Originally Posted by Ken Shamrock
Wow. I'm actually very interested now, my friend and I are 15 (my friend will be 16 in February) and we're actually very interested in getting into MMA and were just wondering what are the age requirements and what do you teach? Also what would be the hours for the weekend classes? We're not 100% if we're going to attend your school yet, but I'd just like to know for future reference. Thanks alot man.
We do have a couple of young guys training with us - I think they are both 17 but the majority of us are older with the average age probably around 27 years. You guys are a bit on the young side since we do a lot of joint locks and you have to be careful about stressing the joints before they are fully developed. I do know that a nephew of Sensei Chucks has trained with us in the past and he is around 15 or so and has his orange belt already - so I guess you can start around your age if you are in physically good shape.
As far as what we focus on - we do a lot of stand up techniques like striking, a lot of throws and takedowns including finishing techniques such as joint locks, arm bars, heel locks, etc. We do an awful lot of kicks including spinning and jumping spinning kicks. The techniques are small, generally circular in nature and quite tight to the body and we use the opponents energy against them. This includes some Wing Chun movements and positioning as well as tai sabaki moves from Karate - we always try to maintain centreline and get our opponents to commit to a move and then execute from there. We also do grappling and ground techniques which include BJJ moves as well as wrestling techniques.
The way the belts progress is white belt involves learning techniques from the front, some kicks, sparring and ground techniques; yellow belt is techniques from the side, more kicks, sparring and defenses while mounted; orange belt is techniques from the rear, some spinning kicks, and again more grappling and sparring techniques. Once you get to green belt everything is done from motion so you check a punch or strike and then using you opponents momentum go straight into one or more in a series of techniques to incapacitate your opponent plus more spining and jumping spinning kicks. Also more grappling and sparring techniques. The more senior belts include progressively more refined and fluid movements for defense and attacks as well as the use of nerve strikes and the use of belts, canes, and other elements of weapon offense and defense, etc.
We also do a lot of knife and gun defenses as well. As I mentioned its a mixture of a few martial arts like hapkido, chinese kempo, jiu jitsu, stiking, and combat techniques. Its a blast and is the best mix of practical martial arts that I have ever been exposed to. It's hard to do it justice in a short few paragraphs like this.