Pride MMA Blog

  • StriKing Muay Thai Championships

    Wow!  What a weekend.  So much great things to about that it’s hard to decide where to start.  The Pride Mixed Martial Arts Fight Team had six fighters enter the StriKing National Muay Thai Championships.  Three of our fighters won the title: Kenna Chamlee, Kannon Manis, and Jack Manis. Two of our fighters made their debut this weekend.  Even though they didn’t win, they showed courage and perseverance.  Lauren Nixon fought a much bigger, stronger, and more experien...  Read More...

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    Everyone has an Expiration Date

    “Everyone has an expiration date.”  This is a term I have used for years describing students, employees, friends, and acquaintances that come and go.As a martial arts instructor, I realize that most of my students will leave at some point.  Some move away.  Some find other passions or interests.   Read More...

  • Where's your mind

    Are you reading this article on your phone right now? Most of you probably are! If not, I'm sure it is right next to you, if you are anything like me.   Read More...

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    Respect Starts with Me

    The most common complaint I hear from people on a daily basis is that they don't get enough respect. This is especially common among people who are in a leadership position! Either they are not taken seriously, or they aren't being shown the attentiveness they deserve.What most people don't realize is that respect starts with the person who influences them the most: themselves.   Read More...

  • The White Belt Mindset

    We talk about having a black belt mindset, but having a white belt mindset is a good thing too. I love white belts. They are so eager to learn, so eager to get started.   Read More...

  • The Dream Killers: Fear and Self Doubt Pt. 1

    I once heard a speaker say, “The price for failure is greater than the price of success.”.  That phrase has stuck with me for many years.  It got me thinking about why do so many people chose to pay the price of failure. What stops one person from taking action and becoming successful and what helps the other person dominate their field?  The answer is mindset.  Mindset is are the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation. Over the years of teaching, trai...  Read More...

  • The Voice of Experience

    Self control is such an important quality/skill for us to develop in our kids, but I think it may well be one of the most difficult things to teach, as most of us struggle with it as adults, and it is taught mostly through our actions.  We are models for self control (or the lack of it) for our children every day whether we like it or not.  They carefully watch our actions, hear all of our words,  see how we cope with stress, anger, hunger, etc.  If you look back at the last ...  Read More...

  • Thought Control

    Self-Control is one of those character qualities that on paper, sounds like it would be easy. "Just do the right thing!" But as anyone would tell you, it's not quite that easy.  Bad decisions are often very easy to make, and can devastate the people that they affect.   Read More...

  • Regime Change

    One of the most beneficial lessons I have learned in 14 years of martial arts training is the ability to hold myself accountable for my actions.  This was no easy feat.  In fact, it required a complete mindset change for me.   Read More...

  • It's All about the Money!

    Money management is one of the most critical skills we can teach our kids. I recently asked a group of parents if they gave their kids an allowance.  There were some great answers.  A handful of parents had a pretty good handle on how to teach their kids to be responsible with money.  Unfortunately, many didn’t have a plan at all. In my opinion being responsible with money is one of the most important things we need to teach our kids.  The lack of discipline with money is the...  Read More...

  • The Die is Cast- Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar was the greatest of all Roman leaders and for that matter of all leaders.  He ultimately came to define what it means to be great to western civilization.   It is said that Julius Caesar “is the only supreme yardstick of greatness.”  Caesar had many cardinal qualities but one that is inherent in all great people, leaders, and warriors is his self-reliance. The foundation of Caesar’s self-reliance was built at an early stage.   Read More...

  • Know What You Believe

    We have been talking about Self-Reliance this month: Relying on your own Powers, Abilities, and Judgments.  When you are working to develop self-reliance, sometimes the hardest step is learning how to rely on your own judgments.  Judgments mean our ability to make crucial decisions.  At its most basic level, this means being able to decide right from wrong.  But if you look a little bit deeper, it includes judging people’s character, determining what is healthy vs what is bad...  Read More...

  • My (late) journey into Self Reliance.

    In 1994, I made a dumb choice to move away from my family, friends, and job to move closer to a a girl I was dating in Oklahoma City.  Long story short, we broke up and I was at a crossroads.  Do I move back home or do I stay? Up until this point, my grandmother had always bailed me out of trouble.  Whenever I made a stupid decision, she was there to protect me from the consequences.  Let me tell you, I made a lot of stupid decisions.  Now my grandmother was on the phone...  Read More...

  • Take Note...

    As a Warrior, one must be constantly improving and building their character as well as their physical abilities.  Just as someone in the Martial Arts might choose a specific technique and drill it over and over again until it is perfect, even creating new ways to practice and train that technique, I believe that a true Warrior must find a specific character quality that they know they need to work on, and practice it until it is an inseparable part of their personality.  For me, it is ...  Read More...

  • Sua Sponte

    Sua Sponte is the motto of US Army Rangers.  It is a Latin phrase that means “of one’s own accord/will.” The US Army Rangers are an elite special operations combat unit composed of individuals who by their own will have chosen to volunteer and embark upon the exacting rigors and requirements of becoming an elite US Army Ranger.  The reality is, however, there are only a few who of their own will/accord are able to overcome the enormous mental and physical challenges of becoming a Range...  Read More...

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