Child Training in martial arts, self defense. Child wearing a blue training gi doing a front kick with instructor
Junior Dragon Martial Arts (Junior Dragons) The Junior Dragon course is a mixed martial arts program. Master Kelly draws on his broad-based knowledge of Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Jujitsu, Aikido, Kung Fu, and his Bachelors in physical education This course is designed for children, ages 5–12, of all abilities. Due to the large range of physical and mental capabilities of these ages, Master Kelly takes a flexible approach to skill development as he has been teaching chidren professionally since 1982. The Junior Dragon Martial Arts course features a variety of fun drills to increase coordination and to learn to follow specific instructions. The drills consist of blocks, kicks, rolls, and balance exercises. The environment fosters respect, determination, teamwork, and fun. The Junior Dragon core curriculum is the same for all students, with individual exercises tailored to each student’s rank and ability. All students are provided with study guides showing detailed requirements for the next rank and giving parents an objective yardstick for their child’s progress.
Mountain Dragon Martial Arts (MDMA) This course is a mixed martial arts (MMA) program, with Wing Chun at its core, supplemented by elements of Aikido and Jujitsu. The objective is reality-based self defense, preparing you for the near-infinite variety of conflict situations that can arise in real life.
With MDMA’s wing chun core, you will develop fast reflexes and learn to strike and kick in ways that debilitate your opponent. You will also learn aikido techniques for throwing an opponent using their own force against them, and you will learn falling and rolling techniques to keep yourself safe if you are thrown. MDMA will also teach you jujitsu techniques for defending yourself on the ground, after a fall or take down.
As you advance, you will learn transitional techniques for defending yourself from standing to ground combat to escape. You will learn how to use and defend against knives, sticks, staffs, pistols, and swords. Your reality-based training will encompass empty-hand and weapons sparring, as well as wooden dummy work, making you a well-rounded and confident student of the martial arts.
MDMA is a principle-based program, meaning that it emphasizes general principles of footwork, fighting range, and whole body power generation, rather than teaching rote memorization of sequences of moves. You will learn to draw on MDMA’s principles spontaneously, creating your own effective sequences as needed.
Aikido / Aiki-Jujitsu This course is a blend of the Japanese martial arts of Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu, Tomiki Aikido, Jujitsu, and Judo. Considered "soft" martial arts, they focus on blending with an opponent's energy to gain control of them with joint locks, throws, and submissions. In addition to reality-based martial applications, there are musculoskeletal health benefits from practicing this art. Judo is utilized by elite MMA professional fighters for throws to submissions!
Qigong Qigong (pronounced chee gong), is a Chinese system of exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations that teach you to control your body’s “life energy,” called Qi by the Chinese and Prana by East Indian Yogis. Since the Chinese word gong means “skill,” Qigong literally means “life energy skill.” It is sometimes referred to as Chinese or Taoist yoga.
Taoist mountain hermits and healers created the mental and physical exercises of qigong more than 5000 years ago to balance the flow of qi in the body. In addition to general-purpose exercises, they also developed seasonal exercises, as well as those based on the natural movements of animals. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that energizing the blood with Qi promotes health and vitality and increases longevity. Modern research has found that long-term practice tends to strengthen the immune system, prevent disease, protect joints and ligaments, and even promote happiness.
In Qigong classes, you will learn to master movement exercises, which all have a beneficial effect on the balance of the body's energy system. In addition to the health benefits, you will share in one of humanity’s oldest physical traditions. The curriculum changes with the seasons to be in balance with natural energies. Western science has now validated such an approach in order to maximize both cognitive and physiological benefits.
Tai Chi We offer Tai Chi classes for any level from beginner to advanced. Our courses evolve from meditation, to movement practices, then “forms” practice (standard sequences of moves), “push hands” games, and weapons training. Emphasis can be placed on health and rejuvenation, practical martial applications, or both, depending on the student’s desire.
Baguazhang was the exclusive method of Chinese body guards protecting the emperor. Today it is still the preferred martial art of the Chinese police. Executive protection experts who need to deal with multiple attackers often choose baguazhang as well.
Our course work begins with basic principles of footwork, hand gestures (“palms”), and linear walking. The student then progresses to circle walking and eventually application exercises as more palms are introduced.
Each palm has its own unique character, or “energy,” and is essentially its own martial art embedded within the baguazhang system. Sifu Martin Kelly has studied baguazhang with leading masters in the U.S. and China.
Fighting For Fitness™ (FFF) Master Kelly trademarked the name “Fighting For Fitness” over 20 years ago, it has evolved into Mixed Martial Arts conditioning format, as result of coaching champion MMA athletes. FFF draws on Master Kelly’s academic training in anatomy and B.S. Degree in physical education, as well as, 30+ years experience as a certified personal fitness trainer helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.
There are two primary distinctions between Master Kelly’s FFF and other typical kickboxing programs:
First, FFF teaches bio- mechanically correct exercises, ensuring that the course’s rigorous repetitive motions will not harm student's joints or connective tissue. Unfortunately, poorly designed exercises are all too common in the fitness industry, and many avid students of other aerobics programs are unknowingly damaging their joints over time.
Second, unlike some other kickboxing programs in which the kicks and punches only serve to get your body moving, FFF teaches real martial arts techniques. You will learn the "proper way" to punch ,throw, kick effectively, practicing full speed and power with the "most advanced gear" Century"s MMA Versys System. This means that while you are building cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility, you will also develop real self-defense skills.
We have lots of fun in FFF getting in shape and building our skills to high-energy music. Please come join us!
In addition to group exercise / martial arts class instruction, I provide Personalized Fitness Training and Massage Services by appointment. For more info, prices or to book an appointment please call: 719-573-8801 Class Schedule:(Effective 02-01-17)
Tues: 4:30 pm - Jr. Dragons 5:00 pm - Wing Chun Kung Fu 6:00 pm - Internal Arts: Tai Chi, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan etc. 7:00 pm - Mountain Dragon MMA 8:00 pm - Qigong / Yoga