1. Five ways your child will benefit from the martial arts

    Every day parents and children walk into martial arts centers across the country looking to try a new sport. Like most activities parents have their children participate in, they want to know their child will learn something of value and have a good time doing it. The following reasons will explain some of the many reasons your child will benefit from studying the martial …Read More

  2. The Eternal Conflict: Gi or NoGi

    While everyone has their preference, the constant question of whether to spend more time training Gi or NoGi will probably never go away. To be honest I personally believe both have a lot to offer and ignoring one will leave a huge hole in your game. That said, there are benefits and disadvantages to both. The following is a summary of a few issues and things to consider w…Read More

  3. How often should I spar and how hard?

    One question I hear often from new students is how often they should spar and how hard the sparring should be. Like many things, the answer depends on your goals and what combat sport you are practicing. As my school, Integrated Martial Arts, puts an equal focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA the following explanations and examples are used. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…Read More

  4. 4 Hacks to make your Jiu Jitsu class more productive

    If you are anything like me, you are constantly looking for ways to make your training time more productive. As an older athlete, I can no longer train every day as life and my limitations get in the way. That said, training smarter is something younger people should also try adopting to get the most out of their lessons. The follow four ‘hacks’ are things you can do t…Read More

  5. 6 things to expect when starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Starting any new sport can be intimidating. Just getting over the fear of going in and signing up for lessons is sometimes too much for many people. The fact is trying something new can be scary, but the payoff can also be huge. Trying Jiu Jitsu for the first time can also be intimidating, but with some patience and work it can also have a ton of benefits. The following ar…Read More

  6. A Customer’s Response to Our Martial Arts Classes

    Every so often we like to take a look at some of the reviews we’ve gotten for our martial arts classes. We’re very interested in why people stick around, what they like about our classes, and what we could do to improve their experience. Let’s take a look at what one of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students has to say about the BJJ classes. I started training at IMA about…Read More

  7. Why Martial Arts Classes Are More Fun With A Family Member

    There’s no doubt that a lot of people who attend our martial arts classes are coming alone. After all, not everyone lives with someone else, and even if they do the chances that they’ll be interested in the same hobbies and sports as other people in their household aren’t very high. But some people do stop by in groups of two, three, or more. Most often this happens …Read More

  8. Are You More Interested In Defense or Offense?

    Every martial art has a different origin. Some have been created as forms of self-defense against armored opponents, other have been created as a backup for when a military’s weaponry has been exhausted. Still other forms of self-defense have been about subduing an opponent instead of killing them The type of martial arts classes you choose to take can have a lot to do w…Read More

  9. Helping You Choose Which Martial Art Is For You

      Here at IMA, our martial arts school breaks down into four distinctive classes: kids martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and self-defense classes. With so many options, which one is for you? Let’s take a look at each. Kids Martial Arts Are you a kid? This is probably where you should be! Our kids' martial arts classes are all about giving kids a w…Read More

  10. Why Are Movie Fights So Different Than Real-World Fights?

    People come in to take martial arts classes at Integrated Martial Arts for many reasons. Some are looking for self-defense classes, while others have been fans of MMA since it was incorporated more than 20 years ago. Still others come in thinking it would be great to fight like Jackie Chan. Yeah, about that last reason. While Jackie Chan is an accomplished fighter and spen…Read More