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According to the February 2018 Kidnapping Statistics, a child goes missing every 40-seconds in the United States.  During an eight-hour workday, NINETY children go missing and over the course of a year, it is estimated that 460,000 children go missing.  Of those missing children, close to 1,500 have been kidnapped.

  • Of the estimated 1,435 kidnapped children, 86% of them where abducted by a family member.
  • 80% of those children were between the ages of 12 and 17.
  • Most of the children abducted were females living with single parents.

What Can YOU Do About This?

Communication is key.
Verbal communication is a small part of the equation.  Keep in mind their body language and their online profiles.


Talk to your children about their friends, their family members and monitor their online behavior.  A simple search on Google about “Kids Apps I Should Be Aware Of” will pull up a list of the Top 10 apps that kids are using that may pose some serious issues.


Let your children know that it is perfectly okay not to help a stranger and not to worry about hurting their feelings.  Strangers will use numerous lures to abduct a child, including asking the child to help them find a lost dog.  We’ve been conditioned to override our “Fight or Flight” instincts in order not to offend people, but our instincts are meant to help us survive.  Let your child know that if they are approached by a stranger, that they should seek out an adult that they know and to get away from that person as quickly as possible.


Secrets are a big NO.  As mentioned above, 86% of kidnapped children know their abductor.  Encourage your child that under no circumstances should they be keeping secrets from you and reassure them that they can talk to you about anything without fear of punishment.  If your child is being asked to keep a special getaway trip a secret by a family member or if they are receiving gifts/money and being told not to tell anyone about it, they should come to you right away with the information.


Do you have a “MAGIC Word”?  If you’re picking up your child, but another family member or friend of the family goes to pick up your child first, they need to supply your child with the “MAGIC Word” so your child knows that it is okay to go with them.  Again, 86% of kidnapped victims know their abductor.  Set your “MAGIC Word” and test them!

Take Control

Finally, an abductor is looking to control the situation.  They will instruct the target to be quiet and that is the last thing you want your child to do.  Screaming “THIS IS NOT MY PARENT” or “FIRE” will draw attention to the situation and now the abductor must worry about onlookers that may step in or be able to identify them.

Unplugging Tips

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Fighting The New Addiction

How long can you put your smartphone down and not pick it up?  Are you always reaching for it to see if someone LIKED your photo or are you always checking your work emails?  We are surrounded by more electronics than ever before and we need to realize that while they do provide us with entertainment, they are becoming addictions that are hurting our quality of life.  Here are SEVEN steps that you can take to help you break the addiction:  

ONE. Identify A Device

I don’t recommend going cold turkey, but when it comes to the devices that you have access to on a daily basis, how you use them and finally pick one device that you can go without.


You have pinpointed the device(s) that you feel you can go without.  Now, think about how you use these gadgets on a daily basis and how they NEGATIVELY impact your quality of life.  Yes, your smartphone is great for capturing photos with family, friends and the delightful lunch you had, but you should focus on the ways it is NEGATIVELY effecting you.

I read the book “SELL OR BE SOLD” where the author asked me to write down what I WASTE a lot of my time on during a given day.  “Social Media” and “Work Emails” were on the top of my list.  Instead of playing with my daughters or doing something productive, I was glued to my phone.  Making a list of the time wasted, the missed moments and the lack of production really helped me focus on making a POSITIVE change.

THREE. The Choice Is Yours, But You MUST Decide

As I have already mentioned, going cold turkey can me rough.  Let’s face it, you’re still going to have  a smartphone, a laptop, iPod, tablet and TV; but you must decide on how and when you use them.  Maybe you delete several time wasting apps from your phone, only use the laptop for one-hour, use the iPod only for music and limit your “Binge Watching” to two episodes; then you get off the couch to do something productive.  
You’re the one that needs to set the limits, but share these with family and friends so they can help hold you accountable.

FOUR. Don't THINK it, INK it.

I have found that writing it down and having it visible throughout my day helps me keep on task.  Whether they are my long term goals with the steps that I will need to take or the to-do list for the day; I cannot forget about it when I see it on a list .

FIVE. Stick With It!

Scroll back to the top and confirm that I said this wasn’t going to be easy.  Don’t beat yourself up because you used the device in question, but stick to your limits.  Once you hit that limit, put the device away, shut it down and go find something else to do.

Tip:  Use a timer as it is easy to lose track of time when you are on your device.

SIX. What Did People Do BEFORE Electronics?

They had conversations with each other about their day, their goals and shared ideas without the use of a smartphone.  

  • Spend time with your family.  If you have children, they seem to grow in a blink of an eye and I wish I could hit the PAUSE botton.
  • Read books and ask each other about the characters or subject matter in the books that they are reading.  
  • Play games, whether it’s UNO, Battle Ship or maybe you do a puzzle.  
  • Here’s another great idea: Go OUTSIDE!  Enjoy each others time while you have the ability to do so. Play tag, kickball or just go and have a picnic.
  • Exercise.  Whether your are outside or going into a gym, getting 30-minutes of exercise a day is good for you and it’s 30-minutes of not being on your electronics.

SEVEN. Seek Help

If you put together a plan that included that steps that you were going to take in order to break your addiction from the electronics you selected, but you’re having a hard time; ask for help.

In the near future, I am confident that we’ll learn these gadgets are more addictive than alcohol, drugs and gambling.  There has to be a reason why Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs raised their children tech free.

Is Jiu Jitsu Right For Me?

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Frequency Martial Arts has been offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes for children as young as FIVE in addition to adults since 2015.  Many of the new teammates that come to our academy are worried that they have never trained BJJ or martial arts before.  That’s not an issue as everyone that trains on the mats has been the NEW student and they are all here to help you improve.  Simply take it one class at a time.

What Are You Looking For?

Are the classes for you or your child?

  • If they are for your child, have they been bullied?
  • Do you want to learn a new skill?
  • Are you looking to improve your heath, fitness and mental wellbeing? 

 The teammates on the mats all have their own reasons as to why they train, but one reason that they all share is it help their teammates improve as they work towards their goals.

Find The Right School For YOU!

Is Frequency Martial Arts the right fit for you and your family?  We would hope so, but we encourage everyone to do their own research on the various martial arts programs that are offered.  Contact the schools and tour their facilities before you join a club.  Talk to members, other parents and do a Google Search to see reviews of the school as-well-as the instructors at the school.

  • How many classes are offered AND how often do they allow you to train?
  • Drop in to observe the class structure and get a feel for the atmosphere. 
  • What qualifications do the coaches and professors have?
  • Do they have Policies and Procedures in place?
  • What measures are in place for your safety?

If they don’t answer your questions to your satisfaction or make you feel comfortable in any way, it would be best to walk away. 

Am I Too Old?

This goes back to our first question: What are you looking for?

Once you know why you want to train jiu jitsu, that will help you determine which club is right for you.

To answer your question: No, you’re not to old to train, just make sure you listen to your body and avoid over doing it.  You will be moving your body in unfamiliar ways, you’ll be sore and you’ll improve your conditioning by easing into your training.  Understand your limitations and don’t be tempted to over do it, because you will regret it later.

Medical Conditions?

There is risk of injury doing any form of martial arts.  Be sure to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.  Once you have been given the green light from your medical professional, simply let the coaching staff know.  Your coach is going to push you to improve during classes.  Make his job easier to help you improve by sharing that information.  The coach will then be able to modify the movements for you.

You're The Customer

When you find the school that is right for you and your needs, remember that you are still the customer.  Express your concerns with the owner when they come up and be sure to take it one class at a time.  Jiu Jitsu will enrich your life by improving your fitness levels, confidence, concentration, flexibility, self discipline, socialization and perseverance.  To be successful at Jiu Jitsu, is like anything else:  you need to be dedicated to improving.  Show up to class with an open mind, be optimistic and have the courage to practice the movements.

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5 Reasons To Start Training BJJ

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If you’re looking to improve your life in the New Year, you could make a few vague resolutions that you may or may not stick to… or you could start setting GOALS!
Get signed up for jiu-jitsu classes and accomplish all of your New Year’s goals every time you show up to train. If you’ve been asking yourself if now is the time to take that first step and that first roll towards a healthier and happier life, here’s why you should absolutely sign up for BJJ classes in the new year:

You’ll look better.

Think you have to get in shape to do jiu-jitsu? Think again. Jiu-jitsu is a great cardio and strength workout; and whether you’re a couch potato or you’re already in decent shape, your physique is going to change for the better. You’ll probably start noticing changes whether or not you improve your diet, but chances are you’ll soon realize that eating healthier helps you feel better while you train. It’s only a matter of time before the pounds start melting off and reveal a healthier version of you.

You’ll feel better.

It’s no secret that jiu-jitsu is not only great for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Ask just about anyone who trains, and they’ll tell you that their time on the mat is like a form of therapy. Sure, you’ll probably leave class feeling a little (or a lot) beat up pretty often, but your mind and body will ultimately reap all kinds of benefits from your time choking out your friends.

You’ll learn something new.

If you’re always hungry for knowledge, jiu-jitsu is just what you need to satisfy your appetite. It’s just as much a mental sport as it is a physical one, and there’s truly an endless number of techniques that can be learned if you stick with it. Plus, the stuff you’ll learn is practical — there’s truly no downside to figuring out how to choke out a potential attacker with their own clothes.

You’ll make new friends.

If one of the resolutions for the new year is to stop being such a hermit and be more social, jiu-jitsu has you covered. Even though it’s technically a combat sport, there’s something about armbars that just brings people together. You and your teammates will put your lives in each other’s hands every time you train, and that kind of trust will build close friendships that you’ll maintain for years to come.

You’ll have fun.

Even though there will be plenty of bumps, bruises, and frustrations along the way, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you’ll fall in love with jiu-jitsu. It’s a martial art that has a way of making you smile through the pain, and once you see how much it affects so many aspects of your life, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.

Life is too short to not be enjoyed, and if you’ve been thinking that this is the year that you should finally start pursuing the happiness you deserve, put on that white belt and get started!


Simply let us know which of our programs interests you and we will contact you to set up your facility tour, intro class and we’ll send you some beneficial information too! 

The Key To End Bullying

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Bullying Has Always Been A Hot Topic

Bullying has been around since the beginning of time and it’s evolving. Whether it’s the bully on the playground or behind the monitor, if not addressed bullying can lead to a very tragic end.  Communicating is the best way to eliminate bullying.  Talk to your child about their day at school and ask them if they witnessed or experienced any bullying.  Encourage your child to talk to their teachers and monitors at school about any bullying issues.  When your child informs you that they spoke with an authority figure at school, you will know who to follow up with should the problem continue.  Also, get to know the parents of your child’s friend; remember the old saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” 


When you come home from work, set time aside for your child.  Ask them about their day.  Be sure to put away the smartphone and really take the time to focus on them.  Ask them questions about their day.  What did they enjoyed about school?  Was there a subject that really challenged them?  Can they recall an interesting fact that they learned?  Be sure to take the time to listen to their responses and have follow up questions. This helps them with their communication and socialization skills.  Before you end the conversation, be sure to talk to them about bullying.  Did they witness any bullying and if so, did they inform a teacher? When a teacher is in the room, the bully is the nicest person in the world but when the teacher leaves the room, the bully starts their search for their next victim.


Depending on your child’s age, they may be confused about telling on someone who is causing trouble versus being a tattletale.  I’ve always told my daughters that if someone could possibly get hurt, they need to tell an adult as soon as possible.  However, if they see their sister sneaking a cookie from the jar, allow her to be caught by mom or dad.  When your child comes to you with a bullying issue, be sure to ask them if they informed a teacher.  If they didn’t, be sure to encourage them to do so, because if the teacher is not aware of the situation, they will not be able to help the student in need.

Now that your child is communicating with their teachers and you about bullying issues, it will be easier for you as the parent to follow up with the teacher should the problem continue.  If the teacher cannot help, do not hesitate to go to the principal with your concerns.  By having open communication channels with the teacher and school staff, you are showing them that you are aware of what is happening at the school and that you are holding the faculty accountable to resolve the matter.


Do you know the parents of your child’s friends?  If not, take the time to do so.  Get to know them and share any bullying concerns you may have about bullying  Their child may be experiencing the same situations as your child since they are friends, but may not have been informed about the matter.  Once the bully sees that their victims are not afraid to go to the teacher and parents, they’ll realize that their continued actions will only get them into trouble.

Encourage your child to stand up to bullying now, so that they have the confidence to handle the bullies they face when they enter the workforce.

Benefits of Jiu Jitsu

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There a numerous benefits of jiu jitsu, but people not familiar with the martial art only want to know the price

How much is it? 

That’s what everyone wants to talk about BEFORE they even step foot in the door. BEFORE you ask that question, set up a FREE trial class to EXPERIENCE our program and the benefits of jiu jitsu that come from training with our team, especially if you have never trained martial arts before.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits 0f Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ):


One of the biggest benefits of jiu jitsu is that you are working out.  You’re not binge watching shows or scrolling through Facebook, but you are using muscles that you had no idea that you had, as you work with AND against a teammate to learn the moves.  Your heart rate is going to be elevated causing you to burn more calories.  You’ll tone muscles as you gain flexibility, strength and burn off fat.


As an adult, the majority of our day is spent in a fixed position, whether we are sitting at a desk in a cubicle, behind the wheel of our vehicle or standing on our feet all day; not really moving enough to elevate our heart rate. Another benefit of jiu jitsu is that you to use your body as a single unit as your practice moves to keep you safe as you improve your body awareness.  


Improve your blood sugar and lower your cholesterol in another benefit of jiu jitsu. Don’t believe me?  Go have your blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked before you start training, then do it again 1 year later.  Every class you attend has you on the mats doing physical activity, which is great for your health. 


Learning the moves shown in class is tough.  Anyone that tells you it’s easy is someone you should avoid.  However, by attending class with an open mind and putting your best effort into your training (and your partner’s training) you will grasp the concepts quicker.


Unlike a gym filled with weights, treadmills and other pieces of exercise equipment where you put your earbuds in to tune everyone out, YOU are the exercise equipment and you need to communicate with your teammates.  Choose your partner, let them know where you want to start, give them pointers to improve and thank them for making you better.  As an added bonus to helping improve your socialization skills, you’re going to make friends, real friends who aren’t somewhere else staring at their smartphone social media feeds.


As we work towards goals in life, we are going to be met with obstacles that we need to address on our way to the top of the mountain.  Jiu Jitsu is the same way.  The only thing that is going to stop you from earning your Black Belt is YOU.  The time YOU put in on the mats, the time YOU put in to better your teammates and the choice YOU make between going to class and quitting.


BJJ is GREAT for stress relief! We all have stress in our lives and when you are on the mats, you have to focus on your coaches, drilling the technique and you can’t be thinking about that bad day at work when your teammate is attempting to choke you.

Coach Ed

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7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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#7 Self-Defense

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) will give your child a REAL means of self-defense. Bullying will always be an issue and Jiu Jitsu will give your child more confidence; which is the NUMBER ONE “Bully Deterrent”. Bullies can sense a confident or timid child and they always pick on the timid child.  In addition to gaining confidence, your child will learn moves that will help them defend and escape physical confrontations if their attempt to avoid the altercation at all costs fails. 

#6 Goal Setting and Completion

There are many life lessons learn on the mats during class that spill over into their everyday life.  Setting and Completing Goals are two prime examples as BJJ gives you numerous opportunities to test and measure your progress.  Whether is training and gaining ground on skilled teammates, earning stipes and new belts or entering a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament, the student will be able to see their progress, though at times it may feel as if that are not making any.  Through the learning process in Jiu Jitsu, you learn to reach a little farther and work a little bit harder each day. The goal every day is to improve by 1%.

#5 Fitness and the “Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle”

BJJ provides a fun and demanding cardiovascular workout for your child and they will LOVE doing it. Through BJJ they will lose weight, gain core strength, and have more energy and stamina for demanding activities. In addition, they will be easier to put to bed after giving it their “all” in class.  The term “Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle” has been coined in BJJ to describe the way many practitioners learn to live. Because Jiu Jitsu can be demanding physically, living a healthy life becomes a necessity. Eating healthy foods, sleeping correctly, and stretching daily for body maintenance is vital. This will help you to get more out of yourself, your training and help you use what you’ve learned on and off the mat. Just Google “Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle” and you will see what I’m talking about!!

#4 Socialization

Your child will work with teammates that may be a few years younger/older than them, but that too is another life lesson that prepares them for the real world.  In addition to working with teammates, your child will make new friends and they train techniques, do live rolling, play games or attend our team functions.   It’s also a great way for kids to learn to communicate with as they coach their teammates through the various techniques.  Your child will grow and make new friends while training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and keep these friendships for a lifetime.

#3 Confidence

As I mentioned earlier, your child will gain confidence when training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because your child will be able to use everything that they have learned every day the they train. When we put together the lesson plan together for the week, we are going to go over those 3 -4 concepts all week long to help put that in our muscle memory.  During class your child will: 1) Learn how a technique works and how to do it 2) you learn how to execute the technique against an opponent that is not cooperating.

Our Youth Program has teammates live rolling in a safe environment at the end of every class. This is part of the learning process. You will not see a child in BJJ screaming and breaking boards but instead they will be engaged in a real-life combat situation trying to grapple their way into a dominate position or escaping an uncomfortable and compromising position. When a child breaks a board or performs a flashy move with no real resistance, it just gives them a false sense of confidence that does not carry over into the real world and can actually be dangerous when they realize that their “karate” they learned actually does not work. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives the child a REAL confidence and a REAL way to defend themselves without having to punch or kick another child.

#2 Discipline and Focus

Look around, we live in a world full of stimulation. Children are highly affected by this and as a result A.D.D. is rampant. It’s said that discipline and focus are like muscles that need to be trained. Learning Jiu Jitsu is fun, but the techniques are very detailed and complicated to learn and execute. Children enjoy doing this and are forced to pay attention to instructors to be able to be successful. Jiu Jitsu will strengthen and improve your child’s discipline and focus. This will translate into better school work, better relationships, and an overall quality of life.

#1 Coordination and Body Awareness

Learning Jiu Jitsu requires a child to execute techniques that contain many small details. Learning to perform these techniques develops the child’s fine motor skills and teaches them a good understanding of base and balance. This develops in the child’s strong neuromuscular connections and increases coordination and balance. These skills then spill over to other sports and activities in their lives and aids in making them more successful not just in Jiu Jitsu but in everyday life.

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