Muay Thai – The Art of Eight Weapons
Posted: July 18, 2020

Using all eight striking weapons on your body, two legs, two knees, two hands and two elbows, Muay Thai is one of the most comprehensive and brutal martial art forms practised all around the world. Using intense power and razor sharp speed to make short work of opponents, this ancient art is not just about […]

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How to Prepare for Your First Kickboxing Class
Posted: June 3, 2020

So, you’re looking to improve your fitness and learn a new skill and you have booked yourself into a kickboxing class, now what? What should you bring your first class and what can you do to prepare yourself? At ICC, we are Sydney’s leading martial arts training academy offering BJJ, kickboxing and MMA classes to […]

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How Can Martial Arts Improve Your Life?
Posted: May 10, 2020

To many people, martial arts is simply a physical activity that can help you improve your strength, balance and overall fitness. While the physical benefits are apparent to everyone, the benefits of martial arts extend far beyond physical fitness, and can help improve many other aspects of daily life. At Integrated Combat Centre, we are […]

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How to Improve Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Home
Posted: April 6, 2020

While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is best learned on the mats, sometimes life gets in the way and we need to take some time off training. With the current global pandemic situation and social distancing restrictions in full swing, it seems we are all going to be taking time off for an extended period, but there […]

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Injuries in BJJ competition
Injuries in BJJ competition
Posted: August 25, 2018

Recently, the Integrated Combat Centre (ICC) attended the Grappling Industries Sydney tournament. The ICC was proudly represented by a mix of seasoned veterans and first time competitors. In over 16 years of attending/participating in BJJ competitions, never had I witnessed such a high injury toll as I did that day.  We witnessed a myriad of […]

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Martial Arts for Masters and Seniors – Age is just a number
Posted: July 14, 2018

We have many students doing martial arts (BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, karate, JKD) at the ICC who are 50+ years of age, of whom did not start learning their craft until their 40s or even 50s – past the age of when most people would consider trying out a new martial art. It can be understandably […]

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BJJ – Learn it your way
Posted: June 30, 2018

When I first donned my crisp BJJ gi and white belt, one of my friends and training partners was a fellow student who could never sit still during a technique demonstration. Whilst the rest of us were intently watching, my friend would simultaneously adopt the same body position as the instructor and follow through the […]

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All the Basic BJJ Positions and Techniques a Beginner Needs to Know
Posted: June 19, 2018

Your first few months in BJJ can be quite confusing and frustrating, as you quickly learn that even the much smaller blue (and even) belts can easily get you to the ground and choke you out cold.  There is just so much to take in! This is why the instructors at the ICC take special […]

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The Importance of Uniform in Martial Arts
Posted: March 20, 2018

Uniforms are a critical part of martial arts tradition and worn during training sessions. In this article, you will see how wearing uniforms fits in the Integrated Combat Centre (ICC) in Sydney. What Does the Uniform Represent? A uniform is not just a piece of clothing. It is also a mental and physical preparation tool. […]

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5 Reasons Why We Need to Have More Girls Training Combat Arts
Posted: March 1, 2018

Combat arts are not only reserved for the men, just like how the military and space programs aren’t male-only areas. Actually, women have already proven that they are more than capable of achieving incredible results in martial arts. Take the last Olympic games in Rio for example. Women showed extensive skill of Taekwondo, where China’s […]

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The Women Warriors of MMA – The True Role Models for Young Girls
Posted: February 16, 2018

A lot has been said about the influence Ronda Rousey has had on the world of women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) and on bright-eyed little girls across the world who don’t quite like Barbies and tea sets.  Despite her latest losses she has remained an extremely influential figure. However, there is a bigger picture here […]

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The Top 7 MMA Knockouts and What We can Learn from Them
Posted: January 30, 2018

MMA fighters are adaptable creatures, but everyone can be caught off guard and surprised by an opponent that switches things up. We make sure that anyone who comes through the doors of our martial arts school at the Integrated Combat Centre understands just how complex and unpredictable real fights can be. Over the years, we’ve […]

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4 ways you Can easily transfer your BJJ skills
Posted: December 22, 2017

BJJ is deeply rooted in judo and numerous other traditional Japanese martial arts. Over the last decades, however, it has followed a different course. Today, BJJcomprises the following elements: Self-defence “Vale tudo” – anything goes MMA Sports grappling (submission holds without striking). Our instructors at the Integrated Combat Centre say that BJJ is a unique […]

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A Martial Artist’s Guide to Training Around Injuries
Posted: October 24, 2017

Training a martial art can sometimes result in injury. This is because some of the exercises and techniques are hard on the muscles, joints and ligaments. Injury can occur due to sparring accidents, and it is something we come across from time to time in our martial arts programs hereat the Integrated Combat Centre. Also, […]

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4 Reasons Why BJJ is an Excellent Base Style to Build On
Posted: June 23, 2017

BJJ is deeply rooted in Judo and numerous traditional systems of Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Over the last decades, however, it has followed a different course. Today, it is divided into the following categories: self-defence, “vale tudo – anything goes” or the popular MMA, and sport grappling with or without gi (no striking just submission holds). […]

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Martial Arts and Self-Defence: Seeing the Bigger Picture
Posted: June 9, 2017

Many people enrol in our martial arts program at the Integrated Combat Centre at Peakhurst to learn how to defend themselves. This is a perfectly good reason for learning a martial art, but defending yourself by becoming a good fighter comes with a lot of responsibility. For instance, our gymis a controlled environment, where learning […]

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The Role of Drills and Importance of Repetition in Martial Arts
Posted: June 2, 2017

Learning a martial art is a lot of hard work, and this especially applies if you are a complete beginner. An average training session includes warming up, learning a new technique, practicing it over and over again and then sparring. If nobody has told you by now, drills and repetition are the cornerstones of any […]

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The Muay Thai Clinch: Flowing from Striking to Grappling
Posted: May 26, 2017

Thriving in the clinch can be very exhausting. This is why it is important to address the different aspects of the clinch with much care. Muay Thai offers numerous techniques that help a fighter not only defend himself in the clinch, but to also push a series of powerful short strikes through the opponent’s defence. […]

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Effective Recovery: The Secret to Becoming a Great Martial Artist
Posted: May 19, 2017

Martial arts training requires physical endurance to ensure that you have the proper form, balance, movement, and execute the techniques correctly even after several minutes of arduous sparring or fighting. This is why many people decide to quit when the training doesn’t fit their preconceived idea of what martial arts should be like. Apart from […]

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3 Tips for Improving Your Mental Game in Martial Arts
Posted: December 26, 2016

In all physical sports out there athletes have to pay attention to three key elements if they want to succeed: technical, physical and mental. I didn’t place them in any particular order here as in my personal opinion I think they are all equally important in terms of reaching success. While in team sports the […]

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How to Get Your Muscles Ready for MMA Training
Posted: December 19, 2016

MMA training is hard on the whole body and it can easily be the most mentally and physically challenging sport out there. Since many of the techniques engage several different muscles groups it is recommended to work out in order to build up endurance and strength. The training becomes extra hard during the weeks leading […]

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How to Condition Your Bones for Muay Thai Without Injuring Yourself
Posted: December 12, 2016

In order to be better at Muay Thai or any martial arts in general you must undergo bone conditioning. It is the series of practices that are used to boost your resilience so that you are less likely to get injured in the face of the real threat and while implementing the techniques you know. […]

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A White Belt’s Guide to Surviving Your First Few Months in BJJ
Posted: December 5, 2016

Did you know that many people quit BJJ after the first six months of training? Starting to train a new martial art can sometimes be a challenging endeavor. Especially when you dive into it without any previous knowledge or experience. There are many new things to deal with and some of them cannot be changed […]

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Kudo vs. MMA – It’s All about the Context and Mindset
Posted: November 29, 2016

Just two decades ago, most people who were interested in the fighting arts had a limited amount of choices and they had to over-specialize. You could be a boxer, a wrestler, a Judoka, Karateka, Kung Fu practitioner, a Muay Thai practitioner or kick boxer. However, there were people who weren’t afraid to go out and […]

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How to Prepare Your Kids for their First Martial Arts Lesson
Posted: November 21, 2016

Martial arts training is an excellent opportunity for your child to discover many things about her/himself. These types of training also has a positive impact on character development. It’s no wonder that many parents support their child when he/she shows an interest for such a discipline. The first martial art lesson is not any different […]

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The link between Conde Koma, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and ICC
Posted: November 14, 2016

In the beginning, before BJ Penn shook the MMA world with his rubber guard, before Royce Gracie slew giants in the UFC, there was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Where did this art come from? How did something so Japanese end up on the streets of Rio in the hands of Brazilian-born Helio Gracie? How did this […]

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3 Things You Should Know about Making Karate Work in the Ring
Posted: November 7, 2016

Training karate for years is not guaranteed to get you ready for The Ring. The main reason behind this is probably the fact that you are doing martial arts with somebody, while in the ring you are bringing the fight TO somebody. The toughest of the many obstacles you will find on this road might […]

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6 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids
Posted: November 1, 2016

We live in an era of smartphone devices, tablets and personal computers. Children worldwide are generally much less active than earlier generations were. As an answer to this problem, parents often look for an appropriate sports program to enroll their child in. Usually parents pick up the sport that first crosses their minds, often not […]

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Sydney’s most recent and Icc’s first Bjj world champion – Steven Tong
Posted: October 24, 2016

FAVOURITE POSITION: Side Control FAVOURITE SUBMISSON: Shoulder Locks FAVOURITE JIU JITSU MOMENT: It must be the recent World Masters Championships. Testing myself against the very best in my division and I remember hearing my wife from the sidelines cheering me on as I locked on the submission in the final. We had come a long way […]

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MMA & BJJ Super Coach John Danaher visits Sydney
Posted: October 15, 2016

Recently the BJJ and MMA super coach – John Danaher, came to Sydney for the first time to run a few seminars.  Credited for being the mastermind of UFC champions George St Pierre and Matt Weidman, as well as grappling phenoms Garry Tonon, Eddie Cummins and Gordon Ryan, I knew I couldn’t pass on an […]

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BJJ from A Female’s Perspective
Posted: February 19, 2016

I first tried BJJ for a reason lots of other women try BJJ – to impress a guy. To my surprise, I discovered almost immediately there was more than just sweaty people wrestling on mats but a great way of getting fit, making friends and discovering yourself. I’ve been doing BJJ for almost two years […]

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What do BJJ and MasterChef have in common?
Posted: July 30, 2015

When I was training BJJ in Hong Kong, I was fortunate enough to have met some great people and make some great friends.  One of the conversations which have resonated with me was with a white belt.  His name was Que, and he was a chef who owned his own restaurant.  We got talking one […]

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BJJ in Hong Kong
Posted: July 30, 2015

I recently came back from my trip to Hong Kong, where I was able to organise training sessions at a few of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) gyms there.  I last visited Hong Kong a few years ago, when BJJ was very much at its infancy, but had some very promising glimpses into the future of […]

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BJJ Gradings
Posted: July 30, 2015

Last month Roots BJJ had their bi-annual seminar. I always strongly encourage all my students to attend, as it is a great opportunity for them to meet their peers and instructors from different gyms, as well as learn their favourite BJJ techniques and have a roll with people from other gyms to build up their […]

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The secret to mastery in BJJ
Posted: May 21, 2015

In April 2015, my long time friend mentor and Brasilian Jiu Jitsu coach Robert Naumoski was in Sydney to teach a seminar at the Integrated Combat Centre. In the seminar, Rob took the time to show techniques from one position and its variations rather than numerous position without continuity, which is what you would see in a lot of BJJ seminars […]

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BJJ in Australia
Posted: January 17, 2015

I recently came back from my trip to America where I went to compete in the World Masters Championships and train at some of the famed and much talked about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) schools on the west coast. It’s been over 10 years that I have now been doing BJJ and I would say I […]

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Traditional Martial Arts Vs BJJ
Posted: January 17, 2015

In traditional martial arts you need to go through a formal grading process to achieve your next belt or rank advancement. However, BJJ is not your traditional martial arts. It’s very informal in nature and so is the grading process. Belts are awarded through their tenure marred with blood and sweat on the mats and […]

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