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  • Inside Look Into Local MMA: Jeff Watts Details the Dedication Needed to Thrive in the Competitve World of Amateur MMA

    For casual fans of mixed martial arts the glamorous lives of high profile champions like Jon Jones or Georges St Pierre may seem the norm. But even megastars like "Bones" or "Rush" have to start somewhere. Enter the world of local MMA.

    Grueling practices, marginal pay, and constant uncertainty are common occurrences for aspiring athletes hoping to one day make it to the top of the sport. But so too is teammate camaraderie, a physically taxing yet enjoyable workout regimen, and the chance to follow one's ultimate dream.

    Over the next few months follow along as amateur competitor Jeff Watts – better known as 'Karmaatemycat' to some – brings readers deep into the world of local mixed martial arts and all of the positive and negative incidents that accompany following your dream.

  • USCS Movie Review: 'The Hammer' is Heartfelt But a Tad too Predictable for Hardcore MMA Fans

    It took a while for the film to rise to the top of my NetFlix queue but this week I was finally about to watch the inspiring true story of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.

    "The Hammer" reenacts the childhood life of the deaf former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight, all the way up to his college years where he earned three NCAA Wrestling Division III National Championships.

    While the film is entirely predictable, the story is heartfelt and makes you root for the underdog.

  • How Jiu Jitsu Can Be a Major Factor in Improving the Attitude of a Troubled Teen

    Chances are pretty good that if your teen is having issues in school, lack of self-esteem and choosing not to make the best choices in life, he or she needs a change.

    This isn't something that you can simply put a band-aid on and it will go away. Any jiu jitsu coach understands teens behave certain ways for a reason, and sometimes they just need some neutral ground where they can have a clean start.

  • Take Your Fitness to the Next Level and Begin Training Jiu Jitsu

    If you’re like many others and struggling to find a great fitness program that’s challenging and keeps you motivated for the long run, then you may be missing something from your regime. Simply going to the gym day in and day out doing the treadmill and elliptical or taking spinning classes and lifting weights may keep you coming back for a while, but you may soon tire of the same routine and give up!

    If you’re looking for a program that gives you health benefits and is great for any age and sex, then you may want to consider an Indianapolis BJJ coach to get you on the right track. You should keep in mind that regardless of your age or fitness level, you can achieve a total body workout with Jiu Jitsu. Even if you’ve been going to the gym for years and using the equipment, you can still find the sport to be challenging and completely worth it once you’ve been doing it for a while.

    Even if you’re not looking for the overall body tone, you may want to consider Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for other reasons such as self defense and greater confidence. Many of us will find ourselves in scary positions every now and then, and it’s important that we know how to protect ourselves and get out of trouble fast.

  • Green Bay Welcomes Rilion Gracie Jiu Jitsu Association

    When people hear the name Carlos Gracie Sr. they think about the sprawling tradition in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie family has helped foster and spread the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the southern hemisphere all the way into the frozen tundra of Green Bay with the opening of the Rilion Gracie Jiu Jitsu Association.

  • From Winning Wars to Modeling: Shannon Ihrke Takes Off Her Marine Corps Blues and Picks Up a Ring Card

    "She's a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too. She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis, loves horses and her boyfriend too."

    She may be too young to be crazy about Elvis, and she certainly does not have a boyfriend, but rocker Tom Petty was right with nearly everything else with Shannon Ihrke, a model and ring girl for Pro Elite MMA who is turning heads in every direction.

    As Shannon readied for an afternoon of riding horses with her mother she was able to take some time to talk with US Combat Sports about her past, her future, and how she transitioned from the Marine Corps to modeling. So now you know why the lyrics from "Free Fallin'" fit perfectly.

  • Amateur Mixed Martial Artist Rob Larson Offers Pointers to Aspiring Fighters

    The amateur stage of the fight game can be considered the foundation of one's development into becoming a complete mixed martial artist. Everything from the choice of gym, training habits, and even proper guidance are all key elements that help determine an individual's fate and whether he will survive to obtain success in the sport.

    Ivan Salaverry fighter Rob Larson has had a remarkable journey thus far in his experience as an amateur. Surrounded by a great atmosphere of individuals helping his along his pathway it is no coincidence why he continues to evolve as a mixed martial artist.

    In this interview with USCS Reporter Monta Wiley, Larson shares his experience of being an amateur fighter in hope of reaching out to give future hopefuls helpful tips to guide them as they begin their journey into the world of MMA.

  • USCS Music Spotlight: Chris Senner Excites on the Grappling Mats and the Music Charts

    Chris Senner has been on a tear throughout Wisconsin’s grappling scene as of late. The Red Schafer Mixed Martial Arts product has taken home top billings at a number of events such as King Grappler and Combat Corner Grappling Championship.

    But what most don’t realize is that Senner also excels in the music department. Before Senner is featured in this weekend’s USCS Grappler Spotlight series, listen to this song from his band Before The War.

    You’ll thank us later….

  • Don’t Be That Guy: Do’s and Don’ts of Being an MMA Fan

    As we are off and running in 2012, a year that promises to be filled with great local and national MMA fights, it is important to understand your role as a fan.  In the first edition of this three part series, US Combat Sports will take a look at how to be a good MMA fan without going over the top and becoming “That Guy”

    Every time you go to a fight, the first thing that you cover is what you wear.  Whether it’s a local show, or a UFC event, you will find all types of MMA clothing from all different brands and styles.  You should note that while really eye catching, shiny crosses, bright red dragons, and skulls of any kind can be a bit much when trying to show you’re a MMA devotee. 

    The last thing you want is to look like the “Dragon” guy from the beer commercials.  Instead, go for a walkout shirt of your favorite fighter or even a generic Affliction shirt. If that doesn’t work, a simple long sleeve thermal or single color polo can be just as affective.

  • Dave Camarillo's Submit Everyone: The Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Files Hits a Home Run

    When it comes to devising a plan of attack against the enemy, all necessary precautions must be made to ensure complete dominance on the battlefield.

    This premise can deeply be employed into the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu where the object of the game is to formulate ideas and strategies to immobilize the victim while hunting for the finish.

    A man that has taken this theory and brought it to the surface, using his years of experience in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Dave Camarillo has revolutionized the game with his Guerrilla Jiu-jitsu system which in term has helped changed the landscape of the grappling and MMA world.

    To the delight of grapplers everywhere, Camarillo has teamed up with well renowned author and owner of the Jiu-Jitsu League academy Kevin Howell to finally unleashed unto the world his long awaited book Submit Everyone.

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