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Originally celebrated May 26, 2018

Photography: Elliott Fisher

Lots of hardwork put in at the US Grappling tournament this past weekend up in Richmond! All of our competitors had awesome matches that highlighted their strength and skill. The match between Geno Quintin and his opponent was something that was definitely noteworthy. 6 minutes of nonstop pressure, attacking, and escaping multiple submission attempts against a seasoned competitor is something to commend. Escaping from what seemed like the finishing bow and arrow from his opponent, he rolled out and caught his opponent in an armbar. That was the start of their submission exchanges until finally, he was caught in a loop choke. Wonderful show of persistence and good sportsmanship Geno!

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A big congratulations to all our competitors for placing in the tournament! Great job Kyle Sablan (1st Men's Beginner No Gi), Brianna Tate (1st Women's Intermediate No Gi, 2nd Women's Blue Belt Gi), Geno Quintin (2nd Men's Purple Belt Gi), and G'Angelo Quintin (2nd Men's Intermediate No Gi, 2nd Men's Blue Belt Gi). Can't wait to see what the next competition brings!

Resilience and Confidence

Muay Thai, also known as the art of eight limbs, is one of the world’s most deadliest arts. Training in such an art will temper you in both the mind and body and, with practice, build confidence in your abilities to attack and defend. Investing time into training this confidence will affect the rest of your life by applying what you learn in class. If you can push yourself through being exhausted, you can push yourself to do anything.

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Presence and Power

Your spirit is just as big of a factor in Muay Thai as your physical being and technical prowess. The power that is used is something that comes from your spirit. Muay Thai is very loud and explosive. Allowing yourself to let go of what makes you feel silly is what unlocks the strength that you’ve always had. The dominance that is built through practice is applicable both inside and outside of training!

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Being able to catch somebody with a strike can be pretty difficult without proper timing. As you go through your training, you’ll learn how to improve your timing and abilities to see what’s coming. Much like in our lives off the mat, having good timing skills is important. Learning when the appropriate time is to act and when waiting is needed can be easily translated from training to real life. With all these things in mind, Muay Thai can improve your wellbeing throughout your mind, body, and your spirit. At Impact, we put focus on each of these aspects and ensure that everyone is provided with a safe environment to learn how to unlock their true potential. What’s there to lose? Give us a try today!


Filipino martial arts, also referred to as Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis, is one of the most practical and beneficial martial arts out there. Being primarily a weapons based art, the practicality of knowing how to defend yourself from someone on the street who may be carrying a weapon is an extremely important skill to have. At the same time, learning the art will improve your physical and mental health while teaching you the Filipino culture.

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Mental Exercise

FMA is a very cerebral art. Footwork, patterns, and situational awareness exercises take a lot of focus and is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Keeping your awareness active is also very important when off of the mats to better detect any possible danger. People of any age can benefit greatly from the mental exercise that FMA provides. Additionally, problem solving skills are built and enhanced through the exercises aforementioned. Drilling a technique has its benefits but when presented with variables of environment, can change the way the technique is done entirely. Of course, it's hard to predict and teach the solutions to all of the possibilities. FMA allows a safe and controlled environment that allows for experimentation and creativity.

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The origins of why FMA came to be was to protect the tribe. Filipino martial arts not only teaches how to protect yourself, but to protect that which matters the most to you. Inside the art, you learn language, history, and how to move dynamically with others. The beauty within the movements, mindset, and the very reason for its existence is something to be proud of as a pinoy and something that is worth spreading to the world. With a deep knowledge of the Filipino culture, Impact Martial Arts Academy is the best place to go for anybody who wants to take part in this amazing art. Try it out today!


One of the most beneficial martial arts to train is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also referred to as BJJ. Similar to judo, BJJ is a wrestling/grappling art and is a fun way to exercise while learning self defense at the same time. The nature of Jiu Jitsu provides a healthy balance between using gentle technique and aggressive competition-like explosiveness.

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Real Life Application

Just like in other martial arts like Karate, BJJ can also greatly improve mental fitness and confidence. Training manifests our real life problems into something physical that we can work on in a safe and controlled environment. With the high speed and drive you see in competitors, Jiu Jitsu can increase your ability to make faster decisions and persevere under pressure. Once you see how strong your body is, your mind strengthens as well.

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Having teammates who are also looking to improve themselves and dedicated instructors willing to show you the way makes it easier to stay consistent and, in turn, give you the self discipline you need to climb the ranks. Here at Impact, we have the best beginner friendly classes in all of Hampton Roads. Located in Virginia Beach, there are students who travel down from Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and even a group from Richmond who visit on Saturdays just to train with us. Whether you're looking to lose weight, compete, or just learn something new, Impact is the place to be. Get started today!



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3877 Holland Road Suite 511

Virginia Beach, VA 23452