Mixed Martial Arts is a modern sport and art of combat, encompassing the best available fighting techniques and styles from around the world. Its form is always changing and evolving as the top MMA fighters compete against each other, revealing to the whole world what works and what doesn’t. In this class, students are taught the fundamentals of striking, grappling, joint locks and chokes. Conflict resolution and techniques to immobilize any opponent are put into practice. This is an introductory level class designed for all ages, genders and fitness levels.
"Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, pliable, or yielding". "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against themselves rather than confronting it with one's own force. Jujutsu developed to combat the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it. Today, Jujutsu is adopted by professional Mixed Martial Artists world wide as an essential characteristic of sport. In this class, students are expected to learn the basic principles of Jujutsu applicable to street self-defense as well as to sport aspects of MMA. Students will practice a number of techniques that will allow them to control their opponent, assert dominance or escape from compromising holds and threatening situations. One on one confrontation and situational dilemmas with multiple opponents will be used to test students’ ability to apply what they have learned.
Mixed-martial arts demand more strength and endurance than most other workouts because of varied, hardcore training that MMA athletes undergo. Classes start with a brief cardio workout to get the heart pumping, followed by strength training and shadowboxing. Then, the real fun begins as we switch between kicking, boxing, and ground drills designed to simulate the short, intense rounds of an MMA match. Expect a lot of sweating and muscular tension the next day, but it will all be worth it to see the fat burn as your body gets chiseled into a spartanesque shape. All are welcome no matter age, gender and fitness level.