Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. It was developed in a hostile environment in which combatants could not devote many hours to hand-to-hand combat training. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of proficiency in a relatively short period of time. There are no forms (katas), rules, or set combinations as reactions to attacks. Instead, Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self protection techniques which are specifically catered to reality based attack situations.
The art of Krav Maga is much more of a survival system dealing with personal safety issues. It is considered to be a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be used against armed and unarmed attackers. Krav Maga teaches students to instinctively respond to a wide variety of aggressive acts which include punches, kicks, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against multiple attackers and assailants armed with a firearm, edged weapon, or blunt object. Since many attacks end up on the ground, or other awkward positions, upper-level classes include practice and response to many real-world situations under a variety of conditions.
Krav Maga training stresses the ability to react when surprised. Techniques and training methods emphasize the ability to function from a poor state of readiness, and to move from a passive to aggressive state immediately in order to fight back and survive. Training methods teach students to react effectively under stress and to move efficiently from a position of disadvantage to a position of advantage.
In addition to self-defense, Krav Maga teaches hand-to-hand combat. This is a more advanced and sophisticated phase, and shows how to neutralize an opponent quickly and effectively. It embodies elements related to the actual performance of the fight including tactics, feints, powerful combinations of different attacks, the psychological dimensions of the fight, and learning how to use the environment to your advantage.
Krav Maga includes specialized training methods to not only challenge students physically, but to also instill a special mental discipline meant to strengthen the spirit and to develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under intense stress. Advanced classes and seminars will address a wide range of topics that are from today’s crime headlines; and show how professionals are taught to respond to such situations.
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All parents want the same things for their children – to be safe, happy, healthy, and successful in life. Help your child reach all of those goals with the leader in fitness and self-defense education for kids – Krav Maga!
Our comprehensive Youth Training Program is unparalleled in its approach to kid-specialized fitness and self-defense training. Not only do kids learn practical and realistic self-defense while staying active and healthy, our Youth Training Program is designed to equip kids with essential life skills such as respect, goal-setting, and teamwork.
Our nationally certified instructors will give your kids the attention they deserve, the fun they want, and the skills they need. With Krav Maga Youth Training your kids will become confident, healthy, disciplined, and successful.
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Our beginners Jiu-Jitsu training includes over 100 techniques that could literally save your life during a real street confrontation. This innovative teaching method is an adaptation by Professor Pedro Valente of Grand Master Hélio Gracie’s private class curriculum.
Frequent practice is essential if efficiency is to be gained in the Fundamentals class. The key to learning Jiu-Jitsu is repetition. The ultimate goal is to condition your sub-conscious with Jiu-Jitsu techniques so that you can automatically react in a critical situation.
After you beginning training, you will have the opportunity to join the Advanced Program. This program consists of different specialized classes and focuses more deeply on each separate element of a fight. In the course of the Advanced Program you will learn new techniques and combinations, improve your reaction time, and refine your current knowledge.
At this level, Jiu-Jitsu will become natural and you will learn to put the basic techniques together into various combinations, with the use of leverage and momentum.
The Program consists of the following techniques among others:
• Grappling Techniques
• Throwing Techniques
• Striking & Clinching Strategies
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History of Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu is one of the oldest forms of martial arts known to man. It is said to have originated over 2,000 years ago by Buddhist monks from northern India, a few miles north of Bernares, where a man, known today as Buddha, the "Enlightened One," lived a peaceful life. The monks who followed the Buddha’s teachings wandered the countryside divulging Buddhism. In these journeys, they were often robbed and murdered. In response to this, they created a system of fighting techniques designed to defend themselves against their oppressors and attackers. Because it was against their religious principles to harm others, they developed a system without the use of any weapons and violent techniques.
These grappling techniques came to Japan between the late 17th and mid-19th century. The method of unarmed grappling and self-defense came to Japan and evolved to what is known today as jujutsu or jiu-jitsu. The term jiu-jitsu is translated as "art of gentleness." This "art of gentleness" was practiced and perfected by the Japanese over centuries, kept hidden from other nations.
In the 1800s, the Japanese opened their ports and began commerce with the English and other nations. The foreigners visiting Japan were amazed with jiu-jitsu, which to the foreigners was a new strategy of fighting. It was a fighting style where weaker and smaller were capable of defeating bigger and stronger opponents. Jiu-jitsu continued to flourish and develop, helping give birth to many other styles of martial arts, including judo - an art developed by Jigoro Kano (1860-1938).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born in the early 1900s in the same manner. It was planted in fertile ground in a family of Scottish immigrants. In 1914, Mitsyuo Maeda (1878-1941), a man representing the Japanese government, arrived in the city of Pará, Brazil. He befriended the Gracie family, particularly the family’s patriarch, Gastão Gracie. Gastão was a "Carioca" (person from Rio de Janeiro) and a descendant of Scottish immigrants. He had eight children: Carlos, Gastão, Osvaldo, Jorge, Lika, Helena, Mary, and Hélio Gracie. Gastão Gracie helped Maeda, also known as "Conde Koma", prosper in his business in Belém. To show his gratitude, Maeda taught Carlos Gracie, Gastão’s eldest son, the techniques of Japanese jiu-jitsu. Carlos, in turn, passed along those teachings to his brothers.
Carlos Gracie soon relocated to Rio de Janeiro, and there he began to teach jiu-jitsu. Just as it was taught to him, Carlos passed along the techniques and principles of jiu-jitsu to all of his brothers -- most notably, to the smallest of his brothers, Hélio Gracie.
Hélio was, as a child, small and physically frail. Kept away from physical activity at a doctor’s recommendation, Hélio spent years limited to only watching Carlos and his brothers teach and train.
One day when Hélio was 16 years old, a student arrived for class and Carlos was nowhere to be found. Helio, who had memorized the words and techniques of his older brother, offered to start the class. Soon after the class ended, Carlos arrived and apologized for his delay. The student answered, "No problem. I enjoyed the class with Hélio very much and if you don't mind, I'd like to continue with him." Carlos agreed and it was then that Hélio became an instructor.
Hélio soon realized that some of the techniques he had memorized from watching Carlos teach were difficult, owing to his small size and lack of strength, for him to execute. It was at this time that Hélio began to adapt those moves to his frail body's abilities, improving the leverage in the execution of some of those techniques. Daring to break away from the traditional Japanese style, he began experimenting, modifying and perfecting simple techniques that would be effective regardless of stature. Many of the traditional facets of the art that depended on physical prowess and strength were removed and replaced with flowing techniques. Through trial and error, techniques were modified and perfected, emphasizing efficient technique and strategy over brute strength and force. It was through this process that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) was born.
Hélio and his brothers continued to modify and perfect the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through years of training and countless challenges matches. The Gracies would take on all comers, of any size and from any art, in order to perfect the art. For seventy years, represented by the family champions (including Hélio, Carlson, Rolls and Rickson), the family remained undefeated and in doing so, left an indelible mark on the world of martial arts and fighting. In more recent times, through events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Pride Fighting Championships, K-1 Mixed Martial Arts, Deep, Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships and the Campeonato Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie family and other representatives of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continue to prove the devastating effectiveness of this beautifully efficient art.
Today, this tradition of flawless technique is carried on by Hélio’s sons - Rorion, Relson, Rickson, Rolker, Royler, Royce and Robin - as well as thousands across the world. Fighters and teachers, men, women and children alike use the principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a myriad of purposes, including self-defense, fitness, sportive combat, and professional vale-tudo ("everything goes") fighting.
Left to Right: Rolker, Royce, Rorion, Helio, Relson, Rickson and Royler
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If you are like most parents who seek a way for their child to become more focused and disciplined at school and at home, then check out our program! At Gabrieles Groton Kids Karate, your child will enjoy the excitement, fast-pace, and release that karate class give them, as well as the courage and confidence to overcome life's challenges and fears.
Your child will feel like a super stuntman, as our class combines fun, fitness and age-appropriate games that enhance motor skills and engage children.
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•Become fit, flexible and coordinated
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Younger students participate in discussions about “Fire Safety” “Stranger Danger”, “When to call 911”, and “Street Safety”.
WE PROVIDE TWO AGE-APPROPRIATE LESSONS FOR LITTLE ONES:
•Kinder Karate (ages 2 to 3)
•Ninjas (ages 4 to 6)
A high-energy class Karate class not only keeps kids in shape, it also develops a child’s mind, body and behavior; and instills success-enhancing qualities like respect, honor and teamwork.
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Gabrieles Martial Arts delivers a high-energy Karate program created exclusively for teens.
No boring drills and tedious circuits in this class; instead we offer practical self defense training and life skills training that benefit teens outside of the dojo.
JUNIORS AND TEENS LEARN:
•Practical self defense skills
•How to break free from chokes and holds
•Counter attacks for kicks, punches, sticks, knives and guns
•How to defuse bullying and avoid confrontational situations
•Overcome the fear of falling and failing
•Plus, much, MUCH MORE!
Our Teen Karate classes gives kids an amazing workout and helps shape character through martial art philosophies like honor, integrity, teamwork and respect.
Teens learn about realistic goal setting, and are encouraged to work hard to achieve academic and martial arts success. Created for children 7 to 18, this rewarding program gives young adults a fun and challenging fitness activity where they receive encouragement and support from role models as well as their peers.
WE HAVE TWO AGE-SPECIFIC MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR JUNIORS AND TEENS:
•Youth Champions (ages 7 to 12)
•Teen Karate (for teens 13 and up)
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If you are looking for an extreme high-caliber mixed martial arts school that blends martial arts with self defense, look no further than Gabrieles Martial Arts.
Using a custom blend of Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing you will learn to control and overpower your opponents regardless of their size, strength or athletic ability.
YOU WILL LEARN:
•Lightning-fast kicks and punches
•Empty hand combat moves
•Power striking techniques using kicks, knees, and close quarter elbow striking
•How to recognize and deal with potential threats
•How to protect yourself in almost every situation imaginable
•Plus, much, MUCH MORE!
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This extreme kickboxing workout combines kickboxing techniques with high-intensity aerobics, and the latest fitness training available. Using your hands, arms, elbows, legs and knees to kick and punch your way into excellent shape.
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