We use martial arts as a means for growth in all areas of our lives. Our students bring unique skills and backgrounds to the mat every week. Together, we hone our skills and share our experiences. We’re passionate about focusing our diversity into achieving our common goal: to become better martial artists and thereby better people.
We believe that the practice of martial arts should always be functional. Our classes teach both the technical and street sides of combat, with an eye toward real-world self-defense. We train across the arts, utilizing stand-up, ground, armed, and hand-to-hand techniques. We explore personal strengths and weaknesses as we strive to prepare our students for whatever lies ahead.
While physical talent and stamina help, we have found that desire and willpower are the real keys to success. We invite students of all ages and ability levels to join us for a class or private lesson.
Developed in the 1930s, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is the relatively recent form of ancient Japanese discipline. BJJ is primarily a ground art, vital in self-defense today when over 75% of all fights end up on the ground. Its name, meaning “gentle art”, points to its emphasis: strategic positioning over your opponent rather than the more prevalent kick and punch. It does not rely on brute strength like many other martial arts, but instead, focuses on controlling an opponent through pressure, leverage, and holds.
When training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we focus initially on students gaining dominant positions over their opponents while learning to escape from vulnerable ones. Once the basic positions and escapes have been established, we begin to teach submission techniques training toward ending the conflict. In the process, students develop flexibility, physical and mental relaxation habits, stamina, and agility.
Place Reding Martial Arts – East Side
Head CoachProfessor: Mark Reding