Kinetix Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

by Joshua Roth
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and a combat sport which focuses on grappling and ground fighting.  A relative of Judo and Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu encompasses aspects such as take downs, submissions, and joint locks.  It is widely held that BJJ is the most effective, practical, and comprehensive martial art for fighting and self-defense and has been increasingly implemented in military and police training.

Kinetix Combat Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu operates under the prestigious BJJ Revolution Team, founded by the late Carlson Gracie Sr. Black Belts Julio Fernandez and Rodrigo Medeiros.

Kinetix Offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals class which is geared toward beginner students with the purpose of building a foundation of technique and understanding with which to move to advanced level training.  In Fundamentals class you can expect to learn basic techniques and positions at a comfortable pace and without sparring.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Advanced Training is a challenging class that includes learning more advanced techniques, drilling, and sparring.  This class is for intermediate to advanced students with the purpose of efficient skill and application development.

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Muay Thai Foundations Program

by Joshua Roth
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Muay Thai at Kinetix Combat Sports

Kinetix Combat Sports & Fitness introduces Muay Thai Foundations.  The course is the Official Curriculum of The World Thai Boxing Association Under the direction of Khru Mark Shaw, Western New York's only certified Full Instructor under Grandmaster Surachai Sirisute and Affiliate Member of the World Thai Boxing Association.  

The Foundations Program introduces students to the culture, history, language, and fundamental techniques of the "Art of Eight Limbs" that is Muay Thai.  This program sets the foundation for advanced striking, promotional advancement, and developing a love and enthusiasm for training in the art of Muay Thai.  

Two programs are now being offered:  Youth classes, ages 10-15 and Adult classes.

Testimonials, Youth Muay Thai:

"Muay Thai has helped me get more exercise"

"Muay Thai has helped my self confidence, not only physically but mentally as well.  Muay Thai has also helped my endurance and strength."

"Muay Thai keeps me strong and confident about myself."

Tesimonials, Muay Thai adults:

"Muay Thai has given me strength, confidence, and focus."

"Muay Thai has given me mental strength as well as physical that carries into my personal and work life."

"The practice of Muay Thai has increased the levels of my endurance and discipline far beyond what I thought was possible."

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Ego Check with the Real You

by Joshua Roth
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Ego is generally thought of in a negative light and, in most cases, it is the ego monster that rears its ugly head and stifles progress and growth.

I use athletics as an example because the quest of understanding of the human spirit is amplified under the stress of competition.  I have learned most about myself, peers, students, coaches, and others through crucible of competitive sport.  

As a competitive athlete entering a division I college on a football scholarship, I had big expectations to say the least.  You see, during recruiting, college coaches in recruiting mode lay it on pretty thick.  They make incoming freshmen believe they are going to see the field early, get a lot of playing time, and, who, knows, maybe they will...   But, right away, maybe within the first day of camp, I quickly learned that I no longer possessed the physical advantages I once enjoyed at the high school level.  I thought to myself,"I'm not bigger than anyone else.  I'm not really even any faster or stronger than the rest."  "How.  Thee.  Hell.  am I going to compete with these beasts?"  

As camp and three-a-days labored on, I began to separate myself from the other freshmen.  Play by play, drill by drill, I worked to my full potential.  I thoroughly enjoyed the grind.  You might say I took pride in my progress.  As pre-season came to a close and the first game neared, I was appointed starting Tight End in my true freshman year.  I was not a Tight End.  I had never played the position.  I was a running back and full back until then.  I was undersized as a tight end at only 6' and, maybe, 220 lbs. at the time.  None the less, there was a need at the position and I gained a trust of my coaches.

I Played four years of college football with much personal success finishing my last three years at fullback.  I was so fortunate to have played in that system due to the fact that I never came off the field which is really weird as a fullback in modern football.  I ran the ball often and was the team's leading rusher in my junior and senior year and I became one of the top rushers in school history, as a fullback no less!  I was proud to be a large contributor to the team.  I even gained the attention of NFL scouts.  I went into combine testing after my senior year VERY prepared, and killed it!  My numbers were among the best of all fullbacks entering the draft:  Bench Press, 40 Yard Dash, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump, agility drills, etc.  I ended up signing with the Buffalo Bills where, again, I thought,"Do I belong here?"  "I'm just a small town country boy."  "These guys are the biggest, fastest, strongest, and... SCARIEST dudes on the planet!"  

I got my ass handed to me on more than one occasion.  I was not confident.  I was a boy trying to compete with SAVAGES!  But.... I got better.  I gained confidence.  And... somehow, by the grace of God, I didn't get cut!  As the weeks pushed on I was getting pretty good!  I was receiving complements from players and coaches.  Cool!   This is where I learned of Ego.  I was in a struggle with ego until that day, but I did not realize what was happening.  It clicked.  Why did I have so little confidence entering these tests in life?  And, why did I slowly prove that I could persevere?  How did these savages with whom I shared the field compete at such a high level?  Some of these guys were like Superman!  Was it because they believed in themselves?  I started to define ego.  I concluded that to compete at a high level, you need a HEALTHY ego.  Does that mean a BIG ego?  No.  I consider the two separate, but closely related.  A healthy ego allows you to believe in yourself.  It allows you to have total and unwavering confidence in the face of all contention and at the same time have a realistic view of one's attributes, inadequacies, and character.  Did these NFL savages have healthy egos?  Yes.  Did they have big egos?  Yes.  Some of them did.  The lines are blurred at such an extreme.  Although the difference, I learned, is that a big ego does not allow for a growth mindset.  A big ego only plays into one's self-admiration.  A big ego cannot handle failure.  A person with a big ego will quit instead of deal with the realization of deficiency.  They would rather live with an artificial image of self-regard.  

In my adult life, my athletic pursuits are in Combat Sports, mainly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As a law enforcement professional and Academy owner who teaches and trains officers and civilians, this is the arena where my definition of ego has come to light as much as any other. There are many people (mainly males) walking this earth with an inflated self-worth who cannot leave their artificial boundaries in order to improve themselves.  I see many people come and go.  A new student will pop in with curiosity and, as I joke with training partners, I can predict if the person with come back after one class, or even show up to the first class.  A strong alpha male will have expectations of his performance on the mats thinking that training is about winning and self-gratification.  First, the alpha male will quickly learn that he is not as tough as he thought he was. You see, "Alpha male" has repeatedly, and for years, played fight scenes in his mind where he is like the protagonist in an action movie.  He will imagine himself only on the delivering end of an ass kicking.  He may feel that because he has a strong bench press or an intimidating demeanor, people should step aside when he walks down the street.  He will now do one of two things:  leave and never come back (which is a majority) OR say,"Wow!"  I can really learn a lot here!  Can you guess the Ego levels in this scenario?  

Everybody has different perspective based on experiences from childhood on up to the present.  You will build your level of ego along the way.  Some have too much, some too little.  Even fewer have just the right amount.  That is the sweet spot!  Fighters with too little will generally train harder but not perform to their potential.  Those with too much don't feel much need to train as hard but perform surprisingly well, given their level of training.  So, as a coach, you always wish you had the "ego guy" who performs, mixed with the "self-doubt guy" who feels the need to train his ass off.  

So, what I'm saying is:  No matter what your pursuits, check your ego.  No matter what, you can always learn.  Don't be afraid to fail.  Failure is our best teacher, embrace it.  If you are a football coach who is in love with the fact that you are in charge, you are probably missing out on the fact that you have the ability to improve, it is okay to seek out more competence and your team will progress as a result.  If you are in a management role in your profession and carry an inflated ego, you are likely not doing yourself any favors.  You can always better yourself and, in return, advance your subordinates.  Put that heavy weight of ego aside that holds you firmly planted in desert soil...  GROW!  And... guess what?....  If you put self-improvement into your focus, life is good!  It's fun!  The little ego voice inside you can celebrate victory after victory!