Training Philosophy & Curriculum
All martial arts have a certain amount of danger associated with their study and there is always a certain amount of pain involved, but there is such a thing as smart training. It doesn’t make any sense if we come to the dojo to learn to protect ourselves, if all we do is end up getting injured in the process…a few bruises, aches and pains are one thing, an injury is another. Train smart and train long!
– Sensei Hayes
The warrior ideal is one of embracing training on a daily basis so it becomes a part of who they are. The training only gets more demanding technically and physically as the student progresses. This is meant to challenge the student to push to higher levels of performance. Pushing to higher levels of performance will help cultivate mental toughness as well as physical toughness along the way. This gives the individual the ability to endure even when there is nothing left. The methods of our training are designed to teach you your limitations and how to push past them to new levels. This is easier said than done. But with the right mind set and attitude can be rewarding if achieved.
(How we train)
Our approach to training involves a combination of drilling methods and the study of “scenarios” to develop a working strategy. The drills build muscle memory for good basic skills while strengthening and conditioning. The scenarios provide the contemporary settings in which to apply the historical techniques handed down through the densho (scrolls of knowledge).
A typical class has two components to it:
Practice covers the continued refinement of the basic skills. Practice is meant to strengthen and condition while building good habits that are instinctual. Every class starts with a warm-up of rolling, leaping, and break falls while utilizing basic movement skills. This develops better balance while conditioning and strengthening the body within the skill and not outside of it. We then go on to work on striking skills of punching and kicking using the 16 different fists for another 15-30 minutes. We utilize various drills to allow the practitioner to practice and better understand not only the mechanics but the dynamics involved to properly deliver a strike. Some striking drills are done against targets hand held by another student which allows the practitioner to strike the target hard and to push through using the “whole” body. Other drills teach transition from defense to offense while developing proper timing and distancing. Combination drills teach the practitioner how to transition from one strike to another in a seamless series of movements. Our methods and approach to the basics are unique comparatively!
(Understanding Today Through Yesteryear)
The second half of class is considered training. This time is spent on the study of scenarios that utilize the historical katas or techniques that involve either armed or unarmed situations. The basics are continually point out in the scenarios to drive the importance of practicing basics. The complete scenario creates a backdrop for the study of strategy and tactics for the techniques. This allows the concepts to be adapted to more contemporary situations for today. This is one of our primary focuses!
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (In a Local Park unless there is rain – Dojo then)
Tuesday: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dojo)
Thursday: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dojo)
Important! ~ Requirements For Joining!!!
You must contact the dojo stating your name, age, occupation and then answer the following questions listed below to determine if you meet the requirements:
- You must not have a police record (primarily a felony).
- You must be in good mental and physical health.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be a serious and committed student willing commit to the regular training. (If you are looking for a hobby this is not it!).
If you meet the criteria to the requirements you will be invited to observe a workout to further understand what we do and what you would be committing to. Observation is by Appointment Only.
If you are not going to make your scheduled appointment, courtesy would dictate that you let us know to potentially reschedule.