6 Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask
Though Martial Arts have been prominent in our culture for the past 40-50 years, the specifics of all martial arts are something that many are unaware of. Mainstream sports such as Football, Basketball, and Hockey are so ingrained in our culture that, even if you are not interested, you will still absorb much of the knowledge. In our gym we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Many people wil...
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Controlling your Training

Controlling your Training
In training for anything there is a certain amount of the outcome that is left up to fate or luck. You can train as hard as you possibly can and then make a small mistake in the moment, leading to a loss. However, ask any competitor and they will all say the same thing, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Recognizing what you can control is pivotal to training successfully and evolving yo...
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Flow State Training

Flow State Training
Flow state optimization has become a hot topic in the world of physical and mental training over the past few years. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines flow state as when, “your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.” To put it in layman's terms a “Flow State” is essentially being in the zone. When nothing exists except the task you are performing. The benefits of flow state t...
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Learning From Losing

Learning From Losing
Regarded as one of the greatest American Football Coaches of all time, Vince Lombardi once said “If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.” Losing is inevitable, it is how we react to the loss that lays the groundwork for how we will eventually win. Though this quote comes from one of the most successful NFL coaches of all time, it rings true in all walks of life, none more than those of us who ...
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Business as Usual?

Business as Usual?
Classes are back! Here at Gentle Art Dojo we are finally emerging on the other side of the quarantine and stay-at-home fiasco of the past few months. We can not thank everybody enough for the kind words and support that they showed us through the closure of our school. The quarantine was long and boring at times but the fog is clearing and it is time to shake off the cobwebs and get back to busin...
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Get to Know Your Coaches!

Get to Know Your Coaches!
RaphaelRaphael Carneiro is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marco Antonio Barbosa and has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 17 years. Raphael has competed and still competes in most of the main IBJJF tournaments such as Worlds, Europeans and International Opens. His most recent win came as a double gold medal in the medium-heavy and open weight class black belt division of ...
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Should I Compete in BJJ?

Should I Compete in BJJ?
Competition is something that is intrinsic to human beings. As long as history has been recorded there has been competition.From the ancient olympic games of Greece to the Highland Games of Scotland, physical competition is at our core. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is no exception to this. From the Vale Tudo matches and early UFC matches, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has always looked to prove its suprema...
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Getting Rid of I Can’t

Getting Rid of I Can’t
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are commitments. Signing up for either one is a commitment beyond yourself. You are committing to learning a new art, being a good training partner, and changing your life. Joining a gym like ours is completely different from joining your every day workout gym. Lives are changed through these sports every day.However, People tell themselves reasons why t...
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Working out and the Corona Virus

Working out and the Corona Virus
So by now we all know of the Corona virus that has been spreading recently. However we have good news, you do not have to avoid the gym! Much of the Coronavirus can be prevented using everyday hygiene routines. This is the official response from the CDC regarding precautions to take during this time:Clean your hands oftenWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second...
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Taking your first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Taking your first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The first class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be more daunting than most. Walking into a padded room with odd smells and people in funny outfits, is an experience that many would not seek out willingly.Well I am here to tell you how quickly this padded room with odd smells and people in funny outfits can feel like home to you. However before this can happen you have to make it through your ...
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