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Consistency, Simplicity and Intensity

Jim-Graden

The reason so many martial arts schools have trouble teaching effective fitness kickboxing is because conventional martial arts and fitness kickboxing are two completely different animals. Teaching conventional martial arts has very little to do with teaching martial arts fitness. The elements of a good fitness kickboxing class are not the same as a conventional ...

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Controversial Exercises, Part 4

Keith-Yates

There has been a long-running dispute among the “experts” about certain exercises used in many fitness workout routines. Some say that there are contraindicated exercises that should probably be eliminated from any program that targets a general audience. Other experts want to see scientific evidence that certain exercises are harmful before they consider modifying their ...

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Are Your Classes Too Cheap?

Rick-bell

When I started teaching the martial arts years ago, the one label I thought my school needed to avoid more than any other label was “most expensive school in town.” I felt that charging top dollar for teaching the arts was an apostasy. I was convinced that expensive schools could not possibly have the same ...

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Static Stretching Do's and Don'ts

Keith-Yates

Last month we talked about the differences between ballistic (bounce) stretching and static (slow) stretching. Bouncing is not a good idea as it can result in inadvertent injury. “Dynamic” stretching like high leg lifts are OK if you warm up first and use moderate velocity while swinging your leg. (Go back and read last month¹s ...

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Become Big by Thinking Big

To achieve your goals, you must learn to think big. Always aim high. Don’t look at the crossroads or you will see walls and barriers, which will obstruct your path and impede your progress. Move forward by looking at the sky and your opportunities will be unlimited. At the same time, you must pursue realistic ...

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Disarming the Enemy

PeytonQuinn-1

It is not often that we take our RMCAT training on the road, but some time ago, Mr. Ernie Reyes asked us to bring our armored assailant, adrenal-stress-driven, scenario-based program to his school in California. Naturally, we were both pleased and proud to do so. To many of us Ernie Reyes is known for his ...

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The Merchandise of Fitness

Jim-Graden

When martial arts school owners inquire about offering my Ultimate Bodyshaping Courses (UBC) at their schools, they’re usually focused on the added tuition the UBC can generate. This, of course, is where the majority of money is made, with many school owners doubling, or even tripling, their tuition revenue. What most school owners don’t realize ...

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