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Kids Martial Arts : The Anti-Bully

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Kids martial arts can be a wonderful tool to help your child gain valuable skills, such as balance, coordination, camaraderie, discipline, respect (for oneself, and others), self defense, and much more.

True or false: Your son or daughter’s well being is the most important thing to you as a parent. If you said false, please exit out of this page. This article is very serious, and I don’t want you to read if we’re not on the same page.

If you’re still reading, great! Let’s talk about the buzz word of the year, bullying. There have been countless news stories about unthinkable things happening to children across the country as a result of bullying. I recently heard a statistic that childhood depression is on the rise. It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about that. With that in mind, we as a Mixed Martial Arts gym are in a unique position to do something positive and help counteract bullying. And we plan to do just that, one student at a time.

How do we achieve that?

4 step approach…

1) By teaching respect and discipline in our classes. We teach our students to respect their elders, coaches, parents, peers, and perhaps most importantly, themselves. We’ve found that our students gain self confidence through our kids martial arts classes, and that it carries over into other aspects of their lives. We’ve also found that they’re more disciplined in their home life and at school.

anti bullying monongahela2) By emphasizing to students that they’re not to use their skills outside of class. We preach to our students that what they learn in class is for self-defense purposes only. They’re never to use their skills to initiate a fight. However, if they need to defend themselves, they are equipped with the proper skills. If we find out they’re using their skills for purposes deemed not appropriate, we have the right to suspend them from class. Fortunately, we’ve never had to suspend a child because our kids martial arts students understand this concept.

3) By educating our students on why it’s not cool to be a bully. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, some kids decided bullying was “cool.” Teaming up on defenseless children for their own amusement suddenly became fun to them because they were a little bigger, and could get away with it. We won’t stand for it. Our students learn that bullying is unacceptable, and why.

4) By teaching children that bullying isn’t only physical. Emotional bullying is a real thing, and we arm our students with the knowledge and techniques to counteract this type of bullying.

What is your son/daughter going to do in Kids Martial Arts Class?

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Our kids martial arts classes mix 2 different styles of martial arts; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing.

Brazilian Jiu JItsu is a martial art style that teaches ground self defense. Basically, how to defend yourself if you ever find yourself on your back. They’ll learn how to counteract bullies through submissions, reversals, sweeps, guard, and positioning.

Most people have heard of Kickboxing. Children will learn how to defend themselves standing up. We teach how to punch properly, how to defend a punch, head movement, and footwork. All of the skills necessary to prevent a bullying attack.

But, it’s also really fun…

We understand that most children only do something because it’s fun. Our kids martial arts blend technique with games. But, for a reason. Our games are teaching them valuable skills without them realizing it. They think they’re just having a blast (which they are). But, they’re also learning really valuable self-defense skills in the process making it a win-win for everyone.

Try it out for Free

We’re so confident that you’ll love this for your son or daughter that we want to give you a class to try it out for free. This gives you a chance to see what we have to offer first hand without making any commitment. If you decide it’s not for you after that first class, you pay nothing. Or, you could purchase 5 Classes for $19.99 to continue your trial. But, there’s a reason that 9 out of 10 students come back after their Trial… because parents love the lessons, morals, skills, and education their children get at Octane MMA. That’s priceless. We’re located in Monongahela, PA and run kids martial arts classes Mondays at 7pm, and Wednesdays at 730pm. Each class is one hour. Join us?

To learn more about our classes & to fill out a form to get your son or daughter’s martial arts journey started, please click below:

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Wrestling Will Elevate Your MMA Game

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Until about 3 months ago, all of the UFC titles were held by former NCAA Wrestlers. Why? Because a quality wrestling game gives you the ability to take the fight where you want it. Stand up game not as strong? That’s fine, just get a takedown. It’s a simple, yet effective strategy. Yet, wrestling class is typically the least attended class at MMA gyms. It’s pretty puzzling. So, I wanted to write a little article giving you some benefits of wrestling in hopes that you’ll it a bit more seriously.

Jiu Jitsu Benefits

Sure, some Jiu Jitsu players like pulling guard and working from their back. In my opinion, it’s much better to have a more dominant position; mount, side control, or back control. Wrestling teaches you how to get into these positions effectively. It also teaches you how to effectively shift your body weight to always be in solid position. Aside from that, Octane MMA teaches some pretty slick submissions out of wrestling base positions.

Learn the Art of the Throw

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Too many times, you see two Jiu Jitsu players tied up on their feet, neither knowing what to do. Wrestling teaches you a blend of Judo that will have you confident in these positions. There’s nothing better than having someone charge at you unknowing that you’re about to throw them to the mat with a technique they didn’t know existed. Wrestling will teach you how to purposely put yourself into deceiving positions to throw your opponent off. And just when he feels comfortable, bam! He’s counting lights from his back.

Defense from Your Feet

Your Kickboxing game can be strong, your Jiu Jitsu game on par. If you can’t defend a takedown against even a mediocre wrestler, you’re in for a long day. The sprawl is the easiest way to defend a takedown, but we’ve got so many defensive tips and tricks, your head will spin. There’s a lot to learn, but if you’re looking to be able to stop a wrestler from beating you where he’s best, you need to be in wrestling class.

Learn How To Ride Legs

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I call this technique “riding legs.” Others refer to it as hooks, or boots. Whatever you want to call it, it’s extremely effective. If what I just said is foreign to you, riding legs is basically controlling your opponent using the lower half of your body. Typically done when you have back control, you use your hips to knock down your opponent’s base. There’s a variety of submissions available to you from this position. Eddie Bravo (Youtube him) is a master from here. He’s got an entire series from here, and he’s won World Titles with it. You’ll learn how to utilize it in wrestling class.

Killer Cardio Workout

Wrestling is one of the hardest workouts you’ll endure at an MMA gym. You’re using nearly every muscle in your body to get a takedown. You’re constantly moving, and constantly trying to improve your positioning. This type of movement takes skill, precision, and a lot of muscle endurance. It also will get you in amazing shape and tone muscles you didn’t even know existed.



5 Reasons Women Should Try Kickboxing

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If you haven’t already been privy to the benefits of kickboxing, allow me to enlighten you.This is only a top 5 list, but it could be easily expanded to many more. I won’t bore you with more explanation, let’s jump right into it.

#5 Get rid of fat, quickly

Kickboxing combines martial art techniques, and heart pumping cardio. This combination is guaranteed to help the fat melt away. Obviously, a well-tuned diet will help make this process quicker. Either way, if you’re looking to get into shape quickly, this is the right exercise regimen. Studies show that you can burn 750 calories in one hour of Kickboxing; try THAT on a treadmill.

#4 Learn valuable self defense

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We live in a world where people constantly have to look out for themselves. Kickboxing provides the necessary skills to defend yourself if the situation ever arises. In class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques that’ll make someone wish they never messed with you.

#3 Tone your entire body

Kickboxing utilizes SO many different muscles; some that you probably didn’t know existed. Just because the word “kick” is in the title doesn’t mean you’re only using your legs. You’ll build your arms, abs, core, thighs, calves, glutes, and more. It’s an all around great workout.

#2 Take out stress and aggression

Fact: everyone gets stressed out sometimes. Whether the cause is your job, husband, kids, or something else, it happens to everyone. The trick is taking that stress and harnessing that energy into something positive. Kickboxing is the perfect outlet. In Octane MMA Fundamental classes, you’ll get to leak that aggression by punching bags, pads, mitts, and dummies. We don’t permit sparring (fighting other people) in our fundamental classes, so there’s no need to worry.

#1 It’s so much fun

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The #1 Reason women take Kickboxing is because it’s fun. Traditional gym routines are generally pretty boring (which is why most people don’t use those routines over the long haul). With Kickboxing, you’re learning new skills all the time, and constantly challenging yourself to do better. You’ll have the support of your coaches and teammates through the whole process.
If you think you’d like to try it out, click below to fill out the form, and we’ll contact you to set up a Free Class!

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Amazing Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training

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Other than just being a mere sport and martial art, Brazilian jiu jitsu can be a way to change your life. There are many benefits associated with Brazilian jiu jitsu training, and that is the reason why many people consider it to be a lifestyle and art form. The benefits go well beyond what you can physically see, both mentally and spiritually, and it has changed many lives.

Physical Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The first obvious physical benefit of Brazilian jiu jitsu training is the fact that it helps in losing weight. Not only does it put you in better shape, but it also increases flexibility and overall strength. It is undeniable that you will begin to see the physical benefits after just a few weeks of training, and you will not even be able to see the amazing health benefits you are receiving in addition to your weight loss.

Perhaps the biggest reason why people exercise is because they wish to look a certain way. You will probably never hear someone say they are working out to lower cholesterol or improve health. Brazilian jiu jitsu is the same, because students do not start training to lower blood sugar, but they want to be physically fit. It will do good to keep in mind that the best benefits you are receiving from training are the ones that you can not see, because Brazilian jiu jitsu greatly improves internal health.

Aside from all of that, training in Brazilian jiu jitsu will teach you how to use your full body as one unit. In modern society and during work and daily activities, the body learns some rather strange movement patterns that are just not natural. Learning the art of BJJ will help you to become more physically aware and confident. Your overall strength and mobility will also greatly improve, and you will find that some exercises that were once difficult are now easy to perform.

Mental Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

More often than not, the great mental benefits associated with Brazilian jiu jitsu are simply overlooked. First and foremost, the art of learning a new technique will require just as much mental activity as physical effort. In order to completely learn a technique, you must practice consistently, and in a way, your mind is studying the new information. It is as if you are in school, first learning a subject, and then applying it. However, it can be difficult at first when learning to apply the new technique, and through lots of practice, you will overcome the obstacle and become more confident and accomplished. It can take years to master the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu, and it gives the students more incentive to practice and hone their skills.

One of the greatest hidden benefits of Brazilian jiu jitsu training is the struggle of failing and trying again. It amazingly helps improve the mental strength of students, because after so many failures and practice, the mind develops much needed discipline and endless patience. Since it requires intense focus, after much training and dedication, you will soon experience a stress free outlook on BJJ and even life. You will receive unlimited benefits in patience and discipline when training in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Another undeniable benefit is that through training you will be able to release stress and anger. Through rolling and drilling sessions, you will release much frustration and energy, and ultimately feel much better. Training time is your time, and there is nothing better than training hard after a frustrating day at school or work.

At Octane MMA, you will meet people from all walks in life: doctors, lawyers, students, men and women alike. The best part is that you are all there for one reason- to get better at BJJ. Training is an excellent way to improve physical and mental health, learning abilities and stress levels. Brazilian jiu jitsu training is all about learning lessons and getting up every time you fall down, in order to become a stronger, mentally tough and more motivated person.

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Octane MMA Invades NAGA Philadelphia 2014

Octane MMA and the coaching staff would like to congratulate students Mary Ruffolo and Brandon Lauderback on both bringing home double gold this past weekend at NAGA Philadelphia 2014. They traveled all the way across the state to test their skills and did not disappoint. Hard work and dedication to the craft pays off. Be sure to watch out for these two as they are just getting started.

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Brandon will be fighting on Pinnacle FC Pittsburgh Challenge Series 9 Wednesday November 26th at the iceoplex in Canonsburg, PA. If your interested in going to the fights to support your teammate see us at the front desk for tickets.

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