Bully Self Defense Seminar This Saturday at Revolution MMA in Benton, AR

That’s right, at my gym: Revolution MMA in Benton AR we are hosting a Bully Self Defense Seminar this Saturday, December 1 at 12:00! It’s going to be a ton of fun and here’s your official invitation to attend! Our last seminar at Revolution MMA in Benton Ar was a ton of fun with just under 50 kids in attendance! Wow.

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Awesome Kids Bullying Seminar at Revolution MMA in Benton AR

Now I’m not sure how much you keep up with my blogs, but in the past I’ve blogged about some of our students at Revolution MMA in Benton AR , who were victims of bullying. I’ve talked about how serious bullying is with kids, and even adults. Bullying exists at school, at home, in the workplace, online, and everywhere in between…. and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again parents:

I bet there’s been at least one night your child has gone to bed crying and you didn’t know!

Now you probably feel bad but don’t… your kids won’t tell you everything, and some parents don’t know how to talk to their kids about bullying. Don’t worry. That’s what we are going to do this Saturday at Revolution MMA in Benton AR .  Not only will we teach your child some awesome moves that can help him/ her learn to stay safe and strong, you’ll also learn some easy ways to bring up the topic of bullying with your child. Please don’t miss this. Your child’s emotional and physical well-being is at stake. Give me a call to reserve your spot and you’ll be so happy you did!

Here’s all the details:

Revolution MMA in Benton AR

17724 I-30 Suite 1

Benton, AR 72019

Saturday December 1 12-2:00

All kids age 6 and up (at least 1 parent must attend also)

To Register Call Revolution MMA in Benton AR at 501-776-0606 or sign up online.

Ps. We’re going to finish this fun camp with a pizza party!

Looking for Self Defense? Look no further than Revolution MMA Benton!

You’re about to Discover why the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Revolution MMA Benton is your choice for Self Defense Training !

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that was brought to the US by the Gracie Family and made popular in the UFC. It is a grappling art, and to put it simply it includes all of the things you see “on the ground” in a UFC fight. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also includes standup work, similar to wrestling and judo. It’s awesome for self defense for men and women alike and one of the best solutions for Benton Self Defense and Fitness and here’s why:

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Revolution MMA offers World Class Benton Self Defense

1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is awesome for Self Defense because most self defense situations end up on the ground!

If someone attacks you, you are likely to end up on the ground. Do you know how to get off the ground safely? Do you know how to get someone off of you? Do you know how to keep someone from putting you on the ground? These are all the things you’ll learn in one of  self defense classes at Revolution MMA Benton.

2. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Revolution MMA Benton is awesome for Self Defense because it builds confidence:

It’s a fact. Most people looking for self defense are looking for 2 things: skills and the confidence that comes from having those skills. When you learn legitimate life saving skills as part of our self defense program at Revolution MMA Benton, you’ll feel more confident and assured of yourself. This is important for men, women and children alike. Imagine no longer feeling inferior, scared, or weak. That’s what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Revolution MMA Benton will do for you.

3. Brazilian Jiu Jits at Revolution MMA Benton Empowers Women:

Revolution holds semi regular FREE Women’s Self Defense Clinics as a public service. These clinics teach women how to be safe and defend themselves against the most statistically common attacks and scenarios. Revolution’s Benton Self Defense program incorporates all of these principles in their regular classes as well. Let’s face it, women need Jiu Jitsu! Most likely, someone is going to try to grab and tackle you or carry you off. Jiu Jitsu can be a lifesaver!

4.  The Self Defense Program at Revolution MMA Benton is taught by experts: 

Coach Jory heads up the adult program while Coach Abby heads up the Kids program.  Both of these Benton Self Defense programs are unique in that the expert coaches teach more than just techniques. Jory uses his years of expertise to help his students develop their bodies and mind for performance. I mean let’s face it: no matter what “techniques” you learn, your success depends on your ability to physically perform them under duress. By training under a certified and expert coach in athletic development, you will learn faster. You’ll have a higher success rate when performing the moves, because you will be able to perform the mechanics correctly. As an added benefit of Revolution’s Benton Self Defense Program, you’ll have access to the best athletic development plans that will make you lean, fast, strong and take your performance to the next level. In fact, coach Jory recently presented as part of the 1st Annual RMNU Camp. He was invited to instruct from one of the world’s top black belts, Robson Moura, who trusts his expertise.

5. Self Defense Training at Revolution MMA Benton is Fun!

Jiu Jitsu is fun. You’ll meet new friends, you’ll get to go places and do things. You’ll feel great inside and out. Here’s some of the fun things members of the self defense program at Revolution MMA Benton have been able to do:

  • visit the beach for the first time
  • go to Time’s Square
  • compete across the nation
  • attend seminars and compete across the world in places like Canada and Portugal
  • train under the top MMA team in the world (nova uniao)
  • train with expert coaches and competitors from Brazil
  • lose weight & feel great
  • save their life

If you’re interested in joining us at Revolution MMA Benton , click here !  

We’ve got an introductory special with your name on it!

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The Power of Choice For Fitness Success at gyms in Benton, AR

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The Power of Choice For Fitness Success at gyms in Benton, AR

What if someone gave you a gift, a special gift: the ability and freedom to do and have anything. Anything you want, it’s yours: Ripped abs, tones legs and arms, youthful skin, a leading spot on a sports team, a black belt in Martial Arts, a college degree, anything you want, it’s yours. Imagine that for a minute. What would it be like? What would you want???

It sounds awesome doesn’t it.

Ok, back to reality….. well actually, that is reality: You can have anything you want. You don’t need a genie in a lamp, or a special gift.  But you might need what most folks training at gyms in Benton, AR , who are failing at their fitness and other goals don’t have: the realization that the power is in your hands. It’s your choice to have it, or to not have it.

Let me explain: I’ve been in the fitness industry a long time, and the Martial Arts industry even longer. I’ve seen a lot of people reach their goals, but most of them fail and never accomplish anything. Statistics show that around 90% of diet attempts fail. Same goes for education: Most research suggests that around 60% of college freshmen don’t graduate. In Martial Arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 80 percent of people quit in the first month. I do not believe there’s been an official study, but I would guess less than 1% of people make it to black belt.

Ok so enough with the statistics and talks of failure. What does all this mean to you, that’s what you want to know, right?

Well, I’m going to show you how you can achieve your fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR , and how you can be happier with your life in general! 

And it’s all through one thing: the power of choice. When you begin to say “I choose to” or “I choose not to” you will have a new found freedom in your life, and you’ll be much happier! It seems so simple, but what I have just told you is a golden key to unlock a new door and totally change your life…and most importantly get success from gyms in Benton, AR !

Let’s take a deeper look in to what I’m talking about. I’m a coach. I’ve coached  a lot of people of all ages. Most likely if you are reading this, you’ve had a coach, or a teacher at the least. Ever had a coach or teacher tell you you have to A, B and C to accomplish something? Whether it be a weightless goal, fitness goal, pass a test, or some other goal, all goals have one thing in common: There’s steps you have to take to achieve them! Have you ever responded to a coach with something like: “Well I can’t do that”? I hear that a lot, actually. “I can’t”. “I just can’t do that”. “My coach doesn’t understand…”, “I have a job”, “I have a family”, “I don’t have as much money as everyone else”. The list goes on and on but those are the common excuses I hear, and I imagine many trainers at gyms in Benton, AR hear…. The truth is, all of those people can reach their goals at gyms in Benton, AR , and so can you. You might not believe me yet, so let me cover a few key objections people have to reaching their goals:

Time: Time is a big objection when it comes to folks reaching fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR . “I don’t have time to train that much”. Well, let’s take a closer look at that. Let’s say you worked out 2 hours a day 7 days a week (and I’m being generous here, because you don’t even have to train that much). That’s 14 hours a week out of 168 total hours in a week. That’s 8.3% of your time. It sounds silly doesn’t it? 8% of your time.   If you really wanted to achieve a goal, say losing weight, getting toned, earning a black belt and someone told you sure, just give 8% of your time, would you do it? I bet you would if you looked at it like that. But this is a big factor when it comes to folks achieving goals at gyms in Benton, AR . “I don’t have time”. Well, the truth is you do. This is where choice comes in. You choose to do other things. When you sit at home and watch TV, when you go out on a date, when you hangout with friends, when you go shopping, when you browse Facebook, etc, you are making a conscious choice to do something with your time.  According to research from Berkley in 2004, Americans spend 9x more time watching TV than on sports. That’s just one example of the many that are out there that show people spend more time making themselves unhealthy than actually improving their lives. But the point is you do have time. You have all the time in the world to do anything you want! You have the same 24 hours a day as everyone else. But it’s what you choose to do with your time that matters. What do you choose to do with your time?

I probably have not convinced you yet. You are probably still coming up with other objections, like the common: Money, Family and Job stuff. Let’s address those now.

Money: “I don’t have the money to do that”.  Most people think they can’t afford the gyms in Benton, AR . This one is simple. Do you have an iPhone, Droid or other smartphone? An iPhone costs a min $100 a month. If you have $100 a month for a phone, or if you have other luxuries like cable TV, a decent car, internet, go on vacations, etc, you have money. It goes back to that choice thing. What do you choose to do with your money? The fast food industry alone is a $110 billion dollar industry. Do you eat out? I’m not going to sit here and tell you what to do with your money, but unless you are living in a shelter, you probably have some form of income. What do you choose to do with your money?  Notice I said “choose”. That’s because it’s your money. You have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can spend all your money on drugs, or you can donate it all to the church. You can live a lavish lifestyle or you can live conservatively. It’s up to you. But ultimately if you put it on paper, more than likely you do have the money to get results from gyms in Benton, AR , but whether you choose to have the money for something is another story.

Job: A job in and of itself is a choice. I’d generally suggest that it’s a good choice, but it’s not a necessity. The reality of it is, is that you could bum off folks your entire life. Your job is your choice, and your line of work is your choice.  It might not be what you want as in “top of the list choice” but it’s a choice nonetheless. If you work a lot, it’s your choice. When you work is also your choice. Where you work is your choice.  I know a guy who quit a good paying job and lived off credit cards so he could be a world class BJJ competitor. His choice. When I opened my gym I didn’t have any money.  I lived there for 2 years. My choice. So what’s your choice when it comes to work? Oh and if you work 40 hours a week that’s only 24% of your time by the way. What are you going to do with the rest…train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR perhaps?

Family: Like a job, having a family is a choice. This is a big objection when folks have obstacles reaching goals. Marriage is not a requirement, divorce is an option. Kids are not a requirement.  You can be a great spouse and parent, or you can be a crappy one. It’s your choice. (I hope you choose to be a great spouse and parent, but nonetheless, it’s your choice). Getting married is a choice, having kids with the same person is a choice. It’s all you and what you want with your life. What’s important to you?  And let’s be realistic, If you realize the benefits of your Martial Arts and Fitness training, why don’t you include your family! All of you should be enjoying the benefits from one of the gyms in Benton, AR !

Now, Those are a few of the common objections people have to reaching goals. Hopefully I’ve shown you that all of these objections are just that: choices. So now for the important part: My personal challenge to you: Instead of saying “I can’t” say “I choose”!   Yep, it’s that simple. Instead of saying “I can’t train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR … I have a family” say something like “My family is important to me and tonight I choose to spend time with them instead of train”. Don’t say things like “I don’t have money to workout at one of the gyms in Benton, AR, but instead say something like “I choose to have an iPhone, cable TV, fast-food, (or whatever else it is) Instead of spending my money on training”.  Do not say “I can’t lose weight”, Instead say: “I choose to eat out, snack on cheetos and cokes, and make unhealthy choices” (this is assuming there’s no underlying medical problem which in majority of cases there is not).

So, now you know you can choose to do whatever you want. Here’s the second part to this money ticket: Are your choices congruent with your goals? First, let’s define “congruent”. “Congruent” is an  adjective meaning: agreeing; accordant; congruous.  So in order to be successful your choices, actions and behavior must be congruent with your goals. Here’s an example: Let’s say your goal is to compete in a martial arts tournament. Well, you have a few options: 1. you could not train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR , and you’d likely lose your money and the match. Doesn’t sound fun or productive, but you could do that. 2. You could spend your time, money and resources to train for the event and do your best.   Assuming you do #2, you will have to make some choices: “Do I buy a new phone”, “Do I stay home with my family tonight”, “Should I eat out at McDonalds”, “Should I go to a party instead of training”.   These are a few examples of choices you might be faced with. Instead of saying “I can’t train that much because I have to do xxxx, change your statement to: “I choose not to train enough because I chose to do xxxx instead.”

Where people have problems with fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR  is when they are not mindful enough to realize that their life is their choice and no one has to do anything. Sure with every action comes and equal and opposite reaction, in other words a consequence, but it’s up to you to weigh that and choose the route you want to take.  Some consequences are good, some aren’t. It’s your life, it’s your choice.  Many times folks get angry that they can’t do certain things or be certain things, they blame their coach, or other people instead of themselves. The truth is: 9 times out of 10, their behavior and choices are not congruent with their goals. This opens people up for failure and  leads them to anger and a whole host of other things. Sometimes they quit their journey to their goal all together.

So here’s my challenge to you: with everything you do, don’t say “I can or I can’t”. Instead say “I choose” or “I don’t choose”.   If you really want to be successful training at one of the gyms in Benton, AR , you have to accept personal accountability. After you take some time and start saying that, you’ll start to realize that you can do anything you want. You’ll think through your choices and ultimately you should be happier. After all it’s your choice, and why choose something that makes you unhappy, right? Personal accountability is one of the major keys to success. Do you have it?

 Interested in Training at One of The gyms in Benton, AR?

Join me at Revolution Mixed Martial Arts, the largest of the martial arts gyms in Benton, AR !  I’ll give you 30 Days Free and help create a personal fitness blueprint just for you. I’ll even help hold you accountable for your goals and push you to achieve more.  You’ll see the difference in Revolution over other gyms in Benton, AR .

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Mixed Martial Arts In Benton AR : You Are Always Improving!

“I Feel Like I’m Getting Worse Every Time I Train !”

I hear a lot of people say this ( in particular many of my students at Revolution MMA in Benton, AR ). : Kids and adults alike.  I’ve heard it time and time again. You can see the discouragement on their faces when they express this. Some people even consider quitting. Chances are, at some point in your Martial Arts training you’ve felt this way. Don’t worry, we all have. It’s totally normal. And this blog is for you!

Now, first let’s talk about why you feel that way.  Here’s why: When you first start training, you feel pretty good. You hit the pad as hard as you can, you kick your opponent hard. The loud slap you hear coupled with your sudden shortness of breath makes you feel good. If you’re training Jiu Jitsu you’re probably doing a lot of grunting and pushing folks off of  you. You make sharp, jerky and strong movements, and when you squeeze the crap out of someone’s head with your leg scissor or headlock you feel like you’ve won. After all, that’s what most new students do: Try to win. That’s the point isn’t it?

Not exactly: Later on down the line, you should start trying to use the things you learn in class. You stop trying to throw super hard kicks and punches while the rest of your body flings all over the place with your chin sticking up as if it had a bullseye on it. If you do Jiu Jitsu, you stop trying to hold and bench press folks, and you start trying to relax and move. In other words, you’re trying to do the right moves the right way. You are concentrating on what your whole body is doing, and trying to make harmonious movements! Good job! When you start trying to actually use the techniques you learn during classes at Revolution MMA in Benton, you discover that you aren’t always good at them right away. You go from overpowering folks via strength to sometimes ending up in a less preferred position because you tried and failed at a technical escape.

This is about the time students come to us and say they feel like they are getting worse. The truth is, you aren’t getting worse at all. You are trying to use techniques you haven’t mastered yet. You are trying to do the right moves the right way, use technique instead of strength, and this is exactly what you should be doing while training Martial Arts!

Let me let you in on a little secret: Did you know it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill? That’s 10,000 jabs, 10,000 snake moves, 10,000 escapes, that’s a lot of time in the gym training isn’t it? !  That could amount to years if you think about it. Expecting to be good the first time you try is a lot of pressure.  This pressure causes some folks to feel a real let-down, and sense of defeat early on that leads to quitting. They essentially had unrealistic expectations, and fell short. You shouldn’t be feeling bad at all!

Let me put it in perspective: Think back to your early educational years. When you “graduated” elementary school and moved to middle school, you probably felt pretty good about your math skills. When you got to middle school math class, you head might have exploded! Did you get worse at math suddenly? Not really. You were just adding things to your knowledge database, and you have to practice in order for them to become easier.  About the time they got easier you moved to High School, then College. The cycle keeps repeating. It’s supposed to.

Here’s My Secret Recipe To Get The Fastest Results From Your Training at Revolution MMA Benton :

Mixed Martial Arts In Benton ARThere’s a saying that “practice makes perfect”, well in actuality, “perfect practice makes perfect”. As you mature in your training, don’t always try to win. Try to work on the things you learn, and add new techniques and combinations to your arsenal. Accept that you might not pull them off the first time. In fact, I’d recommend trying them out on people who are less skilled/ newer than you are. Once you have success against a lesser opponent, move up in skill level. As you work your way up, you’ll start to see you are improving. Start the cycle over again. Keep a training journal with notes of your combinations and moves you are trying to improve. Keep notes of your successes and failures, and review your notes regularly.  Additionally, watch matches and videos online, or via DVD. If you can stay and watch an advanced class at your gym. Visualization plays a huge role in your body’s ability to perform. If you can video your self training, do so, and review your videos on a regular basis. Take the notes in your journals and evaluate progress. Ask your opponents and coach for feedback. With this “recipe” you can have a constant evolution in your game plan, and rest assured that you are constantly improving your training  towards your end goal .

If You Really Want To Improve, Try Private Lessons:

During a private lesson, your coach will create a special blueprint just for your success. You can review your notes and videos with your coach and listen to an advanced perspective on your performance. You can discuss any problems you are having, and get precise help to fix those problems. You will have a time dedicated just to you and your success. In fact, it’s proven that people who train private lessons get better faster.  1 private lesson can teach you more than 1 month of group classes.

If you happened to land on this blog and you don’t train Martial Arts yet, or you’re just looking to get in shape and have fun with an activity you can actually stick with, let me invite you to give us a try at Revolution MMA in Benton, Arkansas.  By clicking here you can contact us and we’ll set you up a no obligation personal consultation!

Kids Martial Arts In Benton, AR : What Should Your Child Be Working On?

Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR : What Should Your Child Be Working On?

“What should kids do outside of Class To Improve Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR ?” 

This is a common question I get from a lot of parents.  Many of the parents who sign their child up for Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR want to help their child get better outside of class. Additionally many children desire to practice at home, but are not sure what to work, being that they don’t have a proper partner or teacher present.  The good news is that the answer is fundamentally simple, and you can help your child improve his/ her Jiu Jitsu skills at home!

In 2006 I began training under the legendary strength and conditioning coach John Davies. Through my training under him I have had the opportunity to learn the soviet sports model of training. Additionally I have been introduced to and trained with other experts in the soviet sports model. In my own time I have done some research in to their habits of building athletes from childhood.  Jory and I have used this exact model to bring about our own success.

In the beginning, your child need not work specifically on Jiu Jitsu drills at home. You probably feel as “akward” trying to do Jiu Jitsu with your child at home as your child might on his/ her first day of trying classes for Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR . Don’t worry. You don’t have to try to remember all of the drills we do in class, or do any “funny” moves!

The fundamental development of a good athlete begins with a few skills, and it’s crucial that you develop these skills within your child:

  • 1. Kicking
  • 2. Throwing
  • 3. Running
  • 4. Jumping

These are 4 simple skills that you can focus your work with your child at home to improve his/ her skills for Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR ! The better your child becomes at these exercises, the better he/ she will be down the line with regards to his/ her training. Actually, working on these skills will help your child in any Martial Art or sport, not just Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR !

Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR

Kids Martial Arts In Benton, AR

I would highly recommend you take the time to do these activities with your child on a regular basis. In today’s society, the tradition of family is often lost. There is no dinner time, nor is there much social/ bonding time. It’s proven that due to the internet and social media, people are talking less and becoming more and more disconnected. Use this time to not only help your child improve his/ her skill, but to develop a bond with your child. This can be a nightly activity, or something your family does every weekend. You can include your child’s friends, and your entire family.

 

There are so many things you can do that incorporate these 4 skills:

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Kickball
  • Frisbee
  • Trail Runs
  • Hop Scotch
  • Jumping on the trampoline
  • Jumping rope
  • Throwing/ Skipping rocks on the pond

These are some games you can use to develop these fundamental skills with your child as your child begins training Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR .  Keep in mind that these are fundamentals. As your child progresses, in age and skill set, your child will need to do more specific things to develop these skills. At a certain age (I will withhold this exact number) your child will need to begin to specialize in his/ her chose sport. But these skills must be developed prior to specialization. This is a good place to start.  But don’t get me wrong, your child should start training Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR as early as he/ she desires! But before the age of specialization, when your child really focuses on the sport, these skills must be developed.

Using this opportunity to have “family exercise” with your child will not only increase your child’s skill set, but allow you some time to have a much needed talk. I’d suggest you talk about a few things:

  • 1. Let your child know your family’s rules about his/ her training:  Only you can tell your child when it is acceptable to use his/ her skills. Now that your child is training Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR , he/ she has special knowledge. I would be remiss not to tell you that your child has the potential to hurt someone else. It’s crucial you discuss this with your child.  You want  your child to be safe, but you don’t want your child to become a bully. Judgement skills take time for a child to acquire. Discuss it!
  • 2. Get to know your child’s friends: In my past blog I made a mention: “If you child hangs around 9 drug dealers, he’ll be the 10th.” Do you know who your child’s hanging around with? Now’s a good time to find out. Let your child invite his/ her friends. Additionally talk to your child about bullying and peer pressure. Let your child know that it is something most everyone experiences in life, and that you are available to talk to 24/7. Make sure you child doesn’t feel the need to hide problems, or be embarrassed.
  • 3. Talk with your child about healthy eating and exercise: Let your child know that these exercises are helping his/ her improve for Jiu Jitsu Class! Encourage your child to make healthy eating choices for performance.
  • 4. Be a good role model: If you don’t exercise yourself it’s time to make a priority! Set a good example and take care of yourself so you can watch your kid grow up. The great news is if you feel out of shape, or like you can’t keep up with your child, the good news is you can with these simple exercises. You will both benefit, so give it a try.
  • 5. Have fun! Kid’s get bored easy, so here’s another secret: The more fun you can make of exercise, the more your child will do it.

Additionally, while your kid is training Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR , we will be enforcing all of these things in our classes! We’ll talk with your child about his/ her training, about developing healthy friendships and relationships, we’ll provide good role models, and teach healthy eating habits. Most importantly, we’ll have fun!

When your child signs up to train Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR , or anywhere else, It’s my hope that your child doesn’t just learn a set of skills, but has a better quality of life due to his/ her Martial Arts training! Training Martial Arts was the best decision my parents made for me. I got to see the world, compete internationally, and I’m successful in life.  Our program for Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR can help you do the same for your child, and with our proven life skills development program, we’ll put your child on the path to success fast.

I hope you enjoyed my blog. I merely scratched the surface of athletic development for kids! But if you’re interested in improving your child’s performance in sports, or trying Kids Martial Arts in Benton, AR be sure to check out Revolution’s 30 Day Trial! Click here to get signed up!

Martial Arts Benton : Can Anyone Be A Black Belt?

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" Can Anyone Be A Black Belt? "

This is one of the most controversial topics in Martial Arts everywhere, even in Benton.

“Can anyone be a black belt?” 

I had never pondered this question until I was a teenager about 8 years in to my Martial Arts journey.  As I moved through the years in Martial Arts, this question kept reoccurring. Depending on who you asked when, the answer was different.  I had never decided for myself, and then one day, as a gym owner, I was smacked in the face and forced to answer this question once and for all.  Keep reading, I’m going to give you a quick history lesson that led me to the shocking answer.

How did this question come about so many years ago? Well, an instructor at my gym was talking with my mom. We were pretty active in the gym and he would tell her all the latest happenings at times, even if he wasn’t supposed to. He told her he and the owner were discussing the topic. He didn’t feel anyone could be a black belt. The owner did. And that was a problem. Until that moment I had never entertained that thought. I suddenly felt very insecure and worried, even though I was already a black belt. I thought perhaps I might not “cut it” for advancement. I remember that day very clearly. I was a teenager, I think about 14 years old.

But let’s go back farther for a minute: From my experience training traditional Martial Arts since the 80′s and now owning a gym, I have been on the front end and experienced the “bubble” of 2 particular Martial Arts styles: Traditional TaeKwon-Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

When I began training TKD 20 years ago, it catered to the same age group as BJJ and MMA does now. Everyone who did it was tough. We trained in a skating rink actually, and it smelled funny.  Then we moved to a new spot that had a thin layer of carpet over concrete floors, and that’s about it. A bloody nose was an often occurrence, and the word “retention” meant nothing to school owners. They only wanted the hardcore students.  Testings at my gym above second degree were “secret” and no one could talk about it.  To test for my 2nd degree black belt I had to demonstrate a number of skill, knowledge and physical demonstrations, one of which was  going to my coach’s trailer park and running around the park for 2 miles. It was pitch black and I’d guess my age to be in the 10-13 year old range.  I remember trying to think what I’d do if someone attacked me. I’m not quite sure what my coach did during that time. If you asked those school owners like my coach if anyone could be a black belt, they’d most certainly laugh and say no. A black belt was for those guys who “made it” and never quit. Dojo storms were common, and people always tried to “check” one another’s rank, or try to prove something.

I remember moving to a larger gym 7 years in to my training. This gym was a little more main stream and they wanted me to wear this protective equipment called  headgear and mouth piece. It was absurd, or so I thought.  You also couldn’t punch someone in the face until you were a certain rank, and white belts didn’t spar right away. You actually waited a good 6 months before you even started sparring. I remember one of my first days there we sparred. I was in the black belt teen class and paired up with a nice black belt girl. I punched her right in the face as soon as they said go. She fell down and everyone stared at me. I was so used to trying to stay alive, that I did not know there was a concept called “flowing” or going easy on an opponent. I later learned that. If you asked these people if anyone could be a black belt, you might get a different answer. I will say this was a quality gym with tough ranking standards, but it was evident that the thought processes were changing.  As the years went on, it became obvious everywhere that the pendulum was swinging the other direction.

I began to feel myself wondering back to what I was used to and I would go train on the side at a local kickboxing gym that was less mainstream and much more hardcore.  This gym equally smelled funny, and unlike the big gym with fancy mats, it was back to a place with a think layer of commercial carpet on concrete.

Fast forward to 2003. By this point the TaeKwon-Do and traditional Martial Arts bubble was bursing. “No Holds Barred” was the new “tough guy” Martial Art, and traditional Martial Arts schools catered to mostly children (who could earn a black belt at the age of 5 btw).  I remember my first experience training BJJ. I enjoyed it because it reminded me of the times I first started training TKD. There wasn’t a lot of hooplah, the gym was small, no one washed their gi, the mats weren’t always clean, and some folks weren’t very nice, but I still liked it. There was no curriculum, you just kinda got beat tough and if you stayed you kinda made it, or so one might feel that way.  I do remember I did feel a bit “gross” after every class. Some folks I can say with 100% certainty never washed their body or gi in their life!  None of that mattered. The place was packed b/c BJJ was different than main stream Martial Arts philosophy at the time (by this time those TKD instructors would tell you anyone will be a black belt in 2 years).

BJJ didn’t hand out black belts to 5 year olds, it was real, it was hard! But ask these BJJ teachers the same thing: “Can anyone be a black belt?”, they would have most certainly said no.  In fact if you reached blue belt status you might as well have been a god. I had no idea what I needed to do to get a blue belt other than wait and keep training.  In fact my first BJJ teacher used to stand in front of the class and talk about how it took him 10 Years to get a black belt and it was gonna take us that long too (if we even made it). It was eerily similar to my past traditional Martial Arts experiences. Dojo storms started happening again. It’s the same deal repackaged all over.

Fast forward again to 2011. By now I’ve owned 2 successful gyms for 6 years. In addition to all of my years training and assisting at different gyms, I’ve now been 100% responsible for my own student’s progress. In this time I have often revisited the question “Can anyone be a black belt?”.  

I was faced with a lot of different considerations. I’ve had older students who wanted rank and claimed they couldn’t train like the younger students because they had commitments, families, and were older in years. They didn’t want to be held to the same expectations physically as a young person. I’ve had people get injured and still come to class yet not get rank because, despite their hard work, they could not physically perform the task. I’ve had folks who put little effort in to class and considered it a social event rather than training expect rank because they fulfilled their “class requirements”.  I have been faced with some tough decisions, and I was very stressed over my predicament.  I was in a pickle and it was decision time.

Was I being to hard on the older students? Was I not being accommodating to their family commitments?

Was I expecting too much? Was I being unreasonable or “old school”?

I was sitting there holding that pendulum in my hand, trying to find the right spot. On one side was those who give out black belts like candy, on the other were those like many of the gyms I trained at. Both set their students up for failure: One for handing out rank to those who didn’t deserve it and for NOT having a standard, the other for not having a means to get to the end, essentially for not facilitating the student’s journey. I didn’t want to be either. I wanted my students to get to black belt. I wanted to provide them a path, but I also wanted them to earn it. As I began to ponder the right answer I began looking in other places. I began looking at other professionals and quickly reconsidered my time at a university. I then considered an idea, a theory if you will:

“Earning a black belt in Martial Arts is no different than earning an advanced degree”

All sorts of people earn degrees, some have learning disabilities, some have families and work 2 jobs, some are rich, some are poor. Some need to take remedial classes first. Some go to school full time and live there and take 21 hours a semester. Some go to 1 class a semester and take longer to earn their degree. Some have to take time off for various reasons, and then return. There are people all in between. But anyone who meets the requirements can earn a degree! Those who want it bad enough will do anything to meet the requirements to earn that piece of paper! Next I began to look at the expectations most college professors held of their students for earning an advanced degree:

  • Did the part time students who had families and jobs receive special priviledges in class? Were they excused from excess work because of time contstraints? No.
  • Did the “older” students get to take longer to complete a test, or did they receive special help or accommodations, or even receive an exemption for certain tests or performances? After all everything declines with age: eyesight, hearing, memory, etc. (and by older I mean those not just out of High School) But in fact these “older” students were held to the same standards as all other students. Whether you were 18, 60 or anywhere in between, you were held to the same standard.
  • Were the students who intended to make a living from their degree treated differently than someone who just wanted to earn a degree for another reason (say a stay at home mom who just wanted an education “in case”)? No.
  • What would happen if I went to class and said I’d like to be a surgeon but: “I really don’t have time for this internship b/c I’m  not like these young guys who can live at the university and dedicate all their time to studies.  Afterall, I’ve got commitments! I’m a bit more forgetful than I was, and the tests are too hard!”  What would the professor say? He’d laugh. It’s absurd.

As I answered these questions, it became clear to me:

“You don’t have to be the top of Harvard’s graduating class to be a surgeon, and you don’t have to be a world champion to be a black belt.

But there’s one commonality: You have to meet the bar.”

There’s a standard of what it takes to be a surgeon, doctor, lawyer, etc.  While there are variations between those who pass, there’s still a minimum performance requirement that must be attained and demonstrated, regardless of age, sex, life situation, natural born ability, etc.  If you want to be a surgeon, you best be prepared to perform surgery. And you best be prepared to perform it correctly!

Ultimately that led  me to my decision!

“Anyone who meets the requirements can earn a black belt!”

So now this brings the question…Which of my 2 instructors was correct? Well, both were. One felt anyone could achieve black belt, I agree with this. With hard work, perseverance, and proper instruction, anyone can. The one who felt that not everyone can be a black belt felt so because, well, there were a lot of people approaching black belt who needed to make drastic changes in order to actually perform as a black belt. Essentially “not everyone can be a black belt in their current state”.  Anyone who didn’t come up as a lifetime Martial Artist would be wrong not to think that earning a black belt will require some drastic lifestyle changes. Afterall, if you are going to be a black belt, you had better be ready to perform like one. I’ve heard a number of excuses for people being black belts yet not being able to perform: I’ve heard 5 year olds justified as black belts because “their mind knows the moves but their bodies aren’t mature” I’ve seen folks who can barely raise a leg get promoted because “they know it, and if they were in better shape they could do it”.  I’ve also heard the excuse “I don’t want to be a competitor, so I shouldn’t be held to a tough standard.”  That’s crap! You’ve got to be able to do it. Period. If that means losing 100 lbs, waiting till a child is a tad older, training harder, or improving yourself any other way, you had better do it. Otherwise, you don’t deserve it.

The problem with Martial Arts is not that the arts themselves “suck” or are “ineffective”, it’s that in many gyms and organizations, it has become socially acceptable, even expected, that anyone can get a black belt even if they don’t meet the bar.  In fact it’s so commonplace now that instructors lower the bar bit by bit so more students can reach it.  Before you know it, the bar is on the floor and everyone is stepping over it with a bare effort to raise their leg. You don’t have to be a trained Martial Artist to notice it.  In fact it’s a problem because many people noticing it are not trained Martial Artists.  Show up at your doctors office and you can quickly tell if your doctor is qualified. Martial Arts is no different. This has trickled down to the students: In today’s Martial Arts systems, there seems to be a sense of entitlement running rampant amongst the students as well.  It could be just the overall degredation of American Society, or perhaps folks are under the false impression that earning rank in Martial Arts is the equivalent of earning a cookie for your hard work. I’m not sure. So, I had found the answer and now it was time to act.  I once had a college professor tell me “never lower the bar. Instead raise it and people will rise up to meet it”. She’s right. I set the bar. I expect everyone to reach it. I know everyone can reach it. It’s not a matter of “can do”, it’s a matter of “will do”.

“Everyone has the desire, not everyone has the will power to make it happen.”

So back to our question: “Can anyone be a black belt?” Yes! I did it, and you can too! But be prepared to rise up and meet the bar!  In fact don’t rise up to the bar, surpass it! 

Kids Martial Arts Benton Helps Kids in School!

Kids Martial Arts Benton Helps Kids in School!

Behavioral and emotional problems in kids are all too common these days. A 2005 report shows that nearly 5 percent—of children are reported by their parents to suffer from definite or severe emotional or behavioral difficulties. These are problems that can interfere with their family life, their ability to learn, and their formation of friendships.  If that were not bad enough, these problems usually persist throughout a child’s life and carry in to adulthood. What that ultimately means is that these problems can affect your child’s chances of success in life.

Kids Martial Arts Benton

 

 

What if I told you I had a solution to your problems?

 

A way to ease your fears?

 

 

Let me take a minute to share with you an interview from one of the kids in my Kids Martial Arts Benton Classes. This is Rylie and she has been training Kids Martial Arts Benton for almost 2 years. Rylie is a model of hard work and discipline in class. I’d even go as far to characterize her as an “overachiever”. You will notice in our interview Rylie makes several mentions of how training Kids Martial Arts Benton has helped her in school.

 

Kids Martial Arts Benton can help kids with a number of problems: social and in their studies.

All kids, and kids with behavior problems in particular, have trouble making friends. A child with behavioral problems tends to feel isolated, misunderstood, and lonely. He/ She may be ostracized by other children for his/ her behavior. Wouldn’t it be nice if your child could have a place to go that helped him/ her make positive, lasting relationships with peers? Not only will this benefit your child in the short term, but throughout your child’s adult life, he/ she will have to know how to form and build positive peer relationships for success.  Rylie made mention that her training helps her get closer to people.  This is one of the great benefits that comes with Kids Martial Arts Benton !

Kids with behavioral problems not only have trouble making friends, but they may experience a lot of social conflict.  In fact we all do, but kids with behavioral and emotional problems are likely the brunt of bullying and taunts from peers.

Do you remember what it was like to be bullied in school? 

Do you remember the names of school bullies? 

Perhaps you remember bullying yourself?

It hurts, and to a child who has problems handling their own emotions, it can be disastrous. It can break them in to emotional pieces. Kids Martial Arts Benton helps kids learn how to deal with these problems. First, kids learn common life skills such as courtesy, respect, kindness, and generosity.  They learn how to work with a partner and be a good teammate.  Kids also learn how to avoid physical confrontations through their own behavior and through talking. Kids Martial Arts Benton teaches kids the right things to do and say in order to diffuse a heated conversation. In the case of a confrontation, kids learn to react with reason and not with emotion. They learn to think through their choices and be prepared for consequences.  Kids Martial Arts Benton also teaches kids the right skills to keep themselves safe!

As Rylie also mentioned, Jiu Jitsu helps her calm herself down and relieve stress from the school day.  Kids with emotional and behavioral problems do not deal with stress well. They may overreact to things we would otherwise consider insignificant. Stress can affect a child’s ability to focus and perform in school. Learn Martial Arts can help your child calm down when faced with a stressor. In addition the physical exercise is proven to elevate mood and reduce depression.

Kids Martial Arts Benton helps kids with their studies by giving them alternative means to look at a problem.  Rylie mentions that when her teacher asks her questions, she can relate it to Jiu Jitsu and answer. When learning Jiu Jitsu, kids learn about angles, leverage, and all sorts of other things they will learn about in math, geometry and other classes in school. They learn how to position a joint to make proper leverage or to escape. They learn which angles help make a technique more efficient.  When these kids think about angles in their geometry classes, they can most definitely relate it to Jiu Jitsu.  Math isn’t the only subject kids learn about. They’ll learn about geography as they learn the history of their art. They’ll learn a bit of foreign language and culture, as they meet the guests who come in for special camps.

Most importantly they learn critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is defined as

The process or method of thinking that questions assumptions. It is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, false, or sometimes true and sometimes false, or partly true and partly false.

Kids learn to test a hypothesis and theory, and they learn to question what they assume to be true or false. You see, they practice the techniques they learn daily in a live setting. They learn to make their own combinations of moves, anticipate a persons reaction and plan their reaction accordingly. They also have to react quickly and make a new plan of something doesn’t go as initially planned. All of this entire process takes a split second for a seasoned practitioner, but as kids learn this process, they are learning valuable physical and mental skills. Kids also learn how to deal with others and others’ behavior. They learn that they can’t always predict a persons reaction, but they can control how they react to a situation and how it affects them. Kids who train Kids Martial Arts Benton improve their critical thinking in the process. One they are able to do this, they are able to use these critical thinking skills anywhere in life, even in school.

Did you notice Rylie is very well spoken? While some of the kids were a bit camera shy at first, I noticed later that they were all well spoken. Kids Martial Arts Benton gives kids the confidence to speak in front of others, and feel good about themselves. By watching these kids, you can tell they have confidence. That confidence carries over to many other areas of life, and will be a determining factor in their success. Tessas and Samuels also experienced a significant boost in confidence with their training!

Wouldn’t it be great if your child could experience all of these great benefits in one place?

If you want to help your child become more successful in life, learn critical thinking skills, relieve stress, manage emotions, control behavior and have fun, go on my website and sign up for a 30 Day FREE trial.

Let your child try Kids Martial Arts Benton absolutely 100% Free for 30 Days!

This will be the the best thing you can do for your child! 

Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton : Pure NU Lineage!

Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton : Pure NU Lineage!

These Days, not a lot of people can say that their Jiu Jitsu lineage runs pure.  More and more associations are forming and getting organized. With this comes a lot of changes. Some organizations are imposing fees or requirements as well as getting organized and offering services to competitors and clients. With this a lot of folks are jumping ship from one team to another.  Some because they don’t like the changes, others because it’s popular to open a gym and they are in search of getting rank from whomever will hand it out fast. I’m pleased to say that I have been 100% Nova Uniao since day 1, and all of our students at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton can say the same.  This is a history of our team!

Nova Uniao is one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teams in the world. It has been home to multiple World Champions in both grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. From Vitor “Shaolin” Riberio, to B.J. Penn, to Leonardo Santos, to Robson Moura, to Jose Aldo, to Benton’s Jory Malone the gym has played host to generations of talent and success.

Per Teammate Leo Santos, an account of Nova Unaio’s history:

Nova Uniao is the product of the combination of two of the most storied lineages in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Andre Pederneiras was one of the founders and was a black belt under the great Carlson Gracie, the first Gracie to teach the full range of Jiu-Jitsu techniques to students outside the Gracie family. The co-founder of Nova Uniao was Wendell Alexander, who is a key member of one of the most unique lineages in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Alexander is one of the few men who can claim a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage that is clear of any Gracie. Unlike the vast majority of BJJ players who trace their instructors back through Carlos Gracie, Alexander’s black belt traces directly back to Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda taught his Kodokan Judo, blended with some catch wrestling he had learned while traveling Europe, to several students in Brazil, most famously Carlos Gracie. One of Maeda’s first students was Luis Franca, a man who sadly little is written. In 1937, Franca took a student of his own, and while Helio Gracie was learning Jiu-Jitsu for the first time so was young Oswaldo Fadda. Fadda would earn his black belt in 1942 and began to given lessons on the outskirts of Rio. By this time the Gracie family had the made the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu well known but many of their prices for instruction were steep and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was a martial art of the middle and upper class. Fadda taught his lessons in public areas, opening techniques to lower classes for no charge. In 1950, Fadda and his students finally were able to open their own academy just outside of Rio. The school specialized on footlocks before the rise of Luta Livre made the techniques commonplace in Brazilian grappling. In 1951, Fadda challenged the Gracie Academy in Rio through the Globo Journal famously stating “We wish to challenge the Gracies, we respect them like the formidable adversaries they are but we do not fear them. We have 20 pupils ready for the dispute.” Helio invited Fadda and his students to a competition at the Gracie Academy. Fadda’s students defeated Helio’s, many of them using foot locks though one Fadda student did choke a Gracie student unconscious. While the Gracie’s scoffed at the use of footlocks, referring to it as a “street technique”, they declared Fadda’s victory as a sign that Jiu-Jitsu belonged to everyone. The Globo covered the event and gave Fadda excellent press and new students flocked to his academy, as well as tough man challengers. Over the years Fadda and his students defeated all comers. Fadda would earn the fabled 9th degree rank of red belt, the highest honor bestowed to a non-Gracie. One of Fadda’s students, Sebastiao Ricardo would become instructor to Master Wendell Alexander, who has led instruction in Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .

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Alexander began training at the age of 4 in 1970 under Geraldo Flores. Alexander went from toddler to purple belt under Flores, but when Flores moved away Alexander turned to Sebastiao Ricardo. Alexander worked hard under Ricardo, and earned his black belt in 1986. Sebastiao asked Alexander to take over his academy. And when Alexander accepted Sebastiao disappeared, and has not been seen since. Alexander proved an able teacher, if a tentative competitor. During the late 1980s and early 1990s there was not much in the way of competition and Alexander by his own admission did not have to the energy to seek out the elite competition. That said he did win gold at the first IBJJF Pan Ams in 1996 in the Masters (30-35 years old) Black Belt division. Despite not having a competitive fire himself, Alexander’s academy in the late 1990s had many successful students in the younger age groups and lower belt divisions. It was during his time coaching that he met Andre Pederneiras, who also had a very young and talented group of students, but neither of their schools could compete with the sheer weight of numbers of the major teams like Gracie Barra and Alliance. In 1995 they decided to merge their academies in order to compete in the quickly evolving world of sport jiu-jitsu. Together they opened the Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which combined the very decorated lineages of Carlson Gracie and Oswaldo Fadda to great effect. Some of the school’s first successes were Robson Moura, one of the head professors of Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , who would become regarded as one of the best BJJ players ever winning 7 World titles and guiding the young B.J. Penn to become the first American to win a World Championship in 2000. One of Alexander’s students that would emerge in the 2000s was Leonardo Santos. Santos, like his teacher, started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 4 and while Santos enjoyed playing soccer as a youth he was raised in a Jiu-Jitsu family and felt obligated to train.

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Santos would grow up under the tutelage of Alexander and become one of the most technical, dynamic and greatest BJJ Lightweights of all time. Santos would medal at IBJJF Worlds in 2000 and 2001, but he became discontented with the IBJFF and declared he would only compete for cash prizes. Santos would then join a rival organization that would become the Confederation of Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJE) that tried to attract top talent by offering cash prizes. Santos would go undefeated for five years on the World Cup circuit and won the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 CBJJO World Cups.

 

Santos also became involved in the ADCC Submission Grappling Championships like fellow teammte Jory Malone ( who coaches Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ) in 2005 and entered into a very competitive field that included Renzo Grace, Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, Shinya Aoki, Pablo Popovitch and Marcelo Gracia. Santos defeated future UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre in the quarterfinals…

After ADCCs Santos took a break from competitive grappling to help his brother Wagnney Fabiano open an academy and then Santos shifted his focus to MMA. Fighters like Leo Santos, Wendell Alexander, Oswaldo Fadda and others like Marcelo Pereira who trace their lineages back to Mitsuyo Maeda with no Gracie present keep Luis Franca’s lineage alive today. It remains an important and under valued aspect of a martial art that is so dominated by one family and this lineage is proof that Jiu-Jitsu indeed belongs to everyone.

100% Nova Unaio At Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton

Now you can train Nova Uniao Jiu Jitsu with Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton !! Right here at our local Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , we are using the exact same secrets that helped these jiu jitsu players rise to the top. In fact, through Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , we have produced a number of Jiu Jitsu Champions such as Novice World Champion Charles Smith, Pan American NO GI Silver, NO Gi Worlds Bronze Medalist, and Europeans Absolute Bronze Medalist Abby Malone, and Pan No Gi, Pan American and World No Gi Champion Jory Malone. In addition a number of students have won at International Events including Bobby Riley, 2011 Pan No Gi Bronze Medalist, Andy Threlkeld, 2011 Dallas Open Gold Medalist, and Shon Foreman, 2011 Houston Open Silver Medalist. All of these champions train at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton and Hot Springs! In fact you could be next. Join us at one of Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton and see for yourself!

How Would You Like to Train With These Champions at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ?

Revolution is on the cutting edge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts and we are striving to continue our goal to offer World Class Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton . Imagine if you could train with Master Wendell Alexander, UFC Vet and Jiu Jitsu champion Vitor Shaolin, Shooto Figther and one of the top grapplers of all time Robson Moura, or 3x World Champion Marcelo Pereira, 6x World Champion Rodrigo Feijao or Brazilian National Champion Daniel Garcia?  All of these champions and instructors have taught and trained at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton !  The great thing about it is that we bring these people to you! While  you have the opportunity to attend fun camps to train, you don’t have to do so to get good. You can get good right here!

Get Access To These Secrets In Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton Now!

Get access now with a 30 Day FREE trial  to Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton by clicking HERE! Hurry they are only accepting a few new students at this time and you may be lucky enough to be chosen! Kids are even welcome in our World Class Jiu Jitsu Clasess Benton for kids. “Discover how anyone can train and enjoy martial arts: No matter you sex, age, fitness level, experience level, or even if you want to compete or not at gyms in Benton AR . You’ll see “Raving Reviews” and “real life….real people….success stories” of our happpily involved martial arts students at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .”

Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton Deters Bullies

Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton Deters Bullies

“If I try to get help, it will get worse,” she wrote in her suicide note to her family. “They are always looking for a new person to beat up, and they are the toughest girls. If I ratted, they would get suspended, and there would be no stopping them. I love you all so much.” ~Globe and Mail.

This was a young girl’s suicide note to her parents.  Take a minute right now and put yourself in her parents shoes. Imagine walking in and finding a note like that and a gruesome scene.  I don’t mean to be graphic, but this is a real problem.

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Kids Martial Arts Benton Helps Prevent Bullies 

Do you remember being bullied in school? 

 

Do you remember how it made you feel? 

 

Do you remember the names of bullies from your school? 

 

Do you remember bullying anyone yourself? 

 

 

Chances Are Your Child Is Being Bullied At School! 

The world we live in teaches kids that violence is the answer, it’s everywhere: the news, TV shows, Video Games, Internet, etc. Bullying is all too common these days.  It happens right here in the Benton and Bryant Schools.  Here is a review that was posted on one of the local schools sites:

” Officials are under the impression that ‘bullying does not exist in – - – - -’. In reality, bullying is overlooked.”

Make Beats Not Beat Downs is a non-profit uprising dedicated to presenting alternative help to bullies & the bullied youth through all aspects of music. Their research in to bullying has shown the following:

  • - It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.
  • - 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
  • - 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
  • - 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
  • - 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
  • - 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
  • - 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying
  • - Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.
  • - Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
  • - 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”
  • - 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
  • - 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
  • - 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
  • - According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
  • - Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.
I can guarantee that there’s been at least 1 night your kids has gone to bed crying and you didn’t know it.
If that’s not bad enough, I’ll let you in on a little secret you may not be aware of: bullying doesn’t just exist for kids. Look at these frightening statistics about adulthood bullying. The Workplace Bullying Institute recently commissioned Zogby to do a poll on bullying in the workplace:
  • 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand (37% in 2007, given the MOE, essentially equivalent)
  • 62% of bullies are men; 58% of targets are women
  • Women bullies target women in 80% of cases
  • Bullying is 4X more prevalent than illegal harassment (2007)
  • The majority (68%) of bullying is same-gender harassment
Bullying is everywhere, and it is not going away.  Teachers are busy, and let’s face it, schools aren’t bully prevention centers. Most parents are working long hours and 2 jobs in these tough economic times.

How are you going to protect your child from becoming a statistic?

Who is going to prepare your child to walk with confidence throughout his/ her life?

I will!  With our Kids Martial Arts program at Revolution MMA Benton, your child will learn to Walk With Confidence!

Listen, to this recent video from one of the students in our World Class Kids Martial Arts Program at Revolution MMA Benton :

Here, Tessa talks about signing up for Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton to help her deal with bullying, and to be prepared for bullying that could occur in the future.  Her parents made the smart choice to enroll her in Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton as a way to prepare her for success in life. She is learning confidence and mental skills, as well as physical skills, like essential techniques and strength building exercises that will help her should she need them.

You also probably noticed that Kids Martial Arts training at Revolution MMA Benton  is teaching her more than how to defeat bullies! She is also learning to value hard work. Thanks to her competition successes and experiences, Tessa learned that when she puts a lot of time, focus, and hard work in to her goals, she will achieve them and be rewarded. If she continues with these principles, she will see great success later in life when she goes to High School, College and later on in the work place!  You can tell by watching the video she feels proud of herself and she has a lot of confidence.  Kid’s Martial Arts classes at Revolution MMA Benton teache kids to walk with confidence!

Here’s 5 Ways Our Kids Martial Arts Program  at Revolution MMA Benton Helps Kids Triumph Over Bullies 

1. Situational Awareness - First and foremost, it’s best to avoid physical confrontations before they occur. Your child needs to know how to recognize a situation that is becoming heated or dangerous, and which situations and places to avoid all together.  Kids who are enrolled in Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton learn situational awareness in their classes.

2.  Verbal Skills -  Kids need good verbal skills. Verbal skills help a child diffuse a situation when it’s becoming heated. This prevents the situation from escalating in to a physical confrontation.  Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton teaches kids the right words to say and how to say them.

3. Physical Training - While it’s important to know how to avoid a situation or how to diffuse one, inevitably some situations escalate. In a self defense scenario, children who are in shape and healthy are able to escape attack. In addition to teaching kids to live a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton teaches kids  the proper skills and techniques to use to keep themselves safe and escape a dangerous situation!  Your child will also learn how to use proper judgement for his/ her skills.

4. Emotional Management -  A lot of kids struggle expressing emotions and dealing with stress. Your child needs to know how to deal with his/ her emotions when faced with difficult situations. Your child needs know acceptable ways to relieve emotional stress, how to talk about problems, and who to talk to.  Kids Martial Arts at Revolution MMA Benton helps kids relieve stress through exercise, and provides a safe environment with adults your child can trust to confide in.

5. Social Skills  - Many kids are bullied because they lack social skills. Allowing your child to be in an environment where he/ she can learn how to make friends and get along with others can be instrumental in preventing bullies in school, as well as helping your child with career advancement.  Kids who train Kids Martial Arts Benton learn essential things such as how to get along with a partner, taking turns, helping others, and working as a team.

Most Importantly, Your Child Needs A Positive Role Model!

It’s a proven fact that people emulate what they see. Kids act like the people they hang around with. Who is your child hanging around with? If your child hangs around 9 drug dealers, he’ll become the tenth for sure! Your child needs to be around kids and adults who act with confidence and handle themselves properly.  This is a definitive factor in your child’s success!  Enrolling your child in Kids Martial Arts  at Revolution MMA Benton will allow your child to be around positive role models.

YOUR CHILD WILL GET ALL OF THESE THINGS WITH KIDS MARTIAL ARTS BENTON

If you are serious about helping your child gain the confidence to walk away from bullies, contact me right away and I’ll send you my E-Course to Bully Proof your child!

Revolution Mixed Marital Arts

17724 I-30 Suite 1

Benton AR 72019

501-776-0606

In addition I’ll give you a complimentary introductory trial and conference to our Kids Martial Arts program at Revolution MMA Benton!

Kids Martial Arts Benton Makes You Stronger

Kids Martial Arts Benton Makes You Stronger…. a lot of the kids in my Kids Martial Arts Benton program stated that one benefit of Martial Arts was strength! And I’m going to share their thoughts with you.

I’m not sure what gave me this idea. I guess because I find normal interviews and testimonials boring. One day I just decided I’d let the kids talk for themselves. After one of our Kids Martial Arts Benton Classes I told them they could volunteer to talk on camera about Jiu Jitsu. They were pretty excited about that. Here’s the first of many.

These interviews are:

100% unscripted

100% unedited

100% Real

 

Kids Martial Arts Benton

Kids Martial Arts Benton

Revolution’s Kids program offers so many benefits!

It makes your child:

  • strong,
  • fast,
  • agile,
  • flexible,
  • slim,
  • focused,
  • controlled
  • disciplined
  • kind
  • respectful
  • safe
  • and so much more

Click Here for more info about how Kids Martial Arts Benton can help your Child.

Are You The Parent of A Child Age 5-13?

What If I Told You I Had A Secret That Could Improve Your Child’s Life?

How Would You Like To Give It A Try For 30 Days Free?

Call Us now and we will let you try our Kids Martial Arts Benton program for Free for 30 Days. In addition we’ll give you all this:

  • Free Tshirt
  • Free E Course
  • Free Consultation

Just for coming in! Join us and let Kid’s Martial Arts Benton improve your child’s life 10 fold!