What are the classes like?
Our program is built off the framework of performance and positive psychology. Train in a healthy and safe environment using progressive training methods designed to give you more confidence, self-defense skills and fitness levels.
The Chinese Boxing program helps elevate a beginners fitness levels as well as awareness through proper body feel; learning proper body mechanics and reactions through balance and body alignment.
To see some videos of what we do, check out the class videos page.
What can you expect in our class?
There are many things you will learn during your training sessions to help accelerate the your results in your martial arts development.
Our classes will not only help you build endurance so you can last through not only a training session, but also a potential conflict. By developing a basic level of conditioning you will get more benefit from the classes and techniques being offered.
Conditioning portion of the class is typically about 10 minutes and includes:
- Joint mobility - These simple exercises will help not only to prevent injury and improve your overall athletic performance and strengthen your body; but also aid your range of motion (of your joints), increase your coordination and help with any aches and pains you may be experiencing.
- Conditioning exercises - Through various solo and partner exercises to improve strength, power and flexibility.
The basic training drills are broken down further into:
- Working on structure - balance and body alignment
- Footwork and Stances
- Striking - Punching & Kicking
- Defensive Skills - How to avoid being struck, grabbed (clinched) etc.
- Basic Break-falling in order to learn how to fall safely in the event you get taken down
Training the basics will help you develop your technique and your cardiovascular system, reinforcing offensive and defensive skills practiced in a structured manner allowing one time to retain any tendency of their own choosing.
The idea is to present you, the student, with choices and insight so you can "free yourself from the restriction of stylized methods".
Skill development goes beyond the basics and is where you start working on power, speed, sensitivity and reactionary training drills to sharpen the basic tools. Building quicker reflexes, speed and better timing allows you to react and move faster to an opponent's intent. These include:
- Power Training Drills - In order to help you develop power and explosive force in all your techniques. The power starts with "sectional power" training with a goal to be able to develop "whole body power".
- Reactionary Drills - These drills work on enhancing your reflexes, speed and timing, and requires you to be in a calm relaxed state of mind. Because explosive power alone isn't any good if you don't have the speed / reactions to deliver it!
- Sensitivity Drills - The sensitivity drills allow the student to achieve a higher level of proficiency in a shorter period of time and is one of the ways a smaller person can overcome a larger opponent.
- Principles of Movement & Strategy - your lessons will also give you the parameters necessary where you will eventually be able to spontaneously create your own 'technique'. The reasoning being that every person is different and it is quite impossible to memorize specific techniques for every single encounter you might face.
Ultimately the Non-Classical Chinese Boxing training is based on cultivating natural power and speed, and its application to fighting as a whole and use principles that allow you to move from one range to the next. All of the drills and principles you will learn will teach you to "absorb what is useful"... with the idea that there are no 'systems' - only people moving in a relationship to one another.
PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE DRILLS
The progressive resistance drills come into play in nearly every facet of our training. And all new students begin with progressive resistance training within the first week or two of class.
Because training using progressive resistance allows you the opportunity to begin training against unrehearsed attacks fairly early on... much like a laboratory type experience in school.
In the beginning we start with simple isolation drills where defensive skills are taught, and we are careful not to let it get too intense and always strive to keep things playful. As you get better, the intensity will gradually increase.
Besides working on defense against punches and kicks, we will also cover how to defend, counter and escape the most common grappling attacks you may encounter on the street (including standing and ground fighting).
The great thing about this type of training is that it will allow you to engage in free flow type of combative movements in a relatively short period of time.
Self-defense techniques taught as part of our regular JKD - Chinese Boxing classes cover not only how to deal with punches or kicks, but also how to counter the most common attacks through counter-grappling skills as well as with impact oriented techniques. These skills deal with simple techniques against common attacks of physical violence you may encounter such as:
- Bear Hugs
- The "Mount"
- Sucker punch
- Edged Weapon vs Empty Hand
- Blunt Impact Weapon vs Empty Hand
- and more...