The Sudbury MMA team traveled to the birth place of Muay Thai, Thailand!! After arriving in Bangkok, we quickly made our way to Phuket, a well known strip that includes the world renowned gym, Tiger Muay Thai. Tiger Muay Thai is a popular destination for both recreational competitors as well as world champions including the UFC’s 125lbs champ Valentina Shevchenko. The facility is huge with several mats, several rings, and so many different programs. Piper did some sunrise yoga, Mike trained some no-gi BJJ, while Sonia, Shyanne, and Ricky trained Muay Thai and some boxing.
We spent a lot of time training but we also visited some of the beautiful sites! We visited the Big Buddha and got blessed by the Monks. We also visited the magical Phi Phi Islands. We traveled almost an hour by boat to the middle of the ocean to these breathtaking islands. We snorkeled with the fish, floated in spectacular lagoons, saw some monkeys on Monkey Island, and visited Maya Bay where Leonardo Dicaprio filmed The Beach.
Our trip to Thailand was amazing! The training was amazing, the food was excellent and the people were super friendly!! None of us wanted to leave! We’re excited to start planning next year’s trip and we hope we can get an even bigger group!
The Sudbury MMA competition team travelled to the Ontario Open last weekend to participate in the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in Canada. Together Sudbury MMA amassed an impressive 33 Medals!! GOLD – 2 SILVER –13 BRONZE – 18. Congratulations to all our competitors and we cannot wait to showcase this beautiful martial art right here in Sudbury at the upcoming Budo Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament at Cambrian College on Saturday, August 10th, 2019. For more information visit our website http://www.budoopen.com/
Landon Leroux – Gold
Danika Rayan – Silver
Brody Toering – Bronze
Desmond Barhydt – Bronze
Thomas Isaac – Bronze
Ava-Lynne Thomas - Bronze
Adrian Ceccetto - Bronze
Ethan Penney - Bronze
Adrian Penney - Bronze
Griffon Toering - Bronze
Val Vaillancourt – Silver
Carson Huzij - Silver
Michelle Wiss – Silver
Kailey Lepine - Bronze
Karissa Lepine - Bronze
Matthew Laporte – Silver
Liam Leclair – Double Silver
Matthew Laporte – Silver
Michelle Wiss – Silver
Tabatha Bertrand – Silver
Mike Thomas - Bronze
Jeremy Menard - Bronze
Scott Carter – Gold in Division and Silver in Absolute
Darren Champaign – Bronze in Division and Silver in Absolute
James Desrochers – Double Bronze
Chealsey Roach – Double Bronze
Fiona McQuade-Crangle - Bronze
Pete McIntyre – Double Silver
This is a topic that is so important to me. It breaks my heart to see how bullying can affect children or adults. I have heard some horror stories of how children don’t want to go to school because they are so uncomfortable in that environment. This eventually has a significant impact in several areas of their lives. Their school work suffers, they get behind, this causes added stress for them and they start to feel and believe that they cannot fix all these problems. Even Parents watching their children suffer can feel helpless sometimes.
This is where we, at our Martial Arts Academy, take action and attempt to help do the one thing that will have the biggest impact on helping these children. We want to give them CONFIDENCE.
In this article, I speak about how Martial Arts Instructors can help ... but the truth is any coach, teacher, friend etc… can take action and get involved. My son is only 4 years old and talks about his Junior Kindergarten teacher every day! This tells me that she plays a significant role in his life and he values what she does for him daily. She is actually pretty great… and we are thankful. I believe having children involved in any organised sport, or activity (dance, soccer, hockey, music) but especially martial arts (I admit, I may be bias)will have a positive impact for them.
At our academy, we try to instill confidence from the moment your child comes through our doors. They walk in, we say Hello, we high five them, and we make them feel welcome and safe! When children feel that they are in a safe environment…. they can be themselves, and when children can be themselves and see that everyone likes them and accepts them…. they become more confident.
It does not stop there…
They come into our classes… They make new friends, often long term friendships are formed. I cannot tell you how many kids we have seen meet at the academy for the first time, and in a short time, are attending each other’s birthday parties, having play dates at each other’s homes etc… The children gain all these new friends, learn to socialise in a safe environment and become more confident!
In our classes, we teach them Martial Arts. Martial Arts is the tool that we use to forge their character. We teach them to Never Give Up, we teach them to Keep Trying, We teach them that not succeeding the first time you learn a new technique is OK and that with continued effort and practice, you will succeed. When they succeed, we celebrate their success. Sometimes it’s with a small gesture.. “Good Job! Or High Five! Sometimes its with a new stripe, or a new belt level! But when we celebrate, their success, they learn that hard work pays off, and they become more confident.
I have so many more examples.. how we teach children to be confident. It would most likely add several pages to this blog. I will elaborate more on a podcast if people are interested.
But in closing, Confident Children who know they are loved by their parents, friends (in their social circles, like a martial arts class) and coaches will be less likely to be a potential victim. In martial arts classes, we do teach self-defence and ways to help prevent bullying but we hope it never comes to that. More importantly, we try to provide them with something much more important. A loving, safe atmosphere, with a support network of friends and family that will always have their back…. And when you have a full team of friends and family supporting you… BULLYING STOPS HERE!!
In this episode of the SMMA Podcast, we get the chance to sit down with SMMA kid's Instructors, Piper and Shae. They both tell us about how they got started in martial arts and what inspired them to keep training! Whenever we get a chance to hang out with these two, its always a Blast!!
From everyone at Sudbury MMA, Happy New Year!! Let's CRUSH our goals this year, and help motivate each other to be the best we can be on and off the mats!!
At Sudbury MMA, we always are looking to have a great time! Even when we are advertising for the academy, we like to have fun! Check out the video below!! With two locations on each end of town (one in New Sudbury and the other in the South End) SMM offers the best schedule with a variety of martial arts programs for kids, teenagers, adult beginner and advanced classes as well as women's only programs!! Call us for your FREE TRIAL anytime!
I am the first one to say that training in martial arts is a lifestyle! Many of us train mainly for better health or to maintain an active lifestyle, but also for the social aspect… the feeling of belonging to a team, not only learning a new skill while getting in better shape, but also seeing friends on a weekly basis, helping each other not only get better at martial arts but also supporting each other off the mats! I have been to weddings, family parties, graduations, camping events etc.. The Sudbury MMA family literally spends time together as a team and a family!! But don’t let that fool you.. when it comes to competition, our academy has achieved success at every level, from local competition to the international level! Check out the videos below of some of our young, up and coming competitors!
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