[toggle title_open=”Close Muay Thai” title_closed=”Open Muay Thai” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”More” read_less_text=”Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]logo2With techniques including kicks, punches and the extensive use of knees and elbows, Muay Thai is often referred to as the science of 8 limbs. It is an effective and brutal martial art originally from Thailand. Muay Thai distinguishes itself from western kickboxing and other standup martial arts by 3 things: the clinch, the Thai low kick and the Thai roundhouse.

The clinch includes some stand up grappling, where the fighter tries to control the opponent’s head and use knees and elbows in this close range to inflict damage. The Thai low kick involves kicking the opponent’s outer thigh with the upper part of the shin. To perform the Thai roundhouse kick, the entire body rotates from the hip and the leg is straight and”locked” just as it makes contact with the opponent. Other standup martial arts, have the tendency to utilize “snappy” kicks, which are faster but less powerful or menacing. It has been said that getting hit with a Thai kick is analogous to being hit by a baseball bat.

Muay Thai or Thai boxing, in its most commonly seen sports form, is a full contact ring fighting often called the “science of eight limbs (hands, elbows, feet, knees).” Thai Boxing can be seen throughout Thailand in hundreds of stadiums and is now gathering popularity throughout the world. Thai Boxers are considered the kings of the ring due to their incredible ring record. The Thai international full contact competitors win over 80% of the time and most of those who do defeat the Thais do it with methods similar to Thai boxing. Currently, Thai Boxing is gaining popularity in many countries due to its simple, yet extremely effective approach to training and combat.Thai Boxing is believed to have started in 1650 when King Naresuen of Siam was captured by the Burmese and offered freedom if he could defeat the Burmese champions. He successfully defeated 12 of the finest Burmese boxers to become a national hero, and instilled the pride of the Thai people making Thai Boxing a national pastime. However, because of Burmese book burning in 1776 the actual origins may be dated back even further.

In its modern form, Thai Boxing is practiced by over 300,000 men, women, and children.Thai Boxing is an adaptation of the Thai military arts. In peacetime the weapons of the battlefield were laid down and the soldiers would fight empty handed to keep their edge. At that time there were few rules, no rounds, and no weight classes. In this time period boxers fought barefooted, their fists and forearms were wrapped in hemp rope and combat was extremely brutal. Training methods were varied. Banana trees were kicked, kneed, and elbowed, softening the tree until it could be wrapped on the trainer’s arms for kicking. This is where the unique creation of the Thai pad got its start.Thai Boxing also has much of its roots in Buddhism. People who see Thai Boxing for the first time often wonder about the pre-fight ritual that takes place before every authentic Thai fight. This ceremony called the Ram Muay is a spiritual ceremony which seals off the ring from outside influences, pays homage to gods, parents, teachers, loved ones, king and country. A great deal of significance is placed on the Ram Muay since it displays the spirit and heart of the fighter.

Both the Ram Muay and the fight itself are accompanied by music from a four piece ensemble. The pace of fight is often dictated by the music played on the side of the ring.Because the Thais quickly adapt to anything which may give them an edge, Thai Boxing has evolved towards greater efficiency for centuries. Most recently they have adapted various Western Boxing techniques, training methods and strategies to their already formidable tools. In the past 50 years Thai Boxing has enjoyed even greater popularity. Modern western style gloves, weight classes, three minute rounds have been adopted. Because of the rigorous nature of its testing ground and directness of its techniques, Thai Boxing and Thai Boxers are some of the most highly respected Martial Artists throughout the world.Muay Thai is known for its rigorous and extreme conditioning. Class begins with an intense warm up which include jumping rope, shadow boxing and other bodyweight exercises. Pad work and drilling with a partner follows to develop power, timing and speed. The basic offensive techniques that are drilled use punches and kicks in the free range and knees and elbows in the clinch. Classes end with some more conditioning, bag work and a cool-down. Sparring is reserved for the more advanced levels under a supervised instructor.

Thai shorts, t-shirt, hand wraps, gloves. If sparring is involved additional equipment such as a mouth-guard, shin pads and headgear are highly recommended.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Close Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” title_closed=”Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”More” read_less_text=”Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]logo2Our Gi and No Gi ranking follow the same ranking systems. our program is led by Lee Douglas BJJ 2nd degree black belt.History and belt ranking informationIn 1907, Kanō Jigorō, the founder of Judo, introduced the use of belts (obi) and gi (judogi) in the martial arts, replacing the practice of training in formal kimonos.[4] In 1914, Kanō’s pupil Mitsuyo Maeda arrived in Brazil, a journey which led to the development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At the time Kanō used only white and black belts, with white representing the beginner, as a color of purity and simplicity, and black being the opposite, representing one who is filled with knowledge.Some believe that Mikonosuke Kawaishi was the first to introduce additional colors in 1935 when he began teaching Judo in Paris, 10 years after Carlos Gracie opened his academy in Brazil. Kawaishi thought that a more structured system of colored belts would provide the western student with visible rewards to show progress, increasing motivation and retention. Since then, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo and many other martial arts have adopted the use of colored belts to denote students’ progression in the arts.

Adult belt ranks

White Belt – White belt is the beginning rank for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students. White belt is the first belt within Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The rank is held by any practitioner new to the art and has no prerequisite. Some instructors and other high-level practitioners think that a white belt’s training should emphasize escapes and defensive positioning since a white belt will often fight from inferior positions, especially when training with more experienced practitioners. Most academies require that a white belt level practitioner works to obtain a well-rounded skills set, with a knowledge of basic offensive moves, such as common submissions and guard passes.

Blue Belt – A general estimate of the time required to obtain a blue belt in most academies is 1 to 2 years.Blue belt is the second adult rank in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At the blue belt level students gain technical knowledge of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and undertake hundreds of hours of mat-time to learn how to implement these moves efficiently. Blue belt is often the rank at which the student learns a large number of techniques. The IBJJF requires that a practitioner be at least 16 years old to receive a blue belt, thereby officially entering into the adult belt system.

Purple Belt – A general estimate of the time required to progress from blue belt to purple belt in most academies is 2 to 3 years. Purple belt is the intermediate adult ranking in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The purple belt level practitioner has gained a large amount of knowledge, and purple belts are generally considered qualified to instruct lower ranked students. In other martial arts, students with a similar amount of experience would often be ranked as a black (instructor) level belt. The IBJJF requires student to be at least 16 years old and have spent a minimum of two years ranked as a blue belt to be eligible for a purple belt, with slightly different requirements for those graduating directly from the youth belts.

Brown Belt – Aside from the exceptional belts awarded at the highest levels, brown belt is the highest ranking color belt Brown belt typically requires at least five years of training to achieve. It is often thought of as a time for refining techniques. The IBJJF requires that students be at least 18 years old and have spent a minimum of 18 months as a purple belt to be eligible for a brown belt.

Black Belt – As with many other martial arts, the black belt is the highest common belt within Brazilian jiu-jitsu, denoting an expert level of technical and practical skill. Estimates of the time required to achieve the rank vary, but all holders of this rank have thousands of hours of experience. Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts are often addressed within the art as professor, although some schools and organizations reserve this honorific for more senior black belts. The IBJJF requires that a student be at least 19 years old and have spent a minimum of 1 year ranked as a brown belt to be eligible for a black belt.

Black and red Belt – Current IBJJF regulations places the time it takes to progress from a sixth degree black belt to seventh degree black-and-red belt at seven years. When a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reaches the seventh and eighth degree, she or he is awarded an alternating red-and-black belt similar to the one earned at the sixth degree in Judo. This belt is also called a coral belt. Black-and-red belt holders are very experienced practitioners, most of whom have made a large impact on Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Holders of red-and-black belts are often addressed within the art by the title master.Red belt – Current IBJJF regulations places the time it takes to progress from a 8th degree red-and-black belt to 9th degree red belt at 10 years. According to Renzo & Royler Gracie, in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the red belt is reserved “for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art” It is awarded in lieu of a ninth and tenth degree black belt. A practitioner who receives his or her black belt at 19 years old, the earliest they could expect to receive a ninth degree red belt would be at the age of 67. Brazilian jiu-jitsu red belt holders are often addressed within the art by the title grandmaster.[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Close Wrestling” title_closed=”Open Wrestling” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”More” read_less_text=”Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]logo2Wrestling is an extremely demanding activity, two opponents attempt to gain physical control of each other and pin the opponent’s shoulders to the mat. Wrestling requires skill, quickness, strength and cardiorespiratory conditioning. To avoid injury, this activity should only be done by experienced wrestlers or with the supervision of a qualified wrestling coach.

Cardio respiratory: Aerobic/Anaerobic/Interval
Fitness Benefits
Cardio respiratory, Flexibility, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Body Fat Reduction

Fitness Requirements
Cardio respiratory
Muscular Strength
Muscular Endurance

Coordination/Skill Primary muscles: shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back (latissimus dorsi, trapezius), hip abductors, hip abductors, obliques, abdominal, neck, chest and quadriceps

Assistance muscles: hamstrings, calves, lower back (erector spinal), hip flexors and forearms.Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.094 Calories per minute per pound of body weight[/toggle]

[toggle title_open=”Close MMA” title_closed=”Open MMA” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”More” read_less_text=”Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]logo2Our MMA program is based of belt promotion just like the no gi program.MMA stands for mixed martial arts. There are several arts that contribute to MMA. There are the striking arts of karate, kung fu, muay thai, boxing and many more. There are the grappling arts of Jiu Jitsu, modern wrestling, submission grappling. Mixed martial arts combines both the striking and grappling arts. There are several major sporting events that fighters can test their skill. Fighters can win by Knockout, by submission, or judges decision.[/toggle]

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