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Martial Arts: a great way to stay in shape

Every New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes midnight, most people make a New Year’s resolution. To no surprise, the most common resolution amongst us Canadians is to lose weight and to live a healthier lifestyle. Now that we’re halfway through the year, if you feel like your New Year’s resolution to get in shape was a complete and utter failure, don’t be discouraged. There’s still hope. Fortunately, there is an awesome way to stay in shape, one that’s very effective and actually fun, unlike going to a regular gym every day which might feel overwhelming and often boring. I am here to tell you that martial arts are an amazing way to get in shape. But what exactly are martial arts?

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, often referred to as UFC, portrays Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as a rough and violent sport. But, behind all the fighting and competing lies the true quality of the sport – it requires not only physical strength but a mental one as well. MMA demands courage, motivation and dedication. There are many components to martial arts, each of which carries a unique approach and a different challenge:


MUAY THAI: Drawn from the ancestral martial arts practices and often called Muay Boranin in the Occident, Muay Thai mostly uses kicks, punches, elbows and knees making it the most effective martial art in the ‘standing up’ category.

BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: A Brazilian derivative of Judo and Jiu-jitsu techniques, Jiu-Jitsu focuses on combat on the ground. Techniques of submission such as throttling by luxation, nape of the neck, shoulder, elbow wrist, knee and ankle make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  the most effective martial art in the ‘ground’ category.

OLYMPIC WRESTLING: The two types of Olympic Wrestling are the Freestyle Wrestling and the Greco-Roman Wrestling. In the Freestyle Wrestling, arms and legs can be used to carry out projections or self-defense while Greco-Roman Wrestling makes it possible to only use the top of the body to carry out projections.

BOXING: A one-on-one combat sport that requires gloves. Boxing is very common and consists of only punches.

THAI-JU-JITSU: A synergy between Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Thai-Ju-Jitsu is the most effective Martial Art for the ‘street’ and the MMA.

CARDIO FITNESS: Intense cardiovascular workout that maximizes your workout and weight loss.

MMA: A contact sport that allows a large variety of techniques of combat: traditional martial arts and non-traditional. The rule allows several techniques of punches and catches, either on foot or on the ground. It’s a mixer of all the classes listed above.                 

Martial arts are a rather difficult sport: they demand many hours of practice and effort. However, if performed correctly, one can lose weight and get in shape quickly all the while having fun. By now, I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves: where is this type of sport offered to students like myself? Well, if you live in the Greater Montreal Area, the answer is Sherbatov MMA.

Sherbatov MMA, the only Mixed Martial Arts centre in Laval, Quebec, offers you a unique and outstanding training experience. The centre is run and operated by two young entrepreneurs, Boris and Yonathan Sherbatov, who began their journey in Moscow, Russia, where they both obtained their 2nd degree black belts. Boris Sherbatov, the older sibling, is a three time Canadian champion in MMA as well as a five time Quebec champion, not to mention winner of many other Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions. His younger brother, Yonathan Sherbatov, is a seven-time Quebec champion. He has also won several other competitions including a World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championship medal and a provincial and national championship in Greco-Roman Wrestling.

What differentiates Sherbatov MMA from their competitors in the market is without a doubt the amount of knowledge and experience they carry. Having been involved in the sport at a very young age, the Sherbatov brothers have mastered several disciplines within the field of martial arts. Not only did they acquire strong physical and leadership abilities, but they also mastered the art of teaching the domain correctly and of course, patiently. Their extensive training of 20 years has given them the ability to quickly distinguish the right from the wrong techniques. Just like those exceptionally good teachers, they truly are passionate about what they do.

Due to its aggressive nature, some women might argue that the sport is too masculine. Although the number of male MMA athletes surpasses the number of females, it is nevertheless considered to be an efficient way for women to stay in shape and learn the art of self-defense. In reality, each body part is put in effect. Like any other sport, it increases your cardio, changes your lifestyle and gets you in shape. How? It stimulates your reflexes, makes you physically stronger and gives you mental strength as well, such as confidence, determination and motivation on days when you never thought you could demonstrate such qualities.  

My advice to you, whether you are a man or a woman, is not to give up on your New Year’s resolution. There are far more interesting ways to stay in shape and achieve your goals than opting for a regular gym membership. So, throw away those useless self-help diet books and subscribe to your nearest MMA centre. One hour a day of MMA training is all you need to burn off calories and sweat off those pounds for good. Get active, get healthy and get in shape… the fiercer, trendier way!