Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
In this style, we focus on Bruce Lee’s concepts, his techniques, methods for fighting and approach to training. The advantage to using this style as opposed to other systems of martial arts is its totally adaptable to different student types and different situations.
These training methods are used to help students prepare for any situation and since violent attacks do not always happen in desirable conditions, such as outside, parties, parking lots, etc., it is a very effective and practical art for everyone.
The training is broken up into three areas.
- Area One– Kickboxing is learned in this phase of training. The repetition and drills create a good foundation in which to build other skill sets. This class develops the basic skills necessary for a person to survive on the streets (How to properly kick and punch and also how to defend kicks, punches and common grabs.).
- Area Two– In the second phase of training, standing grappling and ground control / attacks are learned. Once students have learned how to control a fight in striking range, it becomes necessary for them to become skilled and know what to do if the situation progresses to a closer distance. The students are also introduced to supervised sparring if desired. Students are encouraged to try to bridge the distance from kicking / punching and enter into standing grappling or go all the way to the ground. When they leave this phase, they will understand how and when to close the distance, takedown, and submit their opponent while on the ground.
- Area Three– The final area of training concentrates on trapping range (the brief section that occurs between kicking and punching range and standing grappling). This is perhaps the most difficult phase to learn. Timing and coordination are finely tuned in this section. Sparring tremendously helps in this process and makes the student incorporate all four areas (kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling).
We also teach concurrently the JKD/Kali/Kempo. Not to be confused with other types of Kenpo/Kempo that are out there we offer a brief description of each:
Kenpō (拳法?) is the name of several Japanese martial arts. The word kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word “quán fǎ“. This term is often informally transliterated as “kempo“, as a result of applying Traditional Hepburn romanization, but failing to use a macron to indicate the long vowel. The generic nature of the term combined with its widespread, cross-cultural adoption in the martial arts community has led to many divergent definitions
Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法 shōrinji-kempō?, meaning “Shaolin Temple Fist Method”) is considered a modified version of Shaolin Kung Fu (using the same kanji). It was established in 1947 by Doshin So (宗 道臣 Sō Dōshin?), a Japanese martial artist and former military intelligence agent.
Okinawan Kenpo: Some Okinawan martial arts groups use the term kenpō as an alternate name for their karate systems or for a distinct but related art within their association. This can be illustrated by the official full name of Motobu-ryu style named as “Nihon Denryu Heiho Motobu Kenpo” (“Japan’s traditional tactics Motobu Kenpo”) and by the International Shorin-ryu Karate Kobudo Federation, where Shōrin-ryū is the actual karate style practiced, whereas “hakutsuru kenpo”, or “hakutsuru kenpo karate” is a related but distinctive style also taught by the association. Both the “n” and “m” romanizations are used by various groups.
American Kenpo: Kenpo has also been used as a modern term: a name for multiple martial arts that developed in Hawaii due to cross-cultural exchange between practitioners of Okinawan martial arts, Chinese martial arts, Filipino martial arts, Japanese martial arts and multiple additional influences. In the United States, kenpo is often referred to as Kenpo Karate. The most widespread styles have their origin in the teachings of James Mitose and William Kwai Sun Chow. Mitose spent most of his early years training in Japan learning his family style, Kosho-Ryū (Old pine tree school). James Mitose would later bring that style to Hawaii where he would teach Chow, who would go on to instruct Ed Parker and Bobby Lowe. The system of kenpo taught by Mitose employed hard linear strikes and kicks, pressure point manipulation, circular movement patterns, and joint locking and breaking.
Mokuraiken Kempo (Sword of Silent Thunder) is a modified version of Shorinji Kempo, Gado Gung Fu, Wing Chung as well as being heavily influenced by Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali systems. While most Kempo system employ hard linear strikes and kicks, Mokuraiken Kempo is the result of blending the hard linear motions with the softer circular movements of Gung Fu. While there are some similarities between Mokuraiken Kempo and the various Kenpo systems listed above because there is a similar foundation there is a huge differences between Mokuriaken Kempo and other Kenpo systems. We do not claim to be any better (or any worse) than any other system out there but we do offer a viable alternative to what is being practiced.
Kali is an extremely practical martial art that originated in the Philippines . It utilizes weapons of all different lengths and sizes, which include bladed and blunt weapons and includes empty hands training that use feet, hands, knees, elbows, throws, grappling, joint locking, pressure points, and in many other weapons.
Kali is one of the few martial arts that actually starts training with weapons first and then makes the transition to empty hands training. It is highly effective, versatile, and practical. Within the ShihKeaFma system taught at 54th Street Gym we teach 26 different Filipino systems under the ShihKeafam umbrella. Each system has some unique characteristic to it that makes it very distinct form the other systems. A person could spend their entire martial arts career just doing the Filipino Martial arts systems and only understand the tip of the iceberg of what this system has to offer.
Students will earn how to use weapons and defend against them. After that, the other areas of the system will be learned to prepare students against any attacker regardless of size and weapons.
This class will boost your confidence and greatly improve your hand and eye coordination.