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Karate and Martial Arts Instruction Terms to Know

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)
    Arizona Jiu Jitsu Academy
    1761 East Warner Road, Tempe, AZ 85284
    Martial Arts Tempe AZ - Arizona's #1 Rated Martial Arts Facility. Offering instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission wrestling, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Anti-bully seminars, & Self Defense Training
    (480) 838-1503
    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
    Tai CHI Chuan Academy
    318 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
    (602) 254-8576
    World Martial Arts
    2028 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
    (602) 253-9134
    Gracie Arizona
    2109 E Mcdowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
    (602) 275-6786
    Karate Mart
    1411 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
    (602) 265-6858
    A Ta Black Belt Academy
    3602 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019
    (602) 272-5733
    Phoenix Grappling Center
    3044 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602) 667-3633
    Camacho Martial Arts
    4254 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019
    (602) 442-6915
    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
    Lee's Blackbelt Academy
    8240 W Lower Buckeye Rd Ste 105, Phoenix, AZ 85043
    (623) 936-9636
    Aiki Jujutsu School
    9201 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
    (602) 943-8115
    Mountainside Martial Arts Center
    3173 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85048
    At Mountainside Martial Arts we offer unparalleled instruction to children ages 4 and older, adults, 1:1 private lessons as well as private group instruction.
    (480) 759-4540

    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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