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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training has become very popular over the last couple of decades. The first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), back in 1993, turned the martial arts world upside down. Royce Gracie won easily. There was something very interesting about his win:...

5/21 NJBJJF Tournament Results

Huge congrats to our competitors yesterday who competed in the NJBJJF Tournament.  For this tournament, we only had two competitors but they competed really well.  In fact, they showed an attitude and work ethic that we really like to see at Spartan MMA. First, off we...

Lou Valenza Will Be Running Our Kickboxing Classes

Lou Valenza will be running our Muay Thai kickboxing classes.  Lou has years of experience in Muay Thai and mixed martial arts.  He has trained extensively in Muay Thai with 10 years of experience.  He has trained under the famous Muay Thai instructor and world...

Half Guard in Mixed Martial Arts

The half guard is a great position when on the bottom.  What's best about it, is that it can be used in BJJ with and without the gi, as well as mixed martial arts. The half guard gives you the ability to take the back or reverse your opponent fast.  This way you are...

Muay Thai Kickboxing Develops Top Notch Conditioning

If you have never done a Muay Thai Kickboxing class, that's nonstop punching, kicking, kneeing, and elbowing before, you're in for a rude awakening.  The cardio aspect is intense.  It's really hard to describe to someone who's never done it before.  It's not like any...

Dedication in BJJ

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there are many abilities that can help a practitioner get better. Of course, having strength, speed, coordination, and many others are good.  However, people overlook perhaps the most important quality to have: dedication. Why is dedication so...

Fundamentals in BJJ Should Be Learned First

When starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, white belts have to learn and perform many techniques. This can be a very difficult task. Besides learning the techniques in class, there are many techniques available online, particularly, YouTube.  It is common to see a world...

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training for Self Defense

The are many values that a kid gains from martial arts.  Martial arts provide many benefits that a child can use to better their life.  Self defense is definitely an important one.  There are many good martial arts styles that prepare kids for self defense.  They all...

Winning Confidence for Kids

All kids who devote themselves to training martial arts develop one important thing: confidence!  Yes, confidence is important for kids to have.  There are many different ways in which a kid can become confident, such as team sports, but there's an extra advantage in...

Self Esteem for Kids

Self esteem is the greatest thing a child can gain from studying martial arts. Self esteem is ultimately the way a child views him or herself. If a child views themselves in a positive way, it will have a major impact on every area of their life. Good self esteem...

No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Students usually have questions regarding gi and no gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training.  Some ask which is more important or whether they need to start with the gi at all.  The answer is a good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner usually trains both.  With the gi, you have...

Improving in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Improving your skill in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be very challenging.  So there are a few approaches you can have to get the most out of your training.  The first thing you’ll need to do is to be consistent. Training BJJ twice a week for two years consistently is...

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefits

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefits: Physical Benefits Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one the most effective forms of self-defense there is. Besides, being an excellent approach to combat, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu benefits many areas of a person’s life. This art will take many years to...

Kids Martial Arts Teaches Discipline

A child can learn values from a kids martial arts program that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. They will learn good self-defense and much more. One of the best things martial arts teaches a kid is discipline.  It can be used in every area of a kid's...

Kids Martial Arts Benefits

Kids martial arts benefits a child greatly. Different styles such as Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling will help kids to gain better self esteem as well as discipline. The misconception out there is that martial arts might make a child more...

Mixed Martial Arts Training

The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts events, particularly the UFC, is on the rise.  As a result, more and more people are deciding to pursue training in Mixed Martial Arts.   However, learning Mixed Martial Arts effectively is not what it seems. It's obvious that an...

Muay Thai Kickboxing Using Combinations

Muay Thai Kickboxing teaches the use of combinations when attacking.  Combinations can be very useful in the ring or defending one's self on the street.  Since it is the "art of eight limbs," an effective Muay Thai fighter knows how to use all eight weapons together...