Yoga ~ DOJO Style

The benefits of strength in any martial art or sport is obvious.  However, flexibility, your ability to move your muscles with fluidity and a degree of relaxation and correct breathing are skills that are often forgotten about and under trained.  The connection and union yoga creates between one’s body and mind is amazing and extremely beneficial to any person. We are so excited to have our new yoga instructor, Christina, on our team!  She is now teaching a Yoga class Dojo Style, every Friday from 6pm-7pm!  It will combine power yoga and deep stretch movements with influence from various yoga and martial arts styles.  You don’t want to miss out on this awesome addition to Dojo Body Mind! christina yoga pic

** New Kid’s Program at Dojo September 2013 **

In Dojo’s new Kid’s Program children will grow and learn in a positive and encouraging environment.  They will learn self defense through fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other  movements  from various martial arts.  Children will be strengthening their bodies and minds all while having FUN!  Classes will be starting September 16, 2013!  E-mail Kim at or call us at 704-323-6560 to enroll your child!!KidsClassesFlyer-1

Ladies train FREE!!!!

IMG_0291 Its summer time and its HOT! Tis the season for shorts, tank tops and teeny weeny bathing suits…get your summer body rockin’ at Dojo absolutely FREE!!!! From now through July, every Wednesday night from 6:00pm-7:00pm come in and join our Strength & Conditioning class at no charge what so ever! No strings attached, no other hidden obligation, just show up, have fun and get in the best shape of your life! No more excuses, get up, get in Dojo and get that body moving!!! It doesn’t matter if you work out like a maniac every single day or if you’ve never exercised, all are welcome!



Eating Organic

Diet and Nutrition are extremely important, just as important as physical movement and exercise to great health.  Me and my husband are what you would call “localvores” and eat organic everything – fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, everything we buy is organic and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). One of the first things people say when organic food comes into the conversation is how expensive it is.  Unfortunately, in this day in age, that is true.  The importance of eating organic as much as possible is higher then ever since the introduction of GMOs which destroys the food on a cellular level, that in addition to the dangerous chemicals and pesticides that are sprayed…its hardly food anymore!  In regards to pesticides, there have been studies that determined the most effected foods, the “Dirty Dozen”, that should always be bought organic. In addition to the “Dirty Dozen” there is also a list called the “Clean 15” which are the foods least effected by pesticides that could be bought conventional without a high amount of pesticides.

Click here for more information about the dangers of pesticides and a copy of the 2 lists.



Early morning 6:30am Jiu Jitsu class…YES PLEASE!

There are countless excuses for why you couldn’t work out or train yesterday or last week or whenever!  In my personal experience the most common one…..”I’m so busy, I don’t have time”.  Not to say people are not busy, most of us have spouses, kids, pets, 1 or more jobs etc. that we have to deal with every single day, I get it, life is hectic!!  But, when it comes to your health and well being, you must MAKE the time.  Just like you have to eat and go to the bathroom, you have to make the time for training!  Thats why I love our early morning jiu jitsu classes at Dojo, Monday – Thursday from 6:30am – 8:00am!!  I feel energized and ready for anything the rest of the day; and I hear the same from all the other students who train in the mornings.  Getting training done 1st thing not only sets me up for the day, and I know that no matter what happens throughout the day, it won’t stop me from my jiu jitsu training because its already done!  There are many other benefits to exercising first thing in the morning, including…

1. Jump start your metabolism.  You will get your metabolism started early and it can stay elevated all day, so you can burn more calories just by getting up and exercising!

2.  You will feel more energized and focused through the day.

3.  Help your ability to really wake up in the mornings.  Research shows that waking up about the same time everyday your circadian rhythms will adjust to that and soon your body will begin to prepare itself for waking and physical activity because thats what it knows will be happening.

4.  Exercise increases mental acuity; research shows it lasts an average of 5-10 hours!

5.  Less likely to blow off training due to something unexpected happening at work or home.

6.  Bottom line, YOU WILL FEEL FANTASTIC!!!!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Kickboxing, Strength and Conditioning – whatever it is that resonates with you…do it and do it 100%!  No excuses!



Beginning Jiu Jitsu as a Female

At first glance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) can be very intimidating and confusing, to say the least.  Not to mention, as a woman, all I could see was a bunch of big, sweaty men smashing each other….first thought: NO THANKS!  Luckily, after really looking into it and seeing it as the art it really is it intrigued me and sucked me in!  BJJ was and still is a huge part of my husband, Brandon’s life; he is the reason I started training jiu jitsu.  After talking about it with him and watching videos and doing a little reading on-line I realized how empowering and physically amazing jiu jitsu really is.  For example, I watched a 165 pound man roll under, sweep and submit an almost 200 pound man in about 10 seconds…WOW!  Seeing that, I was sold, I am going to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!!  Think about it from a self defense point, as a female, if you are attacked what is most likely going to happen?  The attacker will stand up, want to go toe-to-toe or you will get grabbed and taken down to the ground?  Definitely to the ground, which is where the magic happens in jiu jitsu!  I am currently a blue belt, although out of practice due to having a baby, I cannot describe the confidence and satisfaction in knowing I have learned and practiced BJJ technique after technique and have skill to defend myself if something should happen.  One of the best things about jiu jitsu is that you can spar (or “roll” as we say) at 100%, which means you can practice the techniques you’ve learned and drilled with men and women of different shapes and sizes at full strength!  You don’t have to hold back when going for a submission or sweep, its awesome!

Now, I can’t lie, you will get your butt kicked for a while, but you will learn SO much from it!!  I would say the most common answer when asking a new student how they liked the class is, “I don’t know what I’m doing but I loved it”!  It takes a while to get your bearings and you absolutely have to learn to leave your ego at the door and know that you are learning and will continue to get better and better!  It makes the first time you get that sweep or submit your partner that much sweeter, you’ll never forget it!  Also, coming from a female who was the ONLY female for years, do not ever be afraid or ashamed to let someone know they are going to hard and they need to slow down.  If someone makes you uncomfortable, talk with them or if you feel you can’t, talk to your teacher and avoid sparring with that person.  Its hard for some men to find the happy medium when rolling with a female, they don’t want to hurt you but they also do NOT want to tap!  Communication is everything, learn from your mistakes and when someone catches you, ask them what they did and how.  Not only will they not get it again on you, you can try it now!

What I want to get across is, COME ON LADIES, TRAIN BJJ!!!!!  Its not just for men and is extremely beneficial!  You will surprise yourself with how strong and confident you will feel!