Modern Training in Traditional Martial Arts

This page is about our traditional program for teens and adults,  for our more adventurous adult  program click here!

Our Teen and Adult Martial Arts Program is for students looking to gain strength and flexibility by using their tools of kicks, punches, joint locks and pressure points, while making new friends and having a great time doing it.

We are not a Tournament or Sport Karate School and we are not a Cage Fighting School. Like the old farmers in Okinawa, we teach practical martial arts skills that really work for everyday situations!

Get Better with Age!

Tournaments are fun but not very practical for actual self-defense training.  Likewise, Cage fighting emphasizes incredible tactics for winning -in the cage.  Clearly, these athletes can protect themselves in most situations and while we may love to watch these fights, they are still a sport.  After all, in the real world there are no weight classes, no timed rounds, no weapon restrictions and certainly no referee to save you!  In fact, many times a cage fight will be stopped by the referee, due to a groin strike or a thumb jab to the eye.  This is so that the match may continue “fairly.”  Attacks in real life are rarely fair or mutually planned ahead.

Our classes are not only a lot of fun but they deal with common types of attacks, they deal with multiple attackers, armed and unarmed.  You will learn how to protect yourself while on the ground, how to avoid going to the ground and how to strike vulnerable targets with unbelievable power!  Below are listed some of the attributes of our program:

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  • Learn simple warm-ups and stretches that will increase your fitness and flexibility in as little and two or three months!
  • Adults train in easy-to-learn escapes from common attacks, thereby increasing their confidence and ability to confront life!
  • Extremely effective techniques regardless of your strength level, size, or age.
  • Tons of fun, in a safe and comfortable atmosphere so you can “blow off some steam” at the end of a long day!

Vital points on the body

You don’t have to take our word for it.  Look around and see how many older masters are still kicking head level.  How many are still performing those cool looking acrobatic kicks, much less actually using them for self-defense.  As for cage fighting, only a few gentleman are pushing the envelope by continuing to fight as they approach their mid forties!

The martial artists who train in the traditional (ancient) martial arts can still handle multiple opponents half their age and twice their weight!  And they are not plagued with a list of old injuries from the martial sport years? How do they do it?  They move with incredible timing and hit their opponents in just the right place.  When you train in a true martial art, where movement is based on timing and footwork and where power is a result of fluid movement and body weight, you can only get better with age.  A true “martial art” is an art that you can use at any age and helps you stay active longer.  When you train in a “martial sport”, that is, an activity that is based on speed and muscle (with martial applications), you develop skills that will fade with time as you lose muscle tone and speed -just like any other athlete.  A true martial art is one that you can grow old with.  However, a martial sport just makes you grow old faster as you wear out your “parts” and accumulate injuries.

With our program you will quickly begin to gain confidence in your skills, improve your fitness level, release stress, and have fun in your training.  Thereby, making this the perfect system for anyone wanting to learn a very versatile, easy to learn and effective martial art!  Get started today or check out our modular training program if you have a very demanding schedule but want practical defense training.

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A Little More Information: Karate-Do vs. Karate-jutsu

What is Karate?  Simply put, it means “Empty Hand” (originally it meant “China Hand” but the meaning was changed in 1939).  In either case, it is a fairly generic term like the word “car” or “movie”.  To get a little technical there are probably 4 main types of Karate and hundreds of different variations.  But all of them fit into more or less of a type of Karate-Do or Karate-Jutsu category.

The meaning of the word “Jutsu” is “Science” or “Method”.  In martial arts, the term “Jutsu” is used in reference to the techniques and strategies used in practical self-defense. The word “Do” means “The Way of” or “The Path”.  “Do” implies that the focus of training is the perfection of character.  “Karate-Jutsu” is more of the application of Karate in real life combat situations.  Whereas, “Karate-Do” would be the practice of martial arts discipline in order to develop the character through rigorous training.  Karate-Do was born out of Karate-Jutsu.  In fact it is only a part of Karate-Jutsu, after it was watered downed for school children around 1901.

Adult Karate Training

Kara Te Calligraphy

However, you could consider them to be two sides of the same coin.  If you train in a “Karate-Do” method only, it might be a bit like having an ivory tower mentality.  Even the sport Karate tournaments don’t prepare you to defend against sticks, chains, guns and knives.  And since you can’t really learn how to swim without getting in the water, there is something missing.  And if you only study a “Karate-Jutsu” method without the study of the ethics of combat, then you are just making bullies and ego-maniacs.  They need a little of each other to work, just like the original recipe.

So what did they teach school children in Okinawa?  Karate-Do contains the same movements as Karate-Jutsu in the sequence of the formal exercises called Kata (KAH-tah) or forms.  However, the interpretation of what those moves represent and how you apply them is vastly different!  These interpretations or applications are called Bunkai, pronounced BOON-Kye.  The masters at the time knew that most children will do exactly what you tell them not to do.  If you tell kids not to fight no matter what … you know it’s just a matter of time before they do.  So why would you want them to know how to break bones, attack organs or “hack” into people’s nervous systems?  Of course you wouldn’t.

The better solution was to change the Bunkai interpretation!  You would change how the arm was positioned to make punches less dangerous.  You wouldn’t want them to know how the Kata movements actually map out the vital targets on a person; instead you would call them blocks.  However, there are no blocks in traditional Kata!  You wouldn’t want children to know how to dislocate joints with trigger points on the nerves.  Besides, there are so many great things for a student to benefit from Kata training.  Minimally, there is the memorization skills, the coordination, the flexibility and the improved focus.  After you include the great philosophy, you’ve got a pretty good kids program.

Adult Self Defense

The father of modern Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, utilizing a wrist pressure point and targeting another point on the face.

The only problem was that the masters never thought about the kids growing up and that they would spread that version of Karate all over the world.  And when the American soldiers where in Okinawa and Japan training with these masters, they too were taught children’s Karate.  These Karate masters were not about to teach their secrets to a foreign military.  After all, the Okinawans created their martial arts out of the pressures put on them by the Japanese Samurai, another foreign military too.  These American soldiers returned home from overseas and perpetuated the “partial arts” they had honestly devoted so much of their lives to.

This Karate-Do type of training has also encompassed the national Korean sport called, Taekwondo (The way of the hand and foot).  Japan occupied Korea for 40 years!  Japanese martial artists taught in Korea during that occupation.  When they left, the Koreans “borrowed” sequences from the Japanese Kata and added the high kicks from their ritual dance called Taekyon to the regimen.  A group of masters met in 1955 to formally announce the new sport and chose a general name that sounded similar to the old dance ritual.  More modern versions of Taekwondo have incorporated the high kicks into their Kata these days.  But the older, original Taekwondo Kata look just like rearranged Japanese/Okinawan kata.  In fact, some of the Kata where never even changed at all.

“What do you want to train in… partial arts or a true martial science?”

So as you may have guessed, our adult program focuses on the practical side of Karate.  It still contains the philosophy of avoiding a fight whenever possible.  And we only teach it from a defensive point of view.  But training in Karate-Do only, is much like singing a great song in a foreign language.  You love the beat and you can kind of sing the lyrics.  But you probably have no idea what you are saying.  People who train in Karate-Do are not wrong and they most certainly are not wasting their time.

However, you have to ask yourself what is it that you want to learn?  What skills are you willing to give up your time for?  What do you want to train in… partial arts or a true martial science? I recommend to check the following link http://megaboxsack.com/sprossenwand-kaufen/ if boxing is something you want to get into.

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