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Martial Arts in Los Angeles
General Information about Martial Arts Classes and Martial Arts Trainings in Los Angeles
Martial Arts in Los Angeles
Martial Arts Classes in Los Angeles
Martial Arts Schools in Los Angeles
Martial Arts Trainings in Los Angeles
Shaolin Kung Fu in Los Angeles
Shaolin Temple in Los Angeles
Muay Thai in Los Angeles
Muay Thai Trainings in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, many martial arts schools offer different kinds of martial arts classes, ranging from Shaolin Kung Fu to Muay Thai trainings. A beginner might get confused at what kind of martial arts classes he or she would look into in Los Angeles. Here, we shall serve as a guide to different martial arts classes in Los Angeles. You are also welcomed to submit your information to us to provide it to the public.
Martial Arts in Los Angeles- Introduction
Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. While they may be studied for various reasons, martial arts share a single objective: to physically defeat other persons and to defend oneself or others from physical threat. In Los Angeles, with a relatively large Asian population, the most common martial arts forms are Jujitsu (or Ju Jitsu), Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu (includes Shaolin Kung Fu), Muay Thai, and Taekwondo (or Tae Kwon Do)
Tae Kwon Do (Taekwondo) in Los Angeles
Tae Kwon Do (Taekwondo) - Tae Kwon Do is the world's most widely practice martial art. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean fighting art that looks very similar to Japanese karate. It is an Olympic sport, an artistic discipline, a system of self-defense, and a way of life. Tae Kwon Do is an artistic discipline. The techniques are done with graceful and powerful movements. In Los Angeles, many martial arts schools offer Tae Kwon Do classes. Students continuously strive to improve the artistic presentation of each technique. The art of Tae Kwon Do develops posture, graceful movement, excellent coordination, and attention to detail.
Kung Fu (Shaolin Kung Fu) in Los Angeles
Kung Fu (Shaolin Kung Fu) - An extremely disciplined, powerful martial art where strength is built in low stances and powerful blocks. Some Kung Fu blocks are so powerful that it can break the arm of someone who is punching you. Kung Fu is for the patient, and mentally and physically strong person. It was the basis for many later forms of martial arts.
In Los Angeles, the California Shaolin Temple has several Shaolin Kung Fu
masters. They hold classes to teach people how to practice Shaolin Kung
Ju Jitsu - Ju Jitsu is formed from two ideograms Ju the various meanings of
which are suppleness, flexibility, pliancy, gentleness and Jitsu meaning
technique or art. So Ju Jitsu means the art of suppleness or flexibility. As
most Ju Jitsuka (a student of Ju Jitsu) know there is nothing "gentle" about the
martial art. What Ju is conveying is that Ju Jitsu does not use strength against
strength, it uses the opponents strength and force of attack as a weapon against
him, thus enabling a stronger or bigger attacker to be subdued. Ju Jitsu is one
of the most complete martial arts there is. It incorporates unarmed strikes,
joint locks, chokes and throws.
Judo - Judo is based on the ancient Japanese martial art called Jujitsu. Professor Kano opened the Kodokan Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1882 and started to train students in Nippon-Den-Kodokan-Judo. Judo, which means the "gentle way," is not only concerned with attack and defense techniques but the physical conditioning and total health that could be attained from its practice. The meaning of the word Ju (gentleness) denotes not resisting the strength of the opponent, but adapting to it, and taking advantage of it by turning it to one's own advantage. The meaning of the word Do (way) denotes not just methods or techniques, but also signifies adherence to strict moral principles which are essential in striving for "self-perfection as a human being".
Karate - Karate is a generic term for the various kick/punch arts which originated in Okinawa and Japan. Karate is a Japanese word that translates into English as, “empty hand.” It is a martial art of unarmed self-defense in which directed blows of the hands or feet are delivered with special shouts from a poised stance. Karate is related to judo but stresses striking techniques, through kicks and punches, rather than wrestling or throwing an opponent. Karate as a means of self-defense has the oldest history, going back hundreds of years. It is only in recent years that the techniques which have been handed down were scientifically studied and the principles evolved for making the most effective use of the various moves of the body. Training based on these principles and knowledge of the working of the muscles and the joints and the vital relation between movement and balance enable the modern student of Karate to be prepared, both physically and psychologically, to defend himself successfully against any would-be assailant. As a physical art, Karate is almost without equal. Since it is highly dynamic and makes balanced use of a large number of body muscles, it provides excellent all-around exercise and develops coordination and agility.
The major traditional styles of karate are Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Goju Ryu, and Wado Ryu. Each of these styles is taught by several international organizations. Besides these 4 main styles there is a wide variety of other styles, system and family forms of karate. All of them trace their origin back to the island of Okinawa, formerly also know as the Ryukyu Islands, and the martial art developed there. Shotokan karate is an art, a sport, and the basis for a method of self defense. Different people choose to emphasize different aspects of karate in their personal training and study. As a group everyone is exposed to, and expected to participate in, training geared toward all three aspects (art, sport, and self defense) in an attempt to have a well rounded background. Stylistically, Shotokan is known for having strong, low stances, dynamic hip motions, and extremely precise techniques.
Kickboxing - Kickboxing started in the US during the 1970's when American karate practitioners became frustrated with strict controls on martial arts competitions that didn't allow full contact kicks and punches. Many questions were raised when the sport began about the high risk of injury. As a result, safety rules were improved and protective clothing was added. As this is a relatively new sport there are no long-term traditions. The sport has undergone changes and been refined during the last two decades. Competitors use sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks, shadow boxing, and wood breaking that is learned and applied under professional instruction.
Muay Thai - (also referred to as Thai Boxing), and Savate (also referred to as Boxe Francais). Muay Thai is the oldest known form of kickboxing and is the primary building block of all other forms of kickboxing. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is one of the most popular sports in the world today. The history of Kickboxing in Thailand however, is clouded at best. When the Burmese army sacked and razed Ayuddhaya to the ground the archives of Thai history were lost, and along with them much of the early history of Muay Thai. The first great interest in Muay Thai as a sport is documented to have come around the year of 1584 under the rule of King Naresuan. The King himself was well trained in the art of Muay Thai and so were his soldiers. Soon the art spread to the public and new fighting techniques began to evolve. Matches were held in every town and village on a daily basis. The sport of Muay Thai made its way to Europe sometime around the 17th century where it was embraced with open arms. The sport was modified, primarily to outlaw the use of knees and elbows, and given the name Savate.
Muay Thai - Introduction
Muay Thai (also known as Thai Boxing) is a form of hard martial art practiced
in large parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian
countries. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's
national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from
the ancient art muay boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves
similar to those used in Western boxing.
Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of the Eight Limbs", as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
Schedules of Martial Arts Classes (Muay Thai Trainings) in Los Angeles
Martial Arts Classes (Muay Thai) for Adults: Mondays through Thursdays 11:00am to 1pm and 6pm to 9pm. Saturdays 1pm to 5pm
Martial Arts Classes (Muay Thai) for Children: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm
More about Martial Arts Classes in Los Angeles
Jeff was trained in various martial arts for many years, but Muay Thai (thai
boxing) is his favorite.
Jeff, the Khru (teacher/sensei/master) is very knowledgeable on the art of Muay Thai and even the ancient art of Muay Thai - Muay Boran and Mae Mai. He has the necessary credentials under his belt, as he has trained many years in the motherland of Muay Thai - Thailand.
The Khru is very humble and well-grounded in his theory of the art of Muay Thai and its application toward real street fighting. He also explains training sessions in a very logical way.
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