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  • Meet Robert "Zion" Reid!

    Meet Robert "Zion" Reid!

    The Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts is very excited to have a new boxing coach on board with us! Robert "Zion" Reid has been all over the martial arts map, and was part of RIMA since day 1. Reid has worked with Professor Chris Tricoli for over a decade, earning a black belt in Hapkido and even going into pro fighting. Now, Reid is helping RIMA's students with his one-of-a-kind boxing strategies to prepare the next generation of fighters. Welcome to the family, Robert! ....

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  • An Interview With Georges Kopa

    An Interview With Georges Kopa

    In his fast-growing career, up-and-coming fighter Georges Kopa has shown all of us at the Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts what dedication and hard work looks like. Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Kopa’s martial arts career has skyrocketed along the East Coast thanks to his swift technique, unstoppable stamina, and dedication to every sport he comes across. After his recent win in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kopa sat down to discuss his thoughts and advice on martial arts as a whole. Current Records: Mixed Martial Arts 2-0; Kickboxing 12-2; Boxing 1-0 Q: What inspired you to go into fighting? A: My childhood love of martial arts. I was in Africa and wanted to ....

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  • Move of the Week: The Muay Thai Hook

    Move of the Week: The Muay Thai Hook

    One of the 6 key punches of kickboxing, the hook continues to be a strong offense move and a great practice technique for fighters of all ages and skill levels. The hook deals with technique being practiced in both the arms and legs, and most of the power comes from the torso rather than the arm. In Muay Thai Kickboxing this Monday, RIMA students worked on this punch and the movement one’s body does to result in a successful punch. With a turn of the shoulders and a swift shot towards the ribcage, our students‘ are on the move with their hooks! ....

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  • Move of the Week: A Front Kick Like No Other

    Move of the Week: A Front Kick Like No Other

    The front kick can be seen in martial arts all across the spectrum. The kick is a staple for stand up sports even if it has different names for each. In Muay Thai Kickboxing, there are technically 2 different types of front kicks: the jab kick and the cross kick. These kicks follow the patterns of the basic punches of kickboxing, depending on which leg is used and which is considered the fighter's "dominant" leg. In RIMA's Muay Thai Kickboxing class this Tuesday night, the students touched up their kicks with the help of our instructor Alicia. Alicia explained the power needed to properly execute the kick, all while focusing on technique. The kick starts with a strong windup and being ....

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  • New RIMA Merch is Now Available!

    New RIMA Merch is Now Available!

    In case you missed it: RIMA has new masks and shirts for all members up on our site and in-person! Check out our shop at https://www.raleighinstituteofmartialarts.shop/ or stop by the front desk to grab one of your own before they're gone! ....

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  • Move of the Week: The Diversity of Hapkido Seen Through the Tai Otoshi

    Move of the Week: The Diversity of Hapkido Seen Through the Tai Otoshi

    When writing these blogs on new moves, I am constantly learning something new about each art practiced at RIMA. This week, while observing the Korean variant of the Tai Otoshi in Hapkido, I was told that not only are there different variations of the "deadly art" all across Asia, but that they have multiple variations for every move. The Tai Otoshi demonstrated by Professor Chris Tricoli was one of the countless forms of performing the move, showing how intricate the art of Hapkido truly is. Beginning with a wrist grab and a twist of the shoulder while the attacker ducks underneath the arm they have grasped, the Tai Otoshi ends as soon as it starts. With its details focusing on feet ....

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  • Move of the Week: The Seoi Otoshi "Throw"

    Move of the Week: The Seoi Otoshi "Throw"

    To a bystander, the Seoi Otoshi may seem like another throw on the mat. But the stand-up move isn't even a throw, it's a simple drop. Translating to the "body drop", this move allows an opponent to be thrown with little effort needed. This Monday, our Hapkido students took a crack at this simple throw, showing that even with a simple hip bump, one can take down an opponent with ease. ....

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  • Move of the Week: An Improved Method to Clearing the Arm for Triangle Choke

    Move of the Week: An Improved Method to Clearing the Arm for Triangle Choke

    In this week's Master's Class, our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue and white belts worked on fundamental skills, as well as a new method for the infamous triangle choke. Grandmaster John Taube demonstrated his approach towards a successful triangle choke by clearing the arm in a way that prevents the opponent from escaping the move. "When you make an effort to move the arm, trap it instead of moving it," he says, showing his students how clamping down on the arm with both legs makes the transition much easier. "There's no space for them to get their arm through." With a shift resembling the popular scissor sweep, Taube manages to prevent the usual space seen in the transition and moves freely to ....

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  • Donate Before It's Too Late!

    Donate Before It's Too Late!

    The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots donation deadline is a week away! Make sure to bring in any unwrapped toys or games to the RIMA drop box to help out families across Raleigh this Christmas. Check out the Toys For Tots website for more information how to help the cause! https://raleigh-nc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3 ....

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  • Join us in bringing Christmas early!

    Join us in bringing Christmas early!

    There's still time to donate to the Marine Corps Toys For Tots campaign at RIMA! Make sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy to our drop box and help Christmas come early for families all over Raleigh. Check out our Facebook for more details and the Toys For Tots website at https://raleigh-nc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx for more information on how to help our community! ....

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