I will be teaching every third Thursday night of the month (advanced class), starting on Thursday, 2/21/13 (7:00-8:30 PM). The class will be a lighter version of my Sunday class. Please bring gloves (boxing gloves are preferred), shin pads, mouth piece, and cup. The class is very safe (and fun) and you don’t have to spar if you don’t want to.
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3rd Thursday of the Month – Advanced Classes (sparring, pad work, footwork, takedown defense, cardio)
“The one that controls the distance, controls the fight”
In a combative situation, both you and the enemy are at blows with each other. Whether it is hundreds of meters away from each other on the battlefield or within the confines of a MMA cage, the principle remains the same, ”The one that controls the distance, controls the fight.”
This basic yet simple principle has been taught by martial artists for thousands of years, from ancient martial artists to Bruce Lee to Rener Gracie. In the striking arts you have to utilize footwork to close the distance on an opponent to land your strikes and use your footwork to evade theirs. In grappling arts you have to close the distance on the enemy to prevent their strikes being effective, or to break distance far enough away.
The control of the distances during the fight is constantly in flux, one moment the distance is closed and the other moment the distance is too far away. Understanding distance control can be more important than the techniques to injure. If you are a serious martial artist, this specific principle can not go untrained.
We are sad to hear that Shinyu Gushi Sensei has past away. His devotion and perpetuation of Karate is a strong example of his lifestyle. Most notably is Gushi Sensei’s athletic physique, developed from a hard and dedicated work ethic, a training methodology that was exemplified during his teachings. Gushi Sensei will be missed and always be honored.
In this cool video produced by MMA Video Magazine, you’ll follow Ryron up to San Jose, CA where he went to teach a seminar and compete in the Gracie Worlds Jiu-Jitsu tournament. This year’s tournament is the first world tournament to abandon the points system, so the only way to win is by submission. Since there were no points in the tournament, Ryron engaged in his matches with the objective of keeping it as playful as possible, and that he did. Check out the video below.
P.S. - Someone forgot to tell Ryron that you’re not supposed to play catch and release in jiu-jitsu tournaments.
On February 1, 2012 one man’s dream to share Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world happened in Quincy, Massachusetts. They all came; men and women, young to old all showed up at an open house held at the Institute of Okinawan Karate-Do. The open house was an hour and half long consisting of an introduction to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, history, philosophy and training.
Now more than a month into training after the grand opening. Only a dedicated group of individuals stay and train Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to its fullest. People here are just amazed of the self-defense effectiveness and the very enjoyable training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has to offers.
Our group is excited to continue training and learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for a long time. Our goal is to eventually become a certified training center. So look out, the Gracies will be visiting the city of presidents soon!
Eric Chadbourne (iokarate.com) and David Chan (instituteofcombativearts.com) take a look at the Boston Shaolin Kung Fu Center and sit down with Sifu Heng Zhen Shi to learn about his background and what inspired him to start the school in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Please go to http://sampan.org/ to read the whole interview.
I was very fortunate to team up with Eric Chadbourne from Sampan to conduct and publish this interview. It was just wonderful to experience and watch what is known to be one of the oldest forms of martial arts.
Would you know what to do if there was a sudden emergency? Learn to save the life of an adult, child and infant victim. This is a basic American Heart Association 2-year certification class and includes techniques for choking, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automatic external defibrillator).
Barbara Aguello, from Health Ed of New England is available to teach a class at a discounted rate.
If you are interested, hurry and reserve your spot in the class!
Contact: Denise by e-mail:
Institute of Okinawan Karate Do
28 Chestnut St.
Quincy, MA 02169
Satuday, March 31, 2012
2 pm – 5 pm
Today people are recognizing the effectiveness of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Everyone from the U.S. Army to Professional Fighters has added it to their arsenal, and now you can add it to yours.
The Institute of Okinawan Karate-Do will soon host Gracie Garage Jiu-Jitsu meet-ups.
Institute of Okinawan Karate Do
28 Chestnut St.
Quincy, MA 02169
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
For more information about Jiu-Jitsu meet-ups, contact David Chan by e-mail: email@example.com
For more information about Gracie Garage go to:
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I have to say my all time favorite comic book superhero is Batman. With the movie releases of Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, I think these are the best Batman movies made. Now with Keysi Fighting Method (KFM), Batman’s display of fighting is better then ever.
Anyone with martial arts experience can tell that all of the Batman movies in the past consisted of simple martial arts choreography. The fight scenes in the past was reminiscent of the comic book “BAM”, “BOOM”, and my favorite “POW” style of fighting.
When the director/co-writer Christopher Nolan began working on the movie Batman Begins, Nolan didn’t have any idea KFM would be the fighting method of choice. Nolan did how ever wanted the violence on-screen to not lose its threat. Buster Reeves is a jujitsu world champion and was Christian Bale’s (Batman) stunt double for the movie. Reeves suggested KFM to be used in the movie. The fight arranger David Forman and the rest of the movie crew accepted KFM right away after a demonstration from the founders Justo Diéguez Serrano and Andy Norman.
KFM is a method of self-defense that is based on natural fighting instincts, martial arts and street fighting techniques, developed by Justo Diéguez Serrano from his fighting experiences while raised on the streets of Spain. The system was founded with the help of Andy Norman. Both Serrano and Norman are also instructors of Jeet Kune Do.
KFM is most recognized for the use of a tight defensive postures to protect the most precious part of the body, the head, and smashes and opens up the opponent for the finish using all ranges of strikes — punches, hammer fists, kicks, knees, head butts, and the sharp elbows to the opponent.
KFM is a close quarters fighting system, relying on understanding how people typically move or attack in a fight so that when striking, the opponent’s body moves to expose further targets. Another interesting aspect of KFM is its “360-degree” approach to multi-assailant attacks whether standing, kneeling, sitting or lying down!
I am so excited for the next Batman movie in the series, which is scheduled for release later in the year.