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Elite MMA In-House Team Tournament Recap

"I thought it was a great opportunity to meet new people and grow in mind and body." Faith Colbert (competitor)

On Saturday, June 28th, 2014 around 60 competitors descended upon the Westheimer Elite MMA location ready to take to the mats. The competition in store was a new kind of in-house tournament where each competitor was placed on a team and each team would compete against other teams to see who would emerge as tournament champions. This required not only individual focus and self-discipline while competing but also high levels of teamwork, empower-ment, and encouragement within each team.

Elite MMA instructors coached each team and competitor as the teams dueled against one another. Each competitor got the chance to compete in at least 3 matches as the day went on and one team in both the kids and the adults divisions were awarded the gold medals of 1st place. Every participant competed with great respect for their opponents and learned many les-sons throughout the day. We want to thank all of the students for participating and volunteering in the tournament and for making such an awesome day of competition and teamwork a reality. THANK YOU!!!

Elite MMA Staff

The format was great in that it really incor-porated the spirit of teamwork. If you weren't competing, you were focused on helping your teammates. If you were competing, you weren't just competing for yourself—you were competing for your team. - Chris Kato (competitor)

Elite MMA News

Kid's Buddy Week at Westheimer and Greenway The Week of July 21st!!!

The second to last week of July will be buddy week for Westheimer and Green-way! The kids will be able to have the opportunity to share with their friends, family, and loved ones the fun they have in Jiu-Jitsu class! We'll have a special curriculum that week created around working together, re-discovering the foundations of jiu jitsu, and having fun! We'll finish off the week with a special game day with prizes for those who bring the most buddies, the one who teaches the most techniques to his/her buddies, and the buddy with the high-est attendance! Be on the lookout for special announcements and invitations from your instructors!

Westheimer Student Highlight—Mike DeAses

What is your name and age?
Michael DeAses 38

When did you join Elite MMA?
August 2005

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I needed to do something about my health. I was in bad shape & a heavy smoker. I had went to a tournament in Dallas with my brother in law one weekend and this guy kept asking me why didn't I train Bra-zilian Jiu Jitsu and telling me I should try it out so that sparked the idea of me training. Wish I knew who he was, would like to thank him.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
As a teenager I would say bad influence. As a young adult I just didn't really think about martial arts.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
Yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
My brother in law he dragged me to the gym one day & I haven't stop training ever since.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
I have many accomplishments but my biggest was to quit 17 years of smoking cigarettes.

Kingwood Assistant Instructor Highlight—Tyler Weisinger

What is your name and age?
Tyler Weisinger and I am 16

When did you join Elite MMA?
Mainly to get fit and have great people like the instructors and friends at Elite MMA to push me to get better not just in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but in life itself.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I've always had a love and respect for martial arts.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
Mostly the stereotypical jerks because I really just don't want to deal with people like that.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
No I took taekwondo and reached blue-black belt

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
I had none.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
I went from 220 to 175 which is the lightest I've been since 7th grand and am now a junior in high school. I am also pretty close to getting my blue belt and I get to help teach the kids class which I feel is awesome

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get in-volved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?
Join Elite they are so nice and they will push you to reach your goals. If you don't under-stand something they work with you. Overall just great people and great environment.

Baytown Student Highlight— Ashley

What are your name, age, and profession?
Ashley Coburn, 34

When did you join Elite MMA?
Started taking classes in September 2013

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I was looking for a fun way to get a great workout. My son does BJJ, and my husband does BJJ and cardio kick-boxing as well. This just seemed like the best option for our family.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
I was only recently introduced to it.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
Yes, I'm currently taking cardio kickboxing classes.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
Their amazing instructors and fellow classmates.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
Increased cardio and weight loss.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?
It's the absolute best way to get a great workout without feeling like it was forced. I walk out of every class feeling energized and glad I came. The people I've met here make working out so much more enjoyable, and have become family. I look forward to class every single day.

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