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Royce Alger Seminar

No-Gi class at Westheimer. Longtime friend and Iowa wrestling Hall of Famer Royce Alger, pictured in the red jacket, came out this month to Elite MMA to share his World Class Iowa Style Wrestling takedowns with the team. Also pictured above is No-Gi World champi-on Eduardo Ramos. We had a great time and the quality of training in the room was awesome!

Royce Alger is an American wrestler and mixed martial artist. A student of wrestling icon Dan Gable, he went on to become a three-time All-American, three time Big Ten cham- pion, and two time NCAA National Champion at the 167 and 177 pound weight classes. Af- ter going undefeated in his final 78 matches at Iowa, Alger spent seven years as an assis- tant wrestling coach with his alma mater.

Other honors rolled up during his career included being a two-time World Cup Gold Medal- ist, a 1990 World Silver Medalist, a three-time U.S. Open Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist.

Instructor Highlight: Julian Vega

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I teach Martial Arts at the Baytown Location. I was a 2 stripe white belt at the time I started assisting in classes. One day Robert Yamashita was not able to come to a Saturday class. So Jordan Rivas asked me if I could help him assist in the kids class. Ever since then I've assisted and taught as much as I could.

What is your current rank in martial arts?
I started training April 1st 2008 , and I am a 4 stripe brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What caused you to start practicing martial arts?

I had just watched "Never Back Down" with my brother and I really look up to him. So when he said "Man i wanna do mma" I automatically thought "man i wanna do mma too." I looked up MMA in Baytown and found Elite. They had just been opened for a month. I walked in and I told Frost Murphy I want to do MMA. He asked if I wanted to do Jiu Jitsu, I said no, I want MMA. He told me he would give me a gi if I do jiu jitsu. 2 weeks later I realized how much I loved Jiu-Jitsu. But I never would have thought it would have impacted my life how it has.

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
I started competing as a white belt, lost my first few tournaments but I never quit .My whole time training I've never gone more then 4 months without competing. I'm not an adrenaline Junkie. So for me getting out of my comfort zone and being able to compete against someone else is a chal- lenge of its own. I still get nervous every time I compete.

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?
I don't see it as a main benefit. Everything that martial arts has to offer is just amazing. It's a lifestyle change. Your being healthy, working out and your having fun. You get confidence in yourself knowing that you can defend yourself and protect your family if you ever need too. There's not one thing I could individually point out as a "main benefit" I believe everything martial arts has to offer is great.

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?
My favorite part of martial arts is the people. You meet so many great people from all sorts of life with amazing stories and you get to be a part of their lives. Everyone I know is great, kind and is willing to support you in all areas of life if ever needed.

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?
In my future I plan on opening a new location for Elite MMA, location unknown, time unknown. But I do know that if it wasn't for Elite I wouldn't be where I am today. So I'm excited for opening a school in the future so I can share everything I know with everyone I can.

Greenway Student Testimonial: Mike Mohrmann

What is your name and age?
Mike Mohrmann, 39

When did you join Elite MMA?
June 1st, 2013

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I was a member of the Houston City Club and stuck in a rut. Constantly making excuses on why I shouldn't work out too hard. I talked to Justin and Spencer (at Greenway) one day and was extremely nervous at the thought of MMA. Too many injuries, I'll have to work out hard, and most of all it was outside my comfort zone. Well, I know you don't grow as a person if you're sitting safe inside your comfort zone, so I decided to give it a try. It was a fantastic decision.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
I am old and fat, so most of all I feared injury. I feared taking classes with more experienced people and knowing nothing. I feared the commitment it would take to get better. I'm committed to work and family and I couldn't possibly take on another commitment! I couldn't have been more wrong. All of the people in the classes focus on safety and everyone is there to help you regardless of your skill level. The commitment was hard to make, but necessary if I want to get any better. The more I go, the more motivated I get!

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
I took some courses in the past but without serious commitment. Nothing memorable.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
I was concerned about injuries. I just don't heal the way I used to. After taking the intro session, it was an easy decision. I knew I would be sore for a few weeks due to the workout, but no one was going to be punching me in the face or pulling my arm off. I was also sweating so much in 30 minutes I knew this was going to be the best way for me to lose weight and get in shape.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
In only 2 months, I have lost a pant size (looks like it might be 2 sizes in a couple of weeks) and lost 15 pounds. My wife loves that I'm in great shape...now I have the energy to wash the cars, mop the floors, mow the lawn and remodel the bathrooms. With the weight loss it really motivates me to do more...eat better, take the stairs more often, and just generally be more active. It's a compounding effect. All I needed was a kick start and I found that here.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or look-ing to change their current lifestyle?
The atmosphere of this school is amazing. I think of fighting when I hear MMA, but what I get is a family oriented atmosphere that is a lot of fun. I don't feel like I'm fighting, just wrestling around with a few of my buddies. The instructor at Greenway is one of the nicest guys you'll meet and his instruction is top-notch. His attention to detail is fantastic and his knowledge base is extremely extensive. I can't believe how patient he is...I'm a slow learner. I don't think it can get any better than this.

Respect Badge Recipients

Finished 1st Booklet
Michaela V., Aaron A., Jaslena F., Ashton C., Gavin K.

Finished 2nd
Kayla C., Kai C., Ty D., Vance V.

Welcome New & Returning Students

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Thank You For The Referrals!!!

Thien L., Sergio L., Victoria A., Uday Tony S., Ben R., Rich W., Matt P., Samer K., Joe A., Dedric A., Chip C., Nick T., Julia F., Marissa C.

Kingwood Family Testimonial: Victorino Family

What is your name and age?
Hollie Victorino, 27, Vance Victorino, 5, Michaela Victorino, 4.

When did you join Elite MMA?
I joined in February 2013, Vance joined in March 2013, and Michaela joined in May 2013.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I just wanted to get in better shape and lose weight and learn self defense. I put the kids in to lose self-defense and for them to have a good exercise program every day.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
The fear of not knowing what it was all about. I had done it a few months before this class and I liked it so when we came here we really liked the atmosphere and we wanted the kids to take martial arts.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
I didn't really have any concerns because as soon as we came in everyone was really friendly and we knew this was something we wanted to do so other than that we didn't really have any concerns.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
One of the most notable things I've been able to accomplish is even when I was in the Army I wasn't able to run a full mile without stopping to take a break. Since coming here I was able to do that for the first time in my entire life. My kids have also learned a lot of self-respect and they have a lot more manners and discipline now. They really enjoy it as do I.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or look-ing to change their current lifestyle?
If those are the things you are looking for they are very helpful at Elite. Even if you are very out of shape or whether you are coming here for a new workout and exercise regimen, they are very helpful and I definitely don't regret my decision to join with them.

Berimbolo with Ed Ramos

1. Work the de la riva hook. Holding the ankle and grabbing the belt.

2. Pull him over you, the same side as de la riva hook.

3. Use the grip on the belt and de la riva hook to push him to the side. Direction of the mat.

4. Spin under his leg. Keep the grip on the belt. Switch the grip to the other leg.

5. Finish the spin under and go the opposite direction. Take your left leg and hook under his knee. The right leg will hook the hip between the leg and the arm.

6. The grip on the belt switches to the collar behind the neck. With the other hand you then grab the lapel using a cross grip.

7. Use your grips to climb his back and take the seatbelt. Finish by putting the second hook in.

Thank you Ed Ramos and his assistant Blake Williams!

UFC 164 on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Come join us for a great night of fun watching the UFC and hanging out with other Elite MMA family members!

Buffalo Wild Wings (Upstairs Mezzanine)
11803 Westheimer Ste 780
Houston, TX 77077
Phone: 281-497-9464

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings suggests being there by 7:30 to avoid parking problems and avoid-ing a line to get in. Main card begins at 9pm

Mojo's Sports Grille
18323 West Lake Houston Pkwy.
Atascocita, TX 77346
Phone: 281-812-0405

Where: Mojo's suggests being there by 7pm to be sure to get the tables for the fights. Main card begins at 9pm.

Who: Elite MMA students and their friends & family are more than welcome.
Age: Adults and kids are welcome, anyone under 21 is not al-lowed in the bar area.

How do I sign-up?
There is a limited amount of seats available. You can reserve your seat by contacting the school or putting your name on the sign-up sheet at the school.
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Happy August birthdays

Aaron A.
Aaron R.
Adam B.
Ali O.
Andrew M.
Andrew (Andy) P.
Augustin A.
Bardo M.
Ben C.
Bobby U.
Brandon G.
Bret H.
Brian B.
Brian S.
Bryan G.
Buddy H.
Caroline C.
Charlie S.
clark G.
Clay K.
Cosme V.
Cristian L.
David T.
David Alexander D.
Davy J.
Deborah B.
Domani C.
Eden L.
Ellen W.
Eric G.
Eric M.
Fernando C.
Fernando L.
Genesis N.
Grant G.
Howard E.
Jack H.
Jacob Z.
Javier V.
Jennifer C.
Jessica L.
Joe J.
John G.
John L.
John T.
Jon T.
Jose C.
Jose G.
Jose G.
Juan C.
Julie M.
Katie M.
Kelly G.
Kevin G.
Laszlo K.
Leo L.
Leroy "Lee" C.
Manuel "Manny" G.
Marcelo Z.
Marta K.
Matt S.
Maurine M.
Max S.
Melissa M.
Michael E.
Michael S.
Milton M.
Musa Q.
Nicole E.
Ozzy S.
Phekia G.
Randall "Lee" E.
Randy G.
Richard W.
Robert M.
Samuel A.
Sandra K.
Scott Y.
Sharon M.
Shelli S.
Shenai Y.
stephanie C.
Taha Q.
Tiffany H.
Trevin G.
Trip T.
Wade(Weldon) W.
Will U.
William "Joe" A.
Zach H.
Zane K.

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