Archive for November, 2011
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Monday, November 21st, 2011
For years, we were told to be careful about eating eggs because it was believed they raised blood cholesterol. In fact, eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods with significant health benefits for most people.
One large egg contains only 5 g of fat, of which only 1.5 g are saturated. Saturated fats are found in many prepackaged foods such as cookies, crackers, chips, whipped toppings, as well as in many baked goods. Eggs contain no trans fat. Trans fats are found in baked goods, packaged snack foods, margarines that contain hydrogenated oils and deep-fried foods. Each egg has only 71 calories and, according to Dieticians Canada, “the vitamin and mineral content is incredibly high, making it a very nutrient-dense food.”
There is increasing evidence that eggs offer us significant health benefits:
- Eggs are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that plays a role in brain development and memory.
- Egg yolks also contain carotenoids (pigments in plant and animal foods) that have been shown to protect against macular degeneration, a serious age-related eye disease.
- Egg yolks are also one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, which enhances the work that calcium does to keep our bones strong.
- Eggs, especially yolks, also contribute about 6 per cent of the folate we need every day. Folate, or folic acid, helps prevent both birth defects in infants and heart disease in older adults.
- More recently, researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston, found preliminary evidence to suggest that teenage girls who regularly eat eggs are less likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
Eggs in moderation
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, healthy people can eat eggs “in moderation” without causing any harmful effects on their blood cholesterol. There is still, however, a general consensus that dietary cholesterol should be limited to 300 mg/day. An egg contains more than two-thirds of the recommended daily cholesterol limit, which means an egg a day can fit into a heart-healthy diet only if that diet is low in other sources of cholesterol. The Heart and Stroke Foundation says people who already have high cholesterol can eat as much egg white as they like, “but they should limit themselves to two egg yolks a week.”
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
State News -WBRZ.com
Posted: Nov 16, 2011 5:24 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Nov 16, 2011 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state boxing commission wants to make sure amateur, mixed martial arts regulations are as strong as professional levels.
Commission members tell News 2 Louisiana was one of the first states to implement pro standards years ago. They discussed several changes at a meeting today. One may require an amateur to change his status after a set number of fights.
Trainers at LA Boxing in Baton Rouge say safety is also their number-one concern. Trainer Thomas Webb says the sport has evolved over the years. Webb says many people wanted to train to compete when professional UFC fights became popular. Now trainers say many people train in an MMA style for the workout.
Trainer Kevin Bellard operates most of LA Boxing’s kids programs. The business works with young people between 7 and 12. Bellard says safety measures go all the way down to language used in workouts. Partners are called friends instead of using words like enemy or opponent.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
New Orleans – November 5, 2011 new students, seasoned competitors, coaches, families, and friends gathered at the HPC Building on UNO campus to participate and cheer at the 5th Annual Louisiana Open, one of LA’s largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments hosted by Rafael Ellwanger of Gracie Barra. Teams from across the south travel, weigh in, and test themselves against other schools in single elimination brackets. Not only is it a time to spark competitive spirits, but a chance to meet and reunite with friends and training partners throughout the Gulf Coast.
Originally created as one of the most effective forms of self-defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has not only gained attention in Louisiana as a leading form of protective martial arts but has also evolved into a highly competitive sport. With six mats running matches and over 200 hundred competitors entered, this year’s Open exemplified the sport’s continued rise in popularity among parents, teens, and young children.
After the last timer sounded, scores reported, and medals crowned, it was apparent that LA Boxing’s BJJ Revolution Team has quickly emerged as one of the state’s most prestigious groups in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With the gym sending 16 competitors, the team racked up a total of 31 podium finishes; 15 Gold, 11 Silver, and 5 Bronze. “It’s really easy to coach our people on the mats when all the hard work has been done in the training room,” remarked Andrew Sall, the team’s instructor and coach. “I really think the hardest part was keeping track of the scores.” Sall has been an instructor for the team at LA Boxing since January 2011 and has experienced a huge growth in membership. “The right facility, the right staff, and the right atmosphere are all factors that have helped us build a great program. I mean, it’s clear, from the guys who’ve been doing this for years to the women who are just scratching the surface [of the sport], that our team is exponentially improving.”
Alongside the mats, voicing definitive instructions, maintaining a close eye on refs, and joking proudly with his team and kid competitors (Little Ninja’s) was the ambassador of BJJ Revolution, Tim Credeur. “Don’t get me wrong…I thrive on competition, but competing isn’t everything. I’m proud to see our team do as well as they did but to be on the ground level and help build an amazing art with amazing people gives me more satisfaction than anything.” As the first born and breed Louisiana Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Tim has helped cultivate and pave the way to a bright future for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Louisiana and in particular, BJJ Revolution.
As a means of competition or simply to learn effective self-defense, BJJ Revolution is on a positive path in the deep south. After a few bumps and bruises during the tournament, the Baton Rouge Chapter from LA Boxing reported the following finishes:
- Jessica Shamburger
- Gold – Women’s Beginner No-Gi
- Gold – Women’s Open No-Gi
- Gold – Women’s White Belt Heavy
- Gold – Women’s White Belt Open
- Josh Mancuso
- Gold – Brown Belt Middle Weight
- Silver – Brown Belt Open Weight
- Steven Armstrong
- Silver – Intermediate No-Gi Light Weight
- Gold – Blue Belt Light Weight
- Jacques Steward
- Gold – Intermediate No-Gi Masters Heavy Weight
- Bronze – Intermediate No-Gi Open Weight
- Jon Eric Bjorling
- Silver – Beginner No-Gi Middle-Heavy Weight
- Bronze – White Belt Middle-Heavy Weight
- Silver – White Belt Open Weight
- Eric Fey
- Silver – White Belt Middle Weight
- Scott Casternopoulos
- Gold – Intermediate No-Gi Heavy Weight
- Bronze – Intermediate No-Gi Open Weight
- Gold – Blue Belt Heavy Weight
- Ryan Berry
- Silver – Intermediate No-Gi Feather Weight
- Bronze – Blue Belt Feather Weight
- Eric Lacour
- Gold – Beginner No-Gi Middle Weight
- Silver – Blue Belt Middle Weight
- Kevin Bellard
- Gold – Purple Belt Open Weight
- Patrick LeBlanc
- Bronze – Intermediate No-Gi Feather Weight
- Silver – Blue Belt Feather Weight
- Chris Kieren
- Gold – Beginner No-Gi Open Weight
- Brittany Dunn
- Silver – White Belt Heavy Weight
- Eduardo Neves
- Gold – Advanced No-Gi Middle-Heavy Weight
- Silver – Purple Belt Middle-Heavy Weight
- Gabe Miller
- Gold – Advanced No-Gi Middle Weight
- Silver – Advanced No-Gi Open Weight
- Thomas Turner
- Gold – White Belt Feather Weight
For more information on learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu contact LA Boxing Baton Rouge at 225-291-5269 or stop by the gym on the corner of Sherwood and Coursey in Baton Rouge, LA. They have an extremely friendly and helpful staff that are more than happy to tour the facility and answer any questions you may have.
Monday, November 14th, 2011
“I recommend LA Boxing on the corner of Sherwood and Coursey (phone (225) 291-5269). After wasting money on regular gyms and attempting to get back into martial arts for fitness I tried here.”
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Over the past year and nine months, since opening LA Boxing Baton Rouge, we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of so many fitness success stories. Stories of a new outlook on health, confidence, and life. Our trainers challenge their classes and members, in turn, challenge themselves.
Meet Fadi; A 31 year old working professional, originally from Jerusalem, and single father of an incredible son. Two full-time jobs, at work and home, can take a toll on anyone. Stressed with work and family, he began noticing a slump in his physique and attitude. The carefree days of a speeding metabolism and single living were a distant memory.
Fadi came to us in March of 2010 looking for change. He had recently joined another gym in the area but felt unmotivated, uninspired, and discouraged. “I think I hung in for a month before I finally gave up. I’ve played soccer and volleyball all my life to stay in shape but my schedule just doesn’t allow that anymore.”
Stepping into his first class at 238 lbs, a personal all-time high, his road to health began. “I felt the energy as soon as I walked in. It was different. There’s people in shape, out of shape, young, old but everyone has the same goal.”
Nearly a year and eight months later, Fadi maintains a trim 183 lbs frame. That’s 55 lbs gone for good! No crash diets, no contest results…just a 31 year old working professional, single father, now engaged, enjoying life again! “I feel so incredible when I leave the gym! I’m pushed every time and feel so empowered and stress free when I’m done. I love this place!”
Fadi, we are honored that you chose us to reach your goals!
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Port Allen, October 31 – A chill Friday night at the Multi-Purpose Arena in Port Allen, LA set the stage for heated bouts in what many considered to be the most talent-filled card of the year. Local and out-of-state fighters showcased their skills and put training camps to test at the 12th Rumble At The Rodeo. Among team standouts was LA Boxing Baton Rouge which made quick work of the opposition with vicious striking and solid grappling, scoring the team 2-0 for the night.
Making his Mixed Martial Arts debut, Blake Savoian was first to touch gloves for the LA Boxing Team against Texas Chop Shop’s Jose Quinonez. Any doubts of Savoian’s stand-up game were immediately answered throughout the match. “He’s (Blake) got an incredible guard that won’t get passed,” remarked Andrew Sall, team Jiu-Jitsu coach, before the fight. “But I think people will be surprised by his wrestling and boxing.” Working with top local pro, Thomas Webb, and USA Boxing elite, Frankie Caruso, Savoian’s striking game scored big shots in the opening round and led to smooth transitional takedowns where Blake was able to control the majority of groundwork. Exchanges in the second round proved to be too overwhelming for the Texan as Savoian secured back control and reined punches on his opponent ending the contest by referee stoppage.
“It’s pretty surreal,” commented the victor minutes after the bout. “It really hasn’t sunk in that I went out and won my first fight. I stuck to the game plan and felt comfortable the whole time.” When asked about his LA Boxing training camp,”Going through circuits with the team was ten times harder than the fight. I couldn’t have been more ready for this!“
Following a brief intermission, the rhythmic lyrics ‘I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw’ by MGMT accompanied Matt Boyd to the cage with his LA Boxing entourage close behind. Squaring off against Ethan Faulkner from Gorilla Squad MMA in Natchez, MS, Boyd set a quick pace from the first bell that Faulkner was unable to answer. Cornermen, Josh Mancuso and Thomas Webb didn’t need to say much as Matt landed multiple combinations and devastating leg kicks. Several unsuccessful takedown attempts by the Gorilla Squad team member led Boyd to continue punishing his opponent from the feet. Still in the early minutes, Matt was able to catch a standing guillotine and finish the bout by tapout.
“In my last two fights the guillotine has just been there,” laughed the Plaquemine native. “I wanted to keep exchanging with him and push my striking this time but I don’t think he was ready for that pace. Even in the clinch I felt a lot stronger. It was a short night but I feel good about the win.“
“Matt’s footwork and combinations were pretty impressive,” remarked LA Boxing Muay Thai coach, Mark Stars, shortly following the bout. “He picked his shots and followed through. His work over the past several months were apparent. It was a great fight for him.“