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Student Highlight: Katie Straub

What is your name and age?
My name it Katie Straub. I am 27 years old.

When did you join Elite MMA?
I joined Elite in January, 2010.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
It is always something that I wanted to do. One day, I was playing the Wii boxing on and my stepdad told me that I hit like a boy. My dad called his friend who was an instructor at Elite, and I was set up with an intro with Hai. I fell in love with the school immediately and the rest is history. I have been with elite ever since.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
I used to have anxiety and the thought of going into a school was scary. I was afraid of trying. I didn’t know what schools would be like and if I was going to be any good.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
This is the first time I have ever taken any kind of marital arts. I take the fight fit, cardio and advanced Muay Thai classes.

If you had any concerns about joining elite MMA, What helped you with your decision?
My decision was based on the enthusiasm in the classes and the amazing instructors. The way Hai introduced me to learning was perfect. He made me feel comfortable and made me feel like I could possibly be good at kickboxing. The first class I took was The Fundamentals of Kickboxing with Hai. The class was super hard and I could hardly lift my arms after. It was the energy and technical instruction that got me to sign up. It was exactly what I needed to show me that this was where I was meant to be.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish.
Since starting Elite, my self-confidence and self-discipline has drastically improved. I am not scared to walk into a new place anymore. Nothing is scarier than fighting some big dude who could knock you over with his pinky. Training puts stress into perspective and shows you that what you think is that bad, really isn’t that bad at all. I realized that there was something I was good at. I have been training consistently for the past year for a Muay Thai fight. Hopefully that will happen this year. I am still improving and learning everyday from amazing instructors who are always there to help me and push me. Elite has been there for me through thick and thin the past few years. I have dealt with serious health issues, injuries, and the loss of a loved one. Elite was there for me every step of the way.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?
You have to be willing to learn and work hard if you want to take martial arts and become good. You will get back what you put into it. If you want to get in better shape, this will do it if you are willing to put in the work. If you want more self-confidence, martial arts will give you that. All the work is all worth it that moment you land the perfect punch or kick and you realize what you are really capable of.

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Carb Cycling to Reach Your Goals

Whether your goal is to build muscle, see your abs, or get back in shape, this simple carb cycling plan will help you eat healthy and stay consistent.

While it has a fancy name, carb cycling is nothing more than eating more carbohydrates on some days (High Carb days) to help promote muscle growth and eating less carbohydrates on other days (Low Carb days) to help minimize fat gain and even promote fat loss.

We focus on carbohydrates (and not protein or fats) because carbs seem to have the most influential effect on body composition and how you look.

High Carb Days

  • stimulate an insulin response that shuttle nutrients in your muscle cells, causing them to grow
  • replenish glycogen stores that fuel your muscles
  • make you feel good and energized

Low Carb Days

  • promote fat loss by tricking your body into burning fat for fuel (instead of the sugar from the carbs it would normally get)
  • keep your body more receptive to insulin, improving your body’s musclebuilding response

The rules for carb cycling are very simple.

Rule 1. On the days you lift weights, eat starchy carbs along with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats.

Rule 2. On the days you’re either off from the gym or are doing some kind of intervals or cardio, don’t eat any starchy carbs, but continue to eat protein, vegetables, and healthy fats.

That’s it. There’s no need to measure how many grams of carbs you’re eating or count calories. If you can add and subtract, you can do carb cycling.

Triangle Choke with Jordan Rivas

1. With your guard still closed, get two cat grips on your partner's sleeves.

2. Using your shins as a barrier, create space by scooting your shoulders back. Place both feet on your partner's hips to maintain your open guard.

3. To break your partner's posture, stretch them out by stretching their arms and pushing on their hips.

4. Bring your knee to your nose while your other foot lifts your hips in preparation for the triangle.

5. With your hip elevated shoot your leg up and clamp your knee flush against your partner's neck.

6. Pull your shin across the back of your partner's head and lock your ankle behind your free leg at the knee.

7. To finish the triangle, bring partner's arm across his neck, and sit up to hug your knee compressing your body like a full crunch.

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