What are the differences between Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu?
Taekwondo is a martial art originating from South Korea that places a lot of focus on self-discipline and physical aptitude, through drilling techniques, practicing forms, and technical sparring. It utilizes punches, kicks, and blocks in a complex and detailed system that encourages dexterity and precision. Muay Thai is a type of boxing that comes from Thailand, and it is taught through cardio-intensive drills. Its style differs from Taekwondo in that it focuses on punching more than kicking, but it still utilizes kicks with different details. It also employs a minor component of grappling, with head clinches and catching your partner's kicks. Jiu Jitsu hails from Brazil and is a form strictly using grappling techniques. As opposed to impact training with strikes, it teaches tactical submissions on joints and muscles by maintaining constant contact with the other person. All three have different instructional mindsets but they all work to complement one another through a comprehensive blend of Mixed Martial Arts that we offer.
What is a Gi?
A Gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt. The fabric construction of these three pieces is reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners regard their Gi in the same way a knight would their regard their armor. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi site the more technical advantages of grappling with a Gi. Other martial arts that we offer use a school standard uniform, as opposed to a gi that must be consistent with IBJJF rules.
What are the rankings for each discipline?
The progress of a student is typically marked with a series of colored belts. Taekwondo uses a system of numerous belts that you test for every few months, until you reach Black Belt to demonstrate your completion of the "basics" in the style. It is at that point that you will be prepared to blend it all together to become a true martial artist. The ranking changes at that point to further develop a Black Belt's ability.
For Jiu-Jitsu, the system of belt ranking is much shorter than Taekwondo. Often, schools award stripes to mark progression, totaling four stripes per belt until Black. Each stripe takes a few months to a year to obtain, depending on the belt itself. Additionally, the length of time on each belt varies based upon the belt color itself, but students typically remain with a belt for a longer period of time. However, a Black Belt is only given to individuals by their instructors who they feel they have mastered the art. Black belts are typically awarded one stripe every three years up to ten stripes. There are special classifications for black belt fighters and instructors.
Muay Thai uses armbands as opposed to belts, but still employs a color system. At the academy, we use single and double armbands to mark higher ranks within a single color. Progressing to the next level is dictated by time spent and dedication to training, not solely based on physical prowess within the class.
Is martial arts safe?
At the Academy, safety is paramount. Accidents may happen, however, the largest contributing factors to injury are lack of seriousness during training and careless application of technique. Our instructors and experienced students will ensure all classmates adhere to the safety standards taught in class.
Is martial arts good exercise?
Many types of martial arts can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while training provides a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce your body fat while improving your balance, coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.
What do I wear for my first Intro Class?
The best thing to wear to a first class is a t-shirt and shorts. A mouthpiece is also recommended and although it's not required. It is recommended that men wear an athletic support.
What is a typical class like?
Class begins with light calisthenics and stretching. Following the warm-up, we begin drilling technique. Repetition is important when practicing these drills to help build muscle memory and to mentally retain the techniques. After drilling is completed, then we begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual physical altercation.