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How to Improve your Flexibility for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

How to Improve your Flexibility for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, like any discipline, is constantly evolving. Practitioners are always seeking the next innovation that will give them a competitive edge. Recently, the importance of flexibility has come to the forefront of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world. It was...

What to Know Before Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What to Know Before Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

With the rise of mixed martial arts, more people are interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu than ever before. Jiu-jitsu is a fairly unique practice. It relies primarily on grappling, and practitioners find themselves on the floor more than other fighting styles. Brazilian...

How Martial Arts Can Help Combat Stress

How Martial Arts Can Help Combat Stress

According to a 2014 study conducted by The American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and another 73 percent experience regular psychological symptoms of stress. Physical symptoms of stress range from a nagging headache to chronic chest pain. Psychological symptoms of stress include mild depression and problems with memory. The four pillars of stress reduction are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Read on to discover how martial arts effectively incorporates all four pillars to combat stress.

The Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu originated with the Buddhist monks of India, but the modern form originated in Japan. Considered an art, Jiu-Jitsu was created to allow the Samurai who fought on horseback to fight well if they ever found themselves without weapons and on foot. The Samurai...

Martial Arts for Senior Citizens

Martial Arts for Senior Citizens

Martial arts may not seem like an appropriate sport for older adults, but the truth is, in both fiction and fact, old age and martial arts go together well. There is a reason for the trope of the older martial artist whose skill surpasses that of even the most talented amateurs. Martial arts is founded upon the link between the athlete’s body and mind. While practices such as Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, certainly require younger bodies with faster recovery speeds, many types of martial arts are suited to the physique of senior citizens. The benefits for senior citizens are extensive: increased strength, balance, and concentration are just the three primary effects enjoyed by those who engage in this practice of the ages.

Defending Yourself Against A Larger Opponent

Defending Yourself Against A Larger Opponent

In an ideal scenario, you would be able to resolve most conflicts without getting into a physical fight or resorting to violence. But what if the other person won’t leave things alone? To make things worse, what if they’re bigger than you? Here are just a few ways to defend yourself against a stronger opponent should you ever find yourself in a physical confrontation.

How to Boost Confidence with Martial Arts

How to Boost Confidence with Martial Arts

Martial arts is a popular option if you’re looking for a new hobby or if you want to learn about self-defense, but it’s truly a way of life. Martial arts can change how you view the world; they can help shape you mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Improved self-confidence is one of the most prominent effects that martial arts has on an individual. Examine these five ways that martial arts helps build an individual’s confidence.