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Elite Day is here come kick and/or grapple for charity!!!

 

Elite Day benefits the ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Elite MMA is blessed to have many wonderful families training at its locations all across Houston and we will all come together to raise money and awareness for The ESCAPE Center Houston. Through its child abuse prevention and parenting classes, the ESCAPE Center educates parents looking to create safe, healthy and happy home lives. Want to learn more about the resources the ESCAPE Center has to offer? Check out these helpful links:

http://www.learntoparent.org/index.php?page=learn-to-parent-movement

http://www.learntoparent.org/index.php?page=what-makes-us-different

http://www.learntoparent.org/index.php?page=testimonials

http://www.learntoparent.org/index.php?page=supporters

Elite Day Schedule

Elite Day October 2015 is open to Elite MMA students from all school locations. It will be held October 17th at our Westheimer location:

10640 Westheimer

Houston, TX 77042 

JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT: 10:00 A.M.

To sign up for the Jiu-Jitsu tournament, use the links belows. The cost to participate is $45.

Adult's Jiu-Jitsu  -https://www.quicktournaments.com/tourney/event/register-event?event=50dfe9b74f7bc66c014fff99246b00b2

 

Children's Jiu-Jitsu - https://www.quicktournaments.com/tourney/event/register-event?event=50dfe9b74f7bc66c014fff976e9800b0 

KICK-A-THON: 1:00 P.M.

To parcipate in the Kick-a-thon, pick up a pledge form at the front desk of your school. Your pledges can be per kick donations or a flat gift.

Even if you are unable to participate in Elite Day, you can still help change a family´s life. Consider giving to the Escape Center today!

 

Westheimer Student Highlight— Lluvia Vazquez

 

What is your name and age?

Lluvia Vazquez Age 36 

When did you join Elite MMA?

Late December 2014 

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I took on becoming healthy and was looking for a fun way to get some exercise into my life and was looking for something that would keep me interested. 

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

In the past I felt that it would be embarrassing and really difficult for me being over weight to even attempt any kind of intense activity. 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

I take the Cardio Kickboxing classes and this actually the first time in my life I take on any kind of physical activity, sport or exercise. 

If you had any concerns about joining elite MMA, What helped you with your decision?

I had a ton of concerns. I actually cried in my car before coming into Elite for my first intro. What helped was all the staff. They were very patient with me which made me feel safe to take action, I felt that I wasn't alone in this. They helped get clear on what my goals were and created a plan to get me there. 

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish.

Since I joined Elite I have been able to go from taking 2 classes weekly to increase to 4 or sometimes even 5 days a week. I have lost 30 lbs. I was able to participate in the last kickathon and came it at 850 and raised over $600. I went from a size 2x plus size to a standard X-Large which means no more shopping in specialty stores. I no longer have concerns about walking long distances. The thoughts of "am I going to make it back" have disappeared. Most recently I was able to go for a hike in the redwood forest. That was never going to happen the way my lifestyle was going. I can feel myself getting stronger and my overall health has improved dramatically I am no longer borderline diabetic.  I have a long way to go but being overweight does not have to equal being unhealthy.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

I would say the key is to surround yourself with an environment of people that are truly interested in what your goals are and will support you in achieving them. Which is what I found at Elite. Start with 1 to 2 days a week and work your way up but most importantly have fun.

Greenway Instructor Highlight: Mitchell Norton

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I have practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai for 7 years. I started taking classes at Oklahoma State University in September 2008 and began training at Elite MMA in August 2009 when I moved to Houston. I have taught at Elite MMA Kingwood and I currently am the General Manager and instructor at Elite MMA Greenway as well as an instructor at the Westheimer location.

What is your current rank in martial arts?
I am currently a brown belt from Elite MMA.

What caused you to start practicing martial arts?
Initially I wanted to lose weight and compete in MMA. Once I got started I fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and began competing locally and internationally as well as working to get in shape where I lost 60lbs.

What is your educational background?
I have a Summa Cum Laude Honor's Bachelor's Degree from Oklahoma State University in Manage-ment Information Systems with a minor in Marketing. I am also a National Strength and Condition-ing Association Certified Personal Trainer.

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
I competed in my first Jiu Jitsu tournament in March of 2009 in Oklahoma and continued competing in Texas when I came to Elite MMA. I have competed in many local and regional tournaments in Texas as well as the Pan-American Championships and the World Championships in 2011 and 2012.

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?
The main benefits are having stress relief in your life, a way to defend yourself if it is ever necessary, and one of the most fun activities to stay in shape that anyone could ever create.

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?
I love the learning and giving aspect of martial arts. Though I have been at it for 7 years there is still so much to learn and I love it! I also enjoy giving knowledge to others as well as facilitating knowledge sharing between Elite's amazing students.

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?
I plan to continue training and instructing for Elite MMA as the organization grows and expands. I hope to one day open my own Elite MMA schools and spread the vision of Elite MMA to many more people.

 How Can Nutrition Take Your Game to the Next Level? 

Hello my name is Ashley Nguyen and I have been a student at Elite MMA since 2004. I am currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I also found Girls in Gi’s in 2010. Which was a project I took on to empower and enroll women mentally and physically and by using BJJ as the platform for that. I am also a wife, mother, and a pharmacist. I love helping people and one of the things I get asked a bunch about is what do I need to do to feel better, perform better, or just feel as normal as possible. 

We all know that part of being an athlete requires listening to your body and taking care of it.  I don’t know if you have noticed this, but martial artists are so committed and focused on their physical health and Elite Team members that they forget how their body is reacting to their own training.  Some examples might be training with that nagging injury, tape it up and keep training, or even being under the weather and coming in to “sweat it out”. We are all guilty of over training and not letting our body get the rest it needs. 

Whatever your specific training goals are it all starts with the right nutrients for your body.  From a nutritional standpoint, the athlete’s focus should include both macronutrients – protein for muscle rebuilding, carbohydrates for energy renewal, fats for nerve function – as well as the critically important micronutrients – which are the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids your body needs to function optimally every day and over a lifetime. We are all biochemically unique, and several factors affect our personal micronutrient needs – age, lifestyle, intensity of physical training, prescription drug usage, past and present illnesses or injuries, absorption rate, genetics and more. The “normal” amount of each micronutrient varies from athlete to athlete, and even in the same athlete depending on circumstances in his or her life.

Just like your jiu-jitsu game isn’t the same as everyone else’s neither are you nutritional needs.  The way your body works and uses nutrients is specifically unique to you.  Science has come forward in such powerful ways that through intracellular testing and other diagnostic tests you can get the breakdown of what’s in your body, what’s it missing, and what to add to your body’s deficiency. In martial arts it’s all about technique and small adjustments to that technique make all the difference.  Your body is no different. 

I really love seeing people’s lives transformed at Elite and I will be a contributing editor to the Elite MMA email so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have. Email me or give me a call at the office.

Ashley Nguyen PHD

ashley@ZoeticRX.com

Zoetic RX Office: 832-487-9287

 

 

 

Kingwood Student Highlight— Jacob Sealy 

 

What is your name and age?

Jacob 29 

When did you join Elite MMA?

In December

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I wanted to fight in a cage but decided I should take some time to train before I do. I thought BJJ would be the best place to start. 

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

After graduating from bible school I moved to a small town and there were no gyms where I could train. It wasn’t until about a year ago, I moved back to Houston, and soon after began looking for a gym.

 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

No. I took karate when I was younger. 

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

Since I’m in my late 20’s and training takes time, I was concerned that I might of waited too long to begin training. But I realized that this would be something that I would enjoy regardless of how competitive I might become. 

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?

Since joining Elite I have competed in a BJJ tournament and placed first in my weight class. 

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

I think that BJJ is a fun way to stay healthy.

 

 

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