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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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    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)
    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
    Corder Martial Arts Academy
    2602 W Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
    Traditional martial arts school specializing in real self-defense through the art of Kajukenbo. Programs for ages 5 and older.
    (480) 755-3008
    United Martial Arts
    10401 N 32nd St Ste C, Phoenix, AZ 85028
    (602) 493-2240
    Core Strength Martial Arts
    12005 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028
    (602) 237-5296
    Newton Fitness
    3243 E Indian School Rd Ste 101, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    (602) 957-6492
    Akf Blackbelt Academy
    4514 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    (602) 955-1030
    Phoenix Grappling Center
    3044 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602) 667-3633
    United Studios of Self Defense
    6929 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 922-7221
    Mountainview Karate
    8445 E Mcdonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 905-9404
    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
    Akshaolin Tao Inc
    15227 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    (602) 971-9810
    Peak Tae Squaw Kwan DO
    7802 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
    (602) 997-1535

    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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