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  • Benefits of Rash Guards

    Benefits of Compression Gear in Combat Training In the early years of MIxed Martial Arts, there was no specific type of clothing that represents MMA. Participants were allowed to wear any type of gear to represent their combat sport i.e Royce Gracie , a legend in MMA whose combat sports background is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wore a traditional Gi in all of his fights in the UFC. The rise of combat sports, such as jiu jitsu and MMA, has paved the way for a more unified attire nowadays. If you’re a beginner, one of the first things that comes to mind is the type of clothing you should wear on your first day of training. Whether you’re training for a gi or no ....

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  • 21 Tools for Emotional Wellness

    21 Tools for Emotional Wellness and Sleep Health by Victoria Wildhorn | Updated: November 21, 2021 People are increasingly paying attention to mental health these days, and that’s great news for individuals and society as a whole. Per the CDC, “ mental health ” is an umbrella term that includes a person’s emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Mental health impacts every facet of our lives — from what we think to how we feel, how we choose to act, and even our physical health. For instance, depression can increase the risk for a variety of physical health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Emotional wellness also ....

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  • My NEW GI!

    My NEW GI!

    This Gi is Awesome! Thanks To EliteSports Company I had the privilege of trying it out. If you are looking for winter GIs, say no more! This is the perfect winter GI. The material is thick and perfect for all the grip training we do. AND it's also breathable! Perfect Combination! Not to mention how cool I feel with the camo design, you won't see my sneaky attacks with this GI! https://www.elitesports.com/collections/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-mens-bjj-gis https://www.borntough.com/collections/mens-workout-shorts ....

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  • Elite Sports

    If you into Boxing, Muay Thai, or Jiu Jitsu you need to know about Elite Sports! For the best active wear check out Born tough! What are you waiting for? Head over to their website and check them out! https://www.elitesports.com/collections/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-mens-bjj-gis https://www.borntough.com/collections/mens-workout-shorts ....

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  • UCTC Sweepstakes Terms & Conditions

    October 5th, 2021 Sweepstakes Official Rules Ultimate Combat Training Center Sweepstakes October 5th, 2021 – August 20, 2021 Ultimate Combat “Ultimate Combat Training Center Reward Points” Sweepstakes Entry August 5, 2021 Official Rules and Regulations The following rules and regulations (the “Official Rules”) govern the UCTC“ Reward Points” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) sponsored by Ultimate Combat Training Center LLC (“Sponsor”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW; NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES; ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS APPLY. FORM OF ENTRY: 1. You may ....

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  • Most Common Injuries during Boxing Training

    Most Common Injuries During Boxing Training and How to Avoid Them? Boxing is an intense sport. Training includes some of the toughest workouts, from high-intensity drills to power punching, cardiovascular exercises, and weight training. Workout sessions can last two or three hours a day, five times a week for professional boxers. Whether you’re just doing fitness boxing to get into shape or aspiring to become a real boxer, you should learn about the most common injuries during training and how you can avoid them. Muscle Strain Muscle strain is normal in most workouts, but it can be particularly more serious in boxing. This type of injury can happen in your wrist, feet, ....

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  • Taking Care of Business

    Taking care of a business is a vast responsibility, and with the new year comes a whole new set of problems for many business owners. The end of the fiscal year in March, employee relations, and satisfying clients eager to get their own fresh starts in 2021 are first on the list of worries, so it’s important to spend some time planning. We recommend that this year you add getting involved with Ultimate Combat and the physical activity and networking opportunities we offer to your list of plans. How can we help? First off, our training sessions for martial arts, boxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu jitsu help increase self-esteem and reduce stress, which will help ....

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  • All Remote Workers Should Do These Four Things To Boost Their Overall Wellness

    All Remote Workers Should Do These Four Things To Boost Their Overall Wellness

    (Photo via Pexels ) Working remotely presents a unique set of challenges to one’s physical and mental health . While you have the advantage of avoiding unhealthy foods found at office celebrations — not to mention, you can get up and move around more often — there are other unhealthy habits that can quickly pose a problem. A lack of healthy work-life boundaries and unlimited opportunities to snack from the pantry are just a few challenges that remote workers face on a daily basis. If you’ve been feeling a bit sluggish of late, there are strategies you can use to be as healthy as possible. Ultimate Combat Training Center shares the top ....

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  • Catch a Thief!!

    Please help us catch this thief. On 12-7-2020, He stole a bag out of one of our employee's car that had a considerable amount of cash and a laptop. UPDATE: We are happy to announce , WE CAUGHT THIS SUCKER!!! ....

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  • Traveling Prepared: Keeping Your Security Intact in Thailand

    Traveling Prepared: Keeping Your Security Intact in Thailand While expensive, traveling around the world has all sorts of benefits. Traveling to new countries allows you to escape your daily routine, exposes you to different cultures and traditions, and—depending on where you go—educates you about the history of the country you’re in. I can’t think of a reason not to travel the globe. That said, there are a few pitfalls when traveling to different countries, namely prices and security. Wait, security? Yes, security. As it turns out, traveling to different countries puts you at risk of being subjected to less-than-ideal cybersecurity laws. For example, if ....

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  • S-Mount Drills for BJJ

    Don't miss your BJJ training due to quarantine!! Here are some awesome S-Mount drills for you to do at home to keep your BJJ on point! ....

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  • Monkey Muay Thai 'at home' workout during the coronavirus quarantine

    Day 1 - jab rounds 5 rounds timer Warm up
    Jump Rope
    Regular
    Cross over
    High knees
    Double jump
    Repeat X3 Stretch 5 min Round 1 - stance and foot work only Round 2 - jab only Round 3 - jab and defense Round 4 - jab and kicks Round 5 - full body freestyle Condition - BURNOUTS
    1 MIN straight punches
    1 MIN hook punches
    1 MIN uppercuts
    1 MIN teeps
    1 MIN squats / squat jumps
    1 MIN sit ups
    1 MIN push ups ....

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  • Professional Boxer, Jalel Lopez shares an awesome Speed Bag Secret technique

    Ultimate Combat Training Center, Boxing Coach, Jalel Lopez shares a Speed Bag Secret! UCTC features Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing. and Fitness Kickboxing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com Ultimate Combat Training Center, Boxing Coach, Jalel Lopez shares a Speed Bag Secret! UCTC features Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing. and Fitness Kickboxing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • Jalel Lopez Demonstrates Common Mistakes with Uppercut

    Ultimate Combat Training Center, Boxing Coach, Jalel Lopez Demonstrates how to throw a proper uppercut, and some common mistakes. UCTC features Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing. and Fitness Kickboxing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • Ultimate Combat Training Center's Fitness Kickboxing Trainer, Tegan Feudale, teaches a proper Push-up

    Ultimate Combat Training Center, Fitness Kickboxing Trainer, Tegan demonstrates a proper push-up, and discusses common mistakes Ultimate Combat Training Center (UCTC) is Salt Lake’s premier Fitness and Martial Arts Training Facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and serves neighboring areas such as South Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley City, and Millcreek. UCTC specializes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing, Fitness Kickboxing and Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. We offer Group and Private lessons, for Adult Men and Women, and Children. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • Ultimate Combat Training Center presents Teep Tips with Nick

    Ultimate Combat Training Center, Monkey Muay Thai Coach, Nickolas Stidham shares some Teep Tips. Ultimate Combat Training Center (UCTC) is Salt Lake’s premier Fitness and Martial Arts Training Facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and serves neighboring areas such as Sugarhouse, South Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley City, and Millcreek. UCTC specializes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing, Fitness Kickboxing and Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. We offer Group and Private lessons, for Adult Men and Women, and Children. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • UCTC's Lance Gorman demonstrates and arm drag takedown

    Ultimate Combat Training Center Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach, Lance Gorman, demonstrates and arm drag takedown. Ultimate Combat Training Center (UCTC) is Salt Lake’s premier Fitness and Martial Arts Training Facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and serves neighboring areas such as Sugarhouse, South Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley City, and Millcreek. UCTC specializes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing, Fitness Kickboxing and Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. We offer Group and Private lessons, for Adult Men and Women, and Children. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • Ultimate Combat Training Center Boxing Coach, Sione Pouha, explains Shadow Boxing with Weights

    Ultimate Combat Training Center, Boxing Coach, Sione Pouha demonstrates how to properly Shadow Box with weights. (Emma Smid demonstrates) Ultimate Combat Training Center (UCTC) is Salt Lake’s premier Fitness and Martial Arts Training Facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and serves neighboring areas such as Sugarhouse, South Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley City, and Millcreek. UCTC specializes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing, Fitness Kickboxing and Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah. We offer Group and Private lessons, for Adult Men and Women, and Children. Check us out online at www.UltimateCombat.com ....

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  • SMILE!!

    Have you ever been posing for a photo when the person taking the picture struggles with how to operate the camera? Your smile becomes awkward and uncomfortable to hold. This is because your smile was FAKE to begin with. I have found that a smile is just like any other endeavor we undertake…It gets better with practice. I am not a super social individual. I find social interactions uncomfortable. It takes a great deal of effort for me to genuinely smile in public. For that reason, I became determined to develop my smile. This may sound strange to some…especially those who are naturally social. A drill I use every morning is, I stand in front of a mirror and ....

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  • The Amazing Benefits of Kickboxing for Women

    The Amazing Benefits of Kickboxing for Women Melissa Greer
    More women are getting into the ring than ever before. Find out what makes kickboxing such an amazing workout.
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    1. Melt fat, fast
    Combining martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardio , kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat. “It’s an incredibly efficient workout. Kickboxing alone burns about 750 calories in an hour,” says Sammie Kennedy, CEO and creator of Femme Fitale, Ontario’s newest women’s-only kickboxing and mixed martial arts program (MMA). “Add in jump rope and conditioning ....

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  • 5 Ways to Improve Hand Speed (Boxing)

    5 Ways to Improve Hand Speed A fighter trains hand speed by hitting the speed bag. They say, “Speed Kills”. People get excited about punch power . But fighters who can throw more punches than their opponent usually win the day. You don’t need some innate, natural-born talent to have fast hands. As with every other aspect of boxing, you develop fast hands through deliberate training. It takes time. And like many other aspects of boxing training, you need to train your mind as well as your body. We gathered together five of the most fundamental exercises for improving hand speed. Read on to learn more.
    Think Fast and Stay Relaxed
    Many people think that simply ....

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  • FOCUS ON FIGHTING STYLES, PART 1: THE SWARMER

    FOCUS ON FIGHTING STYLES, PART 1: THE SWARMER Once you’ve gotten past the basics and begin sparring , you may notice that the art of boxing is more than just standing toe-to-toe trading punches. A fighter should enter the ring with an overall strategy and specific tactics to make that strategy happen. How you box in the ring, though, doesn’t just begin from a blank slate. You have to understand fighting styles, the kind that you use and the kind that your opponent will use. There are many different fighting styles out there, but typically, most fighting styles fall into one of five categories: The Swarmer, The Brawler, The Out-Fighter, The Boxer-Puncher, and the ....

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  • "How to win friends and influence people"

    This wisdom comes from Dale Carnegie, he wasa genius at human relations. Dealing with people is a big part of life. If you follow these simple tips your circle of influence will continue to grow and succeed. This is a summary of the classic "How to win friends and influence people". Techniques in Handling People
    Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
    Give honest and sincere appreciation.
    Arouse in the other person an eager want. Six ways to make people like you
    Become genuinely interested in other people.
    Smile.
    Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
    Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk ....

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  • Kyle Korver writes an Op-ed on Race in the NBA that I found very profound and enlightening

    Privelleged When the police break your teammate’s leg, you’d think it would wake you up a little. When they arrest him on a New York street, throw him in jail for the night, and leave him with a season-ending injury, you’d think it would sink in. You’d think you’d know there was more to the story. You’d think. But nope. I still remember my reaction when I first heard what happened to Thabo. It was 2015, late in the season. Thabo and I were teammates on the Hawks, and we’d flown into New York late after a game in Atlanta. When I woke up the next morning, our team group text was going nuts. Details were still hazy, but guys were saying, Thabo ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 21)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 21)

    Whew…It has been a journey! I haven’t written in a bit, because frankly I haven’t had the energy. I have pushed myself beyond anything I have ever done. I have achieved some next level stuff that I never thought possible. It will be hard to explain, but here goes; Fatigue was something I wrote about a lot in this blog. I referenced it as a handicap, or as something that was a destination. I have come to the point that fatigue is nothing more than a motivator. I feel it begin to set in, and I step on the gas. That is something I have never been able to do before. I still get just as tired as I did before, but now, it just pisses me off, and makes me want to kick ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 20)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 20)

    It’s been a few days since I have checked in. I have been training my little butt off this past week! Nothing too exciting to report, this past week is pretty much a blur. I had some ups and downs, and have been dealing with a lot of little injuries. Nothing too serious, but I cannot think of a part of my body that isn’t at least somewhat injured. This just gives me that much more respect and appreciation for what these Thai trainers deal with day in and day out, month after month, year after year. You just learn to accept the fact that you are inured, and adapt your fight style to accommodate it. The problem with that approach in training, is that it is hard to ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 19)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 19)

    I have spent the past 4 days training private sessions with Sawat. I stopped going to actual class because the running was just not letting my foot heal. I miss the sparring, but other than that, I get a lot more out of private sessions than class. Sawat was my very first trainer when I started coming to Thailand. Tiger Muay Thai used to make you start in the beginner class, regardless of your skill level. You couldn’t move up to intermediate or advanced until the trainers gave you their approval. This is a practice they have gotten away from, but one I think they should reconsider. I mention this because Sawat was a trainer in the beginner class back then, and I stopped training ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 18)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 18)

    A Couple Days Off: Crashed my motorbike, Got Jumped, and had an amazing time all in one weekend! 2 ½ days off seemed like a lifetime. I didn’t do the afternoon class on Friday, and took the rest of the weekend off to nurse some wounds, and explore the island of Phuket. I began my exploration of the island on Friday afternoon, by taking my motorbike down to Rawai. Rawai is on the Southern tip of Phuket, and is home to Rawai Beach, and a party district. It is not anything like Patong, which is partying on steroids. It’s more of a laidback, island feel. There are streets lined with rows of bars that are all open to the outdoors. There is the ‘Stumble Inn’ bar, ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 17)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 17)

    I often chuckle to myself when I hobble back to my room, in pain from the day’s training, hurting in places I didn’t know I had. I whisper to myself…’What I did on my vacation.’ Some enjoy laying on the beach, while others love to go sightseeing for vacation. I enjoy getting punched in the face. I am literally in a tropical paradise, and I spend most of my time in my room recuperating and preparing for my next training session. I could not possibly be happier than I am right now, however. There is something about Muay Thai that makes me whole. I often wonder what this experience would have been like when I was younger, and less prone to injury. To be honest, ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 16)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 16)

    It’s been a few days since I last checked in. Quite frankly, it’s because I really had nothing to check in about. My foot got worse the more I was on it, and I caught a horrible head and chest cold. I can’t 100% blame the cold on Robert (The head Trainer for the Advanced group), but I can’t dismiss it either. 3 days in a row, he sent us out running in the rain. It wasn’t raining hard, but at least half a dozen trainers in different parts of the complex asked us why we were running in the rain. When I told them Robert told us to, they ALL said, ‘Him crazy…you get sick’. Sure enough…I get sick. I didn’t just sit on my ass the ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 15)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 15)

    Next time I start thinking about leaving my wife for two months to come here and train, she should make me come read these blog posts to remind me of the pain I am going through. Holy Smokes, my foot hurts! It was throbbing all night from the beating I put it through yesterday, and I damn near fell on my ass when I got out of bed this morning. It took a good half hour to warm it up in the shower again just to be able to walk out the door. About half way through our morning run, the pain became excruciating. This was about as close to quitting as I have come since I’ve been here. As I was about to quit, I got lapped (Not passed…LAPPED) by a girl in our class. She is a little ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 14)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 14)

    BACK IN ACTION!!! When I woke up this morning, and got out of bed, I could hardly put any weight on my foot. It was really sore, and had actually gotten a little bit MORE swollen than it was yesterday. I had dim hopes of being able to train today, but I sat in a hot shower, and rotated my ankle for about 20 minutes. When I got out, it was still sore, and a lot looser. I took an ibuprofen, put some anti-inflam cream on it, wrapped it, and headed out the door to train. I wouldn’t exactly call what I did today ‘running’, but I did go on the run, as is required by the trainers. It was more of a trot with swinging arms. I usually make it around the complex 4-5 times in 20 ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 13)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 13)

    No training today. My right foot is swollen to the point that I cannot run on it. I think I could do everything in class, with the exception of the 20 minute run to start class (If I only kicked pads with one foot). The trainers are anal about the fact that you MUST run in order to be in class…unless you are a girl of course. Girls get away with murder with the trainers. There were two of them just sitting around this morning while all the other students were out on the run. (I went and watched class this morning…that is what a Muay Thai Junkie I am lol). In the past, I went to the head trainer and told him my knee was hurt, and asked if I could skip the run. His response; ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 12)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 12)

    Today was a bit of a bounce-back day, as I was able to get back on track. I really struggled yesterday mentally, but came back sharp today. It took me a bit though. This morning, it seemed like I just couldn’t get out of second gear. My mind was in it. My body just wasn’t wanting to push. Eventually I got going though, and had a pretty good day of training. There were a lot of new people in class today, which made things interesting. I call the boxing ring the Shark Tank. Every class, they select either the 4 or 6 best guys in the class (Depending on how big the class is), and send them up into the ring. We rotate with one another each round. Sometimes, they will watch the ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 11)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 11)

    Today was one of those days where I spent a good deal of time in front of the mirror asking myself why I am here. I LOVE Muay Thai, but I hurt EVERYWHERE times a million. After the evening class today, I spent a half an hour underneath a blanket shivering in 90-degree heat. I found the proverbial wall, and went a little over it. After morning class, I crashed and burned for four hours. I haven’t slept that hard in years, and I just laid down for a minute…next thing I know it’s four hours later. Were it not for the exhaustion, it was actually a REALLY good day in training. Tuesdays and Thursdays are clinching sparring, and the tools I picked up in Bangkok gave me a ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 10)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 10)

    I had planned on hitting three sessions today. I am just finishing my second of the day, and I don’t think that is in the cards. I felt confident after the morning class, but that afternoon class really zaps it out of you...the heat is overwhelming. I will shoot for adding a third session next week. I want to be able to push myself as hard as I can in the sessions I am in, and not try to save myself for the next session. That is how I will grow more. The third session I was going to do was BJJ. I really LIKE BJJ, but I LOVE Muay Thai, and it just so happens that I am in the mother land of Muay Thai, so there’s that. So, I found out that the older Trainer that I went with ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 9)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 9)

    So, I’m on my way to training this morning on my motorbike, and up ahead I hear an explosion, and see a huge cloud of smoke. Then I hear what sounded like rapid fire from an automatic weapon. I’m not sure why, but I continued on toward the cloud of smoke. I saw a procession of people all dressed in white, walking down the middle of the road. There must have been 300-500 of them. They were marching, and traffic just went through them and around them. It was a parade. When I got to the cloud of smoke, the group lit off another flash-bang, and another massive set of firecrackers. (Asians have the best fireworks!!) People were lining the street, and would give food offerings to ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 8)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 8)

    Today I was a hired gun. When the Thais don’t like someone, they find somebody to beat them up…or do it themselves. It just so happens that there were two guys from some country that ends in ‘stan’ that have been riding the Kabib wave all week, and just wrecking some of the Chinese visitors. Here’s the deal…MOST of the Chinese fighters were brainwashed back home. Somebody convinced them they could fight. They can’t…with very few exceptions. The ‘TRAINERS’, or leaders of the group sustain some mystery injury after day one that relegates them to taking video of their students getting beat up in class. They INSIST on being put ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 7)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 7)

    First of all, I should tell you that prior to getting my motorbike yesterday, I decided I wanted to go on a walkabout, and explore the neighborhood surrounding my hotel. I was maybe 100 yards form the hotel before I found myself being chased back to the hotel by a pack of wild dogs. I must have smelled like a farang (Thai for ‘foreigner’, pronounced ‘Falang’). Those of you know me, know how F’ing terrifying this was for me! Now that I have my motorbike I just speed past them when I get on the road that leads away from my hotel. Driving a motorbike in Thailand is how I would imagine a single bee joining a swarm of bees would be. You just head for the swarm, ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 6)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 6)

    Today is my last day in Bangkok. I’m super excited to see my friends in Phuket, but sort of sad to leave this gym. I really love the people here. I love the rich Thai culture that Bangkok has. It differs vastly from the laid back culture in Phuket. Bangkok is on your face, and fast, while Phuket is more laid back and chill. I should say that the area in which I stay, Chalong, is laid back. Patong is more like Bangkok, but much, much slower. Before leaving for the airport, I decided that I would get one last private training session in before I left. I decided I wanted to spend some time with the Boxing coach at MTA as I had watched him teach a few privates, and he is REALLY good. I ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 5)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 5)

    Do you remember that time when you were an infant, and your mom took you to a relative’s wedding, and all your aunts had a little too much to drink, so they were a little too rough with you? You left the party with a mild case of shaken baby syndrome? Well, that’s what I felt like after today’s session. I woke up from a really long nap (all this training finally caught up to my body, and I crashed for a solid 3 hours in the middle of the day), at 5 minutes to 3:00. I sprung out of bed, and walked into the gym at 2:59 (It is so nice having the Muay Thai gym right in your hotel). I was still halfway comatose when I walked through the door, but I was not going to be late to ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 4)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 4)

    Today was an awesome day to be Mike Stidham! It could not have gone more perfectly. I woke up early…around 4:30 am. I felt good. The soreness had turned into that really good feeling when you can feel your body making positive changes. You have aches and pains, but they totally feel worth it. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and studied Thai language for two hours, and then read a book for another hour. My mind feels sharp, and my body is starting to feel sharp. I knee is still bothering me, so I decided I needed to go on a LONG walk. 6 hours later, I returned to my hotel room, dripping with sweat, as it was a muggy morning, and tired enough to take a nap. I ate some street ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 3)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 3)

    Have you ever made plans with someone, then were super happy when they didn’t show up? That’s how I felt when I got to the gym yesterday, and nobody was there. Sunday is typically a day off at Muay Thai gyms, but I read a sign that said ‘Special Classes on Sunday at 4:00 pm. I thought this would be something cool. As it turns out, they will teach special classes (Privates) on Sundays at 4:00 pm if you schedule them. I had no idea I needed to schedule training. Why was I happy when nobody was there? Because I hurt EVERYWHERE! I am so freaking sore from all the clinch work Lek did on me, that it didn’t hurt my feelings at all to not see his smiling face at the ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 2)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 2)

    Aw Shit...That moment when you realize your sparring partner for today is going to be your trainer. Muay Thai is a lot like golf for me. You hit a thousand shitty balls, but connect with that one ball that sails straight down the fairway, and suddenly you think you are a good golfer. Yesterday was about as shitty as it gets for me, but today was a bounce-back day! After training yesterday, I sat in a hot shower for about half an hour because I had the chills and was violently ill. Today, I sat in a cold shower because I was drenched in sweat, and could barely move from fatigue…but it felt so GOOD! Last night, I was determined to get some rest and do my very best today. I ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 1)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 1)

    I always like to BLOG about my trip to Thailand, mostly because it keeps my on task. The country is so beautiful, and there is so much to see and do, but I come here for on primary reason...MUAY THAI. Blogging helps me stay focused on Muay Thai, but also helps me be able to look back at the entire experience. My first day back in Thailand was a rough one. I always forget how much I absolutely HATE that plane ride until a few days before I depart, and I start stressing over it, making it even worse, because I literally hit my wall in fatigue. By the time I get to Thailand, I am going on 3-4 days with little to no sleep. It gets to the point that I begin hallucinating. Try getting past ....

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  • Update on my Keto Diet

    I was asked by a few people to write a follow-up on my experience with the Ketogenic diet. I would like to begin with the fact that it is a VERY difficult diet to stick to. EVERYTHING around you has sugar in it, and EVERYONE around you is used to consuming it. Secondly, I don’t know if this is something I taught myself to do, or if I really don’t like it, but fattening food sickens me. I have been taught all of my life to cut the fat off of meat, and to steer clear of fattening food. I don’t like bacon (I know for may of you these words are blasphemy). Aside from ice cream, I don’t ingest a whole lot of fattening foods. I think I am struggling more with the ....

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  • 3 Weeks in...The Ketogenic Diet (My personal experience)

    3 Weeks in...The Ketogenic Diet (My personal experience)

    Have you ever met somebody that does Crossfit that doesn’t have a bad shoulder, knee, hip, or back? Yeah, me neither. Crossfit is a good idea that fell into the hands of cult leaders , that found blind followers to do whatever they say…often times at their own peril. A have found a similar reaction to the Ketogenic Diet. It is solid science that has attracted every crackpot on the planet, trying to find a way to monetize it. There is a TON of misinformation out there. There is no short supply of ‘experts’ who claim to have their own spin on the diet that contains secrets that others don’t have. Many of these ‘experts’ contradict each ....

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  • Fighter vs Athlete

    Fighter vs Athlete

    I recently attended the United States Muay Thai Open. I was somewhat taken aback when I kept hearing tournament officials refer to the contestants in the tournament as ‘Athletes’. There was an obviously concerted effort for them to not refer to them as ‘Fighters’. I hearkened back to a few years ago when we had a group from our gym walking the parade route in Draper, wearing ‘Fighting Solves Everything’ t-shirts. Our Muay Thai trainers were wearing them, as well as our Muay Thai students. A man in the crowd, stopped me as I was handing is overweight kid some candy, and said, ‘We don’t teach our kids to fight!’ REALLY? I have always ....

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  • UCTC is Headed to the US Muay Thai Open

    UCTC is Headed to the US Muay Thai Open

    Ultimate Combat Training Center's Monkey Muay Thai TEAM is headed to Phoenix for the US Muay Thai Open this weekend! 15 members of our team will be competing in this heralded event, including; Warren Peck Olivia Anderson Kylie Grimes Emma Smid Tommy Singleton John Spike Johnny Hagen David Hawkins Marquice Bowman Nickolas Lokeni Justin Runyan Moses Po'uha JP Delli Parker Sovic Brady Fortney This group includes Monkeys from all walks of life. Our Monkey Muay Thai team consists of pre-teens to post 4o year olds, male and female, beginners to advanced. It was a grueling camp prepping for this event. Proof of that lies in the fact that there were 21 of our team members who ....

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  • Why Kids Should Take Jiu Jitsu

    Why Kids Should Take Jiu Jitsu

    I read a great article on-line and wanted to share. It's about why kids should take Jiu Jitsu. Enjoy! There Are Many Reasons Kids Should Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Here are the Top 7:
    #1 Coordination and Body Awareness
    Learning Jiu Jitsu requires a child to execute techniques that contain many small details. Learning to perform these techniques develops the childs fine motor skills and teaches them a good understanding of base and balance. This develops in the child strong neuromuscular connections and increases coordination and balance. These skills then spill over to other sports and activities in their lives and aids in making them more successful not just in Jiu Jitsu but in ....

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  • The New Schedule is in Full Effect!!

    The New Schedule is in Full Effect!!

    UCTC has done it again!! We now offer over 130 classes a week. That is unheard of!! Children's and Adult classes in Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Competition Team Training, Yoga, and of course, or wildly popular Fitness Kickboxing classes. We've even added a Women's Self-Defense class! We have added some class time for most of these programs, so check out our schedule page to find a class that works for YOU! ....

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  • Come check out UCTC at Fitcon SLC!!!

    Come check out UCTC at Fitcon SLC!!!

    UCTC will have a booth there...come say 'HI'! About the FitCon 2018 FitCon Utah
    April 6-7, 2018
    SLC - Utah
    Salt Palace Convention Center
    Friday:
    2-10pm Saturday:
    10-6 pm About FitCon
    FitCon prides itself on a high energy and motivating environment during the expo. We encourage our vendors to showcase incredible displays and we love It when our competitions blast music. By fostering this environment, we provide attendees with an atmosphere that will motivate and inspire them to break through thresholds and achieve new heights. Not only do we foster a high energy environment, but we also provide multiple types of entertainment throughout the event
    Riveting competitions ....

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  • Tips on Traveling to Thailand to Study Muay Thai, or to Just Visit an Amazing Country

    Tips on Traveling to Thailand to Study Muay Thai, or to Just Visit an Amazing Country

    I am often asked for advice on traveling to Thailand. Having spent the better part of the past three years in Thailand, I might be qualified to offer some advice. More specifically, I am asked about training Muay Thai in Thailand, as that has been the catalyst for my travels there, and has taken up the bulk of my time. That said, I always take time to travel the country each time I visit, and have been blessed to have found some pretty amazing places along the way. I will share some of those with you later. Let’s first talk about some nuts and bolts about traveling to Thailand.
    Lodging is cheap. Food is cheap. Transportation in and around Thailand is cheap. BY FAR, your biggest ....

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  • 5 Reasons to Find a Weight Loss Partner

    5 Reasons to Find a Weight Loss Partner

    The road to your healthy weight can sometimes be a lonely one. Maybe you miss out on after work drinks so you can hit the gym, or you start cleaning the dishes while your family enjoys seconds at the dinner table. Though you may have charted your own course to help you reach your goal, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. While your journey is ultimately a personal one, pairing up with a trusted friend or loved one who is also working toward weight loss can increase your chance of success. Social support is a key factor in making behavioral changes that support health changes, including losing weight. In fact, in one study, women who got plenty of support from their friends and ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Muay Thai in Salt Lake City!


    Check out our new website for the Ultimate Combat Training Center!
    We proudly serve Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and Millcreek! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter Instagram ....

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