Despite the fact that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team at Paramount is among the best on the East Coast (check out the article on all of the Gold medals won at this spring’s NY Open), at the Paramount BJJ headquarters in Downingtown, PA the art of self-defense is the top priority for new students.
Check out this video from the Gracies, the first family of Jiu-Jitsu, about the important distinction between sport and self-defense Jiu-Jitsu:
Fortunately for martial arts enthusiasts throughout Chester County, at Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the art of self-defense is taught AND the incredibly exciting sport side of Jiu-Jitsu is practiced as well. Click HERE for more info!
The most important skill in MMA is understanding the intricacies of grappling- specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Without at least a basic understanding of BJJ, you’ll be taken to the ground and beat up easily- whether it’s in the cage or on the street. Even the best Muay Thai Kickboxers and Boxers can’t land their Knockout punch or kick if they can’t stay on their feet.
Fortunately, local MMA fighter Mike Thomas understands this and is working hard on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in addition to his Muay Thai and Boxing skills. And thanks to the high-level instruction at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, PA Mike is tearing up the BJJ scene and the local MMA scene on his way to the UFC.
Mike recently traveled to New York City to test himself against some of the very best BJJ grapplers on the East coast. He won 8 consecutive matches- some of which were against opponents 50 lbs heavier! Next up Mike travels to California for the World Championships, then on to his next MMA fight.
You can see some of Mike’s MMA fights HERE, and you can train with Mike at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, PA. Just visit our website for more info.
There are many different reasons to train the martial arts, but this blog is about being a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. Not everyone can do what’s necessary to become successful in MMA, in fact most can’t even come close.
The cost of becoming a successful MMA fighter is enormous. Countless hours of training, sleepless nights because of muscle aches and pains, friendships and relationships lost because you’re too busy training to hang out, injuries requiring surgery and forcing you to question your resolve, etc.
I haven’t even begun to talk about the skill required and the mental strength you’ll need. How will you respond to the daily beatings you’ll take? Oh, you thought you’d be the one handing them out? Not gonna happen. You’re going to get beat up from day one until the day you retire. And you’ll lose fights along the way- in front of loved ones, friends and family.
So can you do it? Yes. Will you do it? Odds are you will not. You will not want it that badly.
The odds are stacked against you. But if you really want it, there are World Class coaches and athletes waiting to help you get there. Click HERE for more info.
First let me preface this by stating the obvious: the training regime I’m going to share with you is NOT for everyone. It is, however, for anyone who wants to become a World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Grappling. This goal requires a level of dedication and commitment that most people will never understand.
The training routine below is from U.S. Olympian Travis Stevens’s facebook page. Stevens reached the Semi-Finals for Judo (a sport similar to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) in 2012, and also trains BJJ to help his submission game for Judo.
If you think you want to become a World Champion, take a good look at this training routine and ask yourself, “Am I willing to train like this?” If your answer is No, modify your goal. If your answer is Yes, make sure you find a World Class Martial Arts academy with high-level coaches and a state-of-the-art training facility.
Tonight’s fight between current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz has all the makings of a classic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) battle.
Both St. Pierre and Diaz have technical striking, and both hold black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), plus there’s bad blood. Diaz has been calling out “GSP” for a while now, and St. Pierre has not taken kindly to the trash talk.
Even though they are both highly skilled in both striking and grappling, their styles are very different. GSP is more of a kickboxer and uses his BJJ from on top. Diaz doesn’t throw many kicks, he’s basically a boxer who can submit opponents even when he’s in guard (on bottom).
So with all that in mind, who’s going to come out on top? The best indicator may be prior opponents. During his tenure as champion, GSP has fought the absolute best the welterweight division has to offer- Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Carlos Condit to name a few.
Diaz has beaten some very tough opponents in Strikeforce, but the level just wasn’t the same as in the UFC. Going by this, combined with GSP’s almost unstoppable takedowns, the smart bet is on GSP via decision. But as we’ve seen before, anything can happen in MMA.
If you’re looking to train MMA in Pennsylvania, check out Team Paramount HERE.