Thaxton Martial Arts teaches the
created by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku
of Okinawa, and taught to the U.S.
Marines Corp. Our form of Isshin-ryu
The Thaxton Martial Arts dojo is a culturally diverse family. Our students come from various ethnic backgrounds, are male and female, children and adult. Currently, our students range in age starting as young as six years of age through the late fifties. Depending on the maturity of the student, we accept students from age six through senior citizen.
Thaxton Martial Arts offers experienced instructors with 14 years experience in the art of Isshinryu Karate. Our black-belts have also cross -trained in other arts such Shotokan Karate and Kick Boxing, and literally have taught thousands of students through the years.
Training: Isshinryu Karate, Martial Arts, Self Defense, Sparring, Kumite, Weapons, Tuite, Pressure-Point Manipulation, Pain Compliance, Exercise
New classes are starting in November and will run through the conclusion of the year. We accept students from age 7 through senior citizen. This is a belt-ranked program in Isshin-ryu Karate where you learn the following disciplines.
1. Techniques and applications in blocking, punching, striking, kicking and stance,
2. Mechanics and principles behind proper technique, balance, power, energetics and movement,
3. Various Isshin-ryu katas (formal exercises) that teach self-defense principles in movement.
4. Various Isshin-ryu weapons katas (formal exercises) that teach self-defense using bo staff, sai and sword.
5. Sparring, also known as kumite, with other students in controlled matches,
6. And last, various applications and principles in self-defense, knife defense and pain compliance using pressure point and joint manipulation.
Tuition costs are $45 per month, plus a one-time $85 registration fee. Call 908-444-0805 to register! Increase your strength, flexibility, stamina and health. Reduce stress. Drop pounds. Increase your safety.
Kata (Open Hand & Weapons) - November 1st, 2014 marks the start of our 8-week kata training classes. Kata is the official exercise of the martial arts. It teaches movement, application of martial art technique, balance, timings and self-defense through its movements. During this course we will teach the Isshin-ryu open-hand and weapon katas. We will also decipher some of the meanings of these katas to show various self-defense, joint and pressure point attacks contained therein. This is an excellent course for those wanting to broaden their system of exercise and foundation in the martial arts. We also offer private lessons and physical condition training. The cost of private lessons is $20/hr. Call 908-444-0805 to register!
Why Karate? Through my life I have participated in various sports; i.e. track & field, basketball, football, soccer and tennis! And, each has left me with a greater sense of personal accomplishment and precious memories that I hold dear. When my son asked me to enroll him in Karate, I was all but too happy because I anticipated for him the same positive experiences that I experienced in my youth. I signed my son up, and likewise signed up myself. Why not? I was just sitting around waiting for him to finish his lesson anyway. I also found the teacher fascinating and wanted to learn more. So, why not? When I signed on, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. Now in hindsight, I can honestly say that no sport has contributed to my life more richly than Karate. And, for those who have joined this sport, I can confidently say that their feeling is mutual. At a glance, Karate may seem intimidating. The techniques may seem fancy and suited for the young and athletic. The personalities may even seem aggressive and intimidating. However, nothing could be further from the truth. And, there are some very real benefits that are attainable and could be yours. Those benefits are fitness, self-protection, increased marketability and community.
Fitness - Karate provides a set of exercises that are designed to help keep your body strong, flexible, fast and agile. Karate seeks to develop these attributes equally across all portions of the body through exercises known as katas, or forms. Something very nice and unique to kata is that it can be practiced anywhere, any time and at any age. You don’t need a gym membership, special equipment, or someone to train with. The exercises are independently yours. Kata is an important component of the martial arts. Contained in the movements are the self-defense principles of the Art. However, if you never delve into a deeper study of the interpretation of those movements, you still have a complete set of exercises that are aerobic, anaerobic, fat trimming, muscle building, and heart and lung conditioning. Americans today face almost epidemic challenges in managing their weight and physical conditioning. “Muffin top” and obesity are the new norms for old and young. It doesn’t need to be that way though.
Self-Protection – Karate is a martial art. As such it will teach you to protect yourself. It will also teach you the vulnerabilities of the human body. And in teaching you these secrets, it will also teach you the importance of restraint. However, why is self-protection important? Why not just rely on the police to protect you, or someone else to protect you? The real answer is simple, but not necessarily obvious. You, your son, your daughter, your loved one cannot rely on help that is minutes away, when trouble is already staring you in the face. Statistics show that one out of every four women will be victims of domestic violence or sexual crime. One of six boys will experience the same. Those are staggering and sobering statistics. Will the help that you or your loved needs be somewhere else when trouble is already there? It doesn’t need to be that way, and shouldn’t be that way.
Increased Marketability – Earning a black-belt does not come easy. Nor should it come easy. It is earned though time, discipline and perseverance. Not everyone will earn one. For those that do earn the belt employers, colleges and yours peers will recognize your discipline and favorably seek your affiliation. The belt is a testament to the character of the one who wears it. Karate will teach you discipline. It will teach you leadership. It ill teach you respect. And, it will teach you character. These are very desirable and marketable traits in and outside of the dojo.
Community – The last unseen benefit worth mentioning is that of community. The dojo is a intimate family. Because it is you will gain many close and supportive friends. Community and citizenship are qualities that are strongly fostered in the dojo. The by product of such fostering is supportive and personal relationships.
I hope that you will consider becoming a part of this community. Karate is a sport of discipline. However, for those that join this community the benefits that they experience stay with them through life! Oosh!
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