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Tae Kwon Do is the Korean art of self-defense obviously powerful and precise. But, often, the public does not fully grasp the true meaning of this martial art. They see only the execution of the physical techniques, without ever realizing TKD's greatest benefits.
As a student begins TKD, the first lesson learned is respect. The beginner is soon to realize that the attitude, in the class and out must be one of love and respect, and not of violence or aggression. In TKD we search to become egoless. The higher a student advances in TKD, the more the ego is diminished. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. So, you progressively learn to develop an uncluttered and ready mind. When your mind is empty, it is ready for anything, it is open to everything.
Another lesson learned in Tae Kwon Do is patience. A beginner soon becomes familiar with the basic blocks, kicks, and punches. The student soon want to move on to something new. But, one must continually strive for refinement and perfection through repetition. With patience, we learn self-control. And, without self-control there would be no meaning behind our physical technique.
A TKD student also learns concentration. We acquire this ability to bring everything together, to put all one's energy into every single act one performs.
Concentration is acquired through training, by focusing on every gesture, which is the same as returning to a normal condition of the body and mind. In the end, the will, the intention, is no longer active and results come automatically and unconsciously.
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"Tae Kwon Do - Oh Do Kwan"
Jeet Kune Do, also Jeet Kun Do, and abbreviated JKD, is an eclectic and hybrid martial art system and philosophy of life founded by the martial artist Bruce Lee (1940–1973) in 1960 with simple and direct, or straightforward, movements and non-classical style. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects and extreme speed. The system works by using different "tools" for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which is kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, where we use techniques to flow smoothly between them. It is referred to as "a style without style" or "the art of fighting without fighting" as said by Lee himself. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception or attacking while one's opponent is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred it as "the art of expressing the human body" in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day "dry land swimming". He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should "be like water" and move fluidly without hesitation.
Fighting with HANDS & FEET
The Japanese combat techniques of Jujitsu (also commonly known as Jujutsu or Jiu-jitsu) date back approximately 2000 years. The exact origins of jujitsu are unclear, as most of its history was only passed on in the oral tradition. The few early written references show that its origins date back to mythological time.
Jujitsu was formalized and most popular during the Edo period of Japan. This was the era during which the Samurai caste dominated Japanese life and culture. Jujutsu was the samurai’s main set of combat techniques, after the sword that is, and indeed, many of the unarmed techniques are clearly directly derived from katana or daito moves. There have been many, many styles (or ryu) of Jujutsu throughout the history of Japan, and during the 20th century many more styles were developed all around the world.
Professor Okazaki and Sensei Wally JayThe origins of Small Circle Jujitsu™ are based on the 2000 year old classical jujitsu, but the evolution of the Small Circle emphasis dates back to approximately 1944. The founder, Professor Wally Jay studied a style known as Kodenkan Jujitsu from Professor Henry S. Okazaki in Hawaii.
Professor Okazaki had studied classical jujitsu styles of the Yoshin, Kosagabe and Iwaga ryu, as well as studying Okinawan karate, Filipino knife fighting, Hawaiian lua, the art of throwing a Spanish dirk, boxing, wrestling and kung fu. Professor Okazaki himself was something of a rebel, as he broke away from tradition on several occasions. He developed his own style of jujitsu called Kodenkan Jujitsu, as well as teaching non-Japanese, which was unheard of at the time.
Professor Jay had studied boxing, weightlifting, judo and jujitsu from various instructors before 1944, when he received his black belt in Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu from Okazaki. Professor Jay felt that there was something missing with Jujitsu, the way he learned it. The knowledge he gained from the other disciplines and Okazaki’s own multi-disciplinary background gave him the perspective to see how classical jujitsu could be improved.
It was his two years of judo study under Ken Kawachi that gave him the key to Small Circle; when Prof. Wally was taking his blue belt exam in Kodenkan, there was one particular throw that gave him real difficulty. Unhappy with his own performance, Prof. Wally had decided to refuse his blue belt award, until Kawachi Sensei advised him to accept, promising him that he would teach him how to master the throw. . Sensei Kawachi, the Hawaiian judo champion for many years, was a physically small man who stressed the use of the wrist action to gain superior leverage, and so effective was he in using the subtleties of the grip and its leverage that he routinely dominated other judoka literally twice his mass and defeated many visiting wrestlers and other grapplers from the mainland. It was that same wrist action that became the key to Small Circle Jujitsu. Over the years Prof. Wally made radical changes in the jujitsu techniques he acquired, believing that this was what his teacher, Professor Okazaki would have wanted.
fingerlockProfessor Jay’s years of experience in classical jujitsu, judo, boxing, weightlifting, wrestling, aikido, kung fu, other martial arts training, and many periods of trial and error, led him to develop his theory known as Small Circle Theory. His goal was to refine and improve upon the techniques by combining the best of everything he learned in different disciplines. The Small Circle theory is a proven scientific method that rapidly became accepted by the martial arts world as an acclaimed and accredited system.
The Small Circle theory is not only applicable to jujitsu, but it blends in beautifully with other styles of martial arts. In fact, Professor Jay first applied the Small Circle theory to his judo teaching and led his creation of a winning team. In 1960 he was voted Northern California Judo Coach of the Year by Hokka Judo Yudanshakai, but not before he had suffered the ridicule of his peer group of teachers. The MastersIt is typical of Prof. Wally that this experience simply made him all the more determined to prove the efficacy of his methods. Throughout the 60′s and 70′s he produced national champions and team winners in Hawaii, Canada, USA, and Mexico.
In 1978 Professor Jay, Willy Cahill, John Chow-Hoon and Carl Beaver created a new association, Jujitsu America, intended to represent the mainland-based teachers who had broken away from the previous tradition. They seceded from the Hawaiian based American Jujitsu Institute (which was the Kodenkan organization) because they had conflicting ideologies and methodologies. The Hawaiian leaders wished to perpetuate the traditions of the Kodenkan system, while the statesiders, being modernists, wanted to update and improve their fighting skills to reflect certain modern realities.
This Small Circle Theory improved and developed further until 1987, when it officially became recognized as a complete jujitsu style on its own, now known as Small Circle Jujitsu™. Many had recognized the Small Circle system as being a separate style for many years, but after an article in Black Belt magazine, it became official.
Professor Jay’s Small Circle jujitsu techniques are smooth and functional because of his mastery of what he came to call ‘transitional flow’ – one of the ten key principles of the system; this is where Prof. Wally’s in-depth study of body mechanics allows him to move smoothly and economically from one technique to the next to counterattack the moves of the attacker.
Small Circle Jujitsu™ evolved from combining many sources and elements, and continues to evolve as Professor Jay and others enhance the style with their knowledge. In August of 2002, Professor Wally Jay held the ceremony officially handing the title of Grandmaster over to his son Professor Leon Jay in his hometown of Alameda California near San Francisco. Family, friends, martial arts masters and the media all witnessed this momentous occasion.
To broadly generalize, Ryukyu Kempo is predominantly a striking martial art. It involves various types of strikes like punches, open hand strikes, elbows, kicking, knees, and more. It also integrates grappling, Tuite Jitsu, with its striking. Within the various methods of the art, there is also Kata (forms) which are teaching and learning tools for a student to understand directions of attack, proper body structure, Kyusho Jitsu striking, and more (these applications are often called Bunkai). Above all, there is always major focus on 1) proper body mechanics and 2) use of Kyusho Jitsu in the practice to make the practitioner more efficient with less physical effort.
Ryukyu Kempo (also known as Chinese Kempo, Te, Tote) has been the way of martial arts in Okinawa for hundreds of years. It translates to the native fighting style of the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa before the transition to ‘Modern Karate’ in the early 20th century. Much of Ryukyu Kempo’s basis comes from the influence of Japanese Bojitsu and Chinese Kung Fu. This system encompasses many Okinawan arts with emphasis on life-protection techniques, regardless of an individual’s size.
Kyusho Jitsu is the vital area, or acupuncture pressure point, striking encompassed with the art. More than simply knowing where a pressure point is, one must know how to strike the point as well as with proper angle and direction. Utilizing Kyusho in fighting techniques allows one to incapacitate the opponent quickly through body kinetics, pain compliance, knock outs, joint releasing (leading to hyperextensions or breaks), and more.
Tuite jitsu, or ‘hand grab’ refers to the grappling and joint manipulations contained in Ryukyu Kempo. All human bodies are weak in the same manner. These weaknesses occur near joints, nerves, tendons, and muscles. Tuite works in conjunction with Kyusho-Jitsu in that the pressure points are the keys to releasing the joints.
"Arnis, Escrima, Kali-Silat"
Escrima, Arnis and Kali refer to a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, blades and improvised weapons. Although training starts with weapons, empty hand techniques, trapping and limb destruction are core parts of these arts as the weapon is considered merely an extension of the body. Escrima and Arnis are the most common among the many names often used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts.
The teachings of the basic skills in Escrima are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach intricate moves, only techniques that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of Escrima. Because of this approach, Escrima and the Filipino martial arts in general are often mistakenly considered to be "simple". However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skillset that takes years to master. (Escrima can be seen in movies such as "Bourne Identity" series, "Book of Eli", "Hanna" and more.
For all intents and purposes, Escrima, arnis and kali all refer to the same family of Filipino weapon-based martial arts. In Luzon they may go by the name of arnis, arnis de mano, sinawali, pagkalikali, panandata (usage of weapons), didya, kabaroan (blade usage) and kaliradman. In the Visayas and Mindanao, these martial arts have been referred to as Escrima, kali and kalirongan. Kuntaw and silat are separate martial arts that have been practiced in the islands.
Escrima is a Filipinization of the Spanish word for fencing (esgrima).Arnis comes from arnes, Old Spanish for armor (harness is an archaic English term for armor which comes from the same roots as the Spanish term). It is derived from the armor costumes used in Moro-moro (Moor versus Christian) stage plays where actors fought mock battles using wooden swords. The practice of weaponry by the peasants or Indios was banned by the Spaniards during colonial times and the Moro-moro stick fights disguised as mere entertainment was one of the methods they were able to practice their art right under the Spaniards' noses. Arnis was hidden as quaint folk dances like with the Sakuting stick dances in Luzon.These methods of hiding the arts are probably how Arnis evolved into distinct and complex stick fighting systems in the Luzon and Visayas areas which had been disarmed by the Spaniards.
The word Kali, although primarily used in the United States and Europe, is seldom used in the Visayas and in some cases is an unknown word to Escrima practitioners. The term is used mostly in Mindanao, but due to the popularity of the term outside of the Philippines and the influence of foreign practitioners the term has now been accepted as a synonym for Escrima and arnis. In their Cebu Escrima Myth distributed by Lex libris, Dr. Ned Nepangue and Tinni Macahor contend that the word did not exist until the 1960s when two well-known escrimadors in the United States popularized it to distinguish what they taught from other styles. One belief is that the word comes from tjakalele, a tribal style of stick-fencing from Indonesia. This is supported by the similarities between tjakalele and Escrima techniques, as well as Mindanao's proximity to Indonesia. Numerous alternative theories attempt to explain the term's origin:
* It could have come from the Baybayin word kalepo or kalibo ("kali sports" or panlarong kali). This suggests that Kalibo's name may have originated from the word "kali" because there are many Escrima schools in Kalibo today.
* Kali may be a portmanteau of the Cebuano words "ka"mot, or "ka"may meaning hand or body, and "li"hok, meaning motion.
* It might be traced back to the word for scales (kaliskis) because Cebuano warriors from the 8th and 9th centuries wore scale armour before bronze and copper armour were introduced in the 10th century.
* There exist numerous similar terms of reference for martial arts such as kalirongan, kaliradman and pagkalikali. These may be the origin of the term kali or they may have evolved from it.
Practitioners of the arts are called escrimador for those who call their art Escrima, arnisador for those who call theirs Arnis and kalista or mangangali for those who practice Kali.
PAC - Pacific Archipelago Combatives
Close Quarters Combat (CQC), Close Quarters Battle (CQB) or Close Combat Fighting is a physical confrontation between two or more combatants. It can take place between military units, police and criminals, and other similar actions. In warfare it usually consists of small units or teams engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range, up to 30 meters, from proximity hand-to-hand combat to close quarter target negotiation with short range firearms. In the typical close quarters combat scenario, the attackers try a very fast, violent takeover of a vehicle or structure controlled by the defenders, who usually have no easy way to withdraw. Because enemies, hostages/civilians, and fellow operators can be closely intermingled, close quarters combat demands a rapid assault and a precise application of lethal force. The operators need great proficiency with their weapons, and the ability to make split-second decisions in order to minimize accidental casualties.
Criminals sometimes use close quarters combat techniques, such as in an armed robbery or jailbreak, but most of the terminology comes from training used to prepare soldiers, police, and other authorities. Therefore, much material relating to close quarters combat is written from the perspective of the authorities who must break into the stronghold where the opposing force (OPFOR) has barricaded itself. Typical examples would be commando operations behind enemy lines and hostage rescues.
Although there is considerable overlap, close quarters combat is not synonymous with urban warfare, now sometimes known by the military acronyms MOUT (military operations in urban terrain), FIBUA (fighting in built-up areas) or OBUA (Operations in Built Up Areas) in the West. Urban warfare is a much larger field, including logistics and the role of crew-served weapons like heavy machine guns, mortars, and mounted grenade launchers, as well as artillery, armor, and air support. In close quarters combat, the emphasis is on small infantry units using light, compact weapons that one person can carry and use easily in tight spaces, such as carbines, submachine guns, shotguns, pistols, knives, and bayonets. As such, close quarters combat is a tactical concept that forms a part of the strategic concept of urban warfare, but not every instance of close quarters combat is necessarily urban warfare—for example, a jungle is potentially a stage for close quarters combat.
"Cross Train in All Styles and become UNIVERSAL"
A self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Slovakian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his immigration to Palestine, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. Krav Maga is used by Israeli Defense Forces, both regular and special forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.
Krav Maga is the unarmed portion of combat; defense against guns, knives, sticks, and hand to hand combat. It is a simple, user friendly style, designed to meet the needs of modern self defense. Unlike traditional styles it is constantly being revised based on lessons learned on the battlefield and in combating terrorists.
Our first time students, lacking any previous training, are often surprised at how easy it is to learn. Krav Maga uses natural body movements to create techniques that are easy for the body to learn and retain and use in high stress situations. We use few techniques but apply them to many situations.
Common Sense Self Defense Street Combat Modular Knife
Common sense self defense street combat has been designed to meet the needs of today’s environment. CSSD-SC is not a particular way or style of martial art or fighting. It Is principles of motion tied into conceptual patterns that are tempered by the complex legal liabilities of our current society. CSSD-SC then takes the conceptual patterns of motion and establishes a framework that allows one to see the conceptual usage of those patterns. CSSD-SC allows for the students to grow within them selves with universal concepts of offensive and defensive motions. No two students will seem the same for NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME. By using principles of motion all people can have self defense, for one will absorb what is useful to them and discard that which does not apply.
Unlike Martial Arts that are linear in progression, CSSD-SC is based on non-linear learning, tribal art style. No one is taught by “do a technique or response” and after enough time one can now do another more advanced technique. Martial art demands this, a structured progression allowing for duplication of the instructors’ wishes and persona. Techniques grow into counter techniques; one does this so one responds with this. When the lesson is learned and practiced the linear way is to go to the next class of techniques…hopefully more advanced. Tribal arts are based on non-linear progressions, which are meant to be shared immediately. Student teaches student, concepts can be expressed by many techniques and all are guided by the underlying principle. Principles do not change. Concepts express the principle. Techniques illustrate a given concept. Tribal arts can be taught in hours not years. Tribal arts can unfold like a flower into years of study but the foundation, the roots, grow quickly allowing for immediate usage. Street combat just happens; therefore responses must be immediate and based on concepts to be useful. One cannot use pre-recorded or set responses to a spontaneous situation.
Common sense self defense – street combat is not just an empty hand art. In all ages of mankind warriors carried weapons, citizens carried weapons, for with a weapon even a child can be king. In CSSD-SC we teach conceptual weapons usage. Unlike traditional empty hand arts, CSSD-SC teaches weapons usage FIRST to allow for understanding reality of combat. Knife teaches stick, stick teaches empty hand, a one way progression; for it doesn’t work in reverse.
Weapons are like athletic tools. Body mechanics are stressed by natural movement for such is needed to make the concepts work. Ask a person to punch, especially a woman or child and only the arm works… Give them a club, tennis racket, baseball bat and EVERYONE uses their whole body including the most important fulcrum, the hip. By using weapons natural body motions can be used to illustrate power and base. To survive in combat, especially street combat, ones responses need to be as natural as possible. A proven axiom of combat is due to extreme stress, in situations like street combat, fine motor skills go down the tubes, leaving ONLY gross motorskills. CSSD-SC works within that axiom to provide self-defense skills that work on a gross motorskill level which anyone can utilize even under the extreme duress of combat. Combat reality is that combative skills must be simple.
Teaching weapons allows for empowerment of women and children and the elderly. No matter what martial art myth ones tries to state NO one who is little will defeat a bigger stronger opponent, especially in combat, UNLESS they utilize a weapon. This fact has been established over thousands of years of warfare and personal conflict. Our main weapon taught is the FOLDING TACTICAL KNIFE. A folding tactical knife is just a current name for a great class of common pocketknives. CSSD-SC utilizes a common pocketknife with a blade length of 3” or less. A common pocketknife is street legal and can be carried in all 50 states and hundreds of other countries.
Why a FOLDING TACTICAL KNIFE? Why not a stick or folding baton? Blunt weapons are percussive, they need striking power, something that cannot be taken for granted. One might not have the power to use a blunt weapon. A knife, especially a pocketknife, takes no strength. Anyone can have the strength to cut something or someone, how strong one is, is a moot point with an edged weapon. It’s mankind’s oldest friend. We have used knives; edges that cut flesh for over a million years. The concept of a knife has changed, the essence has evolved, techniques come and go but the principle has NEVER changed… an edge that cuts flesh. Within the principles of usage lie the 8 universal planes of offense and self defense. Concepts that apply the principle are experienced not taught; absorbed not listened to. The students’ motions are their own. This allows for rapid deployment of self-defense concepts. SIMPLE, YES! Simplicity based on COMMON SENSE. Simplicity demands that CSSD-SC’s first rule of combative reality is: COMBAT MUST BE SIMPLE.
Working within that concept, the Gunting Drone and the CRMIPT, both non cutting, non lethal impact tools based on knife motions has been developed. It works “like a knife’… the conceptual usage is the same, but the results are kept to the non lethal stage. There is no progression from non lethal to less than lethal nor from the less than lethal to the lethal stage. In places where knives or edged tools are forbidden, the use not safe nor allowed by ethics or personal beliefs, or liability concerns, this newly developed tool can fill in for a cutting tool. It lacks the ability to “stop” function in the same way but it has shown itself to be as effective in situations where no other tool is allowed or acceptable. And its carry is the same as a common pocket knife. The impact from such a small tool is concentrated in a small area and is directed to sensitive parts such as finger and hands amplifying the total power felt without needing great physical strength.
Within these parameters CSSD-SC tries to impart the legalities of usage of force and lethal force. We believe in non-lethal force with escalation into lethal force if necessary. Flight is BETTER than fight. CSSD-SC is not attempting to make soldiers or warriors. CSSD-SC is not trying to make “knife-fighters”. CSSD-SC wants to empower regular people with the skills necessary to live safely and survive today’s street environment. CSSD-SC can be picked up at any point for its non-linear progression makes learning an immediate response. One class doesn’t follow the next in necessary progression for each class unit is complete unto itself. CSSD-SC can be incorporated into any martial arts program or self-defense program. CSSD-SC is currently being taught in martial arts schools as a way to understand self-defense as in comparison to “traditional” martial arts. CSSD-SC integrates into any martial art system without sacrificing the original system.
CSSD-SC is an ever-growing base of knowledge based on unchanging principles:
Human anatomical function is fixed:
Form follows function.
Combat is an ever-changing variable:
Combat must be simple
Combat is spontaneous:
One cannot learn pre-recorded responses to spontaneous events
Learning must be conceptual:
Combat is ever changing and never the same twice
"CSW - Combat Submission Wrestling"
Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) program is the primary no GI grappling program at the school. What makes it unique is it is specifically formulated for grappling without a uniform or a “GI”. It also heavily focuses on the possibility of your opponent striking you while grappling. Generally due to the systems that influence the system it is more aggressive and it seeks to gain dominant control quickly.
Our Instructors maintain a safe training atmosphere so your primary focus can be on education and growth. Grappling, Wrestling or jiu-jitsu can burn a tremendous amount of calories in a short amount of time as well as building strength and flexibility. Due to this training is not only fun but a fantastic way to get into shape and maintain the high levels of fitness that is part of the martial arts lifestyle. The grappling arts use leverage, strategy and technique to prevail over brute strength so they offer very effective self defense answers.
Another difference between gi and no-gi grappling has to do with strategy. When grappling with the GI there is use of the sleeves, collar and pants. Practitioners can execute collar chokes, or use the sleeves of the GI to tie up a partner’s arm. In no-gi grappling, on the other hand, grabbing the clothes is generally not allowed. Instead, practitioners can try to control an opponent by gripping the body’s natural handles: the neck, the wrist, the elbow, the knee, the hips, etc.
CSW teaches a reformulated shoot wrestling curriculum founded by Erik Paulson, former world light heavyweight shooto champion. It’s a blend of grappling techniques and concepts from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai & Lethwei Kickboxing, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling, with techniques and submissions from shoot wrestling, Judo, Sambo, and Catchascatchcan, as well as striking from French Savate, and Western Kickboxing. CSW has produced champions in both Pride and the UFC. Many of today's top level MMA fighters train in CSW including Sean Sherk, Josh Barnett and Ken Shamrock.
The focus of the Combat Submission Wrestling Program is to master basic techniques and drills, and have the ability to flow from position to position, escape each position and have both upper body and lower body submissions. Students develop through a progression of flow drills, techniques and unique training methods to build a strong and competitive MMA and Submission Wrestling game.
Get in the best shape of your life!
Our program is one of the most complete mixed martial arts programs anywhere. Taught in a safe, high energy training environment, it gives you one of the best and most effective workouts available. Mixed Martial Arts is loads of fun and will get you in the best shape of your life. Mixed Martial Artists are some of the most fit athletes in the world
Submission wrestling (also known as submission fighting, submission grappling, sport grappling, or simply as No-Gi) or Combat wrestling (in Japan), is a formula of competition and a general term describing the aspect of martial arts and combat sports that focus on clinch and ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission using submission holds. The term "submission wrestling" usually refers only to the form of competition and training that does not use a "jacket", "gi," or "combat kimono," often worn with belts that establish rank by color.
The sport of submission wrestling brings together techniques from Folk Wrestling (Catch-as-catch-can), Luta Livre Esportiva, Freestyle Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Sambo. Submission fighting as an element of a larger sport setting is very common in mixed martial arts, Pankration, catch wrestling and others. Submission wrestlers or grapplers usually wear shorts, skin-sticky clothing such as Rash guards, speedos and mixed short clothes so they do not rip off in combat.
Mixed martial arts schools and fighters may use the term "submission wrestling" to refer to their grappling methods while avoiding association with any one art. Submission wrestling is sometimes used to describe the tactic (in mixed martial arts competition) that revolves around using submission wrestling skills to defeat an opponent.
Our Kickboxing Program is a mixture of Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, STX
Thaiboxing is a brutally effective art from Thailand. Emphasis is on leg kicking, punching, elbow and knee strikes, and "Thai-pad" training. The training drills of Thaiboxing serve as an excellent method of physical fitness and conditioning. The cardiovascular, anaerobic, and muscular systems are all trained in this class. Traditionally, Thaiboxing is a brutal art. Our unique training methods allow anyone a safe, injury free training environment.
Muay Thai literally Thai Boxing and also known as The Art of the Eight Limbs is the Thai name for a form of hard martial arts practiced in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand. It is known as Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Tomoi in Malaysia, Muay Lao in Laos and as a similar style called Lethwei in Myanmar. The different styles of kickboxing in Southeast Asia are analogous to the different types of Kung Fu in China or Silat in the Malay peninsula.
Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies slightly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as "The Science of Eight Limbs", as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A master practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was, essentially, developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon. However, it must be added that the history of Muay Thai, and its' direct origin is a question of debate among modern scholars. Much of the history of Muay Thai was lost when the Burmese sacked Ayudhaya, the capital city of Siam (Thailand) in the 14th century. The Burmese looted the temples and depositories of knowledge held in the capital, and most written history was lost in this period. What volumes were saved are preserved and protected as national treasures for Thai culture and heritage.
What is known is that Muay Thai uses the body to mimic the weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.
The origin of Muay Thai, as a fighting style, is thought to have developed for centuries as tribes migrated south from the steppes of China through Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. The major tribes of that period, one of which was the (Tai) Siamese, fought fiercely to survive as they moved south and encountered other smaller tribes in what is now northern and central Thailand, and as far south as Malaysia. Through training, loss of life, military tactics, and hand-to-hand combat, technique and tactics were honed to a razors edge, and the rudimentary elements of a "fighting-style" began to take root.
Older soldiers and fathers taught their students and sons the offensive and defensive tactics and techniques, proper posture and position, and skills to enhance awareness. Those students and sons went on to teach their children, and the roots and permanent structure of an "effective fighting-style" began to strengthen. Proper technique and power strikes were a vital element in war that requires hand-to-hand skills. Each strike and movement is meant to deliever a debilitating and crushing blow, and enable the fighter to move on to the next opponent quickly without leaving himself exposed to an attack.
It would seem that the evolution of the most-effective hand-to-hand form of combat evolved in a rather Darwin-like manner demanding survival of the fittest: those who fought well.......lived and taught others before falling themselves.
The Thai were on constant guard against attack from neighboring countries, including Burma and Cambodia. Enemies for centuries, the Burmese and Thai fought several wars wreaking destruction on both countries. Muay Thai was primarily a part of the Thai culture during this period and was a mandatory training as part of the Thai military of that time. The military continued to train soldiers for centuries in the art of Muay Thai: defining, and refining the skills, tactics, and techniques with the wars against the Burmese, Cambodians, and other invaders.
Young Thai men returning from a tour of duty with the military soon engaged in matches for sport and fun in villages and towns. Each province, town, and village would support a local fighter who showed some promise and skill. Older warriors, survivors of many battles and engagements of the enemy, became Muay Thai instructors and teachers [ Kroo Muay]. The love of the sport, and a need for the defense of the kingdom made Muay Thai a part of the Thai culture for the next 500 years as generation after generation passed the skills on to the next.
SAVATE-THAI CROSSTRAINING (STX-Kickboxing)
This hybrid striking system developed by Erik Paulson focuses on explosive techniques in Boxing, Panatukan, Jun Fan/JKD Kickboxing, Savate, and MuayThai (Thai & Dutch metods). In STX Kickboxing, students will learn a blend of elbows, punches and knees from each art. These skills are easily translated in MMA, kickboxing, and self-defense situations. From glove drills, focus mitts, Thai-pads, and sparring, students will have a variety of striking options.
10 Time Title and World Champion Kickboxing & MMA Program
A full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports. Various mixed-style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
The more dangerous vale-tudo-style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with few rules.Later, fighters employed multiple martial arts into their style while promoters adopted additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport.The name mixed martial arts was coined by television critic Howard Rosenberg, in 1993, in his review of UFC 1.The term gained popularity when the website newfullcontact.com, then one of the biggest covering the sport, hosted and reprinted the article.Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.
MMA, also referred to Mixed Martial Arts has been made popular by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC is a competition in which two combatants face off with very limited rules. Punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, chokes, armbars, leglocks and other submissions are all allowed. This class provides the training for NHB competition or for those who want a realistic training environment.
Not every student will become a fighter. There are training options for those that wish to compete in the Octagon cage or ring and there are also options for those that enjoy the training for reasons of self-defense, fitness, fun, hobby and social reasons.
The training intensity is up to the individual to decide. For those that wish to become fighters the training will be high intensity and rigorous in order to prepare for the challenge when stepping inside the cage. Others that don’t fight will often train at a lower intensity. Safety is a key issue. If our students get injured, they can’t train. We take every possible precaution to minimize injuries. There’s no use in practicing martial arts if you’re always too injured to actually participate or protect yourself in a real situation!