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  • Marines use martial arts to hone combat readiness

    A 28 x 28 foot structure was completed in June to serve as a training facility for the active duty and reserve component Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Corps Regiment at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

    This “pit,” as it is called, is where the Marines train and qualify for different belt levels in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, also known as MCMAP.

  • Unconventional MMA: A Behind Closed Doors Look at Team Hardknocks MMA

    At a private gym, somewhere in the heart of Salem, CT, there is a group of motivated individuals training to take their fight in the cage to the next level.  This tight-knit group which has become almost like a family, work round the clock to make those improvements, however, what sets them apart from other gyms is their method of approach. 

    Right now there are fighters at Team Hardknocks MMA working the cage walk, or putting their noses back in place with a hammer.  They might have even just finished an intense session of sparring, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing or wrestling.

  • Baby Grappling: Not So Childish

    Some of the world's best grapplers began learning their trade at a very early age, naturally providing them with an edge over their competitors. Many of these young practitioners began rolling with a jiu-jitsu gi.

    The jiu-jitsu gi is an outfit or uniform if you will, often times worn by participants of the sport. The gi consists of a heavy cotton jacket, trousers and a belt.

    Learning jiu-jitsu with a gi is even more advantageous to the competitor because if used properly the gi can also be used as a weapon. Now more than ever children are starting to get involved in the sport not only for exercise but also for self-defense.

  • Brittney Palmer Brings Joy With 12 Days of MMA Christmas Video

    Gamma Labs, a sports nutrition company dedicated to supplying its customers with natural supplements based on the latest science has just released a festive video in spirit of the upcoming holiday season.

    The classic tune 12 Days of Christmas, which has been redone on too many different facets to even begin to count, is performed by MMA superstars Chuck Liddell, Urijah Faber, Chris Weidman, Brittney Palmer and more.

    Below are the following items that each was delivered via their true love:

  • Meet Anna Dudley: The Future of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    They say there is always two sides to a coin; two sides to a story. This is generally the case for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Some people do it because it's fun and will tell you it's nothing but a hobby, while a select few understand that with jujitsu the possibilities are endless.

    One of those select few is 9 year old, Anna Dudley, who just recently started fourth grade at Quarry Hill Community School in Monson, Ma. Long before Dudley could even imagine the fourth grade she was on the mats learning BJJ from one of her heroes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Marco Alvan.

    Under Alvan's tutelage Dudley has become well known throughout the NAGA circuit as a fearsome opponent who guillotines her competition with bad intentions. Anna's mother explained to me how they found the "Team Link BJJ Program" under Marco Alvan.

  • Locals Abruzzo, Baca, and Hazen Dare to Take on The Death Race, a Two Day Course in the Vermont Woods

    Defining extreme sports may depend on the eyes of the beholder. What would you call extreme? Does pushing your mind and body to the limit despite grueling conditions sound like ingredients for an extreme sport?

    What about racing on foot at break neck speeds through rugged terrain for upwards of 72 hours with no assistance while bringing only what you can carry on your person? What if that rugged terrain is in the mountains of Vermont and dozens of other contestants are chasing you, pushing the pace, no coaches, locker rooms, or cheering fans.

    Can your mind overcome the screaming pain in your swollen ankles and blistered feet? Hunger pains are the metronome that keep you marching. Sounds of wild animals keep you from achieving a quick thirty-minute nap before pushing your rapidly wilting body onward under the dark of night.

  • 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.

  • Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Makes Its Way to Broadway

    For 12 nights only, the former heavyweight champion of the boxing world will be heading to the Big Apple, only this time, it is not Madison Square Garden, and he won't be performing in a boxing ring.

    Mike Tyson is heading to Brodway. MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men to ever wear the heavyweight crown.

    Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.

  • 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.

  • Is 'It’s Sapp Time' in your iTunes Library?

    The casual mixed martial arts fan here in the United States may have never heard of him, but over in Japan, well he is kind of a big deal.

    He is Bob Sapp. A former pro football player, pro wrestler, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, comedian, actor and yes, he is also a musician.

    The widely talented American found fame in the Land of the Rising Sun rather quickly appearing in various commercials and television programs.

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