The type of training I’ve gone through in my life and how I to this day continue to train, have shaped and sculpted my curriculum. It is truly unique, and designed to provide massive amounts of information to my students without overwhelming them or wasting their time with meaningless forms and traditions. Every aspect of their training is about maximizing their understanding of “how to apply” rather than “how to perform”.
Here, my students do NOT memorize forms, perform traditional skills, attend tournaments, break boards and bricks, or sign up for expensive “Black Belt Clubs”… ugh… how I despise these dead traditions and tactics used by McDojos to pull more money from your wallets each month. I have to force myself to not go off on a tangent regarding all their nonsense. If I seem arrogant, I’m not. If I seem biased, I am. I’ve been through all that garbage and never found any use or value to it. What I do now, is the direct result of my passion for quality martial arts training, while never sacrificing the integrity or reputation of my business.
The curriculum and structure of training I provide is entirely about discovery and continuing improvement (hence the name “Kaizen”). Rather than memorizing forms and performing impractical skills, my students apply their skills as they learn them. The drills are designed to develop muscle memory, instinct, situational awareness, and concept application. Students learn at an accelerated rate, however I don’t accelerate their belt advancement for my youth students. Here, earning a Black Belt still holds value for them. It is not a race or competition, nor is it a status symbol.
My adults require no ranking system at all. There are no formalities or titles, and most importantly, my adults train in techniques that are appropriate, practical, effective, and safe. Seriously… why so many martial arts studios make their adults do jump spin kicks and head kicks and flying kicks is beyond me. It’s not practical, nor is it effective or safe. Instead, as I train them and develop their foundation skills, they focus on the “feeling” of the technique, and it’s “flow and purpose”. The end result is a student who understands what they’ve learned, and they have the ability to apply it in the real world, when the attacker or opponent is for real.