UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 . . .

This upcoming weekend, the UFC is putting on another great event, UFC 136, this time two championship titles are on the line, the light weight championship and the new feather weight championship. For the light weight bout, undefeated Gray Maynard is again challenging Frankie Edgar. The feather weight bout has ultimate fighter veteran, Kenny KenFlo Florian challenging Jose Aldo.

Before UFC 136, Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar have met in the octagon twice before. The first time, Gray Maynard pulled out a unanimoust decision victory over Frankie Edgar in a 2008 UFC fight night.

The second time the two combatants met, Frankie Edgar had one and defended the light weight title from BJ Penn. In the first round of the fight, Frankie Edgar got caught with a strong punch from Gray Maynard and was dropped. Gray Maynard leapt at the opportunity and did his best to try to finish the fight. Amazingly enough though, Frankie Edgar stayed in the fight and weathered the early storm. Frankie Edgar managed to come back in the fight, and win the majority of the rounds. But the damage done in the first round was incredible and the judges scored it 10-8 for Gray Maynard, ending the fight with a draw and making UFC 136 a very interesting and necessary fight to settle the score.

If you live in Oklahoma City and would like to learn the same techniques as the impressive fighters in UFC 136, come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Take up our 30 Day Free Trial and get your first month free! You never know, you may have the potential to be the next champion.

Good luck to the fighters in UFC 136, especially Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar!

NoGi American National Champion in Oklahoma City . . .

This weekend, Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA competition team traveled all the way from Oklahoma City to California to fight in the Gi and Nogi American National Championships of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The team dispatched 8 competitors to the tournament, while the Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors were at the ADCC.

One of the eight Oklahoma City competitors at the American National Championships was Dallas Niles. Dallas Niles is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rafael Lovato Jr. in Oklahoma City and works at the school in Oklahoma City. All he does is teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is an upper tier nogi blue belt and is a veteran in the major grappling tournaments in the US.

Dallas Niles had a great day at the American National Championships, not getting scored on and subbing all his opponents before reaching the NoGi absolute finals, when he lost to an ultra heavy weight. Dallas Niles took first in his NoGi super heavy weight divison, and silver in the NoGi absolute. If you live in Oklahoma City and would like to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Dallas Niles and even Rafael Lovato Jr., come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Take up our 30 Day Free Trial. You never know, you may be the next American National Champion from Oklahoma City.

Congrats to all the Lovato’s competitors from Oklahoma City that competed in the Gi and Nogi American National Championships.

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones retains UFC title against Rampage in mma bout . . .

Last weekend the UFC put on quite a mma show at UFC 135. In the main event, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones had his first title defense since winning the title from Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The challenger was none other than former UFC light heavy weight champion, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

The fight lasted only 4 rounds. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, despite all of his mma experience was unable to over come the reach advantage of the UFC champion and get inside. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones had a less spectacular showing in the fight, landing a lot less of his crazy spinning and flying strikes.

Eventually Jon ‘Bones’ Jones had worn down Rampage and was able to finish him in the fourth with a rear naked choke. He is now adding to the record he holds of youngest UFC champion ever. He has the talent and the mma camp to make him great. But so do you if you live in Oklahoma City!

If you live in Oklahoma City and would like to train with UFC fighters and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champions, come to Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Take advantage of our 30 Day Free Trial and get your first month of World Class training for free. The school is also home to an mma Bellator Fighter, Jared Hess. The head instructor is Rafael Lovato Jr., the most prestigious American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter ever. The opportunity is priceless, and so is the first month. There is no risk, the least you can gain is the camaraderie between the team mates and an increased physical fitness. You never know, you may be as talented as Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

Congrats to Jon ‘Bones’ Jones for retaining his UFC title against Rampage in this mma bout.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Does rectus abdominis assist with core stability and your brazilian jiu jitsu?

In theory no, every anatomy book and article I’ve researched suggests that rectus abdominis is a trunk flexor and trunk lateral flexor only, however from my personal experience of lifting weights and from testing individuals whose training I’ve been involved in, it would appear that rectus abdominis does contribute to core stability but only under more extreme conditions. I tested two individuals on a squat and deadlift.  Brazilian jiu jitsu 

The resistance lifted was a 12 RM, 6RM and a 3RM with 3 minutes rest between sets (RM is repetition maximum brazilian jiu jitsu
E.g. a 6RM is a weight that can only be lifted six times).

While the individuals attempted their 12RM, 6RM and 3RM of the squat and deadlift I stood behind them and pressed my hands against their stomach to feel the contraction of rectus abdominis.
With the 12RM there was hardly noticeable change to the tension of rectus abdominis.
With the 6RM there was some contraction of rectus abdominis.
With the 3RM there was definitely a strong contraction of rectus abdominis, which is good for brazilian jiu jitsu

The reasons for the isometric contraction of rectus abdominis under load I can only speculate. It’s possible that because rectus abdominis covers a large portion of the anterior (front) section of transversus abdominus, under more extreme load rectus abdominis contracts to give transversus abdominus a firm base to contract against (similar to a weight lifting belt).

Another reason for this theory is the thickness of transversus abdominus varies as it wraps around the trunk, the thinness portion of transversus abdominus lies directly beneath rectus abdominis. It’s also possible that under extreme load rectus abdominis contracts isometricly to press against transversus abdominus which in turn builds up even more internal pressure.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What are the more effective ways to train the core area? and still be relevant to brazilian jiu jitsu.

Athletes indirectly train their core area through their specific sporting movements. When applying one of our more important training principles “specificity”, you cant get a better training stimulus for a particular sport than the actual sporting movement itself. Athletes that have the greatest core strength are those that participate in Olympic lifting (clean and jerk & power snatch) and your power lifters. The desired outcome of these lifts (with the exception of bench press) is to lift a resistance against gravity while the body is in the upright position. It’s through years of repetitious practice that builds a strong core specific to these lifts. With kickboxing it’s the continual kicking and punching to bags and pads, which increases the strength of the core area specific to that movement. With the round kick, Its rectus abdominis and the obliques (with a small contribution from the erector spinae muscles) that contribute to the dynamic movement of the trunk and transversus abdominus that holds body positioning through the movement of the kick and stops the body from folding on impact, such as in brazilian jiu jitsu. 




In addition to the continual practice of sporting movements, resistance training can be of great benefit. You’ll find that all professional athletes participate in resistance training to help them excel in their chosen sport and allot of amateur athletes who take their sport seriously are also involved in resistance training. As far as training transversus abdominus goes, you cant beat your big lifts, as they train transversus abdominus in the manner in which it was designed to work (stabilizing the body in an upright position, resisting the force of gravity). These lifts include BB back squat, BB front squat, free weight lunges, dead lifts, power cleans and hang cleans. When looking at dynamic movements, in addition to transversus abdominus you need to train the trunk flexors, extensors and rotators.
Rectus abdominis is an important muscle grouping for brazilian jiu jitsu
So far research has shown that rectus abdominis (our six pack) is a trunk flexor and lateral trunk flexor. If we are lying on the ground supine like the brazilian jiu jitsu closed guard (face up) with our knees bent at 90 degrees and our feet in constant contact with the ground, when our upper body moves we have trunk flexion or what’s commonly known as a curl up or abdominal curl. If our upper body remains on the ground and we bring our knees to our chest we have a reverse curl (with some additional help from our hip flexors). You’ll find most training for rectus abdominis whether done on a fit ball, on a sit up bench, in a machine or on a hip flexor stand are all variations of the curl up or reverse curl. 

Lower body remains stationary
while lower body moves brazilian jiu jitsu
Upper body remains stationary
while upper body moves








You must keep the core strong for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu..

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “a chain is only as strong as the weakest link”, well this saying is very true as far as the human body goes. Most recreational gym patrons and amateur sportsman and sportswomen tend to spend allot of time conditioning the upper and lower body but tend to neglect the core area as far as quality or specific training goes, such as brazilian jiu jitsu.

This article can support your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu strength.

The main support system for our trunk is transversus abdominus which works in conjunction with our diaphram, pelvic floor and multifidus (deep erector spinae muscle).
Tansversus abdominus wraps around our trunk, attaching either side of our spinal column with the upper portion attaching to the ribs and the lower portion attaching to the pelvis. The main function of transversus abdominus is to act like a corset when it is contracted. 

As transversus abdominus contracts, it pushes our intestines and internal organs in an upward direction against our diaphram and in a downward direction against our pelvic floor muscles which in turn increases our inter abdominal pressure (our core area is now acting like an air shock absorber). The strength of transversus abdominus is relative to the amount of pressure we can build up in our core area, the more strength the more pressure and just like our car shock absorber, the more air we pump into it, the more weight we can have in the back of the car or trailer.

Think in terms of how this could help your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game.

In the gym environment you’ll find that the common way to specifically train transversus abdominus is with the use of fit balls (swiss balls), now for the recreational gym user whose goal is fitness, health and some muscle tone, the use of a fit ball is probably adequate. For the individuals that attend a gym for rehabilitation purposes (especially back injuries) the fit ball can be a great tool. Similar to balance balls often seen in brazilian jiu jitsu academies

For the individuals who are serious about their sport, more specific and functional exercises are more appropriate. The main disadvantage with fit balls is they are non-specific to every day activities and sporting movements, if you train on a fit ball you get good at “training on a fit ball”. If your core work is done on a fit ball in a seated position, prone (facing down) or supine (facing up) then the way you are training transversus abdominus isn’t going to be as effective as training transversus abdominus with your body standing in an upright position resisting gravity. Often fit balls are used to sit on while performing single arm dumbbell exercises, the idea behind this being that as the arm moves away from the bodies center of gravity, transversus abdominus has to contract to stop you from falling off the ball, while this is true, you can get the same effect standing on one leg.

When standing on one leg, not only are you addressing core stability by standing upright resisting gravity, you are also addressing ankle, knee and hip stability as well as pelvic control and body alignment. Balance and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu go hand-in-hand.


As humans we evolved as upright beings, in the upright position we have the force of gravity bearing down upon us, in fact our whole evolutionary process has evolved around gravity. Our bones are our bodies main support structure which enables us to stand upright, resisting the force of gravity. Our muscles are designed to help us move around freely in the presence of gravity. Our heart is designed to pump blood in an upward direction to the brain resisting gravity and the veins in our legs have one way valves which are designed to open when our leg muscles contract then close to stop the blood flowing downwards in the direction of gravity. Even the way in which we consume food and pass waste products is dependent on gravity
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and diet combined is important.
To work transversus abdominus effectively we need to be in the upright position so it can do what it was designed to do, to support our trunk while resisting the force of gravity when lifting, to stabilize the body when running, jumping, climbing, throwing and striking. Amazingly we can squat more than two – three times our body weight, but to do this as well as strong legs we need that strong core area

Strong core strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu birth..

When the days of the Samurai came to an end, the gun replaced the sword, and new sportive ways to practice martial arts were developed. Eventually, in Japan many different variations of Jiu-Jitsu took shape, including Karate, Aikido, and Judo. But these arts were missing essential pieces of what the complete art of Jiu-Jitsu originally held.

This lack of reality created years of confusion in the martial arts community, a confusion that legendary Bruce Lee would later refer to as the ‘classical mess’. Bruce Lee was actually a student of Judo and did many studies on grappling while he was alive. He criticized traditional martial arts as being ineffective. The more traditional combat schools were simply practicing techniques no longer suitable for modern day combat, and with no way to safely test them, practicing these arts became like swimming without water.

It wasn’t until the sport art of Judo and the combat art of Jiu-Jitsu were introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil that the real art of Jiu-Jitsu would be brought to life again. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (practiced as Judo) was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil around 1914 by Esai Maeda, who was also known as Conde Koma.Maeda was a champion of Jiu-Jitsu and a direct student of Kano, at the Kodokan in Japan. He was born in 1878, and became a student of

Judo (Kano’s Jiu-Jitsu) in 1897.

In 1914, Maeda was given the opportunity to travel to Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration colony. In Brazil, in the northern state of Para, he befriended Gastão Gracie, an influential businessman, who helped Maeda get established. To show his gratitude, Maeda offered to teach traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu to Gastão’s oldest son, Carlos Gracie. Carlos learned for a few years and eventually passed his knowledge to his brothers.

Helio Gracie, the youngest son of Gastão and Cesalina Gracie’s eight children (three were girls), was always a very physically frail child. He would run up a flight of stairs and have fainting spells, and no one could figure out why.

At age fourteen, he moved in with his older brothers who lived and taught Jiu-Jitsu in a house in Botafogo, a borough of Rio de Janeiro. Following doctor’s recommendations, Helio would spend the next few years limited to only watching his brothers teach.

One day, when Helio was 16 years old, a student showed up for class when Carlos was not around. Helio, who had memorized all the techniques from watching his brothers teach, offered to start the class. When the class was over, Carlos showed up and apologized for his delay. The student answered, “No problem. I enjoyed the class with Helio very much and, if you don’t mind, I’d like to continue learning from him.” Carlos agreed, and Helio became an instructor.

Thus, the birth of Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born


Dana White announced that Fedor Emilienenko will be done with the Zuffa owned Strikeforce MMA.

“The Last Emperor,” once seen as the most dominant heavyweight in mixed martial arts, has had rough times in the Strikeforce cage, posting a 1-3 record after a 28 fight win streak before his first appearance for Strikeforce. Fedor has lost 3 consecutive MMA fights since winning his promotion debut.

His losses are none to be ashamed of, however. His first loss was to Fabricio Werdum via triangle armbar. He followed that loss with a doctors stoppage against a much larger Antonio Silva, resulting in his elimination from the MMA Strikeforce Grand Prix. His last loss came at the end of a back and forth brawl against Dan Henderson. Henderson ended up getting the best of the Last Emperor with a clean uppercut to the jaw.

Emelienenko holds notable wins over Mark Coleman twice, Antonio Rodrigo twice, Andre Arlovski and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. MMA

Catch Wrestling…

Catch Wrestling or Catch as Catch Can is a form of martial arts formed in Great Britian but the history of Catch Wrestling can be traced back toPankration – according to Billy Robinson. Pankration – was a martial art introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of boxing and wrestling but without any rules. The term comes from the Greek παγκράτιον [paŋkrátion], literally meaning “all powers” from πᾶν (pan-) “all” + κράτος (kratos) “strength, power”. Spartan soldiers were taught to use this ancient boxing technique with the sole purpose of fighting and killing on the battlefield. For that reason, Spartans were not allowed to participate in any boxing competition including other Greeks.  Modern mixed martial arts competitions have come to feature many of the same methods that were used in pankration competitions in the ancient Greek world.

The origins of  hand-to-hand combat are almost impossible to trace; probably stemming to the first community of people – since fighting is human nature. Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic martial art and an essential part of mixed martial arts (mma), but the Gracies are not the first to do a rear-naked choke or a triangle. “There is nothing new under the sun” ( Ecclesiastes 1:9 ). Catch Wrestling has many ascpects of jiu jitsu.

Catch Wrestling

Jiu Jitsu has aspects of Catch Wrestling, Judo has similarities with both. Both have similarities with Judo. Basically all martial arts have one thing in common – using your entire body to defeat another opponent. Because people tend to be biased to their own martial art form it is hard for some to accept the teachings of other martial arts – because of style rivalry.

 Anyone who wants to be the best MMA fighter cannot train only jiu jitsu, the September 10th Strikeforce fights made this quite evident, where Jacare and Roger Gracie both went down in defeat. Josh Barnett, a No-Gi jiu jitsu world champion, defeated Karhitonov with a takedown to the mount leading to the head and arm choke. Josh Barnett is a supportor and practicioner of Catch Wrestling.

To be a great Mixed Martial Artist / mma it would be wise to consider learning what Catch Wrestling has to offer. Jiu Jitsu has time and time again proven to be the best ground martial art in grappling competition but in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts / mma, wrestling and Catch Wrestling are becoming ever more dominant.

Why is Lovato’s Voted the #1 Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy?…

The Oklahoma martial arts scene has been highly developed by one family imparticular, The Lovato family. Having been in the Oklahoma martial arts business for over 18 years and producing several multiple World champion martial artists as well as giving countless students more confidence, the skills to defend themselves, and a great environment to meet lots of new people and create new life long friendships. Doing some form of martial arts is one of the greatest keys to having a great, amazingly, enjoyable, and good quality life.

Oklahoma martial arts at Lovato’s even includes a FREE 30 Day Trial! Thats how life changing we know our system is. Be sure to come by and check out the academy and meeting the instructors.

Whether you prefer to learn how to fight or protect yourself standing up and striking or on the ground grappling we have all the tools to help you empower yourself. Come into Lovato’s Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy and just check out the facility and hangout for awhile and see what you think!

Oklahoma martial arts at Lovato’s is home to UFC fighters and future MMA champions, World Champion Grapplers, a powerhouse mixed martial arts and mma team and most importantly great students looking for all sorts of benefits from the martial arts.

Lovato’s is even home to the #1 Oklahoma martial arts kids program. You can include the entire family at Lovato’s Martial Arts Academy.

We can’t wait to hear from you soon and help you along your journey to becoming a powerful martial artist at Oklahoma martial arts top school!