Absolute MMA Kettlebell Team Competes!


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Absolute MMA Kettlebell team competed in the World Kettlebell Lifting Championships last weekend. They came away with two first place finishes and one second place finish. This was the first time the Absolute MMA kettlebell team has competed in the … Continue reading

Utah Mixed Martial Arts | Showdown Lightweight Championship

Utah Mixed Martial Arts

Showdown Fights will be putting on a show on November 16th, 2012. This will be a Utah Mixed Martial Arts event that will showcase fighters from Utah and California. Featured in this show will be two fighters from Absolute MMA.

Denver Merrifield-Nirva

An up and coming fighter out of Absolute MMA with a 4-1-0 record. Denver has been steadily improving both his Muay Thai and his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with consistent practice. Training under his long time coach, Rob Handley, Denver has made significant gains in both his offense and defense in these two disciplines. Denver has added a strong wrestling base to his game which will only add to his strengths. This fight will be at Bantamweight, 135 lbs.

Denver’s opponent, Agustin Espinoza, is known for his heavy hands and explosive style. Tough and willing to scrap, Agustin will give Denver a great challenge which will make for a great fight. We are looking forward to fireworks from this one.

Steven “Razor” Sharp

Also to be joining the fray as a seasoned veteran of Utah Mixed Martial Arts. With a record of 28-15-0, Steve will bring a wealth of experience to the cage and upon his opponent. Steve is known for being tough as nails and his crushing punches and kicks. A local Utah favorite, Steve is the favored to win against his opponent.

Clay Collard is a younger fighter who is looking to make his mark with a win against Steve. Clay has a record of 9-4-0. He has some experience and most of his wins come by way of knockout or TKO due to strikes. Clay is hungry and working hard to get his game to the next level. This should be another barn burner.

Why Study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

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There are many reasons to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Each of those that train have their own goals, their own reasons for doing so. There are however, some common themes among those that are attracted to Jiu Jitsu.

Fitness is one of the biggest reasons people come to Jiu Jitsu. Many people want to get in shape but are turned off by spending time on a treadmill or an elliptical machine. Some people want to stimulate their brain as they workout. They want to learn new skills and improve their fitness at the same time. Jiu Jitsu provides this, in spades. Each class offers the opportunity to learn a new skill, a new technique or improve on one you already know. Jiu Jitsu is so diverse in it’s application, movement, strategy, defense and offense that you can literally spend a lifetime training and still have more to learn. Practicing the techniques of Jiu Jitsu gives a person activities that require movement of your own body in different ways than we are used to. This challenges your flexibility and your range of motion. These movements stretch and move your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments which promotes increased blood flow and muscle growth. When you practice live “rolling” or sparring you challenge your cardiovascular system, as well as stressing your muscles and joints in a safe manner. The improvement in your cardiovascular fitness, your overall strength, flexibility and agility will surprise you.

Self defense is another common goal of Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Based on leverage and technique, Jiu Jitsu helps those who are not big and strong survive a physical encounter with a much higher rate of success. Developed by Helio Gracie at 130 lbs., he couldn’t overpower his opponents, he had to work around them. He found the best way to do this was by applying leverage to weaker areas of the body, the joints and the neck. In order to apply this leverage he needed to place himself in a position to do so. Just trying to muscle his opponent wasn’t going to work so he modified existing techniques from Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu in order to move around them and not through them. These techniques have been practiced, refined, modified and adjusted to be as effective as possible for all body types, strengths, flexibility levels.

The practice of Jiu Jitsu techniques gives you the ability to survive a physical encounter with a much higher degree of success. You learn through regular, consistent training several things about surviving. You learn what distance helps you not take damage or take the least amount of damage. You learn how to put yourself in a dominant position and maintain that position. You learn how to finish the fight with a submission if it presents itself. You learn that in a fight of any kind, things will always go wrong and that you can still survive. The most important of all of these skills is the ability to survive. This doesn’t mean you are learning to be a “cage fighter.” It means you are developing a skill set which will give you a greater chance of walking away from something we hope never happens.

The last goal, self confidence, is a result of the first two. As you become stronger, improve your endurance and become more proficient in this method of survival and control, you will naturally become more confident. Your self image will improve as you see the positive changes your body is going through. You will become comfortable in your skill; understanding that while not invincible, you have a skill set that specifically prepares you for withstanding an assault and greatly improves your likelihood of escaping with your life. You develop friendships that are real and based on all parties sharing the difficulty and success of training. As you train with these friends you share respect and experiences which bond you in ways that are difficult to find outside of this environment. Sharing the struggle to improve with these friends is not something that can be explained easily. Suffice it to say you earn and give respect with people you are proud to share this bond with.

Why train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Fitness, self defense and self confidence are the most common reasons. Choose your own. Find a reason to improve some area of your health and well being and give Jiu Jitsu a chance. You might find yourself getting more out of it than you expect. Who knows, you might even have some fun!

Salt Lake City | Mixed Martial Arts Gym Doesn’t Need Violence

We had an interesting event at Absolute MMA last Friday evening. We were about to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and had the front and back doors open as well as the warehouse door. There were two men in the alley behind the gym, walking around. This was a little unusual but nothing too out of the ordinary. We have the neighborhood kids come watch class often enough when the doors are open.

One of the men, quite drunk, decided to walk in and demand to teach our class for us. The instructor listened to the man and then let him know it was time for him to go. He argued for a minute about what he knew and could teach the class. The instructor had the class begin warm ups to take attention off the individual and persuaded him to leave as the students were already practicing. That seemed to be the end of the excitement.

The man decided to try again, demanding to use the cage to box his friend. When denied, he demanded to fight the instructor. The instructor stayed calm, didn’t engage the man and eventually the man left with the threat of police being called.

It would have been fairly easy for the instructor, a martial artist of over twenty years, to physically remove the drunk from the school. It would have been easy to find insult in the names and insults thrown at him and resort to violence. It would have been easy to rationalize. However, that is not the code of martial arts that we teach and follow at our gym. There was no actual threat. There was no need for self defense as the man did not put his hands on anyone or attempt to strike. Martial arts practice should teach us how to control ourselves, not others. If they decide to be rude, obnoxious, belligerent or even threatening, we can control our own actions. We can keep ourselves safe and not engage in fighting unless it is a real risk to our safety or that of our loved ones.

Salt Lake City Mixed Martial Arts | Second Fight For Absolute MMA Teammate

Steelfist Fightnight IX, “The Warior Within” is this Friday! July 13th will see William DaBell in his second mixed martial arts fight! He will be fighting an independent fighter out of MMA21 named Adam Vrondos at 185 pounds. William has been consistent in his training and looking to apply his improved skills in this fight. William finished his last opponent in the second round with an arm triangle from the top.

Those of us at Absolute MMA who train with William know his work ethic, his skill, his power and determination. William is a beast on the mat and is someone to lookout for when sparring. He continues to make improvements in his game, training regularly on his Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his Wrestling.

Steelfist Fight Night IX will open their doors at 6:00 pm and fights start at 7:00 pm. This is a 21 and older event and will be held at 100 south and 536 west in Salt Lake City. Tickets can be purchased from William at the gym.

Come out this Friday and support William in his fight and represent Absolute MMA with your t-shirts and enthusiasm! We will see you there! Absolute MMA!!!!

Marcio Corleta Seminar tonight at Absolute MMA

World Champion Jiu Jitsu fighter Marcio Corleta will be here tonight! $50.00 will allow you to train with a multiple time World Champion and Pan Am Champion! Marcio Corleta is a top level competitor and always leaves his heart and experience on the mat with us. His specialty is guard fighting and I’m sure he will be showing us high percentage techniques. Start time for the seminar is 6:00 pm tonight, June 5th and ends at 9:00 pm. The same for Wednesday, June 6th. The price is the same for one or both days. Come train with us and improve your Jiu Jitsu at Absolute MMA!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion to Teach at Absolute MMA

We just got word! Marcio Corleta, 4th degree black belt under Grand Master Flavio Behring, multiple time Mundial and Pan Am Champion and former Jiu Jitsu coach to Mirko Cro Cop, will be here this week! Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm he will be teaching Absolute MMA members Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques that he has perfected over many years of practice. The price is $50.00 for both days of instruction, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a rare opportunity to train with a champion and competitor of this caliber. Marcio always gives from his experience and doesn’t hold back his knowledge. Don’t miss this chance to improve your Jiu Jitsu with a multiple time champion of the highest order!

Mixed Martial Art Gym in Utah Inspires Success in High School Student

Student Spotlight for the month of April is one of our teenage members, Coley Armijo. Coley has been training Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since September of 2011. Coley has made some significant changes in his life and we would like to share his success with all. We asked Coley to tell us in his own words what his experience was at Absolute MMA. Here is a copy of what he wrote.

“My name is Coley Armijo. I am a member of Team Absolute. Being a member of Team Absolute has inspired me to make goals in and outside of the gym. Some goals I have made this year was to get on the honor roll and graduate high school. I worked real hard in school, doing homework in class, being to class on time and showing up everyday. Doing that got me the award of Student of the Month in September, on the honor roll first and second quarters and I graduated a quarter early. I’m very happy to achieve my goals the way I have. I proved to everyone but more importantly I proved to myself I could do it.”

Way to go, Coley! One success Coley didn’t talk about, but is just as impressive, is his weight loss. Coley started training at a weight of 188 lbs. and he now weighs 162 lbs.! Coley also plans on competing in his first Jiu Jitsu tournament on April 14th. Coaches Rob Handley and Pedro Sierra are already proud of Coley’s achievements and his hard work. His continued positive attitude, hard work and willingness to help others has made him an important part of Team Absolute. Another success story based on consistent, deliberate practice and the decision to make positive changes in life. Great work, Coley! We are proud to call you “teammate.”