7/30/09

Tate set to fight this Saturday

This has been a crazy past few months, with Jiu-Jitsu and Judo tournaments, MMA fights and planning for future competitions. It's a very exciting time and I'm glad to be a part of it. We continue to do well in establishing ourselves as a dominate force in the fight scene. I can't take any of the credit for our successes though. All of that goes to the competitors who have dedicated all of the time and effort to make it happen. Keep up the great work!

Once again, Tate Wright is set to fight this Saturday night in a Team Poundout Event. Shawn and I will be there to support him at ringside. I'm sure he would appreciate seeing his teammates there to support him as well. These events are always a good time. This one is an outdoor event with the cage set up out back in the sand.

Saturday August 1, 2009

Jack Daddy's Bar & Grill

2327 S. 24th St.

Council Bluffs, IA

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Fights start at 8:00 pm

General Admission tickets are $20.00 at the door

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7/28/09

Preparing for Belt Testing

As testing day is fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to spend the day reviewing many of the basic movements, and some not so basic techniques for the more experienced students. Even as an instructor, I sometimes find myself getting off track and I'll start throwing out some crazy new technique for everyone to learn. It doesn't take long for me to realize that I over-stepped and need to dial it back a bit. On days like today, There are no new techniques introduced, no wild submission entries, just good ole' fashioned basic Jiu-Jitsu. Early on in my teaching career, I used to wonder if people would get bored with going over the same old thing. What I soon came to understand is that this was the furthest from the truth. In fact, revisiting the basics has become a staple of my classes and I'm now convinced it's why we excel at what we do. Many of our tournament fighters have outstanding competition records.

many times after a class, students will talk with me about what we went over, and sometimes there are compliments about how good the class was. After a day of going over the basics, there are always compliments.

Even though I may be at the dojo for every training session throughout the week, this isn't the case for the students. Due to all of the many things we all have going on in our lives, training time is at a premium.

For all of you who are familiar with Roger Gracie, he is a perfect example of a world class fighter who excels with the basics.

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7/27/09

Using Jiu Jitsu and Judo as a TOOL

Anyone familiar with the bands, A Perfect Circle or Tool, know that anything can happen with a frontman like Maynard James Keenan. In this video, watch as a fan gets a little close to MJK and feels the wrath of the little man. Enjoy!

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Leverage episode features Team Quest fighters and MMA in Lincoln, NE

The latest episode of the TNT series Leverage (The Tap-Out Job) focused on MMA in Nebraska, featuring Team Quest fighters Matt Lindland and Ed Herman. Interestingly, Lindland's character's name was Tank! The opening scene shows Lindland (Tank) winning a fight over a fighter who was set up to lose. The story is all about the seedy side of home grown Mixed Martial Arts clubs, crooked promoters and back alley warehouse fights. All right here in little ole Lincoln, Nebraska.

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