Karate for Kids
Roku GoRyu Shorin Ryu Karate (This Class is appropriate for ages 4 & Up) is a Sport-based art containing some of the traditional Matsumura Kata techniques and skills, but combined with higher kicking and faster hand drills. The students are allowed to create their own defenses in conjunction with the formal Kata. Curriculum and mastery for promotion is achieved when the information can be properly taught by a senior to a junior student. Our White Belt classes are for ages 4-adult and teach the basics of escape maneuvers, defense, and core concepts. We offer a 30-minute White belt beginner class to teach the basic Karate etiquette required in the regular classes. This class is MANDATORY for all beginners and graduates will receive a BLACK stripe on their white belt to show their progress. All other belt levels are earned at the individual student’s pace. Sparring becomes a component of Yellow belt and above instruction.
Karate for Adults
Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Karate (Adult ONLY ages 15 & Up) is a traditional style of White Crane Karate using a more upright stance and incorporating a whipping speed to techniques. It is felt that the upright stances allow the fighter to move faster than from the lower power stances. The Kata Matsumura brought back techniques from China and includes others added by Hohan Soken; this makes up the core of the Kata used in all Shorin Ryu styles. It is noted that variations of these same Kata have developed and are used in most styles of Shorin Ryu and can be easily recognized.
Our Kickboxing classes are designed to introduce members to the fundamental strikes and kicks of the Wu Pass Fighting system of Kickboxing while also providing an exciting, high energy workout. Imagine…Kickboxing combined with a CrossFit-style WOD workout! The classes have a rotation for Basics and Advanced curriculums…including sparring days!
It has been proven that the best way to increase lean muscle mass, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and decrease unwanted body fat in a limited amount of time is by interval training. This is done by doing low resistance, intense cardio work in a short period of time (3 minute round) then slowing the heart rate down by doing a higher resistance exercise during the (30 sec.) rest period. This allows everyone, regardless of fitness or skill level, to get their heart rate up to a level that is ideal for them to improve their overall ability to perform, then drop it back down and improve recovery time.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
BJJ’s parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport – a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in all people, and ultimately, a way (Do) of life. BJJ promotes the concept of using proper technique, leverage, and taking the opponent to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training. A premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, and a healthy lifestyle in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
The Tough Pups BJJ program is specifically tailored for children ages 4-6. This class is intended to be an introduction to martial arts while building the coordination, control, strength, and discipline necessary for children to engage in all types of physical activities/sports. In this class, the focus will be on gross motor skill development and the fundamental movements of the grappling arts. This class will allow the children to learn and progress in a group environment that on top of the physical benefits, will also teach them how to take turns and follow instructions among other necessary life skills.
The Scrappy Dogs BJJ program is for ages 7 & up and consists of a basic warm-up, technical instruction, an opportunity for each student to practice their skills against a resisting opponent, and is wrapped up most days with a game. Competitive sporting events are available for those who wish to participate and further develop both their physical and mental skills.
This program is structured to achieve maximum comfort for females interested in pursuing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as this class offers a relaxed, non-threatening environment ideal for the beginner or intermediate student to grow and learn quickly under the guidance of experienced and highly-accomplished coaches & instructors. The women who attend come from all walks of life: students, mothers, business women, military ladies, nurses, etc. You don’t have to be young or fit to start! Our ages currently range from 14 to over 40. Whether you are interested in self defense, fitness, or competition, this class adjusts to meet everyone’s needs.
Fundamentals class is designed for the Beginner/Intermediate student but is still valuable to and attended by grapplers of all levels. This class provides students with a solid foundation in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu theory, strategy, and technique as they apply to self-defense and competition. Classes consist of a warm-up, technical drilling, positional sparring, and free sparring.
A fast paced and more in depth look at Jiu-Jitsu as it applies to competing with increasingly skilled opponents in both the standing and ground phases of combat. Movements from the Fundamentals programs are woven together in succession and students further develop themselves as martial artists by interacting with the most experienced members of the academy.
Heavy focus is placed on flowing movement, drilling transitions and developing an attacking, submission-oriented style of grappling that fits each individual student’s physical and mental attributes. An increased emphasis on extensive live sparring and stand-up grappling allow each individual to challenge themselves progressively as they gain experience. This class is an absolute must for anyone interested in taking their skills to the next level.
Pai Lum Tai Chi
An art embracing the mind, body and spirit – Originating in ancient China, tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey. The flowing movements of tai chi contain much inner strength, like water flowing in a river, beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power—the power for healing and wellness. With consistent practice, people will be able to feel the internal energy (qi 氣), convert it to internal force (jing 勁) and use it to generate more internal energy. This process would greatly enhance tai chi development, leading to a more balanced mental state; at the same time your fitness, agility and balance will improve. The unique feature of tai chi is that it is internal. Internal means building the inner strength from inside out, therefore you can continue to develop at any age. Pai Lum Tai Chi teaches the ‘martial’ (actual combat and fighting techniques) aspects of the internal arts and how they can be applied to improving one’s health, specifically with stress relief and chi.