“I need to get in shape before I start…”

Holiday music is everywhere this time of year. It’s also the time of year when people start to dust off New Year’s resolutions or create them from scratch. And many of them no doubt will be about getting in shape. To borrow a line from Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” he sings, “Although, it’s […]

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Striking vs. Grappling for Self Defense

One of the oldest discussions in martial arts is self defense. Which is better–striking or grappling? The answer, of course, depends on who you ask (and the system they train in). At Wisconsin Martial Arts and Fitness Center – East, our programs focus on both Traditional Self Defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a result, students learn […]


Form before Intensity

In general, when people work out, intensity tends to take precedent over form. That means the concept of form before intensity isn’t practiced nearly enough. The result?  Both acute and chronic injuries. What does that mean? The human body is capable of adapting to perform and thrive under a huge spectrum of stressors. However, in […]

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Longevity in Your Fitness

Wherever you are on your fitness journey, there are a few things worth considering when looking at longevity or the “long haul.” First and foremost, the methods and modalities you choose should lead in the direction of the following: Flexibility Mobility Muscle balance Stamina I believe doing so will carry you into old age. It requires […]

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5 Benefits of Training in Martial Arts

ThereF Or Here are five reasons to consider martial arts as part of your fitness and training routine: 1. SELF DEFENSE If you choose a gym/style that trains in effective martial arts, one of the most obvious benefits is an increased ability to defend yourself and loved ones. This is one of the most important […]


Are you resilient?

Being resilient means having the ability to recognize a hardship and being able to come back from that hardship quickly and in good health. We all face little hardships everyday. How we frame these incidents can have a big impact on our mental health. Our body’s response to stress is a great thing when we […]

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Habits, Routine, and Patterns

Our human brain loves to default to pre-programmed patterns and go on autopilot whenever possible and that is why many of us prefer routines in daily life. We are creatures of habit! It takes introspection, effort, and awareness to step back and look at the patterns that each of us put in place for ourselves. […]

Enriching Your Life

As far as we know, you only have this one life to live and life is short. So, it is important to make the most of the time that we’re given. While career, family, and social obligations are all important and necessary, I challenge you to take time for activities that make for a more […]


All items must be ordered by 12/6 and will be received at the academy by 12/18. Here’s a cool new feature, too — you can customize your t-shirt or hoodie with your name! Men’s, women’s and children’s sizes are available and all are in a new high quality! Please send an email to Instructor Buss […]


Finding and sharing a perspective of gratitude can be a life-changing and paradigm-shifting revelation. It’s all too easy to get caught up keeping up with the latest technology, fashion, or whatever trend you choose and that can be doubly true during the pressures of the holiday season. Count your blessings… Literally. Count ‘em. When you’re […]