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Student Testimonial: John Beck

I’m John Beck, thirty-one years old and an NFL quarterback. I joined Elite MMA in December 2012 and have been doing personal training sessions. Since I was in high school and all the way up we spent a lot of time as athletes in the weight room. Especially as you move into the professional levels you spend a lot of the time doing the same type of workouts over the years and I decided I wanted to get something else that I felt would give me a competitive advantage. As I try to lengthen my career I felt like I needed to be training smarter not just harder and I felt like it was a smart choice to come here and do the things that Elite MMA could teach me.

In the past I never really felt like I had enough time to come and take some MMA stuff because being so involved as a quarterback, you spend so much time watching tape and you spend so much time on your technique as a quarterback. On the side I had a family as well. I felt like this would be my best decision and that I needed to train smarter and get out of the weight room a little bit and that getting in here more would help.

So this is my first time taking martial arts. When I came in I had my private session with Hai. I felt like I would get the most out of individual training sessions as opposed to a group sessions just because I felt like we’d be able to center all of the things on exactly what I was looking for and especially things that could translate to the football field. In my first eight weeks being here I’ve loved every minute of it. All the things that we have done will help me as it transfers over to the football field.

Probably the only concern I had was finding the right place. I was new here to Houston and it being my first time seeking out mixed martial arts training I didn’t know what exactly I was looking for. I wanted to find somebody I felt had the experience and was at a high enough level to be able to show me the things that I needed as well as trust that person. After I investigated all the places that I sought out, I felt like Elite MMA was the best one for me especially because of the people who were here and the things that they showed me they could do. After going back and thinking about how that could pertain to my football skills and the things that I’m trying to do in the years to come I felt like everything that they could bring me here is what I wanted to have.

Since I’ve been a part of Elite MMA I just look at my body and my overall physique and physical conditioning. When I came here, I felt like as a professional athlete I was in pretty good shape. I’ve been training for years in the weight room, been training for years on my football skills, and really your body becomes accus-tomed to it. I had always admired the people that did mixed martial arts training because I had always wondered how in the world could they go that long in those rounds at that high energy level. I’ve been around a few fighters and I admire the training methods that they have. My first few days in here I got my butt kicked. I felt like “Holy cow I’m a professional athlete and I’m getting worked.” Doing these exercises I would go home feeling completely exhausted but knowing that this is exactly what I wanted because it was taking my body to the next level. It was finding some weaknesses in my body, as it pertained to certain movements, and doing those move-ments at a high level for a short amount of time. I think that’s a great thing that the weight room has a hard time doing. In the weight room, you don’t get these types of movements at this high of an intensity level. Here with the workouts that I’ve been doing I can sense that my body, alt-hough it hurt in the beginning, is adjusting to it and I like the direction that it’s going and I can’t wait to see over the next six to eight months where my body’s going to be leading up to this next football season.

I was amazed at what I found out, how a lot of these things really wore out muscles that I felt really hadn’t been worked before. In the weight room a lot of the time you work on a specific muscle and you’re doing specific exercises to isolate on a muscle. But in any type of athletic movement rarely do you ever use just one muscle, especially as it pertains to football. I’m constantly using full body, multiple muscles to create different ranges of motion within that athletic movement. I was blown away at some of the soreness that I was experiencing after these workouts the next day. I’d been paying a lot of money to personal trainers to get my body in the best shape possible, which I believe, in that phase of weight room conditioning and football, they were accomplishing it. But as I’ve been here, I feel like there’s a lot of things that only in MMA training you can find it. It’s a great crossover but on my off days I still have to go into the weight room and work on my strength and other things that pertain to the football body that I need to have. But in my overall conditioning there is nothing better than what I’ve been doing here.

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Finished 2nd Booklet
Matt V., Riley B.

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—Matt V.

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Instructor Highlight: Jordan Rivas

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I was the head instructor at the Baytown location for the last 5 years. Now I am the head instructor and general manager at Elite MMA Kingwood.

What is your rank in martial arts?
I am a black belt in BJJ

What caused you to start practicing martial arts?
When I first started Jiu Jitsu I was about 30 lbs heavier so I really wanted to lose weight, get back in shape, and learn how to defend myself.

What is your educational background?
I have a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Houston

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
I earned a silver medal at the Pan Ams as a purple belt and the same year I won bronze medal at The World Championship of Jiu Jitsu. I am currently 5-0 as a mixed martial artist and I was the 170 lb amateur title holder for Legacy Fighting Championships.

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?
I see martial arts as the vehicle to help individuals achieve their personal goals, no matter what their goals may be.

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?
Its a great stress reliever!.I also love that Jiu Jitsu challenges me physically and mentally.

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?
I am at home on the mat teaching Jiu Jitsu and that is exactly where I want to be. I hope to teach classes at the Kingwood location until my son is old enough to start helping me teach classes as well.

Pre-Workout Nutrition

Example snacks to be eaten 30-45 minutes before a workout/practice provides nutrients needed for growth during workouts.

Choose 1:

  • 1/2 protein shake
  • 1 scoop whey protein in 16 ounces of sport drink
  • 1 peanut butter sandwhich on whole wheat bread
  • 12 ounces of low fat chocolate milk

Example Pre Workout Foods for Fat Loss:

  • Bananas and apples. These are good choices for an energizing snack. Bananas are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining proper nerve and muscle function aka no cramps.
  • Oatmeal. Oats are full of fiber and therefore the carbohydrates from them are released into your bloodstream gradually, keeping your energy levels constant during your workout.
  • Cereal
  • Yogurt & fruit
  • Trail mix/unsalted nuts
  • Fruit & yogurt smoothie
  • Sweet potato, yam

School Demo at St. Martha’s in Kingwood

On Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th the instructors of Elite MMA Kingwood, Jordan Rivas and Mitchell Norton, visited St. Martha’s Catholic School on Woodland Hills Drive to share with the students about martial arts and its role in proper self defense. Over the course of the 2 days we were able to meet with over 100 students between 4th and 8th grades. The students came eager to learn and full of questions. Many of the students also got to come up to test out the techniques after they were explained by the instructors. Everyone had a lot of fun and we look forward to visiting their school in the near future to show some more of how the programs at Elite MMA can benefit everyone in the community. Thank you St. Martha’s!

How to Breakfall with Robert Yamashita

1. Start standing upright with your feet apart

2. Bring your arms up in a diamond shape

3. Squat low while keeping your balance and begin to tuck your chin. The lower your hips the easier the fall is!

4. Drop back onto your backside and simultaneously slam your palms down to absorb the shock with your hands instead of your back. Keep your chin tucked to your chest so you don't slam your head and cause head trauma.

What to stay away from:
head on the mat, back of hands on the mat, and feet down. All these can cause injury.

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