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Why most programs are letting adults down!
In Western Martial Art schools, there has been an explosion of two perspectives. First there is the “kids” Martial Art studio. These businesses base their teaching on concepts brought from other fields - and their programs and classes are often heavily influenced by a selling culture.
Adults need to be in an ALL adult class. We love it when children take Martial Arts lessons. However, kids classes need to be separate from adults and even teenagers. Adults need an atmosphere that is made specifically for people their own age. Glossing up the mistake of teaching children and adults at the same time by calling it a "Family Class" is not acceptable.
Because the "children's" model is so popular, often little to no attention is given to the adult needs and curriculum. In time adult students become less of a priority - eventually adults no longer feel there is a real place for them to practice.
A real dojo isn't a gym!
Unfortunately, with the explosion of the UFC, and other sporting events, another type of studio has become popular. Often these facilities are called "MMA Gyms". While the training can be of benefit in a gym, an MMA gym typically has the atmosphere of any other locker room sport.
Athletes that train in these gyms can be truly spectacular - in fact many were successful in other sports. But like all sports, the focus is on winning. Because the focus is always on winning you see higher levels of injury, lower levels of cleanliness and etiquette, and sometimes inconsistency in many of the competitors.
What is missing from these gyms is the internal aspect of the arts. A real dojo must provide instruction in how to focus the mind to be considered a true Martial "ART". A gym might teach a combat sport, or extreme fighting - but the term "Martial Art" should only be reserved for a practice that includes discipline of mind as well as body.
There is an etiquette and an internal focus that makes a dojo a dojo. It is this internal focus that makes training in a dojo a very special experience - and an experience vastly different than any sport.
In a real dojo, the self defense skills you learn should not be based on size and athleticism. The self defense of an art must fulfill the original promise of the Gracie family with their introduction of Gracie Jiu Jujitsu in the United States. That promise was that one person, out sized and with a weaker physique, could learn to defend himself through the proper use of superior skills. (See the posting from the Gracie family at the bottom of this page). We believe that real Martial Arts is not just for the strong - but has a special place for the weak who one day wish to be strong!
A program just right for you
We believe in teaching authentic Martial Arts. Our adult program is safe, serious and separate from our children's classes. Attention to the fitness levels and needs of our adults is our top priority. We do not give out rank to keep our students motivated - we believe the results you see in the mirror, feel in your body, and experience in your life will be your real motivation.
When you enter our dojo you will NOT feel like you walked into a YMCA, or boxing club. You will instead see adult students, bowing on and off the mats, taking their training seriously, but also doing their best to help each other improve. While serious; you should feel like you just walked into the friendliest place in town. You won't see a lot of blood - but you will see a lot of sweat.
Our method of teaching is in keeping with the original promise of virtually all styles of Martial Arts. To get you in the best shape of your life, to teach you how to defend yourself efficiently and effectively, and to teach you to discipline your mind - so that fear and doubt will be unable to stop you in any area.
You will be surrounded only by other adults, in a supportive and serious environment. You will get in great shape, learn to effectively defend yourself, and you will learn to focus and still your mind.
It is the combination of training the body and mind is what makes it possible for you to be powerful and confident and is what makes a real dojo. Click the button below to find out how to register to get started. You can also call us anytime at 419-385-1000 for more information.
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OUR MISSION: Studies show that over 90% of the bad things that happen to adults are PREVENTABLE!
Aging, ill health, - even our income is affected by the self development work we do. Our mission is to make sure that you are able to move out of the bottom 90% and into the top 10% who achieve their goals.
You will get in great shape, learn to defend yourself, and learn to focus your mind. You will get the tools you need for success.
The passing of a Grand Master
Several years ago the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu; Gramdmaster Helio Gracie, made his transition from the body. Here is the posting sent from the Gracie organization and family. It is particularly fascinating to read the quote from one of the Master's last interviews, posted below.
On Tuesday morning (January 29, 2009) Grand Master Helio Gracie was tanning at his ranch in Brazil, and on Thursday morning at 9:15 he passed on due to natural causes. His legacy will survive forever in all members of the Gracie Family, jiu-jitsu practitioners around the world, and all those who have benefited from the revolution he began.
In his final years, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu often spoke of his satisfaction with his life’s work. He openly stated that he had accomplished everything he had set out to do, displaying his preparedness for the transition into the afterlife.
The Grand Master believed that such a transition should be seen as a positive step in one's spiritual evolution. In a recent interview he declared: “I've already told my sons that when I die I want there to be a party. No drinking, no debauchery.” In one of his final magazine interviews the Grand Master expresses his concern for the future of Jiu-Jitsu: