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Student Highlight: Nathan Laxson

What is your name and age?
Nathan Laxson - 21

When did you join Elite MMA?
I joined February 8th, 2013 and started training February 15th, when the school "opened".

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I started taking Martial Arts, because I wanted a fun and creative way to get in shape and maybe meet a few de-cent people. Both of which I seem to be accomplishing.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
I've always been interested in taking some form of Mar-tial Arts, be it friends around me in this or that, or just wanting some self defense. But the primary reason for not taking one was the cost of doing such.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
I once took Kickboxing at Kingwood MMA also in King-wood TX, but it was only for about 3 months or so.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
The only concern I had about joining was the risk of being, "just another face in the crowd". But when I sat down with Mitchell he instantly made me feel like part of the crew. Since then it's all just uphill, most people know me by name and I feel welcome here.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
Since joining Elite I've dropped 25+ pounds and my Body Fat Percentage has gone from 35.4% to 21.1%. And don't get me started on the release of stress, the increase of Cardio Output, and how great I feel waking up every-day.

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?
To anyone looking to start doing any form of Martial Art I say, go try it and stick to it. Make sure you enjoy what you're doing and don't get discouraged if you don't progress as fast as someone else. You WILL get there! "Do or do not, there is NO try!"

Instructor Highlight: Robert Yamashita

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I have been training Martial Arts since I was 9 years old. I have achieved the rank of 3rd de-gree in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate. I started teaching martial arts when I turned 13 so I currently have 15 years experience coaching martial arts. I achieved the rank of Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu December 2012 under Jordan Rivas, Eric Williams, and Hai Nguyen. I have been instructing at Elite MMA Baytown for the past 5 years.

What is your current rank in martial arts?
Black Belt in traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate and Black Belt BJJ.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
My dad. He has been practicing martial arts forever and he opened his own dojo when I was nine and I trained under him until I was about 21. After that I wanted to continue my own BJJ journey so I found any book, magazine, or video that I could learn from.

What is your educational background?
I have an associates degree in Radiology.

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
Yes, I have competed in Karate until my late teens, then I started competing in BJJ tourna-ments which I still do and I have 2-0 record in MMA during which time I won the 185 amateur title for Legacy Amateur Series.

What do you see is the main benefit the av-erage individual can receive from martial arts?
The main benefits I have seen and also experienced first hand is physical fitness and self con-fidence. The average person does not have to be hardcore either to experience these things. What they put into their martial arts is what they will get out of it and when you have awesome training partners and coaches like Elite, there is only one direction you can go in your life..UP!

Respect Badge Recipients

Finished 2nd Booklet
Arlette R. Josh E.

Finished 3rd Booklet
Riley B.

"It becomes a second nature after you do it." -Josh E
"I now think more of others than myself." - Riley B

Elite MMA Greenway Self-Defense Seminar

Greenway Plaza will be hosting a Self Defense Seminar for Women Only on May 14th and 15th and a Co-Ed Self Defense Seminar on May 21st and 22nd. Everyone is welcome, you do NOT have to be a City Club member to attend these seminars. The cost is $20 and you can register at the Elite MMA website at the bottom of any page other than the homepage http://www.elite-mma.com. Sign up soon to reserve your spot and bring any friends or family you think may be interested. We are offering a 50% discount for any guests.

Contact Spencer Scrivner, 713-823-3480, with any questions.

Welcome New & Returning Students

Devan B., Dee A., Valentin C., Courtney B., Kenny F., Stephen C., Juan R., Travis E., Casey S., Matt B., Ray M., Frederick G., Kelly M., Michael W., Jeremy R., Delys M., Hope N., David J., Stephanie C., Jesse S., Tai L., Kelvin M., Fernando B., Maricela M., Chuck S., Erick A., Diondre W., Taha Q., Rob E., Andy P., Noah K., Musa Q., Mikael Q., Raul H., Anggelo Z., John M., Zac W., Christine R.

Thank You For The Referrals!!!
Brian S., Jennifer A., Zach E., Luke F., Aaron W.

Cheat Day Guidelines to Stay Lean

A lot of people use a cheat day in their nutrition plan. Believe it or not, when done strategically and properly, Cheat Days can have an extreme impact on your metabolism by boosting levels of the "anti-starvation" hormone leptin and priming the body for optimal fat burn-ing over the course of the next week.

While there are no major restrictions on the types or quantities of food you eat on your cheat days, here are the guidelines to follow:

  • Eat the foods you crave without feeling guilty
  • Don't get technical and start your Cheat Day at 12 a.m. on Sunday morning; start when you normally wake up on Sunday
  • Don't set the alarm for a very early time; start when you normally wake up on Sunday
  • Don't stuff yourself; eat until you're satisfied, not to the point of discomfort
  • Don't skip meals holding out for a single feast; eat throughout the day
  • Don't consume alcohol; one beer is fine, but alcohol consumption works against what we are trying to accomplish hormonally with the Cheat Day
  • Other than the above simple guidelines, you can eat whatever you want.

Congratulations to all kids who were promoted at our recent belt test in Baytown in April 2013!

Manny E.
Cory H.
Beau N.
Julie M.
Jace M.
Elias L.
Esiqio C.
Daemon F.
Maddi G.
Trip T.
Kennedy C.
Jason I.
Damion O.
Mark S.
Austin O.
Trenton C.
Camryn O.
Julian M.
Ozzy S.
Roman A.
Matther G.
Timothy F.
Luis C.
Taton P.
Dueul H.
Julissa A.
Veronica A.
Trey D.
Brenda A.
Mateo D.
Colby T.
Brandon G.

Upcoming Belt Test Dates

Kingwood: May 4th - Kid's 10am-11:30am Adult's 11:30am-1pm

Houston: May 11th Kid's 11am-1pm Adult's 1pm-3pm

Russell Okung practicing MMA this offseason

Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung has found a relevant alternative to practicing kick slides and pass sets this offseason – Mixed Martial Arts. Okung said he's taken up a regular regimen of MMA work in his hometown of Houston to help improve his quickness, agility and flexibility for the up-coming season.

"There's a place down in Houston called Elite MMA, and I just got into it," Okung said. "It really involves a lot of quick bursts, and you're really maxing out your body in every effort. So I got into that. "It's pretty fun. It's really good. It's the best way to try and kind of simulate line play, so I like it."

I had an opportunity to talk with Okung about his new workout plan and other things this morn-ing. The Oklahoma State University product doesn't talk much with reporters during the season, so to-day provided a chance to kick around a number of different topics. Okung discussed another thing he's working on during his spare time – continued education He's one of 21 current and former NFL players who will participate in the first NFL Franchising Boot Camp at the Ross School of Business at the Uni-versity of Michigan on April 26-29. The participants will listen to presentations from business leaders and professors during the four-day camp, including Caroli-na Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who spent more than three decades in the restaurant business, and will serve as the keynote speaker. A marketing major at OSU, Okung said he worked at Subway, Burger King and Office Depot, along with other odd jobs growing up. "I can't help but to think about life after football," Okung said. "While I'm at this stage in my life where I have this platform and I have the ability to learn things, I have to take advantage of them. I don't want to look back after I get done playing and say I didn't work toward any goals.

"This is just something fun. It's something fun and new to learn. And it's something I'm really ex-cited about because I went to school for business marketing. So just kind of learning the whole franchis-ing deal and running your own business operation is something new and I'm trying to get into it." Along with continuing his education, Okung discussed improving his performance on the field, which included his first Pro Bowl invitation in 2012. Okung said staying healthy and improving his technique were the keys to his breakout season last year. "It was a tremendous experience," Okung said about the Pro Bowl. "You dream of it. But funny enough, it really wasn't a big deal when I actually go the accolade. It was great, and I really appreciate everybody that supported me and voted. "But throughout that whole year, I was thinking to myself, 'How can I bring the best Russell Okung to the team? And how can I help this team make this push to the playoffs?' And once it became about that, all the other things follow."

Like he did in 2012, Okung expects teammate offensive guard James Carpenter to have a breakout season in 2013 if he can stay healthy. Seattle's first round pick in 2011, Carpenter finished last season on the injured reserve after coming back early from reconstructive knee surgery. "Tom does a great job of getting our room really together, so when a guy does go down, somebody else has some-thing to bring," Okung said. "But James, he's an animal. When he's healthy, he's hard to beat.

Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/2013/04/11/russell-okung-practicing-mma-this-offseason/#storylink=cpy

How to Throw a Front Hook with John Alfeche

1. Stand in your regular boxing stance.

2. Bend your knees and waist a little as your drop your head and left hand forward and to the left a little.

3. Quickly rotate your body to the right as you throw the hook.

4. The entire body will turn with the hook as you turn to body to face the right side.

5. Your right heel will drop to the ground as your left heel lifts up to push into the hook.

6. The fist tightens as it slams into your op-ponent and STOPS when it hits the opponent.

7. Stop your punch before it over-rotates so you don't get countered. Don't just swing the punch all the way through.

8. When you finish the left hook, your head, left fist, body, and feet should all be facing to the right.

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