current classes and programs
Mixed martial arts first became popular in the United States in 1993. The UFC, Pride Fighting Championships and King of the Cage were among the first MMA event organizers. MMA training includes stand up striking, takedowns, ground fighting and submissions and is the most dynamic combination for all fighting situations.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
In 1915, Esai Maeda Koma (a Jigoro Kano Judo student) brought Judo from Japan to Brazil. Maeda trained Carlos Gracie. Carlos altered and adapted Judo to fit his family’s genectic strengths and weaknesses, thus Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born. First adopted by the US Army Rangers, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is now the preferred fighting style for all branches of the US Armed Forces. The most efficient ground fighting and grappling art available today, BJJ was developed to counteract differences in size and strength and is beneficial in all situations for self defense.
From 1238-1377 Muay Thai was the highly esteemed martial art for nobility in Thailand. It was developed and used as a weaponless self-defense system in combat situations, mandatory for the King’s elite guards. In 1920, Bangkok,Muay Thai Boxing became an organized sport and is now the national sport of Thailand, practiced round the world. Muay Thai focuses on stand up striking – training punches, elbows, knees and kicks. It is also beneficial for increasing hand and foot speed, building endurance, and increasing explosiveness.
Training basic martial arts skills across several disciplines builds a healthy confidence and strength in children and can even be beneficial for self-control, focus and ADD/ADHD. Our kid’s classes teach respect and discipline and are a fun way to learn takedowns, grappling and striking. For ages 6 & up, or based on evaluation.
Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people throw punches at each other, usually with gloved hands. Historically, the goals have been to weaken and knock down the opponent. While people have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, the origin of boxing as an organized sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States.
Judo was developed in 1882 in Japan by Jigoro Kano. Judo was the foundation that Japanese Jiu-jitsu was developed from. In 1910, Judo was recognized as an Olympic sport and participated in the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden. During WWII, Judo was taught as a combat skill to Allied special forces. Judo focuses on explosive takedowns and throws and is very effective at training balance, coordination and the ability to adapt.
Submission Wrestling (Grappling) is essentially no-gi Jiu-Jitsu. Submission techniques are taught in stand up and ground fighting situations. Submission wrestling is necessary for all fighting martial arts and self-defense situations, as training involves specific and effective joint locks, chokes, and takedowns.
Hand Combat Self-Defense
Class blends fundamental self-defense techniques with advanced close-quarter maneuvers (hand to hand combat) more commonly used in security, police and military training. This class focuses on use of attacks and counter-attacks to efficiently defend yourself and/or neutralize an assailant. Class combines various skills, like hand-fighting, weapons defense, kickboxing, judo, and wrestling – including scenario-based training and sparring.