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Elite MMA In the Houston News!!!

Elite MMA was recently featured on Channel 2 news here in Houston!  See the article below and watch the video through the link at the bottom.


Mixed martial arts, boxing -- these sports with an aggressive reputation sometimes attract people wanting to let aggression out, but there's much more to gain, especially as kids go back to school.

"I guess they jumped him at school and he handled the situation, sounds like fairly well, and they stopped doing that with him," said Eric Williams.

Williams knows the self-defense class for kids is making a difference.

They're preparing for unlikely, although not impossible, scenarios.

"You can defend yourself," said one student.

"And even if you don't run into the situation, you can still use it in case somebody breaks into your house or something," said another.

It’s more likely they’ll encounter danger at school.

So Williams encourages kids to take a photo of suspicious people or cars, scream and yell to draw attention and resort to physical contact last.

"Clearly if you're 7 years old, you're not so big and strong that you're going to knock out an adult, probably, but they learn to work together and that's really the key, that they're not hanging out by themselves, they stay together in groups where there's a lot more power amongst them," Williams said.

Although anyone who's ever let their guard down will tell you size doesn't matter when you get caught with something unexpected.

Even the little kids at know that, and mom Ligaya Thompson said as they learn respect for what their bodies can do, they will also begin to show respect.

"Their manners have gotten a little bit better over time," Thompson said. "There has been a boost in their confidence, them taking initiative on certain things."


Baytown Instructor Highlight— Brittney Martin

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?

I teach Kickboxing and Kids Jiu Jitsu at the Baytown location.  

What is your current rank in martial arts?

I am currently a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu. 

What caused you to start practicing martial arts?

I started doing Jiu Jitsu because when I was younger, maybe 10 years ago, I was in Tae Kwon Do and I wanted to get my black belt but never finished. It's always been one of my life goals to achieve a black belt.  

What is your educational background?

I graduated from San Jacinto Community College with my associates. I currently attend University of Houston where I'm majoring in Math with a minor in Science programs.


Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?

I haven't competed much yet. I did a few competitions when I was in Tae Kwon Do. And I just did my first Jiu Jitsu competition this July.  

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?

I think the main benefit from martial arts would have to be the growth a person can achieve for themselves. Whether it be toward a rank or toward just the person that they are everyday. 

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?

My favorite part of practicing martial arts is the camaraderie that is established between everyone. I love that when I'm at Elite I always have a family there for me. You have a group of people who truly care that you and everyone else are learning and growing inside of a team. 

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?

I hope that being involved with martial arts will help me to grow into a better person. One that is able to support people towards their own goals as well as mine inside of Jiu Jitsu. 


Greenway Student Highlight— Eric Yu


What is your name and age?

My name is Eric Yu and I'm 27 years old. 

When did you join Elite MMA?

June of 2015 (known about it since 2013 though). 

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts? 

I like the physical and mental challenges it presents, as well as the idea that it can be a fitness tool with some (although ideally not a lot) real-life applications. I also like the idea that it can give the physical underdog something to use if push comes to shove. 

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

A busy education and a shallow wallet. When I came to Houston in 2013 I had a plethora of both.

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

Nope, I wrestled in middle and high school. I also dabbled in Muay Thai / BJJ during my undergrad education.

I decided to take KKB and BJJ fundamentals/endurance once I stared working. I'm more focused on BJJ because of my grappling background but I like kickboxing for its fitness aspects. 

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

I really didn't have any concerns with joining Elite MMA specifically. Any injuries to my hands and to a lesser extent my lower limbs would effect my job significantly, but the instructors / students at Elite have been great about being careful. I enjoy the balance of push and give here, and appreciate that my instructors & teammates can challenge me while understanding my priorities.

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

My goals have always been fairly basic – have fun, improve on BJJ fundamentals, and lose some adipose tissue. I'd like to think I've done a bit of them all in the last year haha. 

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

Not many things in life worth doing are easy so I'd say try this out with that in mind.

 I recommend going waist deep. It takes a while to improve but there will always be plenty of people with you for the ride if you let them be.


Impact of Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland serves as the fuel center and energy regulator for every cell in our bodies. Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is a condition in which the thyroid is not producing sufficient quantities of thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism, and is thought to be an autoimmune condition. In the past, low consumption of iodine was thought to be the main cause of hypothyroidism. While iodized table salt helps to reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency, many individuals also use a kelp supplement, which contains iodine to ensure adequate iodine availability to the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is more prevalent in women than in men. Hormonal imbalances also can affect thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism, or Grave’s disease, is a condition in which thyroid function is overactive and is also thought to be an autoimmune condition. 

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, dry skin, constipation, hoarseness, thinning hair, brittle nails, weight gain, memory loss, cold hands and feet, and intolerance to cold. There is also a direct link between adrenal health and thyroid health. Daily stress resulting in adrenal fatigue can have an adverse effect on thyroid function and overall energy levels, since the adrenal gland competes with the thyroid gland for the same supportive nutrients. That is why treatment of thyroid dysfunction often involves also treating and supporting adrenal function with nutrients and herbal substances known as adaptogens. When the adrenal gland is supported, thyroid function usually improves as well.

The main hormones produced by the thyroid gland are T-4 (levothyroxine) and T-3 (liothyronine). The key to proper thyroid function and energy regulation is the effective conversion of the less active T-4 hormone form to the more active T-3 hormone form. Nutrients that have been found helpful in aiding this conversion are iodine, zinc, and selenium.

If low thyroid production is suspected, the steps involved in supporting thyroid production are:

  • Ensure adequate iodine intake, which is critical for proper thyroid function.
  • Use additional nutrients like zinc, selenium and tyrosine to encourage conversion of T-4 to T-3.
  • Ensure that the adrenal glands are also supported.

These supportive nutrients can be obtained as individual entities, or can be found in multiple-ingredient formulations such as Thyroid Support with Zinc, AdreBoost-NG, and Adrenal Health, Glandular.

Ashley Nguyen, PharmD  

Zoetic Compounding Pharmacy


Ashley has been a student at Elite MMA since 2005.  She is currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  She founded Girls in Gi’s in 2009, which was a project she took on to empower and enroll women mentally and physically and by using BJJ as the platform for that. She is also a wife, mother, and a pharmacist that loves helping people to feel better, perform better, or just feel as normal as possible.

Elite MMA In the World!

We want to congratulate on of our amazing students who was highlighted in our newsletter last month and has now been highlighted in Jiu Jitsu magazine as well!  Congratulations on your amazing transformation Brian “Beard” Burnham!  You continue to inspire so many with your story and what you are continuing to create with your life!


Elite MMA Team




Kingwood Student Highlight: Ashley Gutierrez

What is your name and age?

My name is Ashley Gutierrez and I am 29 years old.

When did you join Elite MMA?

I joined Elite MMA back in May on the 6th. 

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I started to take martial arts to learn how to defend myself physically, get stronger mentally and emotionally, and get into better physical shape. It also looked like it would be a lot of fun and it would be a workout that I could do while enjoying myself. Little did I know that I would be gaining new friends and a new family in the process.

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

I was always nervous to take martial arts in thinking that I wouldn’t have the strength to do martial arts and that I would make a fool of myself. 

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

This is my first time taking martial arts and I take kickboxing. I am trying to be swayed to take BJJ, but am a little nervous in taking that but it will be my next step.


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

I had concerns at first with meeting new people and what they would think of my skills but after coming and trying out the class, I realized that people were very welcoming and very helpful and that they enjoyed the class.

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

Since I have joined Elite, I have had more confidence in myself and have been a little less submissive, no pun intended, and I have been able to obtain more strength and weight loss. After I started, I completely gave up fast food and my eating habits have changed tremendously. 

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 if you want to come try this, you should definitely do it. The people are like a family and seeing them every day helps to boost my spirits. Jordan and Tyler are excellent instructors that are here to teach but don’t push you over the limit to where you harm yourself. Shannon is an awesome person to talk to and she is great at helping you get set up with anything and helps with a listening ear. Plus she herself does kickboxing and BJJ. I love coming to Elite and if you tried it, you would too!



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