Stay Safe While Shooting – 4 Things You Need to Know

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The world is not safe anymore. You might not be of this view, but many people consider carrying guns with them in case any dangerous situation occurs. However, carrying a firearm with you is not safe either if operated in a careless manner.

Playing with guns can be one of the biggest mistake any person can commit. Many people accidentally injure themselves or even a worse scenario shows up after not handling their guns with care and vigilance. You can even harm people around you and it can get you in grave trouble. In order to avoid any undesired situation, follow these tips.

  • Never aim carelessly

This is the foremost rule for any person who is carrying a firearm. It is not something to play with. Do not aim at someone or something that you do not want to shoot. Many shooters accidentally pull the trigger due to their inexperience. Just ‘kidding around’ can cost someone’s life. Even if you did not intend to shoot someone, you can do it out of no practice.

  • Only shoot when you are sure

This rule is related to the first rule. Only shoot when you are certain where your shot will head towards. If you even have a slightest doubt, surrender your firearm. Even if you are not sure about the nature of your aim, then do not proceed. What looks like an animal can be a human. You need to be sure beyond reasonable doubt before pulling the trigger. Keep your and others safety in mind.

  • Cleaning the gun

It is not only important to use safe gun products but also maintain them on frequent basis. Make sure you clean them regularly and remove debris from it. Not cleaning them would increase the chances of firearm bursting on you because the bullet may get trapped due to dirt or other clogs. Consider your safety as well while operating a firearm.

  • Safety equipment

Make sure that you are well equipped before handling a firearm. Always where a safety vest or jacket while shooting or hunting in the woods. Make sure that vest is prominent enough for other shooters and hunters to spot you. In case where you camouflage in the woods, other hunters would be able to identify you. Other than that, always equip yourself using high quality gear. Use proper gloves before handling them.

  • Gun shots are loud

Gun shots can be louder than you can imagine this is why you need to protect your ears. They are not just a little loud, but very loud. If you are a habitual shooter then don’t let this habit make you deaf. You should also inform other people in the group that you are about to shoot so they can put on their protection, this is also important to avoid legal issues. 

There are many other things to take into account before shooting. You can go through safety manuals given with the guns to make sure everything remains in order and avoid any emergency.

The Future of UFC Gyms and Launch of Their Bag Glove Brand

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Some might say that the UFC Gym is another way for Zuffa to stuff millions of dollars into their pockets and yet in reality it is a brilliant blend of workout and combative fitness programs designed to lure both aspiring fighters and the everyday person hoping to get into better physical condition.

The UFC Gym is the baby of Zuffa and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC). While hardly anyone would know who NEFC is, most are likely to know the name 24 Hour Fitness. NEFC co-founder Mark Mastrov was the brains behind 24 Hour Fitness.

The concept behind UFC Gym is not to be a gym exclusively for hardcore mixed martial artists or even “roided out” gym rats. Rather, Mastrov has described UFC gym as being aimed towards the blue collar crowd. In fact, UFC President Dana White said “it’s going to have something for everyone in the family, from traditional mixed martial arts classes, to all-around fitness classes, personal training and a gym just for kids. We are going to redefine the fitness industry, and get everyone excited about fitness again…”

The facility is complete with free weights, cardio equipment, octagon training, resistance training, group fitness classes, and conditioning classes. Those wishing to participate in more serious MMA training can sign up for classes in jiu jitsu, muay thai kickboxing, mixed martial arts, mma fitness, boxing, wrestling, and Krav Maga. To learn more check out this bag glove review at US Combat Sports. 

The gym is part of a next generation of gyms looking to capitalize on health and fitness as well as combat sports. While many have had to seek out multiple gym memberships in the past to get training in areas such as weights, boxing, and jiu jitsu, the concept behind UFC Gym is to provide an all-inclusive top level training facility.

The next generation gym will not only be a high-level all-inclusive training facility but one that is for the whole family. The UFC gym offers classes in mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai, and conditioning for kids and for the more traditional fitness enthusiasts there are classes in yoga, zumba, cycling, jump rope, conditioning, and self-defense. This makes for a gym that has something for everyone.

Kenneth Nair, owner of Oklahoma promotion Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF), had a similar vision of opening a next generation training facility. Nair has successfully built FCF into what Tapout Magazine called “the most consistent Oklahoma MMA promotion to date.” Even so, this was not enough for him.

For the past couple of years, Nair has been running Extreme Combat and Fitness out of Tulsa, OK. He envisioned a gym for the family that offered top level training in fitness as well as combat sports. He has accomplished this through strength and conditioning classes as well as classes in combat sports. With a large following and memberships on the rise, Nair and partner Justin Brown decided it was time to take Extreme Combat and Fitness to the next level and so they opened Xtreme Performance Center (XPC).

Xtreme Performance Center is not your average gym. It is a 44,000 square foot playground for any fitness or combat sport enthusiast. This playground comes complete with a Fitness Kickboxing area with a bag cage, large strength and condition area, cardio area, free weights, weight machines, boxing ring, 3 lane swimming pool, sauna, steam room, full size basketball court, mat room for jiu jistu, mma room with a cage and hanging bags, boxing room, and group fitness room. The idea is “if you can’t find something to do at XPC, you’re not looking very hard.”

Xtreme Performance Center also prides itself on being the home to Absolute Combat Alliance (ACA). ACA has gained itself the reputation of being the most experienced and elite MMA school in Tulsa, according to Tapout Magazine. They have some of the top instructors who have been in the UFC and other top promotions including David Heath, Josh Bryant, Clay Marrs, Ryan McClain, Liz Carreiro, and Tom Jones. You can find boxing, kickboxing, grappling, mma, and American jiu jitsu classes taught by Jake Shields purple belt Shane Garrett.

This monster of a gym was something I had to check out firsthand and even though the gym was only in its “soft open” phase, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The idea of a family training facility was not only a dream but a reality. I saw families come in and take strength and conditioning classes together, father and son shooting hoops together, and many kids were even taking part in the combat sports classes such as jiu jistu and boxing.

Whether you want to just shoot hoops with your friends or work on your Steven Seagal front kick, there is something for everyone. This, I contend, is the gym of the future. The rising popularity of mixed martial arts and the ever present need for fitness training create a perfect marriage for the training center of the future. With a gym on every other corner, training centers have to do more to set themselves apart. This is the next generation gym.


6 Important Tips on How to Be Better At Playing Guitar

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Whether you’re playing the guitar for your own entertainment or for a living, chances are, if you are passionate, you want to level up when it comes to playing this stringed instrument. Needless to say, there are hundreds of tips as to how to be better at playing the guitar, some tips may work for you and some may not. For this article, however, we will tackle the most essential ones.

So, for those of you trying to step up your musician resume game and for those of you who are aspiring to be the next Slash, these are the tips that might just help you.

The Advice

  • Practice A LOT.

You’ll definitely see this advice everywhere and that’s because it works. Over-practice makes perfect and if it doesn’t, at least it makes you better. By spending a lot of time practicing, you are getting your brain used to how guitar playing works and because of that, the act becomes close to automatic and so, it becomes much easier for you to play.

  • Learn techniques.

One reason why expert guitarists sound amazing is because they are well-versed when it comes to guitar playing techniques. And so, if you want to be close to their level, you can do so by learning techniques such as palm muting, hammer ons, harmonics, vibrato, etc. These are the techniques that are essential for impressive guitar performances.

  • Learn scales.

For those who aspire to play guitar solos or for those guitar players who simply want to easily move around the frets, learning the scales is very crucial. Go for pentatonic major and minor scales in all positions. This is so that moving around for solos will become easy as pie. If possible, learn to play the scales not just forward but also backwards.

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  • Read tabs.

Although chords are much easier to learn, if you truly want to be a next-level guitarist, learning tabs is the way to go. Tabs are the guitarist’s music sheet. Check out the tabs for some of the classic songs by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, John Mayer, and the like.

  • Study sounds.

Spend time listening to guitar solos as this is one way to become sensitive and more familiar with different types of guitar sounds. With guitar, it’s very important for you to have great listening skills.

  • Play with others.

A great way to improve your guitar skills is by playing with better guitarists. You’ll be able to observe their techniques and they’ll be able to give you some tips as well. Other than playing with co-guitar players, you should also venture out to playing with other musicians. In many cases, guitarists do not play alone. They usually play with other instruments for accompaniment; thus, it’s good to get used to playing with a drummer, pianist, singer, etc.

  • Explore.

Don’t be afraid to explore the guitar world. You may experiment with amplifiers for guitars and get to know how they work. Or you may also explore playing different types of guitar to know which interests you best.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, all these tips are only possible if you have the determination and perseverance in practicing. Do not give up if it doesn’t sound right; instead, keep trying. And although practicing a lot is essential, don’t forget to take breaks as well.