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Karate Wausau

People often ask, what is the difference between Karate and Taekwondo?  First off, Karate is usually considered a Japanese art and Taekwondo is a Korean style art. 

Karate has really taken off in the last few months due to the remake of the movie, the Karate Kid.  Whether it is a Korean, Japanese  or Chinese art, most people do not seem to care, primarily because they do not know the differences yet.

Every Japanese art I ever trained in was very rigid and disciplined.  Most instructors did not want to cater to children because kids usually can not handle the ridgidness of classes.  Now days many instructors have become a little more open too being nicer and attracting children.   That is because they had to or they would be like the “Maytag repair man”,  with no one training in class but themselves!

 Taekwondo has become one of the most popular arts in the country primarily due to  really cool kicks which are appealing to kids and adults.  The classes are disciplined and instructors are more understanding of children’s needs in training.  By that I mean they have developed skill drills which build coordination, timing, speed, focus and keep kids having fun while staying on task.  

I have heard some comments from people that the movie, the Karate Kid should  have been named differently because they did Kung Fu, instead of Karate.  Did it really matter?  To some people it does.   But I say, don’t get too hung up on the small stuff, just enjoy the movie and the ideas behind the movie. 

Some people train for many years in the martial arts.  You could say to them, you aren’t doing this or that art.  You can’t do them all!   I feel like I tried that, but you have to keep your knowledge attainable or you are chasing after too much.  For an instructor, you have too look at what is most important for students to learn and focus on those areas.  I have always felt that self defense is extremely important, sparring helps tune in those skills, forms help work on balance, breathing, focus, timing, grappling helps with the ground defense and other techniques just too name a few keep everyone striving for excellence. 

 Mr Heil and myself sat on the testing board at Mission Lake where some students advanced to higher black belt levels such as Mr. Schuster/3rd degree, Mr. Zinkowich/2nd degree, and Miss. Rogan/1st degree.  These individuals put a ton of effort into their training and they are helping in classes all the time to help you learn your techniques more effectively. 

In our Wausau Karate school, one of our instructors’, Mr. Adam Salazar has been teaching Karate, Korean Karate, Kung Fu forms and extreme martial arts to our students.   He has been with me for about 14 years.  He can see a form, practice it for a few minutes and do it like he had been training with it for years.  He and other students showed off their techniques in our demonstrations and tournnaments throughout the Midwest area for years.   Adam wants to spread some of his experiences and training to students who want to push themselves a little harder than the average person.  He may be opening a branch school in Antigo, early 2011 if everthing works out. 

If you want to challenge yourself, now is the time to get it done!  We are setting up our tournament competition team/demonstration team to prepare for upcomming events. So talk to Mr. Salazar or Mr. Malone to get involved. 

Friday evening classes, during the speciality class are the best times to work on your tricks, flips and creative techniques.

Ju Jitsu Wausau

The word “Karate” has become a “catch phrase word”  for other arts, even though they do nothing  karate like, in their art.  For example, Ju Jitsu will advertise under the name of Karate regardless that it is very different martial art. 

Ju Jitsu or Jui Jitsu is taught as a grappling art, where you are wrestling on the ground using leverage techniques to cause your opponent to submit.  With Karate, you employ mostly strikes and kicks.  With Karate, grappling is not allowed.   I have trained in many Karate schools where grappling is frowned upon.  However, I believe you should have a ground game under your belt, when you train. 

So, why are these styles getting muddled up so much and how do you figure out what you want to do?  The styles are getting mixed because everybody in our culture wants to know everything.  We want the best of both worlds, Karate and Jui Jitsu.  Hence, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) comes to the rescue.

Now, what is this MMA deal?  Is it where you have to get in a cage and kick the crud out of another opponent.  Not really and maybe.  Mixed Martial Arts are where you combine one or more martial arts together and train to become more well rounded.  The evolution of the term MMA and television have recently coined the term MMA, to mean “cage fighting”.  They are guys that like to put their skills to the test in a steel cage doing mixed Martial Arts techniques. 

You don’t have to be in a cage to learn Mixed Martial Arts.   Bruce Lee was one of the first people to teach us that and the evolution since that time has been unique.  Some people would compare it to the gladiators in Rome but with rules.  Others feel that practitioners lack the discipline and moral character to be called martial artists.  They feel they are only fighters and lack self control. 

I really don’t feel they are undisciplined in their training.  In fact, they are highly disciplined in practice and conditioning.    I usually see a lack of self control displayed, demonstrating  poor sportsmanship, cocky attitudes instead of humility and the list goes on.  Therefore, they seem to be good fighters but lack the morals behind good Martial Arts training (courtesy, integrity, self control, self control, modesty).  That is not all MMA guys, just many of them.

Wausau Jui Jitsu/Martial Arts Instruction

Our Wausau Jui Jitsu program has been around for 20 years but yet, some people have not figured out where we are located.  We have two convenient locations.  One at the YMCA in Wausau, Wisconsin, the other at 920 Grand Ave. Schofield, accross the steet from Arbys, behind Coldwell Banker Realty. Both locations teach mixed martial arts instruction of grappling and striking arts.

Our Wausau Jui Jitsu blend has a mix of everything.  Some from Pankration, Japanese  and Brazilian Jui Jitsu styles.  My training in the grappling arts started off with wrestling in high school and then Judo in 1982, at the YMCA in Stevens Point, WI. This went through my college days learning.  Later I found Royce Gracie and trained with him in the early 1990’s at various seminars and my path has really branched from there.

I started a different style which incorporated a different concept from strictly grappling. This style, called Pankration, has rules similar to what you would find in the Ultimate Fighting Championships but the rules do not allow striking to the head much. Most other rules apply to both methods. You will find training in Pankration methods will really enhance your cardio, build the foundation for a better ground game and give you some practical defenses, for tough situations.

The main advantage training with Pankration is the combination of striking and punching. In most grappling arts you are not striking and from lack of practice leave yourself unprepared for strikers. You only do, what you are trained to do. How can you expect to be prepared if you don’t practice what needs to be done? For example, when a hunter is planning to go out on opening day, what do most hunters do to prepare? They sight in their gun to be sure they know the gun is shooting right. Who wants to shoot around your deer? In fighting, who wants to leave holes in your offense or defense? That is why you need to learn striking and grappling combined.

Keep on training but always get rid of the holes in your fighting game by working on Judo, Jui Jitsu or wrestling to enhance your ground game. Also, train your stand up to work on striking combinations or you will be fair game when you actually get into a fight.