Women’s Self Defense

The Importance of Mixing Martial Arts
Whether it’s a Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Aunt or close friend we all have
women in our lives that we care about deeply. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that we
do anything in our power to make sure they are safe. One important aspect of keeping
our loved ones safe from harm is making sure they have at least a basic understanding
of how to defend themselves if someone tries to harm them. However frightening, it
could be the difference between the life and death of those we hold dear.
As a life-long “untraditional” Mixed Martial Artist I have had the privilege of training
and training under some of the best Martial Artists in the world. I started a successful
wrestling career at a young age under a Pan American Gold Medalist and United States
Olympian. After wrestling I started studying the submission grappling art Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu and ultimately earning my Black Belt (which many people believe is the
hardest and most time consuming of all Martial Arts to receive). I have since become a
practitioner of Muay Thai (a striking art that utilizes punches, kicks, knees, elbows and
the clinch) and have had the privilege of studying Muay Thai directly at its source in the
county of its origin Thailand. I am also a coach and trainer at my own gym Long Island
MMA and Fitness Center located in Lindenhurst, New York where I train people from
all walks of life, from professional fighters at the highest level of MMA to housewives
looking for an exciting alternative to regular gym workouts.
In my own personal experience with Martial Arts I have found most practitioners to
be somewhat closed minded. This close-minded approach to training transcends
most traditional Martial Artists (Karate, Kung-Fu, Taekwondo, etc…) as well as most
practitioners of Mixed Martial Arts (Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai etc…).
Most practitioners are blinded by the “effectiveness” of their respective Martial Arts and
unable to see the true beauty of combining the very best of each art form. That being
said, when we are faced with the safety of our loved ones, the typical closed minded
approach to studying Martial Arts should be set aside.
At my gym Long Island MMA and Fitness Center we take the most effective techniques
both proven in competition as well as from traditional arts regardless of origin. We
set aside the ego, due to the fact that our most important goal is saving lives…period.
Myself and the other instructors at Long Island MMA and Fitness Center have put
together a curriculum that works regardless of size, strength and speed.
The most important technique that we teach to women looking to defend themselves
isn’t a “secret” kick, punch, choke, or arm-bar, it is avoiding the altercation all together.
Being aware of your surroundings and keeping a keen eye out for dangerous situations
is the most crucial skill of all.
A false sense of security can be one of the most dangerous aspects when teaching
women (and men) self defense. If an instructor is teaching techniques that will not work
in a real life situation to their students he is doing them a huge disservice. However,
if an instructor is teaching his students techniques that are ineffective and has them
genuinely convinced that these self defense techniques will save their lives then they
are in even greater risk of injury or even death. For example, if you have a gun you
may be more likely to put yourself in a position to get into a gun fight. However, if you
weren’t aware that the gun was unloaded and then went into that gunfight, essentially
unarmed, you would likely be killed.
The bottom line is that we all have loved ones that will at some point in their lives
be faced with a situation that puts them in danger. If you genuinely care about that
persons well being (or your own for that matter) get them the proper training that they
may need to save their lives. Make sure you pre qualify they training center that you
or your loved ones join. There are many trainers out there not qualified to teach self
defense, make sure you choose the right one…it could be a matter of life or death.

New Boxing Class Added

Long Island MMA and Fitness Center has added a boxing class to their schedule.  Boxing class will now be at 7:00 PM on Monday nights.  This class will give gym members the chance to tighten up their hands and make their striking more well rounded.  Stay tuned to the news page, we are in the process of adding even more classes to the schedule!

The Importance of Joining a Clean MMA Gym

Choosing a Martial Arts school can be a difficult decision. Will you like the techniques
the instructors teach? Is the gym conveniently located to my house? Will I get along
with the other members? These are all questions people ask themselves before they
join a new school. But one question may be overlooked, and that question may be the
most important of all, is the gym kept clean?
An unclean gym is not only gross, but can lead to multiple skin infections. Skin
infections range from minor to life threatening. Recently a Long Island native is battling
a potentially deadly drug-resistant infection (MRSA) and has been upgraded from
critical to serious, according to a published report. MRSA is a bacterium responsible for
several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It may also be called multidrug-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus or oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA).
Doctors said 16-year-old Hauppauge high school junior, Nick Mauriello was breathing
on his own for the first time since becoming stricken with MRSA is hospitalized in critical
condition, and on a ventilator, at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The illnesses
spread into the teen’s bloodstream and infected his liver, kidneys and lungs, leaving the
star wrestler fighting for his life.
“Always check the prospective gyms cleanliness before joining, or even before trying
out a class” says undefeated professional MMA Fighter and owner of Long Island MMA
and Fitness Center Ryan LaFlare. LaFlare states that keeping his gym spotless is one
of his highest priorities “Who would want to train in a dirty gym? There is a lot of nasty
bacteria and fungus that breed when mats aren’t cleaned after every class. As a trainer
it’s my responsibility to make sure the place is clean, we are teaching our students to
be disciplined, and if your trainers aren’t keeping the place clean, they aren’t disciplined

Benefits to Training at Long Island MMA and Fitness Center

There are almost unlimited benefits to taking Mixed Martial Arts. MMA helps you learn
how to defend yourself, makes you more aware of your surroundings, helps you learn
what to do if someone attacks you, helps promote mental well being, and so much
more. However, Mixed Martial Arts training is also a great way to stay in shape!
Long Island MMA and Fitness Center Workouts
Improve your fitness with Mixed Martial Arts. If you are looking for a routine workout
program to help you stay in shape, you may want to take a look at the programs at
Long Island MMA and Fitness Center. This is a truly complete workout. Every class
will help you burn fat and calories and build up your endurance and strength. A mixed
martial arts class can help you burn up to 600 calories an hour! That means one week
of martial arts training can burn off a pound of fat all by itself.
Best Long Island Mixed Martial Arts Class for You?
There are many martial arts training programs to choose from at Long Island MMA and
Fitness Center. We offer classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, No Gi Submission Grappling,
Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling. We also offer Mixed Martial Arts classes that tie
in aspects of all the previously mentioned martial arts for a truly complete style. For
those not interested in the combat sports aspects of MMA we offer classes in cardio
fitness, as well as strength and performance (Long Island Strength and Performance).
If you are looking for the best workout hands down, then you should come down to
Long Island MMA and Fitness Center to speak with one of our Martial Arts and Fitness
Consultants. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is exactly what it sounds like. It is a mix of the
best of all of the martial arts out there.
Stick with the Program
Do not get lazy with your training. Mixed Martial Arts training has a specific curriculum
designed to help you learn the material and get the most out of your training. A lot of
it has to do with learning the techniques, practicing the techniques, and perfecting
the techniques. The exercises in class are taught to help you build core muscles and
endure the movements of martial arts techniques. If you start to slack off during the
training sessions then you are the one losing out, not anyone else. Every movement
should be done to the fullest and the best of your ability. This is the only way to
surpass your current limitations. If you push yourself just a little bit more each class the
possibilities for growth are unending. We make this easy and fun at our training facility,
it is easy to get bored during the same old workouts, but at Long Island MMA and
Training Center we are ALWAYS changing our workouts to ensure a unique training
experience EVERY SINGLE TIME you walk in our doors to get a work out. Long Island
MMA and Fitness Center’s classes can not only help you get in shape, they can keep
you in shape!
Benefits of Training at Long Island MMA and Fitness Center
Mixed Martial Arts offer a number of physical and mental health benefits:
•Conditioning. The martial arts are a great way to tone and strengthen your
•Flexibility & Agility. Practicing martial arts increases flexibility and agility, thereby
improving your coordination skills.
•Posture. Good posture is beneficial for your health and can make you look and
feel better.
•Weight. By burning calories and toning muscles, martial arts help you lose weight
and maintain a healthy body weight.
•Stamina. Since martial arts provide a full-body workout, they increase overall
stamina and endurance.
•Mental Health. In addition to improving physical fitness, martial arts can improve
mental and emotional health. As you learn self-defense moves, martial arts can
give you greater self-confidence, reduce stress, and help you to concentrate and
•Life Long Relationships. Speaking from experience, I can honestly say that
some of the best friendships I have had the privilege of having come from
studying Martial Arts.