Disciplines

OUR ACADEMY PROVIDES AUTHENTIC MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION IN THE BLENDED ART OF KIMUDO, KODOKAN JUDO, AND TRADITIONAL WEAPONRY:

 

KiMudo

     Wong, our guardianKiMudo is a blended martial art that primarily combines the kicking and striking techniques of Tae Kwon Do, the throwing and grappling techniques of Judo, and the joint manipulation techniques of Hapkido into a complete and powerful system.  It is designed to be a practical, versatile, and effective means of self defense in close to long-range scenarios.  

   The term KiMudo literally translates as utilizing "energy to follow the warrior's path or way of life."  Throughout his Black Belt career, Grandmaster Craig Hutson has played an active leadership role in the origination, development, and evolution of this dynamic discipline.  He has been a dedicated practitioner since August of 1973, and has taught martial arts continuously from 1976 on.  Grandmaster Hutson opened his own Academy back in 2005, which continues to attract students from far and wide.

 

 Tae Kwon Do

     Tae Kwon Do is an ancient Korean martial art that uses both the hands and the feet in self-defense.  However, there is a strong emphasis on many different kicking techniques, including jumping, spinning, and high ones to the head.  Speed, endurance, and flexibility are showcased in this Art.  In modern times, there are two main schools of thought--the followers of the International Tae Kwon Do Federation and the those of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.  Our Academy focuses on the former and teaches ITF Forms, sometimes referred to as the Blue Cottage style.  Tae Kwon Do is an extremely popular martial art, practiced by students across the globe with many followers in the United States.

 

Hapkido

      Hapkido is well known for joint locks and pressure point strikes.  It selectively incorporates several martial arts systems--from Karate, it derives strength; from Judo, smooth leverage; and from Aikido, the flowing power, or Ki.  This Korean martial art is further distinguished by the combination of three essential principles--Water, Circle, and Harmony.  By fluidly adjusting one's position and adapting to an aggressor's movement and force, the opponent's energy can be harnessed and redirected into a powerful counterattack with minimal additional effort.    This complementary manner of reacting establishes a perpetual and liquid rhythm, as well as constant mobility, the hallmarks of Hapkido.

 

Kodokan Judo

     The origin and development of the martial art of Judo demonstrates the superiority of technique over strength.  It was established in Japan in 1882 by Professor Jigoro Kano.  He utilized moves from the various Jiu Jitsu schools which had been the dominant form of Japanese fighting for hundreds of years, and refined, created, and finally established the modern combative sport of Judo.  It is based on three basic steps:  1)  Kuzushi--unbalancing; 2)  Tsukuri--fitting in; and 3)  Kake--execution. Given the fact that FBI statistics show that 90% of all fights end up on the ground, the demanding discipline of Judo is an excellent choice for students seeking to add to their self defense skills and become adept at both throwing and grappling.  

 

 Traditional Weaponry

     Dragon Kido provides advanced technical training in many different types of traditional weaponry, and more, including:Code of Bushido

  • Bo  Staff
  • Escrima (Kali Sticks)
  • Bokken
  • Tonfa
  • Combat Cane
  • Pho Bak (Hapkido Rope)
  • Shuriken
  • Metal Fighting Fans
  • Nunchaku
  • Sai
  • Kama
  • Katana

Students enrolled in our Academy's Bushido Program develop increased proficiency in wielding a series of martial arts weapons, eventually leading to Black Belt Weaponry Certification.

 

Hyung (Forms)

     Over time, the primary focus of martial arts training shifted away from fighting and sparring exercises designed to facilitate battle readiness, and focused more towards "Forms."  At the most basic level, Forms are a series of choreographed defensive and offensive techniques, that include strikes, blocks, sweeps, throws and kicks, as well as precise footwork and shifting movements.  This kind of practice is similar to utilizing shadowboxing  to acquire and fine-tune fighting skills.  In addition, Forms  help develop body awareness through balance and breath control.  On a more advanced plane, Forms also serve as a personal textbook, detailing the different teaching philosophies and methods of various martial arts warriors.  These practitioners crafted routines based on actual combative experiences. This lent an air of authenticity to Forms training that better prepared students in the event of physical confrontation.

     When a diligent martial artist practices Hyung or Forms for an extended period, the meaning of each routine deepens with the passing of each year. With time and maturity, the techniques cease to be merely physical and become a type of moving meditation. This results in numerous benefits, some of which are improved circulation and stress reduction, making Forms an outstanding exercise for the mind, body, and spirit.

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