Team GAMMA, Greenville Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, White belts Competed in the In House White Belt Tournament Combat Club. Jacksonville NC…… Greenville Academy of Mixed Martial Arts is a Full-Service Martial Arts Academy Specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts… Team GAMMA has been training top level athletes for 20 years..read more →
You asked for it, you got it. This Friday will be the first class of our new classes. With the over whelming response, and our boom in class attendance in our other classes on Monday and Wednesdays. We have listened to our students and have extended our classes to Friday nights. On Fridays at 6pm we will be having No-Gi Grappling MMA. Bring your small MMA gloves. And at 7pm we will be having our Thai Kickboxing Classes. Normally during the summer months when the college students go home, for the summer, our attendance will takes a hit. But Not this year as seen in the Pictures from yesterday.
Come out and enjoy Terrance Whitmore’s instruction.read more →
Take a look at what chase is doing in a private lesson with Terrance, our Striking instructor. He has gotten really fast with his striking. Working both his stand up and his ground has really turned him into a beast. Just waiting to see what the future will hold for this young man.
Do You want to learn something Fast. Well the best way to learn fast is in private lessons. Both Jay and Terrance Teaches in Private lessons every week. Contact them to get what you want out of your training.read more →
Team GAMMA will have three fighters compete in Mixed Martial Arts Friday October the 24th in Hickory Va at Fight to the Finish. Terrance Whitmore, Oleksander “Alex The Greek” Human and Tashi James will put their skills to the test in the cage. Contact them or the Academy for more information.read more →
When you put yourself out there in anything, you have to be willing to take the lumps and realize you can and will lose.
Two of my coaches recently competed in Mixed Martial Arts. And I am not making excuses they stepped up to the challenge and came up short, against a really good team and good friends of ours.
Well shortly after their loss in the cage you can see them back in the gym working on their striking.
“Champions Always Get Back Up!!!”
Now they are getting ready for their next match in Elizabeth City NC. Putting in the hard work to bring home the win for Team Gamma.read more →
Like to share something today. From time to time I have new interesting people to train. About a year ago Tashi James walked in the door of my academy and asked me a question. He asked me in the best way he could. He wrote It down on paper. See Tashi is hearing impaired. He asked if I thought would he still be able to compete in Mixed Martial Arts?
And it touched me that he wouldn’t let anything get in his way of being a MMA fighter. But I treated him just like any other student. He had to put the work in.
Well I asked him what it was like to fight for the first time, this is what he wrote.
“My first fight was a big learning experience for me. I trained one year before I had my first fight. Gave myself exactly a year to be confident enough to win the fight. I wasn’t experienced in Jiu-itsu and Kickboxing. I have been wrestling for a longtime when I was a teenager. I grew up playing football baseball basketball, and to played football at college and semi pro. My dad was an amateur boxer. I was a bit nervous I decided to try be an amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighter. I love the fighting. My goal is to become a professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter someday. My coaches and students are good teaching me Jiu- jitsu and kickboxing. They really helped me a lot and taught me how to really go for the submission. I’m looking forward to my next Mixed Martial Arts event and match.”
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And as the sport has evolved and more people are watching it, more and more people are getting ideas of what it is and what it isn’t. Well someone who has been around this sport for awhile I have seen the pendulum swing back and fourth. At first the grappling part of Mixed Martial Arts was really neglected to the point that just being a good grappler was enough to win Mixed Martial Arts matches.
Then everything swung the other way, then you have to be good at other styles of striking like kickboxing, and have a good base in a grappling style.
But now I am seeing a dangerous trend. There are so many Mixed Martial Arts matches to never get to the ground. Fighters are more content to keep things standing up and win by knock out, or by decision. And that is good, but when the new generation of fighters are inspired by what they are seeing in Mixed Martial Arts, they are getting maybe the wrong idea.
When Anderson “The Spider” Silva was knocking people out, a lot of people I was talking to about his style and ability didn’t know he had a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And when I was with a group of people watching some of his fights, they were so excited when he was taken down, and I would say “just wait and see what happens.” We all know what happened.
Just because you don’t see the grappling moves and submissions don’t mean the fighter isn’t working on that part of his game. And don’t mean he is not proficient in that range of fighting.
I also think having a good Grappling game will help you in your stand up too. I have seen the stand up fighters be so scared of going to the ground that they couldn’t get that 3rd or 4th punch or kick off the finish the fight. They was always having to protect their hips and stay in longer ranges. Sometimes this is a good idea to win a judges decisions, but seldom allows you to finish the match.
Get on the mat, and let’s train.
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One of the best comeback in mixed martial arts fights I have seen as a coach in all the years I have been coaching MMA. And I have to give props for Dan Miragliotta the referee who was refereeing this fight. He didn’t step in too early he let the fight continue. essentially the other guy Knocked my Chris Burns out at 23 seconds in this video, broke his nose, blood was everywhere, Danny allowed the fight to continue, Chris was able to regained enough to get the armbar that broke the other guy’s arm. I think that Dan Miragliotta stopped the match when he reached in to check the fighter and his arm was limp. I think he thought he was choked out but the arm was dislocated.
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