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There are numerous styles of martial arts that are practiced worldwide. Some of which are karate, jiu jitsu, wich chun, and hapkido. As you may know, these martial arts originated in different countries, and are currently taught in schools of self defense across America. Many of them employ kicks, punches, unique blocks, and striking techniques. Since these art forms were originally started as forms of combat, they incorporate various weapons as well. Below you will find a few helpful terms that may expand your understanding of martial arts instruction.

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A martial art that originated in Brazil, and focuses on ground fighting, as well as grappling. It was derived from traditional Japanese jiu jitsu, and is now commonly used in mixed martial arts events.
  • Wing Chun – This is a form of traditional Chinese kung fun that focuses on simple movements and powerful striking techniques. Close range combat, some grappling, low kicks, and vertical straight punches are all used in this style.
  • Kwoon – A training hall or school used for Chinese self defense instruction. This includes styles like Shaolin Long Fist, Choy Lee Fut, Wing Chun, and Tai Chi Chuan. The Japanese version of a kwoon is typically referred to as a dojo.
  • Sifu – A teacher or instructor of kung fu and Chinese martial arts. This is what students are told to address the teacher as. In Japanese styles like karate and judo, the teacher is referred to as a sensei.
  • Mook Jong – Also referred to as a wooden dummy, this is a training device used in styles like Wing Chun kung fu. It is often made from teak or oak, and has two upper arms, one lower arm, and a single leg. Various techniques and combinations can be applied to the mook jong.
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    Maui Saito Ninjitsu
    16585 N 92nd St Ste 112, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    A 2,000 year old family art is being taught by a direct descendant of the Saito Family. A blend of over 40 arts, this Bloodline Ninjitsu is the real Mixed Martial Arts. Come for a free introductory course, men, women and children welcome.
    (480) 284-5592
    Far East Fitness NW
    8190 W Deer Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382
    Martial arts instruction in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, self defense, kick boxing and fitness available in youth and adult classes. Private instruction with a personal trainer is also available.
    (623) 825-9060
    Arizona Karate Association
    6326 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014
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    (602) 274-1136
    User Review: "This is a traditional shotokan karate dojo. The chief instructor is shojiro koyama, 8th dan. The school has a focus on..." - Joseph (AZ)
    ATA Martial Arts
    4235 W Opportunity Way Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85086
    (623) 465-2697
    Ak Tae Kwondo
    42211 N 41st Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85086
    (623) 551-8089
    Burch's Karate
    3141 E Beardsley Rd Ste 115, Phoenix, AZ 85050
    (480) 614-9290
    Arizona Family Karate Academy
    814 E Union Hills Dr Ste C24, Phoenix, AZ 85024
    (623) 587-1668
    Horizons Martial Arts
    21043 N Cave Creek Rd Ste A14, Phoenix, AZ 85024
    (602) 971-5425
    9 Dragons Kung Fu
    20833 N Cave Creek Rd Ste 102, Phoenix, AZ 85024
    (602) 795-1067
    Arizona Family Karate Academy
    822 E Union Hills Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85024
    (623) 587-1668
    TNT Mixed Martial Arts Training Center
    1518 W Knudsen Dr Ste 104, Phoenix, AZ 85027
    (623) 262-2772
    Momentum TaeKwonDo Academy LLC
    10405 E Mcdowell Mountain Ranc, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    (480) 822-8386
    Paradise Valley School of Karate
    13647 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 867-9204
    Goshin Karate & Judo Academy
    6245 E Bell Rd Ste 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    (480) 951-2236
    Phoenix Kenpo Karate W/Bruce Thomson
    6801 E Paradise Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    (480) 948-0606

    Karate and other martial arts are taught all over the world. Many people choose to train in a self defense system in order to be better able to defend themselves. These combat styles come from many different countries, including jiujutsu, kung fu, tai chi, and Korean arts like taekwondo. Nowadays, many studios and schools teach mixed martial arts, which have gained significant popularity from televised sporting events. Regardless of the martial art of self defense style you get involved with, the key is having a great instructor who knows what they are doing. After all, if the aikido, kick boxing, or karate instructor is not qualified, you may not learn the martial art correctly. Some of the things you can expect in a self defense school or studio are sparring, training drills, weapons instruction, and various belt levels. No matter what class, dojo, or martial arts club you get involved with, the core focus is typically learning the style properly. Fortunately, there are some schools that offer separate classes for beginners and kids. This way, the teacher can focus more on the individuals who require more help with the combat art. In this day and age, the best way to acquire all sorts of data pertaining to martial arts is by surfing the web. There are in-depth sites for pretty much any style you have in mind. It is important when you seek out this information to use the key terms that pertain to the style you are interested in.
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