?

Basic self-defense knowledge can mean the difference between life and death, or assault and avoidance, but is it necessary in suburban America? If so, what is the best type of training for you? How do you find a good course, or even know what to look for? How involved does the training need to be for it to be effective? Click this article to find out.

Self-Defense Course - Summer '17

Self-Defense Course - Summer '17

Coming this August!

Acquire real world skills. See and avoid bad situations. Gain confidence and peace of mind. Empower yourself and open your eyes to how simple it is to protect yourself.

Ando Workshop and Belt Promotions

Things to know for Saturday:

  • Kickboxing class is running as scheduled at 10a.
  • Please bring $50 cash for the workshop. 
  • All other classes and private training sessions are canceled. 
  • For workshop - please wear your school shirt, boxing shorts (or black shorts or pants if you do not have), and belt to the workshop.
  • Mantis Boxing belt ceremony following the workshop at 2:00 p. 
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt ceremony will immediately follow that (BJJ practitioners will have a brief window to change into your gi before the ceremony.)

In the Line of Fire - Escaping the Bow and Arrow Choke

In the Line of Fire - Escaping the Bow and Arrow Choke

I absolutely love the Bow and Arrow choke, but it sucks to be on the receiving end. Here we demonstrate the choke, an escape from the choke, and then how to prepare yourself for your next move after you release the choke.

Training Your Elbows and Joint Locks (Chin Na)

Training Your Elbows and Joint Locks (Chin Na)

Joint locks (Chin Na) are fun!!! If you are into pain that is. ;-) Seriously, standing submissions are very cool; unfortunately, they can be extremely difficult to pull off for real. 

Here is a more advanced drill to help you train ways to...

Collapse and Fall Into Ruin - (Beng 崩)

Collapse and Fall Into Ruin - (Beng 崩)

A huge thanks to Gene Ching and the team at Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine for publishing my article this month. Such an awesome presentation! Thank you to my team - Holly Cyr, Vincent Tseng, Max Kotchouro, Bruce Sanders, and Sean Fraser for your assistance in making this happen. I am honored.

Mount Attacks to Help Smaller Fighters

Mount Attacks to Help Smaller Fighters

Fighting bigger opponents can be frustrating when we try and control the mount position. I know I avoided the mount most of the time as a BJJ White Belt after getting tossed around repeatedly. After a while, I started using the high mount to setup some attacks. Here's are two videos highlighting some attacks from the mount. 

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.