Originally a war art in Thailand, Muay Thai has evolved into a combat discipline that uses the body to mimic weapons. The hands become like blades, the shins and forearms honed to defend the body like an armor, the elbows the mace, and the knees the axe or staff. Muay Thai teaches the body to act as one; a single, harmonious unit to defend and attack when commanded. This is sport is ideal for those who have varying fitness goals and who also have the desire to achieve competence in striking and self-defense.
Sanda / SanShou
Sanshou, Sanda, Chinese boxing, Chinese kickboxing, or an “unsanctioned fight” is a Chinese self-defense system and combat sport. Sanshou is a martial art which was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques; it combines full-contact kickboxing, which includes close range and rapid successive punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps, kick catches, and in some competitions, even elbow and knee strikes.
Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Kyokushin Karate is a style of full contact karate founded in 1956 by Korean-Japanese karate master, Mas Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “ultimate truth”. Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that focuses on the attackers’ own energy to gain control of them. Motion and dynamics of movement are an important part of Aikido. Joint locks and throws are employed in Aikido to take down the opponent. Practitioners of the art use it as a form of self-defense, spiritual enlightenment, and centering of the mind.