I believe, to be a good martial artist you must explore various arts. Karate is good for distance fighting, boxing, judo & ju jitsu for closer combat & then ground fighting. I am of the opinion that ground fighting is important, as most, one on one combats end on the ground & so much energy can be used in a ground work conflict. It is important to know how to manipulate your opponent with the minimum of force & energy.

Sparing is vital in honing & developing known skills. We use 16oz boxing gloves & headgear to increase our timing & judgment in sparing. We only throw half power punches to the head to ensure that no one is injured & an instructor will always monitor the sparing. We also encourage close combat using boxing, judo & ju jitsu techniques.

Other Styles
We encourage martial artists from different styles to visit out club as a knowledge exchange. This provides the students with a wider view of techniques & hopefully our students won't end up with tunnel vision believing the style they belong to isn't the be all & end all. We are lucky in that a lot of our instructors come from other styles, therefore offering variety in techniques & ideas.
What Style or Art should I choose
With so many arts & styles to-day to choose from it can be confusing.
To the new starter, my advise is try as many clubs & styles as you can & pick the style or art that you get the most enjoyment from & you feel comfortable with the instructor.
Ask the instructor about his/her experience?
How many years has he/she been training/teaching?
Who is his/her instructor?
Will they offer you enough growth?
If they have only been involved with Martial Arts for a short time there's a good chance you will exhaust them of their knowledge in a shorter period.
Don't get caught up in any high priced training schemes
To Strive For
Throughout martial arts far to many students give up when there black belt grade is so close. Don't be one. Keep going. That's what makes the black belt so desirable, to be able to achieve something that so many others have failed to achieve.
Breaking & Training (My Experience)
I was amazed when I first saw my head of style slice through bricks & break river stones with ease, something I only thought happened in the movies.
So breaking techniques became my favourite past time, I got great satisfaction out of breaking tiles & bricks with a punch, knife hand or palm heal, but every thing done to excess brings it's toll.
Students interested in breaking techniques should be shown how to break bricks & tiles correctly & should be monitored on the frequency of their breaks.
The only time breaking techniques are required in our club is for a 1st Dan black belt grading.

After years of repeatedly throwing hard punches & kicks with nothing to absorb the impact I, like many others have developed joint problems. We didn't have sports medicine experts to guide us. Our students always when throwing hard punches & kicks use focus mitts, or punching bags to absorb the impact. How are you going to perform to your peak if you are continually carrying injuries. Rest, recover.

Train hard & fast. Nobody who ever got a black belt would say it's an easy path. Sacrifice is what is required. You have to sacrifice your time to devote to your training. Like a knife your art needs to be sharpened continually. Don't sharpen it for a month & you will notice the decline. It takes a short time to decline but a much longer time to get back your skills.

Bruce Freeman

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