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Warriors Den Podcast

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Michelle Tsoi is local martial artist practising in the past Capoeira and more recently started BJJ. She is also a local paramedic for BC ambulance. In this episode, we talk about how she got into martial arts as well as her experience with PTSD as a first responder among other things.





Have you been thinking about doing Krav Maga, or getting a family member or friend to start doing Krav Maga? Is your membership contract ending soon and you need to renew? Do you want to save a bunch of money? Our ever popular flash sale is BACK for the holiday season!

Pay-in-full-get-some-months-free Flash Sale

The sale is open from December 1-25, 2016 or until deals sell out, whichever comes first. (Yes, it has a terrible name, but it does the job.) Current students, if you want to purchase one of these great deals, simply pay in full before the sale ends, and your new term will start from the moment your current contract ends.

  • 3x 12-months Unlimited contracts – Pay in full for 9 months, get 3 free
  • 4x 6-months Unlimited contracts – Pay in full for 4 months, get 2 free
  • 5x 3-months Unlimited contracts – Pay in full for 2 months, get 1 free

*Rules, cancellation and refund policies: Deal must be purchased between the 1st and 25th of December 2016. Contracts are non-refundable after December 25th, 2016. If you wish to extend your contract for next year using 2016 prices, deadline for cancellation with full refund is December 31st, 2016. After December 31st, all contracts are subject to our regular cancellation policies.*

Now is THE time to get these great deals!

These deals usually sell out FAST

We cannot hold contracts for you, so be ready come December 1st if you want one. If you miss this sale, we don’t know how long you will have to wait until the next time we feel like offering this!

Prices increasing in 2017

Starting January 2017, we will raise our prices by approximately $5. While we would love to keep our prices as low as they are, due to inflation as well as the increasing cost of offering more classes, we have to adjust slightly. Our prices are still more affordable than most other local places!

Of course, if these deals sell out and you wish to extend your contract at the 2016 price, there is still an option. If your contract is set to expire between January to March, you can pay with 2016 prices, and set up your new contract to start at the end of your current term.

Great holiday gift for your loved ones

Safety doesn’t come in a box. BUT safety can come in the form of knowing what to do to protect yourself and the ones you love! The world is not always safe, and people can and do hurt other people. This year, you can give the gift of self-defense to your family and friends. Or just treat yourself.

New to UTKM?

Here is a short video about our training. You can also read more about us here.

donna2My husband and I have been training partners since I began doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which means we’ve been sparring for longer than we’ve been dating. We’ve found some perks to having a BJJ training partner who is also a life partner:

Shared Commitment is Strong Commitment

Since before we were a couple, Mike and I have been going to the same BJJ classes, training at the same gym, and making the same group of training friends. It has helped to stay committed by sharing the commitment with a loved one. Some days, when one of us is worn out, the other is an encouraging voice to give the push we need to keep with our training regimen. We keep each other active, engaged, and in shape!

Cooperation and Friendly Competition

We spar to strengthen ourselves, but also to make each other better. This applies to all teammates.

My husband is larger, stronger, and more experienced than I am. Thus, as you’d expect, when we are fully sparring from a fair start, he tends to win. However, the skill gap in BJJ closes as we reach the higher ranks. Since Mike has cut back from his training to focus on school, and I have increased my training regimen to include teaching, the gap has started to close even more and our matches are more even.

We are not just motivated by our own success, but also that of each other. It is exciting to see him do well against others and me as well. When he executes a sweep or submission fluidly and with technical proficiency, that’s exciting and I feel proud. He feels likewise for me. So in spirit of good-natured competition, we agreed that the first time I submitted him, he would treat me to a nice dinner at a local restaurant. When that moment finally came, his reaction was one of excitement and pride, “Great job baby, that arm control was sleek and set up the armbar perfectly, I’m so proud of you!”

An Inside and Outside Perspective on You

Training with your life partner means training with someone who knows you very well personally and physically. As such, they can comment on your development, how you are changing, where you are improving, and where you could use growth. We all carry an internal bias, and someone who sees your performance from the exterior can give you a helpful perspective on where you stand and what you can work on.

Having Someone to Test New Moves and Troubleshoot Techniques

When BJJ embeds itself into your life, you find yourself thinking through techniques at any odd hour of the day. It’s invaluable to have someone you can turn to and say, “I tried this kimura setup and it didn’t maintain the control I needed. Can we recreate that position and work through the mechanics?”

To get a non-BJJ partner to accommodate this… good luck.

However, if your partner doesn’t train, it may be worth convincing them to give it a shot. BJJ is such a martial art that it is not a violent one. Technique and leverage matters more than force. Sparring can also take many forms – aggressive, dynamic, flowing, acrobatic, playful. Obviously, during an argument or rough patch is not the best time to break out in an aggressive sparring session. But to find a partner who loves your sport as much as you do? It’s priceless.

What perks would you add to the list? Leave a comment or tell us on Facebook!


Food is fuel, not rocket science.

For as long as I can remember, there has always been at least one person “dieting” in my life.   Friends, family members, acquaintances at work, the barista at Starbucks, and the cashier at the grocery store. One thing that seems to be the same amongst all the dieters is that they tell you about it.  They boast and tell everyone and anyone who will listen.

“Nope, no carbs for me, I’m on a diet!”

“No, no, I couldn’t possibly have a cookie, I’m on a diet.”

“Oh, I would love one but…”

This isn’t a bad thing! They are taking control of their health and they should boast!  We “non-dieters” may find it boring, a tad annoying, and REPETITIVE. Like if Susie was on zero carb high fats, then didn’t find results with her “shakes”, then ate nothing but cabbage soup, and now Susie is a cave women?

Enough already with the fads, the yo-yo dieting, and the on the train again, nope, not working out again cycle. I have a number of clients who have tried many different programs, with results that never last; hence they try another, and another. Their metabolisms are screaming “WTF!” every time they switch to new program.

This has happily brought them to my door.  Beyond it is a gym.  Yes, a GYM.  Never thought of that route while consuming low-fat, no-fat, and magic pills right?

There are so many programs and so much information out there; anyone “starting out” and taking their first few terrifying steps can become easily overwhelmed and quit. It seems everyone has a different regime, a different brand, a concept, a diet and something that WORKS FAST!

The health and fitness industry is constantly changing and adapting for many reasons. The more we advance as a society the more we learn, the more we grow and change and adapt new concepts to all aspects of life, and fitness is one. If my father walked into a gym and someone was flipping a tire, a women was tossing around a kettle bell, and a guy wearing spandex was kipping on a pull up bar, he would think he was in the wrong place, mutter something about a circus and leave!

Too much information is hindering people. Health and fitness shouldn’t be intimidating, it should be fun. Dieting shouldn’t exist, but a healthy life style should. Stick to the basics. Educate yourself on some nutrition facts, like the BV scale of different protein sources, or the Glycemic Index. Learn what complex carbohydrates are, so instead of swearing off all carbs, just eat the right ones. Fat isn’t all bad, but there are bad fats, learn them. Read your food labels. If you can’t pronounce a long list of ingredients, it is not food, its manufactured processed crap that may have once been food.  Vary your meals, eat lots of vegetables, fruits, good grains, lean meats, dairy, and eggs.  Remember those basic food groups we learned in school?  There is that word again, BASIC.  Eat REAL food, and exercise and you won’t need to go on and off these fad “diets”. Fuel your body, stop feeding your cravings. There is no mystery behind it really: if it works fast, and is easy, it is not the right way!

Feed your body the fuel it needs (not the crap the TV ads suggest) and exercise. Walk, run, lift weights, ride a bike, play soccer, do KRAV MAGA, and get plenty of rest! Don’t let the information overwhelm you, go back to basics and watch the rest take care of itself.



Trainer Jenn Brown with her client.

Written By:  Jennifer Brown

Edited By: Borhan J & Adam Y

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