Team Bushido MMA Fitness Center Part 1 - Muay Thai

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''Be Fit. Be Strong. Be Better.'' - TBMMA

I'm having a great time learning martial arts and improving my fitness at Team Bushido this week. Actually many of us are. I've met quite a few participants that are taking advantage of their current promotion - ONE FREE WEEK! At Team Bushido, you can learn and improve your Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts skills.

Sensei Nabill started Team Bushido in Rockland and then moved his practice to Ottawa (in the Saint-Laurent region). He's a 4th degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under W.E.B.B.S. He also has a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale. On top of that, he has an impressive 18 years of kickboxing experience, under the tutelage of Jean-Yves “The Iceman” Theriault. He has a professional record of 11-11 MMA which includes 6 TKO’s and 5 submissions, a pro Muay Thai record of 1-0 and an amateur Kickboxing and Thai Boxing record of 18-4-2.

He is now training with and under the tutelage of UFC coach Firas Zahabi and Tristar Gym.

In addition to the already impressive résumé, he's the founder of Heroes Combat League, the first ever amateur MMA sport in Ottawa.

Here's a video showing Sensei Nabill sparring:

My first class with Nabill The Thrill was a Muay Thai class.

Muay Thai ''considers 8 limbs rather than 4. Using elbows and knees as extra limbs gives an advantage and also maximum health benefits in working your heart and lungs.'' For more information on Muay Thai, click here. His website is full of great information about the history of martial arts.

The training session started with a dynamic warm-up where we did some jump rope, push-ups and some core exercises. Afterwards, we moved on to the technical aspect of Muay Thai where we learned how to check an opponent's kick and counter with a teap kick, a switch kick or a round kick. That was our first technical drill. Our second technical drill was about combining movements. We had to catch a round kick, counter it with a cross, throw the opponent's kicking leg and follow it up with a power kick.

You can see Nabill demonstrate the two drills in the following video. You also get to see me in the video showcasing my new skills:

I really enjoyed my Muay Thai training for the following three reasons:

1) The brain-muscle connection that is needed to perform Muay Thai drills is quite impressive. It's a great challenge. You're obviously challenging your body physically. However, I was surprised at the amount of brain power and concentration it actually takes to perform these drills. Engaging the body and the mind is a good thing. It keeps you sharp.

2) Nabill's veteran participants are always there to help. I've met many of them this week and all were so nice and welcoming. They offered advice and helped me improve my techniques.

3) Nabill is a great coach. He combines humour and knowledge to teach. He can demonstrate with ease all of the drills. He maximises participation by making you feel at home even if it's your first session. He's also very friendly with children. He often used the only teenager there to demonstrate the movement making him feel quite comfortable and part of the group.

I would highly recommend trying out TBMMA to improve your martial arts skills and your fitness level. You can even bring your children because Nabill offers classes to them as well.

Next week, I will be writing part 2 and this time it'll be about the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.