Our training at Martial Arts Charleston is a mixture of many different martial art and combat disciplines. However, it is not what people would refer to as MMA. MMA fighters train to win a supervised sporting event with an evenly matched opponent using only a handful of techniques chosen not for their combat effectiveness, but to ensure that spectators get some kind of a show and that the competitors don't get seriously injured.
If you disagree with this statement, you would do well to read the rules about what is not allowed in MMA. The techniques I teach my students are forbidden in MMA and for good reason. They will instantly incapacitate an opponent. They are not for show, they are specifically designed to cause serious injury and to do so quickly.
They are not for sport of for showing off and if used without justification could get you into serious trouble.
Our training is derived from Wado-Ryu Karate, which was founded by Ju-Jitsu master Hidenori Ohtsuka, after many years of study with Shotokan founder Gichen Funakoshi.
Wado-Ryu is more fluid and flowing than many other types of Karate and incorporates more of the grappling and takedowns found in Ju-Jitsu.
To this base we add techniques from many discplines which meet four criteria. They have to be easy to learn, easy to apply, extremely effective and not require anything beyond normal strength. Because our training is tactically oriented, you will find techniques from Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo,Thai Boxing and Krav-maga, you will also learn techniques employed by special forces groups for close in hand to hand fighting.
To add balance to what is obviously a curriculum designed to teach you to how to quickly hurt and neutralize opponents, we also require students to study the great traditional classics on the practice of martial arts. Our goal is to give you the ability to kill instantly with your bare hands, and the desire to never have to do so.
To add balance to our workout, we add training from other disciplines unrelated to martial arts such as Yoga and Pilates, whose exercises for strengthening your core are without match.