Training To Be Healthy : Part 2

Fourth, workout 5-6 times a week.  Start your morning with a 20-30 minute walk, jog, shadow box, carenza, and basic mobility work.  It is important to have a morning routine; something to get your blood pumping, oxygenate your body and limber up your joints.  Along with your regular martial arts training you should do some strength and cardio training. You should have a consistent routine, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Start small and work your way up. This should be easy for everyone. You are already training, now start to be very directed and disciplined.

Fifth, meditate, pray or simply relax at least once a day. If you fall asleep, so be it. Doing something to reboot your brain and body during the day is important.  There are many ways to meditate. It does not have to be some esoteric weird thing, just focus on your breathing and kill two birds with one stone.

Sixth, get more sleep.  This one only took me 51 ½ years to figure out. It was tough at first, but now I sleep 7 hours…most nights.  To sleep well, I have to have everything completely dark and quiet, which everyone should. I could talk about sleep a bunch because I have done a lot of study.  Why? Because as soon as I started sleeping 7 hours a night I felt so much more energized and motivated.

I could expand on every one of these areas, and I am still learning more all of the time.  Now in my 50’s, after fighting more than a few battles, on all fronts, I know the importance of health and well-being more now than ever.  What is stopping you from being committed to your health, your loved ones, family, your personal development and success in whatever you choose.


BKB11 London 02: Featuring Mike Richman Sat. June 9th

Mike “The Marine” Richman takes on Marcus Gaines of the USA.

The event will be shown on PPV is $6.49

3:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST

Bringing The Martial Arts Mentality To Everyday Life


Training With and Through Injuries with Greg Nelson

Coach Greg talking about how to and when you can train through an injury


Academy History – Learn Our Story – #1 Martial Arts in MN

Think And Grow Tough With Greg Nelson

Listen to Coach Greg talk about the importance of mental toughness and how it has impacted his own life

Team Academy Fight and Competition Results

MMA Results:

  • Nov. 10th King of the Cage – Black Bear Casino. Michael Jokondo lost by decision to Chris Collins
  • Nov. 11th Copa Combate 100k tournament – Cancun, Mexico. John Castaneda won his first 2 fights before losing in the finals
  • Nov. 12th – 18th IMMAF World Championships Tournament – Bahrain. Sean Stebbins won 3 fights to take home the bronze medal for the US
  • Nov. 22nd Victory FC – Waterloo, Iowa. Kazim Khan defeated Caleb Gall by split decision
  • Dec. 15th Legacy Fighting Championships – Mystic Lake Casino. Mike Richman lost to Jeffery Peterson by unanimous decision
  • Dec. 16th Victory Fighting Championships – Omaha, NE. Dan Moret defeated Alonzo Martinez by submission in the first round with a rear naked choke. Kazim Khan won his fight also. Defeating Jesse Rutherford by unanimous decision

BJJ Results:

  • Nov. 4th Grappling Industries – Blaine, MN Juanita, Jerry, Aneisha, Dylan, Noah, Jim, Tim, BJ, and Matt all represented The Academy well!
  • Dec. 3rd MNBJJF Winter Open – Irondale High School, New Brighton, MN. Team Academy took home several medals with Josh, Lad, Juanita, Alex, Zac, Lorenzo, Ryan, Jim, Aneisha, and Matt all performing well!

Clinch Crash Course One Minute Tip # 10

Hard Work Beats Talent

‘Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard’ Talent is a gift, skills are learned and when combined with hard work that is where the magic happens. We have that saying painted on our walls because it is truth. The mechanics of kicking, punching, knees, elbows, takedowns, submissions, etc… are all skills that are won through hard work, repetition and continual practice. Skills affect your growth as a martial artist just as talent does. If your technical skills are sharpened through hard work you can be very good, maybe even great! However, we have seen countless Academy members with no special talent and average mechanics become some of our best students and even successful competitors.

Talent and skill are important to becoming a great martial artist, or a great anything. However, they are not the most important elements to that success. We have many high ranking students, competitors in BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai, and instructors who are not gifted with natural talent nor have achieved technical perfection. So what is the most important factor when it comes to achievement? It’s called a strong work ethic.

Remember, ‘Practice Makes Habit’, so make a strong work ethic your habit.

What is a strong work ethic? It is the ability to consistently do the work at your highest level no matter what your circumstances are. In other words, no matter what happens, no matter what outside struggles you may have, you are still able to get in and bring all the talent and skill you have to every class, practice or training session. A strong work ethic is simply you doing your best every chance you get with everything you do.

A strong work ethic is a learned skill. Work ethic has nothing to do with genetics, natural talent or whatever you want to call it. It is developed the exact same way any of your technical skills are. If you don’t have a strong work ethic it simply means you haven’t ‘trained’ it enough yet. Anyone can develop a strong work ethic when they decide to put it into practice. 

Remember, ‘Practice Makes Habit’, so make a strong work ethic your habit.

Creating the habit to work hard starts with simple steps. First and foremost, you have to decide to work hard…it is a choice. Next, you must create a schedule and stick to it. Consistency is key! Stay disciplined, come to class and do your best. Do that every class, week after week, making a habit of pushing yourself and let your hard work speak for itself.

Greg Nelson on Martial Arts and The Good Life

Greg Nelson talks about the positive influence martial arts has had on his life and career.