What is Your Motivation for Training?

We’re all walking different paths. Coach Charles Martinez discusses how everyone we interact with on this martial arts journey has different goals and motivations. We should help build each other up instead of letting our egos and greed dictate how we treat each other. Leading into the new year we will all grow and get stronger together.


Coach Charles Martinez:
Hello. My name is Coach Charles Martinez from The Arena and today I wanted to discuss a motivation. I want to take this from a slightly different perspective, often in sport especially in these combat sports that we all train in, the motivation is always to be the best and to smash everyone. And I think we forget sometimes that that’s not what most people’s motivation was when they came into the gym. A lot of people are training to address fears or to feel more powerful and I think a lot of times we, especially if you’ve been training a long time or you’re a fighter, or you’re a competitor, you have the tendency of looking down on people that aren’t as good as you. And just because they’re not as good as you at this sport that you’ve chosen to be good at it doesn’t make them lesser. It just means that either their athletic ability isn’t as high, but really their motivation could be different than yours.

Just because your motivation is to go out and be the best in the world, maybe that’s not theirs. Maybe their motivation is to feel stronger, to just be more comfortable in their skin every day and maybe that’s what they’re getting. So sometimes we have the tendency of getting frustrated with our training partners and kind of forgetting that we were new once also. Maybe they’re new, maybe one day they’re going to be your best training partner, they don’t have to be a world beater to give you good work.

So I think sometimes we stray away from that and we forget that we’re all walking a different path but we all ended up in the same place. So if you take that and you treat everyone as if, hey, this could have been me on one of my first days and if someone was kind of crappy to me, maybe I would have never come back. So I think once you switch your perspective, if you could look from outside of yourself and see that maybe this person’s not like you, maybe they’re scared, maybe they’re terrified and they don’t want to get screamed at. Maybe they’ve never been an athlete, maybe they’ve never played a sport. They came here to feel better and to feel empowered and how you treat them, even if something trivial, something like, hey, good job. Even if it wasn’t a good job, just that little bit of motivation might be the reason they come back the next day. And maybe one day they turn into a valuable training partner, but either way, even if they’re only here for six months and it improves their life somehow, and it was worth it, that was their motivation, not yours.

So sometimes I think we forget, we think everyone is looking at the world through our same perspective, it doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe their motivation is different than yours. You should still respect it because ultimately that’s what we’re all here for.

Enson Inoue Speaks About His Interpretation of Victory

Everyone has a different interpretation of the meaning of victory. Master Enson Inoue shares his warrior spirit outlook on what victory means to him. For sport or for life, ultimately you must give your ALL.


Enson Inoue:
Everyone has different interpretations of victory. And it can be real superficial, it can be really deep. Some people, victory is getting your hand raised at the end of the fight. Some people, victory is coming home alive. That is a form of victory. But then if you go deeper, there’s another form of victory. Like Glenn said, giving everything you got. Win, live or die, giving everything you got.


So that, I believe, is controlled. You can control that victory. Winning and losing is hard to control. I always told you guys before, don’t dwell on wins and losses, just give everything you got. Whatever comes with it, it’s like the tail of a dog. When he turns the corner, if the dog walks around the ring right there, I don’t know if his tail is going to be on the left side or the right side, but I know it’s going to be on one of those sides.

It’s like when we fight. We don’t know if we’re going to win or lose, but we know it’s going to be one or the other. And can you control it? You can try. You can train hard. You can get ready. You can fight hard. But you can’t control it. So no sense to dwell on it.


My view of victory in the fights is not getting my hand raised, it’s giving everything I got to the very end. My sign of victory in life, I always have this image of a building burning and a child on the second floor. My sign of victory isn’t walking, going home that night. My view of victory on that is running into the building and see if I can save that person, whether I live or die. That’s my victory. Okay. So just food for thought. Yeah. It’s a different range of success and different ideas of what people view as success.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Martial Arts Training

Here’s Coach Charles Martinez discussing the effective mindset of learning martial arts techniques. How you learn can be as important as what you learn, take two minutes and listen to some advice about how to get the most out of your training.


Coach Charles Martinez:
Hey, this is Coach Charles Martinez from The Arena, and today I wanted to talk briefly about how to get the most out of your learning. Now, sometimes in a class setting, maybe there’s multiple things being taught. They might not all specifically apply to you in your game right now. But in a class, I feel like when I’m teaching, I usually feel like I’m teaching to the middle of the room. Some of the technique is above the head of a new person, but it’s a little too simple for the advanced person. As you’re learning things, maybe you could be attracted to certain technique more than others, and maybe that’s… It could be a body type, it could be where your skill level is currently, so when you’re taking in information, this is kind of the information age for martial arts. Everything is out there. Fundamentals are fundamentals across the board, but then after you learn basic fundamentals, you want to start developing your own game.

There’s this Bruce Lee saying of, “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and then add what’s specifically your own.” I think that’s important, but first… You don’t know at first what’s going to be the most useful for you. So when you’re taking in information, try and take it all in. Maybe there’s a piece today that you can apply today. Maybe the bare bones of what’s being taught today is important for your fundamentals of your game. Maybe one of the moves, or one of the versions of the move, just doesn’t make sense to you; you just don’t get it. And that’s fine. Maybe it’s not applicable to you today, but it could be. It could be as you get older, whereas maybe you have an injury, or maybe there’s an easier way of doing it. When you’re young, you have the tendency of behaving one way. When you’re older, maybe you find a path of least resistance a little bit easier. So the technique often is taught across the board, to everyone in the room, regardless of tall, short.

A good coach, as you start to develop, if you’re training specifically for yourself, you can start to tailor and decide what’s best for your body type, and your game, etc. But first you have to have the basis to build that on top of. Sometimes the technique is just not for you; maybe it’s just not for you ever, maybe it’s just not for you right now. I think when you have that mentality as you’re learning technique, it will be a lot easier to develop what is your own, but also have an open mind of other technique that could be applicable down the line, or it could be applicable against a different opponent, or a different body type. I think once you have that, you can draw something useful out of all technique, rather than being like, “I like this. I don’t like that.” Maybe you don’t like it right now because you don’t understand it right now, but down the line, you might be able to really draw something from it that benefits your game. That’s your tip.

Pro MMA Fighter Alex Trinidad Prepares for LFA Fight December 4th

Arena MMA Pro Alex Trinidad is preparing for a huge fight at LFA on UFC Fight Pass! Alex started with us as an amateur and is now a professional ready to show the world he is ready for the big stage! He balances being in the Navy, taking care of his family, and still outworks everyone. Ice Cream Man is coming.


Coach Charles Martinez:
We have Alex Trinidad scheduled to fight on LFA, December 4th in Kansas. LFA is a great show. It’s on UFC Fight Pass. They’re basically a feeder show for the UFC. His opponent’s Anthony Romero, kid’s really good, 8-0. He already fought on Dana White’s Contender Series and he won. So it’s really an opportunity for Alex to go out there and show what we already know here that his skill level is world-class and that he can compete with these guys that are right there on the cusp of getting into the UFC.


Alex is the hardest worker in the gym. He’s been here the longest. He was a top ranked amateur in California. He’s 5-2 as a pro, took two hard losses, big shows against really good guys. He’s matured. His skill level now is there to put himself right there in contention for fights on big shows. So it’s a good opponent, it’s a good fight, and he’s training hard.

Liz Carmouche Technical Kicboxing Training

Here’s some technical drilling with MMA fighter Liz Carmouche before her last fight. There are many stages of learning technique, none can be skipped. Professional fighters still shadowbox and work their Jab, professional basketball players still take free throws, professional baseball players still take ground balls. Don’t cheat the process, learn right, you will fall to the level of your training under pressure.

Brian Ortega VS Korean Zombie UFC Fight Breakdown

Here we have MMA Coaches Charles Martinez and Vince Salvador breaking down the subtle details from the main event of the UFC this weekend where Brian Ortega defeated Korean Zombie. Enjoy watching through the eyes of the coaches and seeing the intricacies that win fights.


Charles Martinez:
Hey, what’s up? This is Coach Chuck, Coach Vince, from The Arena. Today, we’re going to discuss the main event in the UFC this weekend, and how Brian Ortega changed his game up just masterfully to win the striking battle, and use the threat of the takedown, and win a lot of simple battles to basically outstrike the striker.

Vince Salvador:
As we know, when we have a mixed lead situation my best option is to be on the outside of the foot, so if you noticed in the fight Brian never let The Zombie get outside of his foot, and when he did he hit him with the stuff on the inside with his hands to get to the outside, so he maintained foot position the whole fight, and that ultimately changed a lot for what offense The Zombie could have.

So also on that, one of the other little battles that Ortega was really good with was the hand fighting positions, either when he was on the outside of the hand he attacked over the hand, when he was on the inside he would attack on the inside, or he would lead him one direction, but with the hand on the outside, come back, and chop him on the outside, so he’s leading him into shots by getting him too fixated on all the hand fighting.

Charles Martinez:
And then, at some point, I think in round two he just enters with a single, and that’s when things started to fall apart. Korean Zombie couldn’t get off at that point. So we’re here, we’re playing this game, I’m touching outside. Immediately, he was coming back into the body. That’s actually how he cut him. The cut was a headbutt. The cut was playing this lead hand game, playing this lead hand game, and coming up trying to seatbelt and get his head positioned.

Once he started doing that every time they were striking he was able to shut him down by either touching here, or touching here, and every time he did that Korean Zombie had to pull him, and wasn’t able to pull the trigger, so those little battles of foot position, hand position, inside or outside, and then cutting off so he was never able to start, that’s what gave him the ability to use the takedown, fakes, and takedown entries to win the striking battle.

So, we just wanted to break that down today just because it was over the weekend, and that’s the kind of stuff that we watch. That’s the kind of stuff we talk about with the fight team. Everyone can watch the fight, and basically see what’s happening, but when you see the layers of setups, it’s not happening by chance. You know what’s coming next if you know what they’re doing. It was just a brilliant performance.
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