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Adult martial arts program

Adult instruction in the martial arts is available to students of (approximately) 13 years of age and upward. 

The Adult instructional program is divided into two courses, with the most urgently necessary and effective techniques arranged so that they are taught earliest in order to equip an adult person with the ability to defend against physical aggression.

  • The Fundamentals of Defense: The cycle that takes a committed student from the first rank to the second is entitled "The Fundamentals of Defense."  This class emphasizes engaging an aggressor and taking the fight to the ground, where the goal will be to exhaust and then disable that person.  There will be a great deal of close-body contact in all of our classes, and especially so during this course; students must be prepared for this kind of interaction with their partners.  Using leverage and sound strategy, students will be equipped with the skills to overcome an unskilled, unarmed attacker.  ​​

  • The Widening Sphere:  Available only to our students with one stripe on their white belt or higher, the Nikyu Cycle is entitled "The Widening Sphere" because it is the martial artist's entry into a wider world of technique and understanding.  The first cycle concerns itself with preparing for defense against an untrained attacker; the second cycle considers the broader strategies and implications of facing a trained fighter.  Building on the techniques and principles of The Fundamentals of Defense course, The Widening Sphere course teaches an expanded set of techniques along with the theory behind their execution.