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Where We're Headed In The Americas

Andre Pederneiras’ Humanitarian Work Comes Full-Circle Amid a National Emergency

By Jordy McElroy  |  8 September 2020   Andre Pederneiras is no superman.You won’t see him patrolling the streets of Rio de Janeiro in tights, a bright red cape and a Jheri Curl. He can’t fly, see through walls or pick up objects 100 times his bodyweight. And no, he isn’t striking classic poses and flashing

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Failing at Soccer Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Jose Aldo

By Jordy McElroy  |  28 August 2020   The weight an inanimate object can hold on such a young soul is immeasurable in a poverty-stricken world where hopes and dreams are sometimes the only escape. So Jose Aldo clung to his soccer ball as tight as he could when the storms got rough.He still clings to

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Legendary Knockout Artist Anderson Silva Finds A New Purpose Through The Veil Of Video Game Streaming

Jordy McElroy  |  14 August 2020   Thousands of miles away, across an endless stretch of land and water, Anderson Silva is reinventing himself as the baddest man on the planet.But the arena has changed for the former UFC middleweight champion.Gone are the thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. Gone are the ritualistic backstage warm-ups

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BJJ legend Royce Gracie Trades His Gi For A Police Officer’s Badge And The Problems That Come Along With It

By Jordy McElroy  |  27 August 2020   Judging from a distance is a commonality in human beings.There’s a hint of convenience in feigning understanding of a book without reading the contents on the pages. Royce Gracie, a Brazilian MMA legend and UFC pioneer, comes from a world where everything is a blank canvas. It’s a

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Coffee with a Ground Game

By Jordan Newmark  |  29 July 2020   Slap a kimura on your cup of joe with Ground Shark Coffee!Actually, Ground Shark Coffee co-founders Nick Lowary and Adam Romero, who met training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, would say something friendlier and more inspirational like, ‘coffee that gives you the morning jolt or the afternoon energy to make

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Civello Teaches BJJ To Help Himself And Others

By Jordan Newmark  |  12 December 2019   He won’t quit.Whether it’s during eleven hours of hard sparring for charity, ten years as a teacher and small business owner or nearly two decades of grinding to become a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt, Chris Civello isn’t going to quit.If anything, the founder and head instructor of Sakura BJJ

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Caitlin Dechelle Kicks Butt from Stage to Screen Stunt Performer

When Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins needed a stunt double to embody the preeminent Amazonian warrior she found an ideal candidate who trained her entire life in martial arts

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Real Emotional Content

Every martial artist is looking to turn that corner where the’martial’ binds with the ‘art’ to become who we are rather than what we do. It becomes a part of how we move, speak to people, feel the world around us, and shake hands. We are automatically more vigilant, can ‘feel’ all around.

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What it Really Takes to be a Martial Arts Stunt Person

The dangers they endure, especially on a martial arts movie set, rival and surpass the risks of any extreme athlete across any sport. Yet, these people love their life and are comparatively safer than most athletes!

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Olympic Judoka Conquers Mountain in Argentina

The key to a high-performance sport is the mentality, more than physicality. Paula Pareto’s general training method is based on specific circuits of judo, a few minutes and very explosive. After winning the Olympic gold, in Rio 2016, “La Peque” sought to give priority to her career, especially to the medical residence where she performs at the Hospital of San Isidro. But, the judoka is so restless, that anything can happen.

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The Vegan Ways of Tim Bradley

By Marty Mulcahey  |  25 January 2019   An intelligently structured nutritional plan is the foundation of any athlete’s success; so, when an elite champion tries something new it raises questions. That was the case with two-division world titleholder Tim Bradley, famous for defeating a prime Manny Pacquiao in 2012 putting an end to the legendary

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Cornfield Sparring – An Iowa Pastime

By Nicholas Vrchoticky  |  1 December 2018   Sparring, wrestling, and martial arts seem far removed from the quiet farm life. Yet, these pastimes seem tame when compared to men and women who routinely operate machines large enough to swallow houses, easily throw around 50 lb. hay bales, and out stubborn 1,500 lb. or more beasts.Iowa

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Demetrius Johnson Reigns Supreme in the Cage and Online

In the Internet age, you can talk with a professional fighter, challenge them in combat, and, promptly lose all without leaving your own living room. Arguably, the leading deliverer of digital drubbings is the same person handing the most out analog-style inside the Octagon, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

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