Do Any Other MMA Academy Staff Members Notice The Prevalence Of ADHD In Kids?


I sure have.


First off, let me start by saying that I am neither parent, nor doctor. What I am is an MMA academy membership consultant in an academy with a thriving kids program.


What I have been noticing far too frequently, is that when discussing our program with the parents, they will at some point become visibly distraught and lower their voices to tell me that their child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).


I could understand it being a one time thing, or even a relatively infrequent anomaly. It is almost getting to the point where I feel the need to break the ice with nervous parents by saying:

“Martial arts are great for children with ADHD”.

After finding out their children have this “disorder” they will then tell me that their child is being medicated for it.


This blows my mind.


I hope I am not making any parents who may have ADHD diagnosed children feel uncomfortable, especially due to my ignorance; but children do not want to pay attention to that which is “boring” to them. A pill isn’t going to change that, and if it can, that should be troublesome.


Children are also “hyperactive”. Just because some decline into lazy people, does not mean that those who have a zest and thrill for life (children), should be subjected to medications to destroy their youthful energy.


So what in the world is really going on here?


In 2011, the CDC reported that the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children ages 4 to 17 years was 11%, with 6.4 million children diagnosed with ADHD and 4.2 million taking psychostimulants.(1)



These findings represent a dramatic increase from more than 30 years ago, when the rate of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was estimated at between 3% and 5%.(2)


What is more concerning is that the prevalence of ADHD increased by about 35% just from 2003 to 2011, and there is no indication that this increase leveling out. More than 20% of high school-aged boys have been told they have ADHD!(3)


So we have a real problem here. Medicine isn’t slowing the epidemic rate and someone is making a lot of money selling these drugs. In my opinion, I would rather err on the side of caution that my kids will grow up just fine, practicing martial arts, rather than subjecting them to psychostimulants for perhaps the rest of their lives.


I again admit that this is an unqualified opinion.



1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): data & statistics. New data: medication and behavior treatment. Available at: Accessed July 28, 2015.

2. Miller RG, Palkes HS, Stewart MA. Hyperactive children in suburban elementary schools. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 1973;4(2):121-127.

3. Visser SN, Danielson ML, Bitsko RH, et al. Trends in the parent-report of health care provider-diagnosed and medicated attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: United States, 2003-2011. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014;53(1):34-46.



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Dana White on Mackenzie Dern: “We’ve Been Checking Her Out. She’s a Little Bad Ass.”


It seems that UFC president Dana White has been eyeing BJJ star and rising MMA star Mackenzie Dern for a potential contract.


In a recent interview with TMZ, Dana White stated:




Dana was quick to stop any early comparisons of Mackenzie to former women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.







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Pro MMA Fighter Submits Opponent With A Nasty Grapevine Mount


The Grapevine is a great way to control your opponent’s hips and ability to shrimp when you have them in the mount position. It is rarely used as a submission though! Gleidson “Poney” Cutis however submitted his opponent with that very position at Legacy Fighting 6 on AXS TV!


Check it out below!!




Khabib Nurmagomedov Hospitalized UFC 209 Title Fight With Tony Ferguson Cancelled


LAS VEGAS – In a big blow to a two-title fight card, UFC 209 has lost its co-main event interim lightweight championship bout the day before the event.


Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) was taken to a local hospital in Las Vegas on Thursday night after experiencing issues during his weight cut to make the 155-pound title limit. UFC officials made the announcement following the official weigh-ins for the event that the fight with Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is off.


UFC officials said today that Nurmagomedov was released from the hospital, but was not medically cleared by doctors to fight on Saturday, which scrapped the bout. A UFC official told MMAjunkie following today’s official weigh-ins that it had not yet been determined which fight from the prelims will move up to the main card.


Ferguson made weight at 154.5 pounds just before 9:30 a.m. local time in Las Vegas at the official weigh-ins – but it was for naught.



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Georges St. Pierre Vs Michael Bisping CONFIRMED!


It’s official … Georges St-Pierre WILL fight Michael Bisping for the 185 pound title!


UFC honcho Dana White just announced a deal was made over a recent dinner in Las Vegas … and says the fight will go down later in 2017.


White noted that GSP has to go through 3 months of USADA testing before he can fight — but he’s confident Georges will pass and the fight will go down.


White also said rumblings of a possible fight between GSP and Conor McGregor never came close to actually happening. At least not yet.



How To Have The Most Brutal Side Control Ever! Gold!


How To Have The Most Brutal Side Control Ever! Pure Jiu-Jitsu Gold!


If you want to be able to effectively submit your opponent, you need to be able to control them first. It’s frustrating to pass his guard only to lose control after.


In the video below Royce Gracie black belt, Roy Marsh, shows the most brutal side control I’ve seen.




BJJ Legend Rodolfo Vieira Wins His MMA Debut!


BJJ Legend Rodolfo Vieira Wins His MMA Debut!


World class jiu-jitsu black belt, ADCC and IBJJF World champion Rodolfo Vieira made quick work of his MMA debut on Saturday February 12, with a first round submission win over Zarylbek Daniyar of Kyrgyzstan.


Fighting on an MMA event called Arzalat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vieira appeared in the main event versus the 1-1 Kyrgyz fighter.


Working behind a jab, Vieira felt out the opening minutes of the round before hitting a lightning-quick takedown near the fence. A few slick transitions from knee-ride to mount gave him positional dominance. Some soft strikes forced Daniyar to turn, exposing the fighting-ending rear naked choke at 2.27.


Cornered by his original jiu-jitsu coach Julio Cesar Pereira of GF Team and his head MMA coach Ricardo Liborio of American Top Team, Vieira looked comfortable and confident in his first outing in the ring.







Holy Smokes This Is A Great Body Triangle Counter!


Holy Smokes This Is A Great Body Triangle Counter!


This is a move that I have held onto forever and rarely show anyone! WHY? Well it’s a funny story but years ago when I was a purple belt teaching BJJ a blue belt came to my class visiting from out of state. After class we grappled and I got his back and threw on my signature body triangle. Within a few seconds I was astounded when I was forced to tap to a foot lock! Immediately I was like, “what just happened?!” He showed me how he caught me and I never forgot that move. Over the years I rarely ever shared this simple little counter submission. WHY? Everytime…and I mean every time I show someone this move I inadvertantly get submitted with it. So for as lone as I can remember I never have showed it…let alone put it on video for the world!!! So here it is at last…. By the way, why am I putting it out now? Because it (like all “my” Jiu-Jitsu) was never for me to keep in the first place… Jiu-Jitsu is meant to be shared. OSS! – Mike Bidwell