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29
Jul
11

Eric Center Balance Training at Xtreme Couture

Eric Center Balance Training at Xtreme Couture.

Big thanks to Coach Kui

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10
Jul
11

Individual Coaches

After training for a few years I thought I had the strength and conditioning portion down. I would run and lift on certain days by myself and thought this would cut it for my training. It wasn’t until I decided to get a strength and conditioning coach, Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho, did I realize I was doing it all wrong for several reasons.

1. Drive – You can push yourself to your limit but somebody else can push you beyond that. Kui never lets me quit on myself and is always pushing me far beyond the limits I thought I had.

2. knowledge – I thought I knew what I was doing until I started working with Kui. He knew a lot more workouts than I did and consistently changed things up. He kept my body guessing and tailored his workouts to my goals and fight needs.

3. Motivation – Knowing you have another person in your corner is very important. The additional support he provided through out my camp and the night of the fight was valuable.

After my first camp with Kui I was literally in the best shape of my life. How I looked and felt was proof that the decision I made was the correct one. I highly suggest the amateur fighter to invest in a strength and conditioning coach at this stage of their fight career. He will teach you good habits, improve your motivation, and provide additional support.

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10
Jul
11

Training Photos

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14
Aug
10

Inflict Sports

I want to give a huge thank you to Inflict Sports for sponsoring me in my last fight. They also sponsor Ryan Couture, Jimmy Jones, and Frank Trigg. Check out their stuff!

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02
Sep
09

To Be The Best, Watch The Best

By Eric Center

There is an old saying that steal sharpens steal and in the world of combat sports this is very true. Everybody knows that in order to be a successful fighter you have to train with the best but one can gain a multitude of knowledge from watching and studying the best also.

When I started out on my MMA journey one of the basic fundamentals one needed to learn is a Muay Thai style kick. Unfortunately this is way easier said than done. I was given the routine advice like step out, turn your kick over, etc but for some reason it was not clicking. It wasn’t until I started training with Master Toddy that I was able to observe very high level Muay Thai fighters that everything clicked. I would sit at watch as guys would throw kick after kick to the heavy bag. I watched their toes up to their hips. I noted rotation, hand placement, body placement, you get the point. Soon after I was throwing kicks like a pro.

Whenever I train at Xtreme Couture I find the best fighters in the gym and I watch them. I look to see what they are doing right and I copy them, yes that is right I COPY them. This is very important because this is often how I learn a lot of new moves.

When you train think of yourself as a sponge that needs to soak up everything. Take UFC fighter Jon “Bones” Jones whose fight against Stephen Boner cause a lot of talk in the MMA community because of his crazy spinning back fists and other unorthodox/highly entertaining moves. When ask where he learn said moves John replied YouTube! That’s right he learn his crazy moves from simply watching other fighters do them on the internet and then taking what he saw to the gym and make it his own.

Somebody once said imitation is the best form of flattery and in fighting this rings true so the next time you are taking a class seek out the best fighters and watch what they are doing right, incorporate their moves into your skill set and trust me before you know it you will be one bad man or women in the cage or ring.

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16
Aug
09

Gym Spotlight – Master Toddy

Gym Spotlight

Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy

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Gym infoGrandmaster Toddy has trained over 40 Muay Thai World Champions and trust me this man is no joke. Top fighters and instructors come literally from all over the world to learn under the legendary Master Toddy. Not everybody is allowed to join. You have to do a one on one hour long sessions with one of  Toddy’s instructors. The reasons for this is to see if you are a fit for the gym and to see if the gym is fit for you.   I have only been training at Master Toddy’s for a few weeks but in this short amount of time my striking has gone through the roof and it continues to evolve.

Notable fightersFelice Herrig , Dorian Price, Kit Cope, Rey-Phillip Santos, Mick Doyle (kickboxer), LaTasha Marzolla, Dale Hartt, Maurice Smith, Gina Carano, Marvin Eastman, Lisa King, Tito Ortiz

Location – Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy

5740 South Arville Street Suite 212

Las Vegas, NV 89118

Price – $120 a month includes a free shirt and hand wraps *subject to change*

Equipment – Bag area, 2 ring areas, treadmill, Master Toddy owns an equipment factory in Thailand so there is plenty to gloves, pads, mitts, etc, and a family area.

Atmosphere – Very traditional South East Asian style gym. Very family friendly. Every six weeks Master Toddy’s holds a “Risings Star” event at his gym. Rising Stars is basically a amateur Muay Thai fight complete with representatives from the NSAC, referee, corner men, and a gym packed with spectators.

Trainers – Grandmaster Toddy, Master Wong (Over 200 Muay Thai fights in Thailand), Jason Andrada, Master Toddy often brings some the best Thai instructors from Thailand

Classes – All off the classes at Master Toddys resolve around striking. There are different classes for the different skill levels including kids. Master Toddys Special Fighters classes are for those truly want to test themesleves in the world of Muay Thai.

Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy

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14
Jul
09

Satoshi Ishii Training at Xtreme Couture

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I heard that Satoshi Ishii was training with Randy at Xtreme Couture a few weeks ago but I never had the chance to meet him, until today. I was very excited to meet Satoshi Ishii because he is a Judoka who won the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. Sorry I don’t have much to say about our conversation because he does not speak much English but it was an honor to meet him.

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