Today is the birthday of the Marine Corps! First formed on November 10th, 1775 - the Marines are now 243 years old.
To celebrate I wanted to share a little info on their martial art program. Yup, the Marines practice hand to hand combat. Named MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Peogram), it began in 2001.
MCMAP is a blend of many martial arts, drawing heavily from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling and Boxing.
Watch this video of UFC fighters taking part in the MCMAP program:
Getting into fights is never a good idea, especially if you're opponent knows jiujitsu and MMA.
Backstory: it's hard to tell exactly what happened, but a group of men are having an argument with another man in a parking garage. One of the men squares up and after a short exchange of punches backs off. After what SHOULD have been a diffused situation(with no one really hurt) another man decides to attack and... it was not a good idea.
Never forget that getting into a fight is ALWAYS a dangerous, unpredictable event with one or both parties likely to suffer serious injury. Always walk away when you can!
Now watch to see how valuable knowing Wrestling, Jiujitsu and Boxing can be:
In this short video I'll show you how to effectively deal with an opponents striking in your closed guard. Use Inside Bicep Control to either stand-up or attack with an armbar submission!
NEXT UP: Shaquan Moore at Bellator 208 [Feder vs Sonnon]
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On Friday October 13, 2018 Shaquan "Savage Shy" Moore made his Pro MMA debut at Bellator MMA 208 Sonnon vs Fedor.
We are extremely proud of all the hard work, sweat blood and tears that went into this fight camp and are excited to see what the future holds.
Moore lost a Split Decision after 3 5-minute rounds. What do you think about the fight?
What is a McDojo? How do you identify one - before getting scammed by one?
As Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiujitsu grow, there are MANY schools trying to cash in on the sports popularity. The rise of the UFC, Bellator MMA and professional grappling leagues have helped skyrocket interested in legitimate MMA & BJJ training....
However, many karate schools and traditional martial artists have tried to jump on the bandwagon, advertising as "MMA" or Brazilian Jiujitsu" without having the proper training or credentials.
Take a look at this short list on how to identify a "McDojo" before joining any club!
1. There are no MMA, Kickboxing or Grappling competitors.
Any legitimate gym is going to have their students compete. Tournaments help students test their skills against other, resisting opponents. Its a cornerstone of a quality MMA or BJJ school! If no one is competing in MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing or Jijitsu.... you are probably NOT at a reputable academy.
2. The Coaches/Instructors Have No Experience in MMA.
Your coach should have competed in MMA (or a the very least be coaching others who compete). Not everyone fights (and that's ok) but if they have never stepped into a cage or ring before, it's a red flag.
3. Their Base Style Isn't BJJ, Muay Thai & Wrestling.
All legitimate MMA gyms have one thing in common, the base martial arts style practiced are Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai (Kickboxing), Wrestling & Boxing, If you are learning Karate, Japanese Jujutsu or some other style of traditional martial art, this is another sign of a "McDojo" masquerading as an MMA gym!
4. They Charge for Belt Tests or Stripes.
Belts in Jiujitsu are earned, not bought!! In both our Kids & Adult programs, fees are never charged for promotions and never should. These promotions are an honor for the student to earn (as well as for the instructor to give) and should not be made into a money grab.
5. Instructors Are Wear Karate, Aikdio or Other Black Belts in BJJ Class.
Many instructors have belts from other styles, and that's ok! Our Head BJJ Coach is also a Black Belt in Karate. But you should never wear your Karate (or other) belt with a BJJ uniform on, Many unqualified gyms will do this and it is misleading to students.
I hope this post helps you in your search for a quality, legitimate martial arts school!
P.S. If you'd like to get started with MMA or Jiujitsu training, you're in luck! You can schedule a 100% FREE Intro Lesson with us here: Free MMA & BJJ Intro Lesson.
One of the most common questions I get about our Brazilian Jiujitsu & MMA program is this, "Am I ready to train?" and it comes in many other forms...
The answer is always YES! You see Jiujitsu is truly for everyone. Any person of any skill or strength level can start. At Fusion we offer a complete Beginner Jiujitsu & Muay Thai program where you will learn the fundamentals of MMA in a safe, clean and fun environment.
You will not get hurt, made fun of or bullied around by advanced students, EVER! In fact it will be the opposite. You will be encouraged by all of the higher belts to train even more, they will help correct your technique and encourage you to be your best.
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere and that "somewhere" is the beginning! You will only gain the strength, cardio, athleticism and other traits needed by training in Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and MMA.
So leave the self-doubt at home, take a 100% FREE Intro session with my coaches and I promise it will be a life changing experience!
P.S, If you are ready to take the leap and try the very best MMA on the North Shore of Long Island, then sign-up for your FREE Intro Lesson HERE!
Are your cravings killing your diet?
If you're like most people (and lets be honest) you probably reach for chips, sweets and other snacks more than you should. Why do we do that? Snacking seems to be one of the hardest habits to break!
Read this free guide I wrote to help you see what you're really craving.
For instance... are you really craving chocolate... or do you just need some magnesium? And how do you get that magnesium? Read the guide and find out!
Have you seen Ray's transformation?!
He lost over 80lbs! Not only that but he got as high as 315lbs... that's a lot of hard work and dedication.
How did he do it?
A mix of Fitness Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu & of course a healthy diet. Of course that's not the REAL reason - in fact the BIGGEST reason Ray lost all the weight was from a new mind set.
You see Ray took responsibility for his weight gain and decided it was time to make a change. Wishing, wanting, dreaming get you no where without action. One day he decided enough was enough... he joined the Fusion family, we made a plan and he crushed it.
We're proud of you Ray, great job!
You knew she could sing but have you seen her latest talent?
Yup, Demi Lovato is kickboxing, and shes taking it seriously! Check out this video of her training hard - we're impressed!
Here's what she has to say about working out "I love doing different types of mixed martial arts, so whether it’s Muay Thai or kickboxing, I love doing all types of martial arts." In an interview with Glamour magazine she goes on to say how it's not only a workout for your body, but your mind as well.
She's right, kickboxing is not just an amazing way to stay in-shape but also to de-stress. Hitting the heavy bag is a sure-fire way to let out some aggression!
Watch the video below to see her bad ass training!