Taekwondo is a Korean martial art created by General Choi Hong Hi and others in the late 1940's. It was built on a foundation of ancient Korean styles dating back to the 14th century, with additional influences from Shotokan Karate and Chinese Wushu. Stylistically, it is very similar to Karate, with a special emphasis on fast, powerful kicking techniques.
At Royal west Martial Arts, we build our martial arts arsenal on a foundation of traditional Taekwondo. We practice the original Blue Cottage (ITF) style of Taekwondo, including the time-honored tenents of courtesy, integrity, perserverence, self-control, and indominable spirit.
At Royal West Martial Arts, we believe that a person's safety is their responsibility. We believe in teaching realistic techniques that will keep our students safe from those who would take advantage of them. Besides teaching strong, practical techniques, our self defense curriculum emphasizes assertiveness, conflict resolution, situational awareness, avoiding danger, and understanding of relevant legal and ethical questions regarding self defense. Our self-defense seminars are open to the public. Students are required to attend these seminars as a condition of rank advancement. See our downloadable Self Defense Handbook for more information on this program.
Brazillian Jiu Jitsu is a system of grappling and groundfighting developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie, based on Koryu Jujutsu techniques originally used by early warring-states Japanese Samurai. Gracie Jiu Jitsu emphasizes command of the ground game through dominating position and submission techniques.
We currently do not have a Jiu Jitsu program. For those interested in Jiu Jitsu, we recommend our friends at Paul Tom's Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Okinawan Kobudo (sometimes called Ryukyu Kobujutsu) is a name given to several styles of improvised weapons and hand-to-hand combat tactics practiced by the peasant class when the Japanese Empire annexed Okinawa in the early 1600's. The roots of these styles date back much earlier. While it is difficult to put names or dates on much of Kobudo's history, it was probably imported from China to the Ryukyu Kingdoms with Buddhism in the 8th Century. Kobudo's main weapons include the Bo, the Sai, the Nunchaku, and the Kama. Most modern Kobudo schools also incorporate Japanese Kenjutsu for mastery of the Samurai Katana.
Kodokan Judo is a Japanese Sport similar to wrestling, developed by Kano Jigaro in the late 1800's. It emphasizes throwing (nagewaza), pinning (katamewaza), and submission (shimewaza and kansetsuwaza) techniques. It is based on Koryu Jujutsu, and shares a similar lineage to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There is significant overlap between Judo and Jiu Jitsu, and some see Jiu Jitsu as an alteration or expansion upon Judo's newaza (ground grame). In fact, Maeda Mitsuyo - who is sometimes considered the grandfather of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - was a student under Kano at the Kodokan.
Judo is an invaluable addition to one's martal arts training. Nagewaza and katamewaza are great ways to immobilize and disable opponents. Ukemiwaza (falling) not only protects you during Judo training, but can save your life and prevent injury during self defense and more common real-world scenarios.
"The most effective exercise is the one you'll do."
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Martial Arts is ideal for people of any body type or physical condition, because its graded ranking system steadily increases physical demands. Martial Arts will challenge your cardiovascular endurance and intensity, muscle strength, flexability, coordination, and balance. Students who have only recently started thinking about physical fitnees will find introductory classes to be comfortably challenging. Students who are already in terrific shape will continue to be challenged as they attend higher-intensity classes and perform on a physically advanced level.
More importantly, martial arts are fun! The further in your training you go, the more engaging and accelerated your personal progression becomes. Physical fitness, just like financial peace or academic achievement or any other personal progression, is 80% behavior, and 20% head knowledge. The key to a successful exercise program is not having the most scientifically sound training program. Rather, they key is to do something consistently. Our programs are sustainable, making them a great way to get regular exercise!
That being said, no program is a silver bullet. You will get out of your training exactly as much as you put into it. If you half-a your training, you will get half-a results. We believe in personal responsibility, and that includes being accountable first and foremost to yourself. Never cheat yourself!
Mr. Miyagi: Why train?
Daniel: So I won't have to fight.
Mr Miyagi: Miyagi have hope for you.
(Quote from The Karate Kid)
Arguably the most significant personal benefit to martial arts training is the determination and self-confidence that is developed through goal-setting, overcoming adversity, and understanding how to stand up for and defend oneself. Confident people carry themselves differently. Confidence is communicated subconsciously to employers, peers, and others. Confident people are far less likely to be attacked or abused. Confidence lends itself to personal success in all areas of life.
Our programs are designed to build leadership skills and values into our practitioners. Our Black Belts are competent and strong team leaders in their communities and inside the studio. The confidence and leadership you discover in your martial arts career will help you rise to leadership positions in other areas of your life, and perform those duties competently and decisively.
Discipline is an individual's ability to delay pleasure, submit their desires and appetites to their morals, and overcome personal shortcomings in pursuit of a higher vision. Discipline is developed when excellence is the expectation, personal accountability is the protocol, and respect for self and others is the culture. This is the case at Royal West Martial Arts. We are a traditional school, and traditional respect is expected of all students. Students of all ages are expected to show appropriate respect to instructors, parents, and other students. Students will be encouraged to set personal goals, and work hard to achieve them. Our desire is to work in partnership with parents, spouses, and family members to build a community of support, encouragement, and accountability.