We had an awesome launch with our kickboxing class! Come check out this new program with Jarrett McBride. Kickboxing is essential for those looking to enter the Roch NY MMA arena. It’s also a fun way to get in super amazing shape.
Terms like "Karate" and "Ju-Jitsu" may seem standard, but they are not! There are soooooo many different styles of martial arts out there. That can be a good thing! It means that just because you tried training once and didn't enjoy it, you don't need to cross off martial arts for good. You may have just not found the right kind.
Part of finding the right school also means finding a style of martial art you enjoy.
Striking or Grappling?
There are arts that teach striking, which is punching, kicking, etc. And there are arts that teach grappling, which involves throws, ground-fighting, etc. In my experience, people tend to gravitate towards one or the other. However, that is changing with the popularity of MMA. Does punching a bag sound like fun? Or would you rather learn how to throw someone to the ground? Figuring out if you're a striker or a grappler is the first step.
How Competitive are You?
Some people thrive on competition. They want to get their moves to work on a fully resisting opponent. Others are looking for personal growth and development, and don't really care about besting someone on the mat. Different arts will have varying views on competition. For example, Aikido is non-competitive. Techniques are practiced and perfected, but generally the art is more about personal development. Judo, which is also a grappling art, is extremely competitive and has matches worked into almost every class. Other arts like Jiu-Jitsu and Karate have a little bit of both. Deciding what your goals are with the art will also guide you to the right program.
How Much Punishment is Acceptable?
Martial arts are a contact sport. Other humans will be trying to punch you, choke you, and/or put you in various contorted positions. You'll get pinched and bruised. Your muscles will be sore the next day. However, the amount of physical punishment varies greatly.
Keep in mind, much of this also depends on the instructors. There are also people who opt out of the combative part of class. Even in full contact karate, you can participate in everything except fighting. You'll work up a sweat, perfect your kata, but pass on the actual combat. People also do this in BJJ and Judo. As long as the instructors are fine with it, you shouldn't have a problem.
Take some time to try out different arts and programs. This is one of the reasons why we have so many at our school! Different people will gravitate towards different kinds of styles and training. Never feel rushed to settle on one style. You'll be happier long term if you find a martial art that fits with your personality and preferences.
Turn on UFC and what do you see? People in all out Beast Mode cracking open faces and breaking bones. Whoa. No thanks. To quote many of my friends and family over the years: "Why pay someone to beat you up every week?" Well, because martial arts aren't all like that!
Okay, full contact karate and BJJ can have their moments. But if you're interested in martial arts without all the GRRRR, there are options!
Allow me to introduce: AIKIDO
Aikido is known as "the gentle art." The class has more of a Yoga feel than a competitive one. Aikido focuses on joint manipulation and off balancing. In training, you learn how to feel the momentum of your attacker and then use it against him/her. Students practice on training partners, but in a non-competitive way.
Instead of competitions or tournaments, Aikido has seminars. Sometimes guest instructors will come in and give lessons. Other times the class will travel to another school. Joint training sessions with other area schools are also common.
When people are nervous about taking a martial art and fear injury, I usually guide them to Aikido.
That being said, you often get out of training what you put in. BJJ and Full Contact Karate (Ashihara) can be done gently and without injury. Just like it is possible to get injure someone if you land an Aikido technique full force. But if you're looking for a martial art that is gentle, non-competitive, but still can be used for self defense and personal development, Aikido might be a perfect fit. We have Aikido for Kids and Adults.
There was a time when I felt that "karate birthday parties" cheapened the martial arts and were just wrong. BUT, I have since learned how important and awesome having martial arts incorporated into a birthday party can be. I don't care how people experience the martial arts, it's the exposure that counts. If a child goes to a birthday party and discovers martial arts THAT IS AWESOME!! Their life has just been changed in such a positive way!
Plus, the fact that kids want to share the martial arts with their friends makes me feel so honored and happy. Recently we put on a birthday party for one of our students. Seeing how proud he was to demonstrate and show his friends his skills, it was awesome. That truly made my day.
We are now offering free birthday parties included with our kids memberships. I hope more kids get exposure to the martial arts and learn these amazing life skills. For more information, contact Brennan or myself. We'll be more than happy to help put together a memorable day for your kiddos!
One of the fun things about martial arts - for kids and some adults - is the cool uniform you get to wear!
We have uniforms for a few reasons. One is because it's traditional, and the martial arts celebrate tradition and history within the classes.
However, the uniform also has a very practical use as well. In arts like BJJ and Judo, the uniform is designed to withstand the rigors of training. It won't rip when grabbed and yanked. It also helps keep things fair in competition. If one person has a loose fitting uniform, it will make it far easier for their opponent to grab it and complete their throw or sweep.
In Karate, a thick uniform acts as a training tool. Listening to the SNAP sound that a uniform makes when you throw a technique helps indicate how sharp and strong the punch or kick was.
Aikido has a unique uniform as well. Since it doesn't need to be as strong as a Karate or Judo uniform, these are a lot lighter. The sleeves are short enough to not get in the way during weapon work. The knees on the pants are reinforced for some of the kneeling work.
The uniforms might seem odd and confusing at first, but they are important! We can help get you the perfect uniform for whatever training you decide to take on.
Recently I've been reading a book called "In the Dojo" by Dave Lowry. The book offers an in depth look into the etiquette, rituals, and history of the Japanese Dojo. Lowry's observations combined with some conversations I've had from students who had once trained in MMA gyms got me thinking.
I've heard many martial artists proclaim themselves to have "traditional" dojos and used this to justify borderline abusive behavior. Some example include making kids do knuckle push-ups on hardwood floors, refusing water to students in a sweltering dojo, and striking students with the intent of causing physical damage. Does abuse make a dojo traditional? Especially since similar conditions can be found in MMA gyms. Some people think the kind of martial arts offered decree if a school is traditional or not. However, arts such as Muay Thai still have a rich tradition and history despite being found in many MMA gyms.
Lowry suggests that it is a subtle attitude and philosophy within the dojo that makes a dojo traditional or modern. I like this notion. A traditional dojo is based off Japanese military history. One element I partially like is the emphasis on training up everyone to their fullest potential. If we look at how a military unit trains, the army is only as strong as their weakest person. Therefore, attention is equally divided amongst the beginner, novice, and advanced students.
Modern and/or sport based dojos have different goals. Unlike traditional dojos, a gym needs just a few very talented individuals to compete and do well in tournaments. A consequence of this is that students who do not already have a strong skillset or natural ability may get neglected. The attention of the instructors is not necessarily equal.
We've tried to develop a dynamic martial arts academy. While we have arts commonly found in MMA gyms, we are undoubtedly a traditional dojo. You can train here and fight MMA or get your accredited rank in Isshin Ryu Karate. You can be a naturally gifted athlete or need reminding on your left and right. Everyone here has our respect and attention.
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We will be offering 2 summer camps!
Kids will have a chance to train in Karate, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Sword! We will also have teambuilding and leadership games and activities. This is perfect for kids already in our program, it will give them more intensive training in the arts they love. However, the camps are open to non-members as well. This will give your kid a chance to experiment and try out a variety of martial arts.
The camps are:
July 20th - 24th
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
August 24th - 28th
9:00 AM - 3:30
-Kids need to pack a peanut free lunch
-Snacks and drinks provided
-Regularly scheduled classes will continue to meet
Family Discount Available: 15% off one full camp membership or when registering for both camps
Call us to register! 585-354-8946
You can also stop in and meet us. We love visitors :)
We are happy to finally be able to offer Yoga!
Vic Williams has been working on getting his certification through Midtown and completed his teacher training course in April. We feel that Yoga goes hand in hand with the martial arts. Many of the core principals are incredibly similar, such as using whole body strength and dexterity, maintaining focus, and working balance. Martial artists can truly benefit from working Yoga into their training.
However, you don't need to be a martial artist to benefit from Yoga. Life is hectic! Work, bills, family, and other obligations can take their toll. Yoga gives you a much needed break from all that. One of the biggest differences I've personally noticed with Yoga compared to other workouts is the way I feel afterwards. After a tough martial arts workout or a long run I tend to feel worn out. Mentally and physically I feel ready to crash! Yet after a Yoga workout I feel refreshed and energized. I know I'm still working, my muscles still feel like they worked pretty hard, but I feel invigorated and ready for more action anyways.
We have both morning and evening classes! I encourage both martial artists and people just looking for an alternative workout to check out a class.
We feel that fitness and the martial arts go very well together. So we are very excited to launch the Rochester Phoenix Martial Arts fitness program, starting in December! We are going to be offering three fitness programs.
Zumba is a fun and energetic workout! We are offering a free class this Saturday, December 6th at 9:00 AM for anyone to come try. This class is running at the same time as our kids karate class, so parents feel free to bring your kids as well!
Check out the Zumba page for more information, or call / text us if you have any questions!
This is a fitness class designed for grapplers, however, anyone will benefit from the workout. Work the core muscle groups needed to have a solid ground game. This will also help improve your endurance, so you can end your rolling strong.
Grappling Bootcamp will be on Tuesdays 8:00 - 8:30 PM - Right after BJJ!!
Anyone who has ever gone more than a few rounds doing stand up sparring knows how tiring it can be. Striking Bootcamp works on developing the cardio and muscles needed for sparring. While this is designed for martial artists, again, it will benefit anyone.
Striking Bootcamp will be on Saturdays 12:30 - 1:00.
Members are encouraged to attend these classes at no extra cost. If you are only looking for Zumba, we will have a separate membership for it.
Call and / or text us for information: 585-354-8946
For the past few months Brennan and I have been playing the role of construction workers more than martial arts students. We are thrilled to finally put our hardhats away and tie our belts back on! It has been a long journey to get here, and we have overcome burst water pipes, exploding toilets, stacks upon stacks of carpeting, and the exciting world of Certificate of Occupancy inspections. We've also learned a lot. I now know how to tile floors, build walls, and the difference between an impact driver and a drill! :) :D
I want to thank everyone for their support through this process! We could never have done it without the help and encouragement from our fellow training partners, friends, and family.
Classes have finally started! All our active martial arts programs are accepting new students. Karate, Aikido, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu are steadily growing. We are also working with some truly awesome kids in our Karate, Aikido, BJJ, and Sword Kids Programs.
Here are some pictures of our progress. The dojo still isn't exactly where we want it to be, but each day we get a little closer to our final vision for Rochester Phoenix Martial Arts.
When Sensei Leigh and Sensei Brennan aren't training, we're keeping you updated on the happenings here at Rochester Phoenix Martial Arts!