Posts Tagged ‘Mixed Martial Arts Wausau’

MMA Wausau

Starting in the MMA Wausau area is really exciting but you really need to have a good foundation to have success.  What exactly is a good Mixed Martial Arts foundation?

First, you should learn some basic kickboxing techniques and how to do them with precision.  Practicing  punches with lousy technique requires fixing in the future.   So, why practice a punch where you are swatting, punching with your wrist bent or without putting any weight behind the strike?  That is a good question because these problems will not give you the power,to do any real damage. 

Also, proper footwork and positioning of your body weight have a great impact on your strike.  If you punch an opponent and you are the only one that moves when you hit, you are either hitting a Sumo wrestler or you got a problem.  Stumbling off balance and leaning too much throws off your center of balance which makes your punches weak.  Let’s face it guys, in MMA, if you look weak, you probably are weak. 

That is why you need to practice your form when punching.  Just as a quarterback has to throw a spiral you need to strike in a straight direction when punching straight.   A straight punch actually takes time to learn.  You need to drill the technique, keeping your elbow in, blocking your jaw, rotating your wrist, looking  at your opponent and dropping your weight at the right time to have some basic skills to get it right.

Second, you really need a grappling background to round yourself.  Grappling is not the only answer because many Ju Jitsu guys do not know how to deal with strikers.  But, you should know what to do when you hit the ground.  I have seen many a Jui Jitsu guy not have a clue how to avoid punches.  They only want to learn the ground game and can pay price when someone will not let you go to the ground. 

In our Wausau MMA school, one of my black belts once said “how do you have the patience to teach everyone the same thing over and over again?  It would drive me crazy”.  I told him, you can learn something  from every student from the way they respond to a move, how they do the move and use those differences to make your skills and others better.  Just keep on practicing!

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 Karate Birthday Parties


Let your child experience the martial arts with a Karate birthday party at Premier Martial Arts. You do not have to be a member of our program to have a party. All you need is the desire to be a Martial Artist for the day. Each child will learn about self control, discipline, “cool” karate kicks, how to deal with strangers and participate in a real karate class with their friends.

After pizza, cake and opening of presents, we will play some dodge-ball games to have a blast.

The birthday child gets to cut the cake with a real sword (With instructors help)

Our parties include:
Pizza
Soda or Juice
Plates
Napkins
Plastic utinsils
Balloons

Minimum of five children, only $8.00 per child, cake is not included. Maximum of 40 per party. Party length is two hours. Usual day for party is on Saturdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you would like more information please call, 715-355-4222.