Brief summary of the martial arts systems that will be utilized.
All martial arts that M.A.C uses range from very basic techniques to very advanced depending on the student and the martial art itself. The goal of using so many martial art styles is to give each student the tools so that they may choose a personally suited way to best defend themselves. The basis of M.A.C.’s ranking system is that of Shotokan Karate and no other martial art style; however, many techniques from many styles will be used and taught on a regular basis.
The Martial Arts Concepts program bases it’s progression off of Shotokan Karate. Shotokan is, in a nut shell, the art of hitting and not getting hit. It has a very competent footwork base that is about agility and elusiveness. Shotokan is about frustrating your opponent/attacker, and forcing them to make a mistake to land the perfect shot at the most opportune time.
This sweet science is much more about combinations than the aforementioned martial art. It has a very good base stance enabling one to rattle off multiple punches in a short amount of time, while remaining in a stable position to move your head off center if your opponent/attacker decides to throw a punch of their own. Boxing is all about defense and offense working in tandem to create something physically poetic.
Kickboxing, while not as mobile as Shotokan Karate or Boxing, will teach practitioners how to use both hands and feet in distancing and combinations. It has a more upright stance to allow the practitioner to create new and unique combinations with both punches and kicks. Kickboxing is very much an offensive powerhouse type of martial art that will teach the importance in keeping one’s hands up as well as thinking of all striking angles.
The art of eight limbs: two hands, two shins, two elbows, and two knees. Muay Thai is a powerhouse martial art that puts eight striking points together in a very rhythmic, beautiful, but devastating way.
Wrestling, potentially the “oldest” martial art, is about methodically controlling the opponent/attacker. One of the most effective means of martial arts being that you can control where the fight takes place. At M.A.C. we will be practicing purely defensive wrestling techniques so that my students will be able to stay on their feet rather than go down to the ground.
How all of this ties into M.A.C.
Here at M.A.C. we don’t discriminate against any martial art. Different martial art styles may be incorporated at any time if the self-defense, or drill, has potential real life application. M.A.C. acknowledges that many of these styles lack the footwork to get in and out; the head movement to be a difficult to hit target; or the defensive mindedness to have that sense to get out of the “pocket”. This is why M.A.C’s main focus is a blend of Shotokan point fighting, boxing, and kickboxing. These will enable our students to get that sense of timing, distance, and elusiveness to pull out of any precarious positions when necessary. All other martial art style training will be held on “self-defense” day of our 5 day program (depending on what the instructor believes need be worked on). Sometimes one specific martial art style, other times combining these different martial arts together to form something truly unique, exciting, and practical.