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Total Confidence Martial Arts - Muay Thai San Antonio - Angela's Post Testing Thoughts

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

One of our Students Angela talks about how her first Prejit Testing went and how Total Confidence Martial Arts the only True Authentic Muay Thai School in San antonio has helped her in life. 

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Muay Thai San Antonio - Total Confidence Martial Arts - Coach Dale

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Muay Thai San Antonio - Total Confidence Martial Arts - Coach Dale talks about how Muay Thai has helped his life outside of the gym!

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Why Women should join Total Confidence Martial Arts

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Total Confidence Martial Arts the only Authentic Muay Thai School in San Antonio

Muay Thai San Antonio - Total Confidence Martial Arts - Robin talks about why she joined TCMA

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Muay Thai San Antonio - Total Confidence Martial Arts - Prejit Ceremony

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Total Confidence Martial Arts the only Authentic Muay Thai School in San Antonio

Check out this amazing video of some of our Students as they talk about how they feel after passing their Prejit! 

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Muay Thai Monday! What Robin Learned in Class today!

Posted on September 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

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Thai Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)

  • Ground turkey or chicken
  • Green onions
  • 1/3 cup Fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup Fish Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 TBSP Lemon grass
  • 1 TBSP Galangal
  • ½ TBSP Ginger
  • Thai Chilies to taste
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Optional: 2 tsp Toasted Brown Rice powder

Cabbage leaves for serving.

Chop Green onions and Cilantro. Add ground chicken and the white part of the onions to a skillet and brown.

Dressing: In a blender combine lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, galangal, lemon grass, ginger, and chilies. Blend well.

When meat is browned turn off heat and add dressing (Brown rice powder to thicken). Let cool. Add green onion tops and cilantro. Refrigerate until cool. Wash and peel off cabbage leaves. Put a small amount of Larb in the cabbage cup and eat it like a taco.


Advanced Rank Testing

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

I am very happy that 5 TCMA students are undergoing the trials to earn their advanced rank Black Prijit (belt). The trials are a twelve week ordeal. There are several portions of this test that are open to family and friends of TCMA. We want to honor their hard work. Come and cheer them on.

March 9th 6:00-7:30 PM Sparring Test

March 16th 6:00-7:30 PM Pad Work Test

March 23rd 6:00-7:30 PM Conditioning Test

March 30th 6:00-7:30 PM Rank Promotion


Black Prajit Candidates: Marcus Harvey, Tanya Kahlfan, Abel Barrientes, Dale Young, and Amai Clark


Nutrition note to student

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM



Hey, Master Brown! XXXX has been really into studying up on nutritional science at the moment and has run across Dr. McDougall's diet (basically vegan, its hallmark is starch). I was just curious of your thoughts on such a diet (provided you've heard of it). I'm naturally skeptical of something so extremist; many of his claims seem to me like they're based on fringe scholarship (the whole "starch can never contribute to fat gain, consumption of dairy/meat will" sorta thing, for instance).

Hi Wesley

you are asking good high-quality questions. Let me preface this by saying my personal experience includes being a vegetarian for many years and the vegan for six months. This diet did not work for my body and my athletic performance suffered and eventually my health suffered as well. I don’t know much about the McDougall diet but I can tell you that the statement that starch or carbohydrates will not contribute to weight gain is completely false. Carbohydrates are most easily converted to adipose fat tissue. Nutrition is difficult as individual variance of people makes definitive statements regarding what is healthy and what is not suspect at best. But there are some commonalities in some approaches they give us a pretty good idea of what is healthy. Let me define my version of what healthy nutrition means. First my diet has to support intense physical exercise. Most people get away with less than optimal diets because they don’t push the body very hard. However I find the standard of high physical performance to be a good indication of what would generally be healthy for me if I were not pushy my body. The second standard for healthy diet that I adhere to is longevity. The jury still out on this one for me but so far I’m not doing too bad. The third standard that I adhere to for healthy diet is it must support by overall mental and physical health. And that is largely defined by optimal mood, resiliency of mood, resistance to disease, and physical vitality.

Given this definition what I find, and with the evidence supports, is it high carbohydrate diets are very damaging to the body and the physical performance as well as to mood. Humans were not really designed to eat grains and if you think about how much sugar we consume for many it’s in the range of tens of pounds of pharmaceutical grade sucrose. This leads her blood sugar bouncing up and down. High glycemic diets have the highest correlation with diseases across the spectrum. Now correlation is not causation but it’s a pretty good indication that something’s up. So where’s the actual evidence. One technique that we do have that gives us a really good idea of what happens when nutrition is a process where post ingestion blood can be drawn and cardiac endothelial cells can be examined. This gives us a good idea of inflammatory processes which lead to cardiac disease and other chronic diseases. Again the evidence shows that high carbohydrate diets are not good for the human body.

So what is healthy? I’m a big fan of paleo. Paleo may not be an accurate description but it’s a good shorthand understand healthy diet. First and foremost one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to cut out processed food. That means shop the outsides of the grocery store where the produce and the meat are and avoid the interior of the grocery store were all the boxed “food like products” are. We have to get back to eating real food. One thing that begins to write is to advocate eating a lot of vegetables. I would say 90% of the volume of your diet should be fresh leafy green or cruciferous vegetables. But as you suspect a mistake of vegans will often make is that they tend to replace meat with a lot of grains and sugars. The lack of protein coupled with the fluctuation in blood sugar causes a brutal Constitution. My personal example when I was your age I was also a long-distance runner and I ate in that manner and I weighed 155 pounds but I also had a higher body fat percentage that I do today. I was a you call skinny fat.

However this can be easily remedied. One thing the inclusion of animal protein in one’s diet can make a huge difference in one’s hormonal balance. Ella mistake that many paleo people make is they don’t pay attention to the quality of their meat. Like you mentioned extremism tends to lead one to poor results. So I’ve seen paleo people who become meat-a-vores and eat nothing else. Not good. The other thing that many mediators do that is a mistake is to eat lots of processed meats i.e. sausage bacon luncheon meat. Let’s face it hot dog ain’t never going to be good for your. But if the animal protein is whole than he can be really beneficial to your diet. I would also say that it’s worth the extra money to buy animals that are raised in pastors without antibiotics or hormones. This is more expensive but we also don’t need to be eating quite as much meat as we think we do. 4 to 8 ounces per meal is more than enough.

The next thing to consider is fat. One of the worst nutritional trends has been the fat-free diet. Every cell in your body depends upon fat. Restriction of fat not only is harmful to your health but he can leave you crashing and craving. But there are good and bad sources of fat. The worst fats are the processed oils used in fast foods and for deep fat frying. The 40 weight motor oil the McDonald’s cooks or french fries in is not made for human consumption. It is flat out poison. However fresh raw oils like cold pressed olive oil, not oils, coconut oils, oil from avocados and from salmon are really good for you and should not be restricted.

So to tie it up short in neat:

1) dump the process food

2) dump fried food

3) dump fast food

4) get rid of sugar

5) get rid of flour

6) eat low glycemic carbs

7) good sources of carbs are sweet potatoes, squashes, quinoa, sometimes brown rice or steel cut oats

8) eat frequently six times a day if you can

9) 90% of the volume of your diet should be fresh veggies

10) include lean animal protein from clean sources- unprocessed

11) get plenty from good sources like olive oil, salmon, nuts and not oils, and coconut oils

I hope this helps. I’m always here to answer questions.

I trust you are doing well. I will be back up in Seattle in June. I would love to see you if you can make it.


Arjhan david


PS with your permission I think I might like to post this on the TCMA page.



Thank you for the lengthy response! I appreciate the depth of your knowledge, backed by your experience, as well. And yeah, go ahead and post it, if you'd like.



Posted on June 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Eric asked a good question last class: “Is caffeine good or bad?”

The right answer is … It depends.

Caffeine is a socially acceptable drug that has many benefits and a few draw backs.

Caffeine can really boost your workout if ingested at least half an hour prior to hitting the mat. It is a vasoconstrictor and can bring your blood pressure and heart rate up and get you moving. It also has the benefit of being one of the few substances that actually works in fat loss products to speed fat metabolism. Better still is that research is showing a great deal of health benefits to drinking coffee (and yes I am talking about black coffee!).

Now the bad news:

Caffeine can cause anxiety. If you are prone to being anxious or have any anxiety disorders, caffeine is right out. If you have high blood pressure, caffeine may also not be right for you. Caffeine can cause tremors and impeded fine motor skills. This can interfere with some tactical skills especially if they involve fine motor control such as shooting. There may be some drugs that caffeine interferes with and caffeine may exacerbate some medical conditions. You should talk to you doctor about this. Lastly caffeine is addictive.

Weighing out all the pros and cons, I do use caffeine before my hard cardio workouts but not my skill practices. Food for thought…

New School

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Plot twist! As many of you know with great sadness the Bellingham branch of TCMA recently closed. I’ve struggled with what to do and how to carry on this wonderful martial arts legacy that I inherited. It has been an amazing journey for more than 35 years. Looking back I am so grateful for all the people who have touched my life and all the people I’ve had the privilege to influence. Even though I am now on a new path learning how to be a psychologist, martial arts is simply too much of a part of me and my identity to let it go. I have no desire to let TCMA dwindle. So I’ve decided to open a new location in San Antonio, Texas. This has been a very difficult decision since I do not have much time. My life is spread very thin with graduate school. But I am surrounded by great people who are eager to help out and create the magic that we experience on the mat. That said today I signed the lease and started the build out on the new space. The new headquarters for TCMA is located at Bandera and 410 inside the loop right behind the HEB, Suite 708. The actual address is 5419 Bandera Rd. Suite 708. This Saturday we will be having a work party to paint and to move in the mats, bags, and gear that has been shipped down from Washington State. I hope to start around 10 o’clock or so. I would be grateful for everyone’s help. I had hoped to be in the new location before today so that we could have a clean opening on the first, but due to a tragedy in a lessor’s family this was a soon as we could finalize the lease. So unfortunately it may be a little bit messy to start. But by the end of March we should have everything spit polished. Starting this Monday classes will be held  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:00 to 7:30 PM,. We will be going to a monthly tuition however as usual there will be no long-term contracts, no testing fees, and no association fees. Please see the website for the new tuition fees. Introductory lessons will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6 PM . Everyone is invited to come see the new space. Please drop by anytime in the evening and share in the celebration of a new chapter in our martial arts family history.