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Ed Ramos Seminar

"The best seminar I have been to" was one of several compliments heard following the BJJ clinic with Eddie Ramos. Thanks to all who made it out to train togeth-er! Royce Alger with world class wrestling last month, Eddie Ramos with world class BJJ this month; who wants a Thai Boxing seminar next?!!!!"

Instructor Highlight: Ana Alvarez

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I started teaching back in 2012 right after I competed in a few BJJ tournaments. My passion for jiu-jitsu was growing and I wanted to find more ways to get involved. I currently teach Kids BJJ at our Westheimer location and assist in a few of our other classes there too.

What is your current rank in martial arts?
I am currently a two-striped blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What caused you to start practicing martial arts?

I used to run track and play soccer and favored my right knee a lot, eventually I killed off the cartilage in my right knee and couldn't do anything that was a high impact plyometric workout. My aunt sug-gested I try boxing because it helped her train her body differently after a back injury and figured it might have the same effect on me. I googled "boxing gyms" and found Elite. Everything else is history!

What is your educational background?
I'm currently working my way through college to earn a bachelor's degree in International Business. I have about two years worth of school left. Working my way through school has definitely given me a new appreci-ation to the value of an education and has given me valuable experience not only in the workforce, but life experiences that eventually brought me to find my passion in martial arts.

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
I have competed as a white belt in a few tournaments and won a few, medaled in others. I eventually want to take my competitive training to the next level and compete at the Pan Ams and Worlds.

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?
What I see a lot of people don't realize when they first talk about taking martial arts is how much more they get from it than just fitness and self defense. By taking the commitment to yourself to grow in martial arts an average individual gains priceless benefits like self confidence, discipline, joy, excitement, passion, and a true vision of who they are. It's like how my instructors say, "how you do jiu jitsu is how you do life"

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?
I like the thrill of growth. I experience it when sparring (or roll-ing in BJJ), when learning a new technique that fits snugly in my skillset, when I get pushed by my training partners, when I'm exhausted after class. It's always happening and it's a con-stant reminder of how life is so much more than what's on TV tonight. The feeling leaves me exhilarated and is addicting.

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?
I hope to create a career out of combining my passion for martial arts and my love of business and education and be-come an example for people to see that it is possible to create a life you love and be successful in all areas of life.

Greenway Student Testimonial: Robert May

What is your name and age?
Robert May, 26, IT Consultant

When did you join Elite MMA?
Jan. 2013

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I wanted more than just a weight room at a gym. I wanted to take kickboxing since high school. I had been busy with work.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
When I was seven I was living in Potomac, MD with family. I was outside of the apart-ment complex we were living in playing basketball in the parking lot. I was distracted for a minute and kneed a parked car. I was taken to the hospital in Washington via life flight were I was unconscious for a week. From the accident I was partially paralyzed on my right side. I wasn't sure because of the accident I could do martial arts and I wasn't sure if my doctor would clear me to take martial arts to gain mobility. I thought I could only do yoga.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
Currently training with Eric Williams to get into KKB, I had wanted to train in MMA in high school, though they did not offer martial arts as physical education.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
The location and the schedule

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
I have been able to gain some mobility in my arm. I have seen an improvement in both my balance and coordination. When I first started I could only run up and down a flight of stairs 3-4 times. Now I can do 22 times. My confidence as also improved. I stopped smoking after a year and half of smoking. I started smoking because of school and work conflicts. It also helped reduce my stress.

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?
For myself, I'd been a smoker due to stress from the field of work I'm in and excess drinker, since I have been training with Eric and yoga training outside of Elite MMA, I have stopped smoking and cut down on drinking and have seen an improvement in my health from not gasping for air.

Upcoming Belt Test Dates

Kingwood—September 28th, 2013
Kids: 10am-11:30am
Adults: 1pm-3pm

Westheimer—October 5th, 2013
Kids: 11am-1pm
Adults: 11:30am-1pm

Respect Badge Recipients

Finished 1st Booklet
Kelechi N. James H.
Mason E. Tristan R.

Finished 2nd
Devan B. Aaron A.

Welcome New & Returning Students

William H., Valys A., Layla W., Randy P., Dreco S., Josia D., Will P., Hung L., Udela V., Mary Lou B., Griselda A., Joe K., Xochitl V., Rupal P., Jonathan S., Hanna W., Raquel A., Robert P., Shane H., Damian F., Alisha M., Brett B., Robert T., Veronica F., Victoria M., David P., Sara C., Joel R., Miranda A., Daniel D., Soraya J., Chris G., Emily M., Larry J., Nicholas D., Alvaro E., Dakota M., Consuelo S., Brenda N., Louis T., Corwin M., Ben M., Christina H., Junior S., CJ G., Jaime C., Evan M., Karen L., Alex D., OJ R., Erica G., Isabella S., Nam G., Peter M., Giovanny P., Jason L., Dave L., David L., Barton L., Kimoni P., Antonio S., Taylor N., Justin W., Juliet D., Khyle D., Diego D., Cristina V., Jonathan S., Hunter B., Ali A., Shadi S., Luis L., Gavin H., Lily M., Max N., Joe S., Tony E., Denise M., Shaun W., Andre L., Christine N., Marisla F., Tyler G., Shyla W., Loi N., Joe A., Amber L., Mandy T., Pablo V., Brandon A., Javier E., Maylin S., Veronica R., Alexandra S., Guillermo A., Jorge R., Jose S., Aaron G., Tristan R.

Thank You For The Referrals!!!

Victoria C., Victoria A., Uday Cline Family Robert A., Nancy M., Max N., Marrisa C., Lynda H., Jonatas D., Joe M., Hazel H., Hai N., Frost M., Eric M., Eduardo P., CJ G., Consuelo S., Chea Amanda W.,

Kingwood Family Testimonial: Janet and Jonatas Silva

What is your name and age?
JANET DASILVA - 29, JONATAS DASILVA - 25

When did you join Elite MMA?
We both started when it first opened on February 15th.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
JANET- I wanted something challenging that would push me to exercise and work on my cardio.
JONATAS- I wanted to train on jiu jitsu again to com-pete in tournaments.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
JANET- I never had a near by gym to train at.
JONATAS- I've train in the past at a gym in Spring but when I moved to Kingwood there weren't any gyms near my house until Elite opened.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?
JANET- Yes, I take Cardio Kickboxing.
JONATAS- No. I take Cardio kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu jitsu.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
JANET & JONATAS- no concerns

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
JANET- Since I joined I lost about 10lbs and it has helped me tremendously with my cardio.
JONATAS- I was able to earn my stripe for my belt and had the chance to compete at NAGA tournament. Also, the cardio kickboxing has improved my cardio.

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?
JANET- For anyone looking for a fun way to exercise to lose weight Cardio Kickboxing is a great class. Everyone is so friendly and the instructors are very professional and great at what they do.

Breaking the Guard with Robert Yamashita

1. Stay postured with your back straight. Always stay on your toes!!

2. Always have Grips!! The preferred Grips are one hand controlling the lapel and one hand controlling the hip.

3. This is what starting position should look like. With a smile.

4. Lift same side leg as the arm that is control-ling the chest. Stay postured!!

5. Let go of the hip and control the knee.

6. Push the knee down and pin it to the ground.

7. Stand up and step back. Control the pants.

8. Hold the grips and drop your hips. Get ready to pass!!

Congratulations to all adults who were promoted at our recent belt test on August 3rd, 2013!!!

Westheimer

Abdul K., Jacob F., Joshua F., Maricela M., Robert B., Chuck S., Jordan S., Diondre W., Hector G., Eric H.

Baytown

Fred M., Brandon L., Matt S., Jonathan B., Diana M., Matt P., Melanie M., Bambi O., Isaac D., Chris C., Zach H., James G., Clint R., Sonny S.

Congratulations to all kids who were promoted at our recent belt test on August 3rd, 2013!!!

Westheimer

Zachary C., Lucas L., Tabitha W., Sebastian E., Gumecindo S., Erick R., Erick A., Fernando B., Sassy S., Jose M., Beto M., Sergio L., Zach E., Josh E., Danny V., Christopher K., Luke S.

Baytown

Joseph V., Noah L., Davy J., Kennedy C., Esiqio C., Trip T., Hunter C., Ruben T., Luis C., Bryan R. Jr., Ysenia P., Deuel H., Ozzy S., Corey H., Manny E., Taton P., Mark S., Trey D., Mateo D., Julie M., Fabian M., Aaron, Mellissa J., Andrea L., Precilla J.

UFC 165 on Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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

Westheimer
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

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

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.
Website: Like us on:
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Happy September birthdays

Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat.
1 Jesus L.
Summer E.
2 Jacob E. 3 Zach H.
Josh E.
Alex S.
Luis L.
4 5 Kristen C.
Alfred M.
6 Eisa Q.
Adam G.
7 Regina L.
Caleb D.
8 Katie C.
Joe L.
Kaylan M.
Kyle C.
Joe W.
9 10 Travis G.
Mark S.
Gavin H.
11 Hector G.
Jose M.
Gabino D.
Andrew F.
Gregory A.
12 Luke S. 13 Peter A.
Emilie M.
Dalton P.
Elijah M.
14 Rosella G.
ance V.
Gustavo T.
Josh J.
15 Stephen K.
Leslie C.
Taz T.
Claudia D.
16 Alexandra B.
OJ R.
17 Nick P. 18 Fermin G.
Pete A.
Anthony C.
Clair G.
Brian R.
19 20 Charles D.
Cristina C.
21 Jim H.
Raul H.
Daemon F.
Kelly H.
Martissa C.
22 Elijah T.
ennifer A.
23 Sawg S.
Nic C.
Clark F.
Sawg S.
24 Nicholas M.
Timothy F.
Jacob S.
25 Raul T.
Austin S.
Danielle M.
26 Nick G.
Noah N.
Jonathan R.
27 Jon P.
Tristan R.
28 Ashley R.
Lucas H.
29 Roland I.
Kimoni P.
Deuel H.
Sergio L.
30 Jim D.          
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