About The Art
Wado-Ryu Karate is a Japanese martial art founded by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei in 1934. After studying Shotokan, and the Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu, Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado Ryu Karate as he felt it is a softer, more natural means of self-protection. Wado Ryu meaning "Way of Peace" and Karate Do meaning "Way of the Empty Hand" formed the full title Wado Ryu Karate Do. This was because, Ohtsuka Sensei's primliminary idea was to use Wado Ryu as a means of solving problems in a non-violent way; thus without the use of weapons.
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a version of unarmed combat designed for the purpose of self-defense. It is the scientific use of the body in the method of self-defense; a body that has gained the ultimate use of its facilities through physical and mental training.
It is a martial art that has no equal in either power or technique. Though it is a martial art, its discipline, technique and mental training are the mortar for building a strong sense of justice fortitude humility and resolve. It is this mental conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the sensationalist, content with mastering only the fighting aspects of the art.
Translate literally “TAE” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot, “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way – the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.
Thus taken collectively “Tae kwon-Do” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defense as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the moving opponent or opponents.
The word "jiu jitsu" means using minimal power and maximum technique in order to defeat your opponent. The more your opponent fights with force, the more force that a person practicing jiu jitsu has to use. Within each jiu jitsu student, certain principles are instilled that follow the practice's ultimate meaning, including the idea that when forces collide, there is destruction. In addition, a massive force only needs a minimal force in order to redirect it. Finally, the practice identifies that yielding is more effective than resisting, so this is often encouraged within the practice of the form.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground and, as a result, provides greater position for striking or submission holds. BJJ has been proven, when used properly, to be an effective method for dealing with bigger and stronger opponents and has become increasingly popular due in part to its great success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It can be trained for self defense, sport grappling (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts competition and has found its way into the training regiment of nearly every successful martial artist worldwide.
American Freestyle Kickboxing
American kickboxing, also known as Full-Contact kickboxing, is a combat sport. A combination of Karate kicks and boxing punches, it was invented in 1970. While American kickboxing allows full contract blows with the fists and feet, participants are not allowed to strike below the waist. This form of kickboxing is known to focus on speed, motion strategies and footwork.
Goju Ryu Karate, originally known as Naha Te, developed as an empty hand system of defense derived from ancient techniques imported to Okinawa from China by Kanryo Higashionna. After Higashionna’s death, his senior student Chojun Miyagi carried on the Naha Te traditions that have become known as Goju Ryu.
Goju-Ryu is a traditional Okinawan style of karate with an extensive history.
The translation of the word Goju-Ryu actually means “hard-soft style,” which refers to the closed hand techniques (hard) and open hand techniques and circular movements (soft) that comprise this martial art, which is based in Chinese principles. Goju-Ryu combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and punches with softer circular techniques for blocking and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. Major emphasis is given to correct breathing, body strengthening and conditioning.
Krav Maga ("contact combat") is a non-competitive eclectic self-defense system developed in Israel that involves boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling techniques, 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 Hungarian-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 Israel, 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. www.kravmaga.com