October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should be scared of what’s new here at Evolution Martial Arts Academy! OUR NEW CHANGES:  New name, new logo, new website…we are Evolving! The website is near completion, so we will let you know when it makes it’s debut The new team gis will be in soon, so come get one while they last or place your order to have a specialized one sent in just for you!  The Vandal Kimonos fresh from of Hawaii look great and have plenty of options for you to choose from! New gear is here too!  We have hats and shirts with the new logo on them, so grab one before they all disappear! As of October 1st we have made a few changes to the schedule.  Wednesday evening BJJ is now an open mat, and we have added a BJJ class to Friday at 6:00pm. WORKSHOP / BELT PROMOTIONS / SOCIAL EVENT Saturday, November 18th beginning at 10:30am, Charuto will host an hour-long workshop (that will include Belt Promotions) followed by a Potluck Cookout! We will still cook oysters and a shrimp boil, but ask everyone to bring their favorite dish too! This will be a social event, so everyone who attends is required to bring a guest to either join in on the workshop or just observe. We will have a sign up sheet at the front desk so we will know how many to expect, so please sign up if you plan on joining in on a fun day at Evolution Martial Arts... read more

June 2017 Newsletter

Congrats to Victoria Coats for winning the picture contest with her photo of Coach Meagan with Coach Neal and his son Matteo. Shout out to Lauren, Eliza, Coach Meagan and Brandon for competing in US Grappling tournament in Greensboro NC. Classes canceled for July 4th. Enjoy food and fun while supporting Wilmington local UFC fighter Derek Brunson at Dig & Dive while he competes in his 22nd fight in New Zealand. Fight is on Saturday June 10th at 8:00 pm.   Kids Promotions on Saturday June 17th at 9:00 am. Upcoming WKA and IKA tournaments, Check with your coaches or the front desk for more... read more

May 2017 Newsletter

  Evolution MMA Newsletter – May 2017 It’s starting to warm up, and the summer is right around the corner! Here are some things to keep in mind for the upcoming month… SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE: Beginning Monday, May 1st we will have a new schedule for the summer!!! Monday kids BJJ class only will be removed from the schedule All other kids BJJ classes will be open to all students regardless of age and/or experience Saturday noon striking class for all ages will be removed from the schedule *The schedule may be adjusted again mid June then again in the Fall BIG SHOUT OUT TO LAUREN HALL FOR HER AWESOME JOB AT THE US GRAPPLING TOURNAMENT!!!! Follow this link to see the video:  https://youtu.be/C5AuNU1VKMM LEAVE US A REVIEW!!! Let us know how we are doing, and what your experience with us has been like Follow this link or copy it into you URL:  https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=evolution+mixed+martial+arts+wilmington+nc SOCIAL EVENT Who wants to play Paintball?!  We are looking at Saturday, May 20th and if we get a large enough group then we can get a group discount, so contact us ASAP to get on the list.  Also, keep an eye out for a Facebook Event PICTURE CONTEST!!! Submit your picture of you at the gym, practicing BJJ or MT, wearing an Evolution T-shirt or hat, or something creative related to what we do here and you will have a chance to win an amazing prize!!! Post a picture to Facebook and tag Evolution Mixed Martial Arts and Billy Evolution, or on Instagram at EvolutionMMA_WB, or email them in to us at billy@evolutionmixedmartialarts.com The... read more

February 2017 Newsletter

Evolution MMA Newsletter February 2017   Are you sticking to your New Years Resolution?!   Healthy, Happy, You!!! Beginning on Saturday, February 18th, we will be holding a 4-week program on health and nutrition that will help you with correct diet, proper exercises, stretches and a regular routine to help you reach you goals! If you did not follow through with you New Years resolution, didn’t start one, or you are just ready to see the New You then this is exactly what you are looking for! From noon-2:00 each Saturday, you will go through a fitness class, and do classroom work on setting and reaching your goals! The cost is only $75 for members and $99 for non-members, and will be one of the best investments you have ever made on yourself! Contact us ASAP to reserve your spot! FREE woman’s self defense: For 6 of our current members, we will be offering a free one time woman’s self defense class!! The session will be held on Saturday, February 18th, starting at 2:00. This free session will be to test out a new curriculum and to get feed back from our members. First come, first serve!!! Just For Fun!! Friday, February 17th, we will do a cookout at the gym for anyone who wants to join! We will do a shrimp boil and an oyster roast with all the usual fun!! There will be a Facebook Event page to let us know how many to expect, or just give us a call. If there are any special requests then let us know, and feel free to bring a... read more

January 2017 Newsletter

Evolution MMA Newsletter – January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Member referral month!!! We already give you a free month of membership every time you refer a friend that becomes a regular member, but for the month of January you now receive a FREE PRIVATE LESSON too!!! There is nothing better than having a friend or coworker be your training partner, so help spread the word. Make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot in class, and feel free to share the private lesson with your friend to help them kickstart their training!     Shout out to one of our Sponsors! Big thanks to Dr. Gabe Frank of the Frank Institute and all he has done and continues to do for everyone here at Evolution MMA. Not only does he make sure our athletes are healthy before and after they compete, but he keeps us healthy in every other way throughout the rest of the year! He specializes in weight loss, hormone replacement, acute and chronic pain relief, and is also a general practicioner. Coach Jim Baglioni has seen him several times for everything from getting medically cleared to compete, getting stitched up, healing a hematoma with a lazer (actually cooler than it sounds), and conquering the flew! Feel free to ask us for more information, or visit his website at: http://frankinstitute.com HOLIDAY SPECIALS!!! We are still running our special for private lesson through the rest of January, so if there was anyone still wanting to get in on this amazing deal, there is just a little time left!! For only $99 you get 3 half... read more

December 2016 Newsletter

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from everyone here at Evolution MMA!!! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Holiday Fundraiser for a Family in Need!!! We are helping to sponsor some familie who could use our help this holiday season, and you can do your part too by contributing presents, food, and money (which will be easiest to distribute between the 4 families) that I am sure they would appreciate a little extra while celebrating the holidays. Check with FB, Billy at the front desk or by phone (910-509-0701), or if you see Jim Radle in the gym at any time. Also feel free to bring anything that may help to the Evolution Christmas party!!! Christmas Party: Saturday, December 17th at 22 North in Wrightsville Beach we will have our Christmas party for Evolution MMA, and we want all of you to join us! The coaches will meet at 6:30 for our private function, but encourage everyone else to arrive around 8:00pm and hang around as long as you like. Again, feel free to bring a gift, food or money for a family in need! Closures for the holidays Christmas: December 24-26 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) Resume Tuesday New Years: December 31st only (Saturday) Resume Sunday HOLIDAY SPECIALS!!! We have several specials going on including a great rate for private lessons, and we are cutting some awesome deals on memberships too! If you or someone you know has been thinking about signing up then now is the time!!! Wait no longer, and come learn more about what the best team in Wilmington is doing for the holidays! WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASSES! We will start running these regularly... read more

November 2016 Newsletter

Evolution MMA Newsletter – November 2016 The holidays are coming up, so here are a few things going on that we are doing as the weather is cooling down! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cookout at the gym!!! Saturday, November 12th starting at noon we will have an Oyster Roast, Low Country Shrimp Boil, and a few more things to eat and drink, so grab your family and friends and come join us! We are only asking $15 per head, so let us know how many will be attending. We will have a sign up sheet at the gym plus a Facebook Event Page. (Adult beverages will be allowed, but you must provide your own). All of Adam Jetton’s UNCW students (current and past) are encouraged to join us to meet some of the team!!! Social Event: Saturday, November 12th the UFC fights will be on and Billy has tickets to see them for free at Dig and Dive! Contact him directly to grab a ticket and join the crowd for some fun that evening after the cookout! EARN A FREE T-SHIRT!!! Simply give us a review on Google and/or Yelp then come grab a free shirt on us!! Let others know what your experience has been like here at Evolution MMA, so they know what to expect when coming to check us out! *limited time offer, so get to it ASAP (see below for links to leave a review) PROMOTIONS AND HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Kid’s BJJ promotions will be on Saturday, December 3rd at our normal class time (9:00am), so bring family, friends and a camera!! There is NO extra cost associated... read more

Black Belt Blog – by Louis Barrios

The Black Belt Blog – by Louis Barrios ***Quick announcement: The social event will be changed from October 22nd to at date yet to be set in November, so keep an eye on the next newsletter and for a Facebook Evite.*** Expectations at Evolution Mixed Martial Arts One of the hardest mental hurdles to get over when training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), is how hard it can be to succeed. While this can be argued for many activities, I have found almost more than any sport, that there are no naturals when it comes to BJJ. Who succeeds, and who doesn’t often comes as a surprise to both the individual athlete and the coaches. A piece of this mental hurdle is something known as the Dunning-Krueger Effect. In short, it is the tendency to overestimate your abilities at a given task. The human brain has the tendency to trick itself into being competent at every activity, even if there is no evidence to suggest that you are capable of anything, Everyone who trains has to deal with this to some extent. When we come to realize that we are not awesome (generally after an instructor shows you the ropes), your brain begins to conclude that you are terrible………… except that your brain is lying to you. One of the most important concepts I try to relay to new students, is setting appropriate expectations for yourself. It takes 3-6 months to learn enough BJJ basics to start putting it together. In other words, the only expectation I have for a new student when they first start training, is to show... read more