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Most people lead very busy lives. As a result, they never seem to find time to do healthy things; like getting enough exercise, relieving pent-up anxiety, or learning a useful skill. Even when people do, they rarely keep at it, simply because it gets boring or becomes less challenging (like continuing to go to the gym after four months into the new year). This is why practicing martial arts is a great alternative because you are constantly learning new skills and abilities while trying to retain what you have already learned. So, it's less likely to get monotonous than a more mundane routine. And, not only will the activity serve as a great means of being in-shape, but it can relieve stress better than using a less dynamic exercise (a treadmill, for example). Unlike going to the gym as an adult, or playing youth sports that one cannot make into a lifestyle outside of the professional level after high school/college, martial arts allows for a lifestyle that throws in an interesting spice that can be utilized anywhere and at any age as a skillset.
Martial arts can provide a way to help reduce or maintain excess weight, gain strength and endurance, increase self-confidence, develop habits of discipline, as well as enable you with an ability to protect yourself and your loved ones. Another, very unspoken, perk to this kind of activity over the gym or a solo-type hobby is the camaraderie that exists; especially one that does not disappear after the sport season ends when it comes to the junior students. Many of us see the faces in our craft come and go too often; or more awkwardly, faces you see all the time but never talk to (i.e., that one guy who always stares at you while you are unknowingly staring at him in between sets by the shoulder press machine). Here, it is very hard to not get acquainted, and befriend, people with common values while one of them is trying to simulate a Rear Naked Choke. There has to be a certain level of trust among training partners, which therefor creates a type of bond that we find very unique and strong compared to that of other sports or the workplace. It's the perfect alternative when it comes to choosing a physical activity, sport, skill, or hobby!
Although we utilize the Gi and belt ranks in class and in ceremonies, we are technically a Mixed Martial Arts school. We teach several styles in all our classes in a mainstream fashion. In other words, we don't teach a "Muay Thai" class followed by a "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" class. All the styles of martial arts that we offer are taught to all the classes (with some limitations to the Junior students). Anyone who walks through our doors will learn the same techniques as everyone else. The styles of martial art that we teach are:
Kuk Sool, Muay Thai, No Gi Judo, and No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Our mission is to create well-rounded martial artists who know how to deal with all kinds of self-defense situations and scenarios. Although we do compete from time to time, our main focus is self-defense. We would much rather our students place 3rd at a tournament than be caught in a immediate survival situation where lethal force could be used against them; or in a less lethal, yet violent, bullying situation at school without a teacher in sight while their skills and paradigms are limited to a ring with rules, regulations, and compassionate judges to break things up.
Kuk Sool is a very comprehensive, traditional (hence, the gi's and belts) Korean martial art that has a broad spectrum of techniques under its umbrella. From kicks to punches, throwing techniques to falling techniques, joint locks to pressure points, and traditional weapons training to unarmed defense against an armed opponent, this style was meant to serve as its own stand alone mixed martial art using a compilation of Korean techniques, founded as "Kuk Sool Won" in 1958. Although it was the first style our school had to offer its students at our current location, we felt as time passed that more great techniques in existence around the world could (and therefor should) be taught within our walls. The former Owner and Chief Instructor of our school did a great job of keeping his students and his current successor opened minded to new and different techniques, and we continue to hunt, filter, and refine what we teach to our students for maximum effectiveness.
Muay Thai, the intense sport-styled descendent of the Southeast Asian art of Kun Khmer, was the first style we added to our curriculum. This addition has greatly complimented our punching, kicking, blocking, and strike evasion abilities at our facility over the past several years. While Kuk Sool has a great variety of striking and flashy ways to deal with someone else striking at you, Muay Thai definitely gives you the ability to add an insane amount of power to your strikes and teaches efficient ways to deal with incoming strikes. This style entails boxing styled punches, kicks, elbow strikes, knee kicks, sweeping the opponent off of their feet onto the ground in some cases, and some other surprises.
Judo is a Japanese throwing art, descended from Japanese Jiu Jitsu, designed originally to eliminate, paralyze, or otherwise distract in a painful manner one's opponent on the battle field (as it kind of hurts to kick and punch someone else's armor). About 76 years before Kuk Sool was founded as an official fighting system, Judo was founded as a official sport where the techniques were formally structured and altered so that opponents would not land in a manner that severely injured themselves when thrown to the ground. While Kuk Sool has some very basic (and therefor tried and true) throws and take downs, Judo is much more in-depth on taking people to the ground. There are also components of Judo that allow one to capitalize on taking their opponent to the ground such as joint locking. The term "No Gi" refers to practicing similar or variations of the traditional techniques taught in this style without the Gi (martial arts jacket). The purpose for us doing this is purely practical; most people in our locality don't walk around in thick, sleeved cotton material that does not give when pulled on. Due to this loss of leverage one can have over his or her opponent when grappling, one must have a more technical understanding of the technique being utilized...rather than "muscling" the target.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is our most recent addition to our curriculum. It is a Brazilian adaptation of Japanese Jiu Jitsu (first reportedly utilized in 1532); a compilation of striking, grappling, and joint locking. Along with the styles mentioned above, the original intention was for war, and was later altered to fit a tournament setting with minimized risk of injury. The main difference between Japanese Jiu Jitsu (JJJ) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is routed in their ideology. JJJ encourages one to utilize their physical attributes over a smaller or weaker opponent in a fast-paced encounter. BJJ was reengineered by the locals (most notably Helio Gracie) when a renowned JJJ student moved to Brazil and began teaching this art. As decades past, the Gracie family brought their BJJ into America, where it exploded in popularity. The reason for this, on its face, is that this reengineered form of JJJ almost completely inverts the premise of it; allowing the smaller, weaker, or positionally dominated opponent to still have a significant chance to win their match or defend themselves in a self-defense scenario.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
3807 Louetta Rd, Spring, TX 77388, US
05:30 pm – 09:00 pm
While we do have regular hours from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, we do teach private lessons outside of these hours of operation. Please visit our Private Lessons page for more details. We also host birthday parties, self-defense seminars, and other exciting events! Please check out our Monthly Calendar & Events page for more information. Or, by all means, reach out to us so we can connect!