Q: When can I start?
A: Any time! Call to schedule a private intro session.
Q: At what age can you begin classes?
A: Age 6+, but if a child younger shows the attention and ability for classes then they will be considered. Likewise, if a student age 6 or up does not, they will be recommended to wait until they acquire these skills.
Q: Do you offer private lessons?
A: Yes! Private lessons can be scheduled individually with the instructor.
Q: How old is too old to start?
A: There is NO age that is too old.
Q: Does your school compete in tournaments?
A: Yes, our school competes at least once a year.
Q: What is a Martial Art?
A: A martial art can be defined as a system of techniques; physical and mental exercises developed as an effective means for self-defense and offense, both unarmed and with the use of weapons.
Q: What is Shaolin Kempo Karate?
A: A unique system of self-defense with the combined structure of Kung-fu, Kempo Karate, and Jiu-Jitsu. Through this combination you can effectively avoid harmful situation as well as learn discipline, self-control, self-esteem, confidence and a positive way to good health and conditioning your entire body.
Q: Can anyone learn Martial Arts?
A: Absolutely! Children, women and men of all ages, sizes, and skill levels will both learn and benefit from these highly effective self defense systems. Every student is unique – we will help each one to reach his or her full potential as a martial artist and to grow on a personal level.
Q: How long will it take to become proficient and obtain a black belt?
A: Every student is different. The time it takes to become proficient varies according to your abilities. How long it will take you depends on how often you train, how hard you train, and how much you practice outside of class. Every student will take a test once they have mastered a set of skills necessary for the next rank. A beginner should think in terms of years (as opposed to weeks or months) before s/he begins to be proficient at the martial arts.
Q: What should I do if my child wants to quit?
A: There will come a time when your child will say, “I’m too tired to go to class today.” This is a critical point in your child’s training. You must teach them to follow through and have a never-quit attitude. While the martial arts are an enjoyable and very worthwhile activity for children, it should be recognized that progress takes consistent class attendance, some practice and support from the family – your child can’t drive to class.
Don’t be concerned about “pushing your child.” Children wouldn’t go to school, brush their teeth or clean their room if you didn’t “push them.” There’s a big difference between helping a child follow through on an agreed-upon goal and forcing them to participate.
Q: Are uniforms required?
A: Yes, a gi is required. Gi’s are available for purchase on location.
Q: Is meditation part of some religion?
A: At Oldham County Martial Arts Academy, we begin and end classes with meditation time. The meditation is used to clear the mind of distractions and gets it ready to learn or review what has been learned. It has no religious significance.
Q: What is Filipino Martial Arts?
A: The teaching of the basic skills in Filipino Martial Arts are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach flashy and intricate techniques, only skills that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught in mass were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of the Philippine Martial Arts. Because of this approach, the Filipino Martial Arts are often mistakenly considered to be “simple” fighting arts. However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skill set that takes years to master.
In history, Kali/Eskrima/Arnis has been noted as systems used in combat since the early years of exploration. The Spanish conquistador Ferdinand Magellan was said to have been slain on the shores of Mactan Island in the Philippines by a Kali/Eskrima/Arnis practitioner named Datu Lapu-Lapu. When the Spanish eventually took over the Philippines, the fighting arts went into hiding with its arts embedded into folk dancing and music. Often depicted in “Laro” or plays.
During World War II Kali/Eskrima/Arnis resurfaced in the fight against Japanese occupation in which a noted Philippine infantry wielding machetes called “Bolo Men” trained and assisted US Infantry to defend the Philippines.
During the migration of Philippine laborers over to the US, many humble practitioners reached the shores of Hawaii and California. Those practitioners eventually came in contact with other practitioners of other fighting styles such as boxing in which finding the influence of Kali/Eskrima/Arnis in many of today’s Martial Arts is not uncommon.
Most recently Kali/Eskrima/Arnis again has made an appearance in cinema such as the Bourne Identity movies and in television documentaries on Discovery Channel.
The Philippine martial arts of Kali/Eskrima/Arnis is a great way to learn multiple real world defense techniques. This is a warrior art developed over time through generations of battle techniques by the Philippine people, as well as influences from other Southeast Asian martial art systems. Unlike other fighting systems in which weapons training is secondary, Kali/Eskrima/Arnis teaches weapon applications first that can be later translated to the empty hand version.
Through the classes the student will develop understanding of multiple weapon handling and characteristics along with practical control under a defensive condition. The best way to defend against a weapon is to know how it can be used. Classes cover footwork, striking, trapping, disarms, single/double weapons, impact weapons, blades and empty hand techniques. Kali/Arnis/Eskrima teaches coordination, dexterity and lightning fast reflexes when practiced.
It’s a great exercise for the mind, body and soul. Since most classes involve the student to be partnered with another student, it’s also a great way to meet new and interesting friends.
Q: What are Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Gung Fu Philosophy and Concepts?
A: This eclectic system combines techniques taken from from other martial arts. It should be noted that JKD is not a hybrid system, rather, it is Bruce Lee’s individual “interpretation” of the martial arts.
Bruce Lee stated that it is not an “adding to” of more and more things on top of each other to form a system, but rather, a winnowing out. It can be compared to a sculptor carving the unnecessary elements from a block of material, until he has the form he wants. That is the image that Lee wanted to use to describe JKD. Jeet Kune Do is what was left at the time of Bruce Lee’s death. It is the culmination the life long martial art development process Lee went through.
JKD was heavily influenced by western Boxing and Fencing. Bruce gave up on the more traditional Chinese elements because he felt that they were only good at medium range, not at long range, where real fights often start. The result was that Bruce got rid of many of the Kung Fu/Wing Chun stances in favor of more fluid, flexible fencing and boxing stances.
The idea is to flow, not to be stuck in stances. Some people however, believe that Lee did not totally give up Wing Chun in JKD. Dan Inosanto once said that originally, Bruce Lee wanted to create the ultimate fighting form, but later in the development of JKD, he wanted to use the art for personal development, not just to become a better fighter.
JKD not only combines some aspects of different styles, it also simplifies many of those aspects that it adopts. Lee emphasized what he believed to be the combat effectiveness of JKD.
While practicing western wrestling moves, Lee was once pinned by a skillful opponent, who asked what Lee would do if he actually found himself in this situation. Lee replied, “Well, I’d bite you, of course.” The JKD theory being that a true fighter should do whatever is necessary to defend him or herself. Lee’s goal in JKD was to break down what he saw as limiting factors in the training of the traditional styles, and seek a fighting art which he believed could only be found in the event of a fight. JKD is nowadays seen as the first of the modern spate of mixed martial arts.
JKD followers claim that it is not a fighting style so much as a fighting philosophy. An apt statement is that “JKD is the link between Fight Club and Martial Arts.” What JKD practitioners describe as the weakness of traditional martial arts is its rote memorization. They argue that these memorized movements will not be of help in an actual street fight. JKD does not make one a good fighter, they claim, it makes one a better fighter.