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Injury Free – 5 Steps to follow for BJJ
BJJ Western Mass
Do the warm up and stretch properly.

Everyone says that it’s super important for a reason. George St. Pierre keeps telling his friends and students that the body is like an ‘elasteec’, it has to be warm in order to stretch, if it’s cold it will break. It’s a good analogy and this is something simple that people should keep in mind. Don’t roll until you have at least a light sweat going and you have gone over some functional movements to give your body a stretch. Shrimping, rolling, scooting and whatever other movements are essential to avoiding injury during the training. Also after class, it’s highly recommended that you stretch while your body is at it’s warmest to really help those tight and sore muscles. You will also improve your range of motion that will aid in your use of technique.

Choose your opponents wisely.

Did you just start training? Are you over 35 and some jacked 20 year-old blue belt spaz wants to roll with you? Maybe it’s better to take a rain check if you know the guy has a rep for hurting people or being too rough. The examples I used don’t cover all the kinds of opponent’s you should avoid. There are usually many factors involved, but if you know the guy cranks his subs, spazzes out and accidentally hits people, or if he is much larger than you, then it’s best to preserve yourself and pick someone else. It doesn’t mean you’re a wussy, it means you’re actually smart.

Don’t spaz out.

Just as it’s important to avoid guys that spaz, you also don’t want to be a spaz yourself. The less calculated you are, the higher your chances of tweaking a body part or collision. Headbutts, elbows and knees are some common collision problems in BJJ and the results can be quite gruesome. So play smart and use your technique – if you poorly compensate with strength or speed too often, you may face the consequences.

Leave your ego at the door.

To put it bluntly, tap when you know you’re caught. Who cares if you get tapped. Whether you tap or your arm gets broken, the result is the same, you lost. Except if you tap, you can come back and train the next day and fix your mistake – a much better deal, no? Sure, you can struggle as much as you want and try to get out, but if it’s tight, just tap – especially if you’re in class. You’re there to learn and losing is part of it – surgery and recovery time is not. If you’re in the finals of the Worlds and you’re up on points – it may be a different story (ie. Jacare vs Roger Gracie). But if not, it’s probably not worth it.

Tape is your real best friend, not dogs.

Making the effort to buy tape and take some time before every class to support any injuries can make a world of difference. Proper taping can help strained wrists, ankles and fingers, which are the most common mini injures in the sport. What’s best about it is that it will help avoid further injury and help heal whatever problem you have quicker. Keep a roll in your bag at all times, it’s impossible to do jiu-jitsu and never need tape. and Facebook Page

Tae Kwon Do in Springfield MA

When people think about taking martial arts, Tae kwon do may be one of the first words you think of. It is one part of of mixed martial arts. Why just learn one part when you can learn it all. At Team Link in Ludlow MA we do everything. Tae kwon do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, and Kung fu. Why limit yourself to just one style when you can have it all?

Come and check us out. I can guarantee when you walk in and see what we have to offer your you will not want to go anywhere else.

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Martial Arts for Girls Springfield MA

Self defense or martial arts in general are great for female’s to learn.  Do not get me wrong it is great for everyone, but all women should get some training under there belt sort of speak.  Doing martial arts will inevitably make you stronger, faster, more flexible, fitter, slimmer (in the RIGHT way), more confident, and more aware.  So why wouldn’t you want to start. Team Link in Ludlow is the premier training center in Western Mass. They have the best instruction classes that can be fit into your schedule. Stop in and give a class a try. Check out for more info.

Muay Thai Classes in Springfield MA at Best MMA School in Western Mass Team Link Ludlow

Best Muay Thai in Western Mass

Best Muay Thai in Western Mass

You can improve your health and have a physically fit body by getting into our Muay Thai fitness programs at Team Link Ludlow. This is the best way for you to have a stronger body and gain confidence. Muay Thai workouts can help you to be at your best fighting form as well. This new martial arts class in Springfield Ma are forming right now.

Gustavo Kuhn World Champion Muay Thai Fighter

Gustavo Kuhn World Champion Muay Thai Fighter

Team Link in Ludlow Massachusetts is proud to have 3x Brazilian Nation Muay Thai Champion, current South American Muay Thai champion, and 4th Place winner of Thailand’s International Muay Thai Championship, Gustavo Kuhn teaching all the techniques that made him the champion he is today. The opportunity to learn from a world champion Muay Thai fighter does not happen everyday. Now these are the benefits of training Muay Thai.

Many individuals will get positive results from Muay Thai trainings. You will build stronger and more defined arms, stomach and legs. This program will also help you to gain a sense of inner strength and emotional balance which will be portrayed into your everyday live

Muay Thai training has bee proven to have benefits on the cardiovascular system and the toning of your muscles simply by just completing our training workout.

Muay Thai training and the innovative variations of the jabs, other powerful punch combinations, defense, and fitness combines many types of aerobics exercises. You will learn the proper mechanics and how to effectively execute the fluid movement of the punch, knee, kick,  and elbow combinations for an intense workout that will help you become stronger and more confident.

Most fitness gyms have classes teach you  combinations that make you perform punch and kicks combinations that are executed to an imagined opponent and just thrown into the air.  At Team Link you have the ability to work with the best training partners and work quality equipment such as punching bags, Thai pads, and a full size MMA cage. All of this equipment is utilized during your training. So you will get to punch and kick actual targets.

Muay Thai workouts allow you to burn hundreds of calories in just an hour. It also helps maintaining the heart rate to that 75% to 85%  that studies have  proven to be the  proper heart rate for an efficient cardio work out.

Muay Thai training will improve  your speed, stamina, and strength. Flexibility and the reflexes of your muscles will become enhanced. The movements done during training require you to develop balance and coordination that enables your body to be stable and maintain good form.

These physical benefits you will gain from our  Muay Thai program are just few of the many benefits you will develop. Not only will this help you get into the best shape of your life. You will learn some awesome self defense techniques that can be utilized in the real world. Also you can use this training to develop  relaxation and self-motivation. After you complete a class you will feel that stress has been removed from your body. It also helps you to get rid of that anger that you had inside of you. Once your anger is released, you will feel lightness in your body and a great sense of peace of mind.

Many fitness experts recommend Muay Thai training for beginners because it allows you to workout at your desired pace and body condition. Muay Thai allows you to push yourself to the limit and conditions you all at the same time

Positive results await you with Muay Thai training at Team Link. You will enjoy a physically fit body and will keep you in best shape you have ever been in. You have the option working out and exercising at your preferred level and skill.

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Jon Manley Shown In The House – TUF 16 Preview

No one knows for sure, but it appears that Team Link’s Jon Manley makes it into the house.  Set your DVR’s or just  watch The Ultimate Fighter on Sept 14 on FX at 9pm.

New Martial Arts Classes Springfield Mass Area : Ludlow Team Link Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Classes in Springfield MA

When choosing a school to train in order to become stronger and to be mentally prepared for fighting situations you must train at a gym where there is most champions. Team Link in Ludlow is that school. No where is there more champions then within the Team Link organization. This photo was taken during a MMA class in our Ludlow school. New classes form all the time. So come on in and take advantage of some free MMA training.

When choosing a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in Springfield MA or an Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)  school for that matter there are many things to consider. Mixed Martial Arts in Springfield MA there is are few choices be careful.

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How to find MMA lessons in Springfield MA

How To Be An All Around Good Martial Artist

Becoming a “all around good martial artist” may mean different things to different people. I am only going to say what I think it means.  You don’t have to hit every point, but make it a point to try.

Know how to handle yourself on the street

Most people focus on different techniques they learn in class. The problem with that is most likely in the street these scenarios do not come up. Learn the techniques and master them, but use them to create your own natural movements. I have created hundreds of different techniques of the ones I learned in class. Also on the street, remember rules do not apply.

Priority training in one area, but making sure to cross train

No one will master every aspect of every single fighting style, but make sure you do not just focus on one art. If you are black belt in one style, do not just train that style because you are good at. Make sure to train in styles that you may need work. If you don’t, it may be a potential hazard for you. Remember in all aspect of training, the things that do not come as natural are the things you most likely need to work on the most.

Realizing the 3 aspects of hand to hand combat: striking, takedowns, and grappling

Hear is a solution to become well rounded by training some BJJ, Muay Thai, wrestling and Judo. By doing so, you will cover all your bases. You will have an understanding of striking, kicking, take downs, and grappling. To be good at MMA, you must be good at all of these.

Understand how defend against weapons and how to use them

Knowing what to do against someone if a knife or a gun is pulled is crucial. Let’s hope it never happens, but why not be prepared. Also you should learn how to use as many weapons as possible, at least become familiar. Anything can be turned into a weapon if you need it to be.

Character Building

Learning martial arts is not just something you learn, it is something you live. Make sure to learn the philosophies behind martial arts and structure your life around it. Let martial arts make you a better person. A person that is really good at martial arts will not use it unless there is no other way. Become the person people look up to and want to learn and train with you.

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