What Is American Freestyle Karate?

American Freestyle Karate is a unique approach to the Martial arts, as it combines techniques from three major disciplines.  We combine the power and speed of Taekwondo with the harmonious and circular locks and throws of Aikido, and round it out with the technical grappling and submissions of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. It is this combination that makes our Self-defenses so effective.

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a Martial Art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and choke-holds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

This form of Martial Art is no stranger to anyone that has seen the thrilling competitions that are now held in almost every region, known as cage fighting. Though many may not have known that they were indeed seeing BJJ.

In class we learn;

  • The primary ground positions
  • Submissions
  • Transitions
  • Joint locks

Aikido

The Way of harmony

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. 

Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the Aikido practitioner "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

In cass we learn;

  • The techniques of proper stretching
  • Essential warm ups
  • Proper falling called "Break Falls"
  • Wrist locks and throws


Taekwondo

The way of the foot and the hand

Taekwondo is known for its high powerful kicks and fast hand techniques, which set apart from other popular Martial Arts and combat sports.

Taekwondo as a Martial Art is popular with people of both genders and of many ages. Physically, Taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. Taekwondo sparring is rated as one of the top cardio activites. An example of the union of mental and physical discipline is the breaking of boards, and bricks, which requires both physical mastery of the technique and the concentration to focus one's power.

In class we learn;

  • The techniques and curriculum
  • Both anaerobic and aerobic workout, including stretching
  • Self-defense techniques
  • Forms
  • Sparring including free-style sparring, arranged sparring, point sparring, and other types
  • Breathing control
  • Throwing and/or falling techniques
  • Focus discipline, etiquette, justice, respect, and self-confidence.
  • Breaking using techniques to break boards for testing, and Martial Arts demonstrations.
  • Exams to progress to the next rank