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Teen Self Defense: Thinking Ahead

In about 9 months, parents will be taking final measures to prepare their teens for success at college. For some that will include scheduling a self-defense lesson at Akiyama Dojo. I sense immense responsibility and pride in empowering college-bound teens with self defense skills and mindset for protecting themselves, and ensuring their success under challenging conditions.

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Cross Training Martial Arts

A good teacher has to figure out where you are, where you need to go, and how to get you there. If you are simultaneously studying with another teacher, the second teacher will have a different assessment and idea of where to take you. Therefore, every time you study with each of your two teachers, you may be traveling in different directions.

You may be happy in thinking that you are getting the best of both worlds, but your divided focus will be very frustrating to your teachers. You will probably never know, but when your best teachers get tired of seeing you go in different directions, they will give up on you.

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5 Reasons Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu (That Aren’t Self Defense)

In an article published on jiujitsutimes.com Avery Clements details 5 reasons why women should train BJJ that aren’t self defense.

I thought it would be a great launching point for some of my own ideas. Here’s a link to the full original article

1. It teaches you to love your body for what it can do rather than for what it looks like.

Blame it on the media, society, whatever you’d like, but it’s clear that many women live their lives focusing on how small their waist is or how big their bust is or how their body doesn’t look like that body.

Jiu jitsu erases a lot of those insecurities by showing you all the awesome things your body can do.

This is such a great point. I love seeing new joiners realize that, with a little bit of understanding of fight-physics they actually possess tremendous power. They first key is to experience your ability and then you will naturally gain confidence and esteem in your ability rather than simply how you look or how others perceive you. Once you start to see yourself in a more positive and empowered way, you will exude a new type of confidence that others will pick up on. Our BJJ classes near Manchester, NH will not only improve your self-image but training with us can actually improve your entire world.

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Sportsmanship at Rio2016

Sportsmanship means to always honor your opponent. All too often, we see the winner of a match immediately begin celebrating victory; throwing ones hands up and jumping, the delight of a roaring mob.

Competition is an expression of pushing oneself to the utmost and testing oneself against worthy opponents. Even in one-on-one competitive sports, the ultimate goal should not be to destroy or dominate ones adversary.

A true sportsperson respects and appreciates ones opponents. After all, if not for the commitment, talent, and hard work of your opponents, you wouldn’t have anyone to test your skill against. During actual play, competition is expected to be intense and relentless, within the bounds of the ruleset. However, once play is over a sportsperson should demonstrate respect for ones opponent, referee, coaches, and the sport.

After securing a victory at Rio, Egyptian judoka Walid demonstrated excellent sportsmanship by showing true care and respect for his French opponent who was injured during the match.

Womens BJJ in NH

Check out this great video profile of female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete, Michelle Nicolini.

If you think this looks like fun, join our women-friendly jiu jitsu classes in Londonderry, New Hampshire!

Our dojo features a very welcoming environment. Our BJJ culture is all about working cooperatively with teammates in order to help each other reach great heights, every day! Voice or text 603-247-8546

How to Start Krav Maga, Karate, & BJJ

One of the most common obstacles that people encounter toward starting training is the notion of waiting for everything to fall into place and be “perfect” so that they will be able to really commit to training in an amazing way.

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Machado BJJ Makes You Better

Beginner BJJ classes at AMA consist of one hour of range of motion, movement study, and technique, plus thirty minutes of live grappling or “rolling” as it’s known in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

When we go to live sparring in our Londonderry BJJ classes, we focus on developing the same skills and quality of movement that we practiced in class. When new joiners begin sparring they soon enjoy a big “A-HA” moment when they realize that the key is to focus on personal improvement, rather that trying to dominate ones training partner. It seems like a lofty goal, but we have a very easy to follow method for teaching people how to spar in a way that fosters mutual benefit and camaraderie.

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Case Study: Russ

I started training (well that was not what I was thinking at the time) five (5) years ago with Ken Akiyama. I was overweight with 38″ waist and taking medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol and pre diabetes. Kind of a human ticking time bomb. My motivation to start was my son who at the time was interested in martial arts. I was just keen to spend some time with him and if I could loose a light around the waistline, well you get the idea, it could only be good.

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Case Study: Maria

I arrived at AMA as a complete novice in martial arts. I had been very curious about karate and the philosophies connected to different types of martial arts for as long as I can remember but had never been introduced to them personally by anyone. Martial arts can sometimes, unfortunately, seem too vast, complicated, and even intimidating to some people and perhaps that’s why some, although interested, may never step foot into a dojo. Well, from my first phone call to AMA, asking questions about classes and how I could possibly start learning about self defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, to my first in-person meeting with Ken Akiyama, until now, I have been constantly, without fault, impressed by the warmth, cordiality, helpfulness, and atmosphere of respect, which I have experienced as a student and member.

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Case Study: Andy

40 yrs ago I was introduced to the Martial Arts in New York City.  Although I’ve studied various styles in both karate and kung fu, I found myself constantly disenchanted and disappointed with the methods and philosophies of the particular Dojos, that is, until I discovered Akiyama Martial Arts.  My previous experiences with the Martial arts left a deep rooted hunger to find the Right Dojo, the Right Teacher and the Right Practical Martial Arts Methods – Kapap (the KravMaga philosophy of PRACTICAL Common-Sense Self-Defense) and Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) – The predominant PRACTICAL Martial Arts of the ground game.

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