Archive for October 2011

Does play-fighting fall under the category of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ or is the martial arts to blame?

Does play-fighting fall under the category of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ or is the martial arts to blame?
Is it natural for boys to play-fight regardless of their exposure to superheroes, cartoons and martial arts?  I think so.  I know there are some people who believe that the martial arts manifests aggression and gives kids who already have aggressive tendencies the tools to more accurately hurt others.  But the truth is, that quality martial arts instruction exposes a child to a combination of positive attributes like humility, patience, physical and mental discipline, and the life-long skill of self-defense.  These integral lessons in a martial arts program need to be acknowledged by the parents so they become part of a dialog at home.  Furthermore, parents need to communicate with their martial arts instructor if their child exhibits any unacceptable aggressive behavior or un-kind treatment of others...

Nick Diaz vs BJ Penn, New Main Event for UFC 137, Prediction

Nick Diaz vs BJ Penn, New Main Event for UFC 137, Prediction
With GSP off the UFC 137 card due to an injury, Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn are now going at it for 3 rounds.  Diaz hoping for a more motivating fight – with 5 rounds against Benn,instead of the scheduled 3 rounds.   It is odd that Diaz is now back in the mix, considering he... Read more »

POW MMA Intern - Injury Free & Back to Training

Hi Again, My name is Piotr Lewkowski, I have been sharing my experiences as an intern at POW MMA here in Chicago.  I am a senior at UIC – in the Department of Kinesiology.  One of the many benefits of going to UIC is their relationship with excellent local businesses throughout Chicago.  UIC is continuing... Read more »
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MMA Machine Hits Health Club Market

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Club Industry (CI) was just in Chicago this weekend.  At Chicago’s beautiful McCormick Place, CI offered both an expo and a series of educational courses in every area of the fitness industry:  business development, wellness, training application, management and trends.  As a fitness professional and educator, I have been both a presenter and an attendee... Read more »

Diary of a POW MMA Intern: Dealing With My Tight Hips

Face a wall or a pole and lean against it. Don’t be perfectly upright; this will prevent you from correctly swinging your leg. Get up on the ball of one foot and with the opposite foot, swing the leg side to side, passing the planted leg one direction and getting the thigh as high as possible without compromising your form in the other. The goal is to keep your swinging leg straight without overdoing it.
Piotr Lewkowski has been an intern at POW for about 6 weeks now.  He has been sharing his experience as a newcomer to MMA training -primarily learning ground fighting skills and stand up.  Piotr is also focused on gaining experience in the practical application of exercise for a sport like mixed martial arts.  He comes... Read more »

Killer Leg Exercise: Power Lunge & Plyo Series

Robbie Cole is offering a great leg strengthening exercise in the video below.  Robbie, a Muay Thai instructor shares one of his favorite exercises.  I have done this drill and love it.  If you are suffering from a bad lower back you should remove the jumping portion of this exercise.  Other important safety tips include:... Read more »
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Bas Rutten Visits Chicago: 5 Things He Taught

Bas Rutten Visits Chicago: 5 Things He Taught
Bas Rutten came to Chicago-land last weekend  to offer a striking seminar.  It was hosted by my friend and colleague Sue Garski, the Owner of Illinois Krav Maga.  This was the 3 or 4th seminar I have taken with Bas (I can’t really remember), but it did not fail to deliver.  Although Bas Rutten and... Read more »