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Martial Arts Wausau

Our Martial Arts Wausau location has really been busy teaching Jui Jitsu techniques in the past few months.   We have had the opportunity to have gymnastics equipment at our disposal which makes our learning much easier. 

We have been able to work on forward and backward rolls using incline mats.  Because of the matted floors, we have been able to practice mount escapes, leg sweeps and a few more take downs than we can usually do on hardwood floors.  We have also been able to work on our Hapkido, wrist locking techniques which really help in self defense situations.

At our YMCA martial arts Wausau location, everyone has the opportunity to train in three main martial arts.  When you cross train in various styles, you learn to develop an awareness of standing and ground defense.  Without that background you could leave yourself vulnerable to many attacks because you may not know what to do in certain situations. 

For example, if someone tackles you to the ground and lays on you, would you know what to do?  If you think you can just punch him off, you may be sadly mistaken.  Some students that really paid attention, got rid of their attackers doing our “spider man drills”.    These drills are made specifically for combative situations where someone is on the ground and you have to either get out or hold the top position. 

These drills are really a blast to play with and make for some serious training.

Verbal Judo Wausau/Self Defense

Call 715-355-4222 to learn Verbal Judo.

Is Verbal Judo the best self defense method to deal with attackers?

Many parents feel that they would rather have their children handle situations by talking and reasoning instead of fighting their way out of problems.



Over 700,000 law enforcement officers have gone through the verbal Judo course to teach them skills to block aggressive behaviors, deflect them and make the flow of communication happen again in situations where it would have gotten out of control without these techniques

Our school began the verbal Judo course a few months ago at our Wausau and Schofield Premier Martial Arts locations. We really started practicing how to deal with bullies and teach non violent resolutions to problem’s children were experiencing at schools. There were many variations which came up in classes. We worked through a bunch of them and really had the kids getting comfortable, with what to say when they were bullied. Now instead of kids just winging it, “verbally”, they have an arsonal of stratigies to back up their physical training.

This way they can resolve aggresive situations with words rather than with violence and know who to talk to in case they have bullly problems. For more information on the Verbal Judo program, contact Premier Martial Arts in Wausau or Schofield by calling 715-355-4222.   To get hands on experience with these techniques go to  and learnVerbal Judo,  in the comfort of your own home.

Wausau Martial Arts/ADHD

Preventing a problem, (using martial arts strategies), before they occur (with self defense preparation) is my motto.   If you knew what an attacker was going to do before you were attacked that would make an escape much easier.  With aggressors being unpredictable, you really have to practice techniques with the assumption that they will behave a certain way, and learn to read body language until it becomes second nature. 

I have trained thousands of students during my life and one thing I have learned is, you have to pick a training partner that may annoy you during training.  Now, don’t expect them to be a great partner.  They will be the best and worst partner you can learn from.  Difficult people teach you what you really need to know about aggressive behavior whether it’s verbal or physical.

People bugging you with name calling or pushing you around are always very common situations, especially at school.  But, how can you practice techniques, defending against bullies verbally or physically?   You have to take a class, or train at a  martial arts school that deals with these situations.  You also must pick what I would call the ultimate martial arts partner.   

We tend to pick training partners with people we feel comfortable hanging around.  However, there is no challenge in that scenario.   I suggest picking a person that has a challenging behavior issue, like someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to test yourself to to the fullest level.  If they don’t bother you by doing something totally unpredictable in the first few minutes you meet them or say something that gets on your nerves, I would be surprised. 

I recommend this strategy at my Wausau martial arts school.  This person would be your ultimate training partner.  A person that is highly unpredictable, usually aggressive, will do things without much thought and challenge your self control.  The perfect partner!   They will test your mental limits by doing sporadic unanticipated things.

ADHD people are also perfect partners because they exhibit uncomfortable behavior.  They may blurt out something verbally that offends you, talk out of turn and not even bat an eyelash doing it.  You will gain so much valuable knowledge from their lack of restraint and the abrupt moves done without provocation.  And more than likely, in a real life situation, the person that you find yourself having to stand up to one day won’t be a well behaved friend or neighbor, it’s going to be someone with a lower level of restraint. Your skill level will be enhanced due to your increased awareness or you will get totally overwhelmed by your partner.  Both are perfect consequences whether good or bad. 

You see your weaknesses if you were not prepared by abrupt attacks.  If you did not respond properly, your partner will usually tell you what you did wrong.  From my experience, they always seem to like to tell you when you were overwhelmed and your feelings are a little hurt but make sure you don’t take their help in a negative way.  They may have tackled you, mauled you, or whatever they tend to do.  That was your best lesson of the day.  Actual real life encounters by an aggressive unpredictable person, in a controlled setting. Law enforcement individuals don’t show up to a call, expecting every person to be cooperative. Yet with practice, handling tough situations becomes less intimidating.

Sure it is uncomfortable to be bothered, but where else will you have a safe, perfect training ground like in a martial arts school.  A black belt is there to ensure your safety when things get too tough and you can learn from actual experience. 

Need a partner, pick the tough ones, not the easiest so you can learn more and get the most of your training. 

Have you ever trained with an ADHD student?  Whether good or bad, tell me your story!

Self Defense Wausau

What is the best self defense method to learn?  One that works for you.  Use the KISS principle.  Keep it simple stupid or simple sweet (if you don’t like to use the word stupid).

When practicing a self defense move, a technique should work almost every single time they are used.  Nothing works 100 percent but some self defense moves work  better than others.

What makes a move work consistently and another not?  Sometimes you have not practiced the technique well enough, or the move is not practical.

If you have a very large opponent on top of you and they have you by a hundred pounds, things could get a little tough for you.  I have heard people argue, that with their style,  you can defeat a larger opponent if you learn the moves correctly.  But, they will complain that a fighter they trained did not win because their opponent was 10 pounds heaver than they were.  I always wonder what happened to the comment  “it doesn’t matter how big they are “.    That changes when the reality comes into play.

How does a smaller opponent do a move, that will work consistently on a larger or smaller opponent?  Use a move that does not require strength and capitalize on your opponents weaknesses.

No matter what style you train in, your opponent still has to see and breathe.  Hit them in the eyes, throat or groin.  Poke in the eyes, strike them in the throat or groin.  Those always work in self defense situations.

So keep to the basics and do what works.  Easy techniques do not require much strength.  Even a child can poke you in the eyes.    It still hurts.

Self defense does not have to be difficult, it only needs to get done when needed.   Keep it simple sweet!