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American Top Team Anti-Bullying Program

American Top Team Anti-Bullying Program Bullying has been on our national radar screen as a major social problem for many years. The effects of bullying can be dramatic and long-lasting for the bullied child and include emotional and physical pain, academic problems, and social withdrawal. Even the aggressor experiences negative consequences, putting themselves at higher […]

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Jiu-Jitsu is an Art

jiu-jitsu art, bjj, Jiu-Jitsu is an ART, Charleston, Martial Arts

“Human nature (Jiu-Jitsu) is full of riddles and contradictions; its very complexity engenders art – and by art I mean the search for something more than simple linear formulations, flat solutions, oversimplified explanations.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  Substitute the words Jiu-Jitsu for the words human nature and it challenges one to consider exactly what does art […]

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You are who you associate yourself with – “No Bully Zone”

No bully Zone, antibully, BJJ, Dare, Charleston martial Arts

Truism #1: You are who you surround yourself with. This is something my mother always told me, and it’s spot-on. In my kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, I teach them that if they are in a group of kids that is making fun of another child, then they are as guilty as the others. Why? They […]

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What Struggle Teaches

Struggle, Malachy Friedman, Evan Tanner, MMA

What Struggle Teaches I have been involved in this sport of MMA for the past 18 years. Early in my career, I have made a lot of poor decisions in my training and recovery that are clear to me now. I was in the sport before money was ever really being offered to fighters who […]

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The Power of Drilling

Drilling, BJJ, Brian Mahecha, malachy friedman

Power of Drilling Depending on your coach you will be given a technique to drill or your own time to drill a technique of your choice. Let’s say your coach says “armbars 25x each, warmup!” Your thoughts “Boring, I know this” Let me just swing side to side and finish up these 25 reps. So […]

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Most Self-Defense Courses Are Cash Grabs

Self-Defense, Abuse, Seminars, West Ashley, Rape, Victim, Metoo, Domestic Violence, Charleston

Women’s Self-Defense This past week, the Post and Courier ran a story about me and the success of our ATT Lowcountry free Women’s Self-Defense seminars. The same icy cold January day that the reporter came out to observe, another 100+ women of all ages came to learn the basics of real self-defense. In the seminar […]

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Growing into the GI

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Growing into the Gi With small children, a big part of learning martial arts is simply about developing self-confidence. Having confidence to put on a gi and walk onto the mats may be easy for some children but certainly not all. Some children require more reassurance than others. So parents don’t get discouraged if your […]

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BJJ FOR LIFE: The Superior Self-Defense

superior self-defense, BJJ Grips

BJJ FOR LIFE: FOCUS Part 3 – BJJ – The superior self-defense! I talked about Focus and Fortitude and how they worked together and got stronger through BJJ practice. In earlier posts, I talked about how studies show that neural pathways are engaged and strengthened through repetition, making BJJ a great activity to develop the […]

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Benefits of Learning a Martial Art – Cultivating Respect is Most Important

respect, BJJ, BJJ KIDS, Martial arts, jiu jitsu

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The FOX CHAMPS CODE Parenting experts often talk up the benefits of learning a martial art. They talk about fitness, focus, friends and self-discipline. To borrow from the late, great Aretha Franklin, it’s cultivating R-E-S-P-E-C-T that experts say is most important. They say that children learn respect by showing respect (bowing, shaking hands, sportsmanship, […]

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BJJ Tournament Jitters are not just for White Belts

Tournament Jitters, BJJ, Competition

Tournament Jitters – We all get the jitters – that jumpy feeling before you’re called to compete. Even the pros feel anxiety before a big match but they have strategies to calm the mind. When it comes to performance anxiety, bjj competitions can be like public speaking; the focus is all on you and your […]

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