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Welcome to the academy's information page. Here you will find answers too many of the questions you may have about training with us. As always, feel free to contact us regarding any specific questions you may have and we would be happy to assist you.
Do you address both stand up and ground fighting?
Yes of course, it is the reality of the world we live in and therefore we must deal with both of these elements. Our philosophy on the ground is much diferent than say Brazillian Ju-Jitsu. Since we are not concerned with "sport" we do not engage in submission grappling, or wrestling matches on the ground. Instead, we use counter grappling mechanics to deal with the situation and get back to our feet as soon as possible. We train for reality and that means that there is a possiblity of multiple attacker threats, so it just makes no sense to be on the ground any longer than necessary.
How are you different from other Martial Arts?
Here there are no illusions, no katas or rituals, simply put no non-sense. We base our mechanics on natural instinctive movements that are easily understood and dont take 5-10 years to be able to use under stress. Our reality-based systems are designed to teach real self-defense and build big ability fast!
Do you have tournaments?
No, we do not have tournaments, unlike some arts, we do not teach a sport.
Can I come in and watch a class?
Absolutely, just email or call us and let us know when you would like to come in. We prefer you either watch or particiapate in a class prior to starting. We believe in providing our students all the information possible for them to make an informed decision about their training.
What's a typical student like, will I fit in?
We attract a wide variety of men/women who share the desire to increase their self-confidence and ability to realistically defend themselves and their loved ones. Participants typically include Military and Law Enforcement personnel, homemakers, high school/college students, athletes, artists, professionals, etc.
What ranking system do you use?
We have adopted a 9 level ranking system for the A.C.W.A. Combatives Program. Unlike in traditional systems, belts are not worn here, but instead both systems use silicon wrist bands to denote student achievement. Rank and testing is only done in the our combatives programs and is optional, as we realize everyone has different goals. Testing does give you a sense of what you know and what you have yet to learn but at the end of the day, for us it is about offering you real world solitions not the color of a band that matters. That said, the A.C.W.A ranking colors are listed below:
Green (9-7) - Blue (6-4) - Brown (3-1) - Black (1,2,3)
What if I'm not in the greatest physical shape right now?
Don't worry about it, our mechanics are designed to teach everybody how to defend themselves. Nobody should avoid learning how to defend themselves just because they're not an athlete. All students will get in better shape during the course; you will increase your power, endurance, speed, awareness and self-confidence. Many students build functional strenght and lose a lot of weight!
Do you publish a Newsletter?
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