MMA Lincoln Assessments

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So we recently held our first MMA assessments at Function First MMA Lincoln.


Well firstly our responsibility is your safety and secondly we want the wins eh..

Not everyone wants to compete in MMA and thats fine, we never pressure anyone into competing, that would be pointless and stupid. But for those who do then there needs to be a minimum criteria met before anyone can enter the cage and compete. The fight team rules and expectations available in the academy along with Matt Chapman’s book “How to win your first mma fight” detail the areas that need to be understood before anyone enters the cage. I’ll not rattle on too much about that here, as i say its available in the academy.

The assessments integrate with the fight team expectations and Matt’s book. The levels are 1 – 9 with level 9 being the equivalent of a blackbelt. By this time all the areas should be understood and you will have a complete game with no holes. Of course as with any respectable blackbelt this is the beginning not the end of the journey.

A blackbelt signifies a grasp of the basics that we now fine tune until your dying day.

The assessments, like all our other gradings are not solely based on knowledge, MMA is a tough sport so various aspects such as mental toughness, attitude, ability, attendance and conditioning – yep i’ll say that a little louder….. CONDITIONING  all come into play.

What about those who have already competed?

For you the journey is a little different.

What were talking about here is someone who has never trained any martial arts in their life and want to train and maybe compete in MMA. This person needs looking after and not throwing into the fire. Like a sword maker forges the metal we forge the student, a little at a time until they become battle ready. Heat them up to quick and throw them straight into the fire and they will break under pressure.

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  • YOU want to win and stay safe
  • WE want you to win and stay safe

Like i said not everyone wants to compete but just love to train in MMA, the assessments work just as well for you to. They give you set goals to achieve and aim for and an understanding of where you are. They motivate and measure your journey just like the belt system in other traditional arts.

Hope that all makes sense. More power to you and onwards and upwards we go..



Building Concentration in the Young Ones is a Major Benefit of Martial Arts Training

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Martial Arts helps concentration in kids

Martial arts lessons for kids can have very positive effect on those enrolled in the classes. One of the biggest benefits would be improved focus and concentration. This is a good thing because our technologically driven society is one that does not always contribute to improving the lost skills of focus and concentration.

Martial arts helps kids concentration

Technology is a good thing and no one would ever say the technological improvements we see in the internet and television are not without value. Neither television or the internet are solely for entertainment. There is great informational benefit to investing time on the computer and even watching television. Educational programming can help very young kids supplement their learning quite a bit as long as they are watching the right channels.

The problem that arises is so many choices in television programming and internet websites can lead kids to switching channels and surfing websites with great frequency. Bored after only watching three minutes of a program? Change the channel! The first images appearing on a website are unappealing? Jump to a new site! While convenient, kids might up discovering their attention span suffers and suffers greatly. A poor attention span is not going to be a good thing when attending school or even when in situations designed to promote socialization.

This is where martial arts classes for kids can be a huge help.

A lot is mentioned about martial arts classes for kids being good for concentration and discipline, but the reasons why are not mentioned with much clarity. The truth is there are some very simple and basic ways in which kids martial arts classes can develop such skills.

A martial arts class will be one hour long and follow a specific structure. This does not mean the class will be overly regimented or not be fun. Rather, a full hour must be spent in the class and the class will be spent on the performance of the tasks at hand. There is no channel switching or internet surfing involved!

In all seriousness, there will be times when a person cannot simply walk away from something that bores them quickly. Getting through an eight hour or more workday is critical for all adults. Kids need to learn what is required to handle necessary tasks and do so with the right attitude. Martial arts training just may help them do just that.


Martial Arts Training Surely Is A Great Way To Loose Weight

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Loose Weight with Martial Arts

A lot of students will sign up for martial arts lessons because they wish to lose weight. Honestly, this might be one of the best decisions the health conscious could ever make. Martial arts training can definitely burn up a lot of calories. Performance in the class itself is not the only source of fat burning. The lean muscle mass developed by the workouts will speed up the metabolism to the degree it certainly can contribute to a great deal of burned fat.

Martial arts for weight loss

The martial arts is a world known for its hyperbole. The claims of weight loss likely are the most honest and there are many examples of people losing weight to show fat loss is highly possible.

Each individual person that suffers from obesity may wish to look at their own situation and personal health before making any assumptions about much weight loss can be expected and how much work will be required to actually lose weight.

For someone that is extremely overweight, it may be best to have a complete physical performed by a doctor to ensure there are no underlying health issues that may make martial arts training risky. Also, anyone in poor physical condition or has low cardio may wish to take things slowly. Going slowly allows those new to working out to be able to slowly build up the endurance required to get the most out of their workout sessions.

There is no reason to rush the process because weight loss from the martial arts likely is a long term benefit gained from improving activity levels. A person enrolled in martial arts training and goes regularly three times a week for three months is likely going to see solid results. This does not mean no results will be gained in the first couple of weeks. Calorie burning does start on day one, but it may take some time to burn off a significant amount of them.

Anyone wishing to lose weight with the martial arts does not to improve his or her diet to maximize results. Martial arts classes can only go so far in terms of being able to burn up stored fat. Cutting back on high calorie and unhealthy meals would boost the chance of weight loss success immensely.

Overall, martial arts training should be one part of a healthy lifestyle that makes weight loss possible.


Attack By Draw – Baiting

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How Attack By Draw Can Improve Your Game

A lot is spoken about learning the basics when it comes to the martial arts. No one would ever say focusing on the basics is a bad idea. There are times, however, when it could be wise to learn a few of the more advanced facets to training. One advanced area would be employing an attack by draw.

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Also known as baiting an opponent, an attack by draw entails opening a line of attack to direct an opponent towards it. This is a risky strategy because you are allowing an opponent the ability to attack. Hence, this is why it is deemed an advanced strategy. What is the secret to making the advanced strategy work?

Once again, we have to return our attention to the basics. Ironic is it not?

The better you have mastered the basics, then the better you will be able to engage in something along the lines of attack by draw. The better your basics are and the cleaner your movements, the more likely you can make an attack by draw strategy work.

Such a strategy is not exactly complicated to grasp. Hard to do, but difficult to explain. Let us look at a simple example:

In kickboxing, you could leave your hand a little low to draw in a punch or your elbow a little high to draw in a kick. In a grappling scenario, some in a closed guard could let the arm drift forward to draw in an armlock or triangle attempt.

All of this might seem a little risky if not outright dangerous. So, why would you want to do it? Well, you can never 100% guarantee what someone is going to do, but by leaving lines open, you can gain some semblance of certainty in terms of how they act or react. Basically, you are slyly guiding the actions of an opponent for them. This opens the door for counterattacking and overwhelming an opponent.

To repeat, you never know how an opponent is going to act. Just because you leave the door wide open for someone to take a particular action, the action might not be taken. It could come off as just being a little too good to be true. So, you have to have good reflexes and combinations in order to react if things do not go as planned. Even if you do launch an attack, it can be countered so always be ready to react. This is why good basics are so important.

When timed right though, an attack by draw technique can have amazing results. For that reason alone, investing time in developing these skills is recommended. Once you do develop the skill, you might have a powerful new strategy at your disposal to exploit.


Martial Arts in Lincoln – An Apple A Day

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An Apple A Day

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Reach for an apple first – Martial Arts In Lincoln

When you are hungry, try reaching for an apple first. Why? Apples are healthy, filling, and quite handy in a rush. The average sized apple is about 85 calories, whereas the average fast food burger is about 600 calories. That means you would need to eat seven apples to consume the same amount of calories as that burger. That might not sound like much to some, but I challenge you to eat three apples in a row… its not that easy.

Keeping the doctor away at Function First Martial Arts In Lincoln

The point try reaching for the healthy stuff first and then if you are still hungry try a little bit of what you were craving, the chances are you wont want it anymore. Lets be honest, feeling to full to eat unhealthily is a pretty good position to be in.

We take nutrition seriously at Function First Martial Arts In Lincoln

So not only are apples healthy and handy, they are also a good preworkout snack, so next time you finish work, and think I don’t have time to cook before your training at function first martial arts in lincoln, reach for an apple…

Thank you and forward the revolution


Kids & MMA?

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Making MMA Suitable for Kids

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Can kids get involved with mixed martial arts MMA?

There is really no reason why they cannot. The growth of the sport has been amazing and young ones are definitely becoming attracted to it. Once they enroll in MMA classes, they reap all the rewards this sport offers

Mixed martial arts (MMA) training is certainly popular for adults, but is is fine for kids? The answer is yes as long as the kids program remains appropriate for the young ones. Adults may look at cage-fighting events and feel this is totally not a good thing to get their kids involved with. To a great degree, such sentiments are understandable. This is why kids martial arts instructors do not run a kids MMA program in the same way they would an adults.

The most common difference between a youngster’s MMA class and one for adults would be the class likely will maintain much of the essence of a traditional martial arts. While the MMA gyms that cater mostly to young men may have a counter culture facet to them, parents are probably not going to be very thrilled to expose their kids to such environments.

Parents can feel a sigh of relief. No responsible martial arts instructor would take that approach with teaching young ones. The class will maintain the same focus that mostly all well run kids classes would. There would be emphasis on fun, fitness, and discipline. The main different would be the class integrates some of the arts found in MMA.

The arts could include submission wrestling, kickboxing, and Judo among others. Boxing may play a role in the training as well. Generally, the main arts found in basic MMA training are going to be found in a kids program. The way in which the material is presented is going to be changed to make it better suited for kids. Again, MMA for adults is not the same as MMA for kids.

The interesting point about a kids MMA program is that learning the basics of MMA at a young age can set the stage for becoming a competitor later in life. No one can ever tell how far a young one can go when learning such a sport early in life. Of course, all this is getting ahead of things. He or she has to start the lessons and do so on the right foot. A well run class will meet such goals.

At Function First our kids classes are extremely popular, we have waiting lists in some classes for a reason.

We are a family friendly fun martial arts mma academy


MMA for Self Defence?

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How is MMA Effective for Self-Defence?


Even a casual observer of professional sports has heard of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It would be difficult not to learn about the sport since has become so incredibly popular in recent years. So popular has the sport become, many have taken it up as a hobby. However, there are those old school martial arts that might wonder if MMA is good for self-defence. For those with such concerns, the ability to make MMA effective for self-defence requires little more than a few tweaks. Once you make the proper changes, MMA becomes an excellent core art for defending yourself.

The reasons why MMA is a good base art for self-defence are:

  • The art incorporates training at a variety of different ranges. Boxing and kickboxing comprise the stand up striking portion. Wrestling, Thai boxing and Judo are a large part of the close-quarters component. Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu round out the ground game.
  • MMA is a full contact art. Now, this does not mean those that are MMA practitioners are interested in really beating each other up in training. Rather, it means the training will revolve around working against resistance. Sparring is a large part of most MMA programmes.
  • MMA is also designed to help get you into great condition. The better conditioned and the tougher your body is, then the better primed it will be to handle a self-defence scenario.
  • It is easy to incorporate other arts into the MMA structure. Weapons techniques, combatives and even aspects of the traditional martial arts can be weaved into MMA.

Of course, there will also need to be a few modifications made for street self-defence purposes. These changes are not as complex as you might initially assume. The truth is Mixed Martial Arts training does provide you with an excellent foundation for your fighting skills. Again, you just have to make a few tweaks.

  • MMA is commonly taught for the specific scenario of the cage. For self-defence, you will want to weave the techniques of the cage for more street oriented scenarios. This includes environmental training and being able to avoid or to calm down a difficult situation. Our self defence classes in Lincoln are world class and a lot of fun..
  • The ability to fight without the benefit of safety equipment such as mats or gloves must be addressed.
  • Legal questions about being able to defend yourself must be answered.

Once you do understand a few of the differences between the ring and the street, you will find your ability to turn combat sports into a great self-defence system. Making the modifications is not hard at all.


Kids Self Defence Classes In Lincoln

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Kicks In Self Defence

Traditional And Functional?

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The technicalities of kicking and the value of said kicks to self defence is an unusual area. Many of those who have trained traditional Martial Arts and have trained kicks before are unsurprisingly protective of kicks, however is there enough value in kicks to warrant the untrained learning them?

Kicks can be functional, however it depends on the kick and it depends on the situation. At function first self defence classes in Lincoln we have built all of our self defence programs to cover the simplest and most functional kicks first. Within the chaos of the fight and in terms of integration with other attacks, simple kicks like direct, diagonal and oblique kicks fit in much better with the concepts of a realist street fight. However is there a place for kicks such as the round kick, side kick, back kick and the front kick, definitely, but later on in the programs, when the student understands how to enter off of the strikes, how to strike in multiple attacker situations and how to strike in a non-sport environment.

At Function First Self Defence Classes In Lincoln

we understand the value of kicks when used correctly.

When used correctly kicks can be a valuable addition to your arsenal however there is also the important question, where are you kicking? Are you going to kick someone in the head in a street fight? Well never say never, but bruce lee said “I would kick someone in the head as I would punch them in the foot”. This is of course just to high light the functionality or the strike in relation to the target, however of course you can punch someone in the foot, it all depends on the situation.

It comes down to the right knowledge for the right skill level and at

Function First Self Defence classes in Lincoln this is how we train you.

Do we start by teaching you to round kick someone to the head, no. At function first self defence classes in Lincoln we start by teaching you a direct kick to the shin, knee or foot. Why? Because its easier, simpler and therefore much more likely to work. When you have trained 10000 round kicks, will you be able to add them into you self defence training? Sure, why not, but just at the right point in the journey.

Thank you and forward the revolution.


Going Bananas At Function First Fitness Lincoln

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Going Bananas

The Value Of This Comedic Fruit – Fitness Classes In Lincoln

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Bananas, fun to say, fun to eat, fun to lay around in old fashioned comedy sketches. But the value of a banana is far more than that, bananas are absolutely packed with Potassium.

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We Are Proud Of Our Love Of Bananas

Potassium intake from fruits and vegetables has been shown to lower blood pressure.  Studies show that a diet with 8.5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables (providing 4,100 mg of potassium) lowered blood pressure by 7.2/2.8 mmHg (systolic/diastolic) in people diagnosed with high blood pressure, compared to a
diet providing only 3.5 servings of fruits & vegetables (providing 1,700 mg of potassium).

Put Simply, EAT BANANAS!

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We Will Help You Find Ways To Improve Your Nutrition

The recommended daily intake of potassium for adults is 4,700 mg. Bananas, beans and potatoes are all rich sources of potassium.  Many other fruits
and vegetables are also good sources of potassium. For the best results try baking, roasting or steaming when cooking vegetables.  Avoid boiling as potassium leaches out into the water during cooking.

At Function First fitness in Lincoln

we will give you free support on how to improve your nutrition, how to keep eating the foods you love and how to give yourself the edge that means you will achieve serious results.


Why Breakfast.. Function First Lincoln

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What is the point of breakfast? 

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Why should you eat breakfast? You are tired, running late, not really hungry, why bother?

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Your brain runs on glucose (carbs) — that’s the fuel you need to think, walk, talk, and basically do anything.  Let’s say that the last time you eat something at night is at 10 or 11 PM.  The following day, you don’t eat breakfast but wait until about noon to eat. That means you’ve gone thirteen or fourteen hours with nothing in your system.  Your body has to work extra hard to break down any stored carbohydrate or turn fat or protein into a usable form for your brain to function.  That’s a lot to ask for when you’re sitting in a classroom or at your office desk, trying to concentrate on reading, or writing emails.

Eating breakfast has been proven to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance and mood.

Or put it this way, you will certainly be at a disadvantage if your peers have eaten breakfast and you’ve gone without.  On average, they will think faster and clearer and you may find yourself falling behind.

At Function First Lincoln

We help you to be the best you can be. By skipping breakfast, you will have a harder time fitting important nutrients into your diet.  Many foods eaten mainly at breakfast contain significant amounts of vitamins C and D, calcium, iron, and fibre. If you don’t eat the foods you don’t get the nutrients it’s as simple as that. At function first Lincoln we believe that protecting yourself is just as important when thinking about your diet.

Some people also believe that skipping breakfast may help them lose weight. This simply isn’t true. Skipping meals can lead to overeating later in the day, and can eventually lead to a slower metabolism.  Being “over hungry” often leads to a lack of control and distorted satiety signals (meaning it’s hard to determine when you’re full). This can result in taking in more calories. It is usually far easier to control your weight by eating smaller meals and snacks more frequently.

At Function First Lincoln

we respect that not everyone wants to eat breakfast
Whatever your choice, give it some thought.  If you think you’re doing fine with no breakfast, okay, but if you are looking for a way to boost your results give it a go. At Function First function first Lincoln we will give you the support to achieve your goals and you will be amazed how much difference small changes can make.

Give us a call to book your FREE 30 day trial 01522 543 787

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