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Curriculum

The World Martial Arts Academy curriculum offers a complete regimen of physical conditioning that improves health and fitness. More importantly however, our training benefits the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. We have developed our program from the combined experiences of our instructors. Our unified curriculum is unique and blends the best aspects of multiple arts including Shotokan Karate, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Aikido. We emphasize the power and precision of Shotokan Karate, the weaponry and practical self-defense of the Filipino Martial Arts, and the throws and joint manipulations of Aikido.

At all times — in training and in everyday life — our students are taught to be mindful and follow the guidelines of Karate set forth by the Father of Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, in his Dojo Kun (school oath):

  • Seek perfection of character
  • Protect the way of truth
  • Endeavor to excel
  • Respect others
  • Refrain from violent behavior

 

SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO

Karate-Do is a martial art that that originates from the fighting methods indigenous to Okinawa. Karate-Do, which means “the way of the empty hand,” is a striking art that employs punching, kicking, and open-hand techniques, as well as elbow and knee strikes. SHOTOKAN is the style of Karate created by GICHIN FUNAKOSHI (1868-1957). Funakoshi popularized Karate throughout Japan in the early 1900s through public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university Karate clubs. He is known as the father of modern-day Karate. Shotokan is the name that Funakoshi gave his first school (dojo). Shoto means “pine-waves”, which describes the movement of pine tree needles when the wind blows through them. Shoto is the pen-name that Funakoshi used in his writings. Kan means “hall”. Shotokan provides the base of our standard curriculum.

 

FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS

“Filipino Martial Arts” (FMA) refers to the fighting methods that developed in the Philippines in both ancient and modern times. ARNIS, ESKRIMA, and KALI are the most popular names and are commonly associated with stick, knife and sword fighting. There are numerous styles and systems of FMA. Most teach weaponry as well as hand-to-hand combat, as weapons are mere extensions of the hands. The popularization of FMA is largely credited to “PROFESSOR” REMY AMADOR PRESAS (1936-2001), the founder of Modern Arnis, who made it his mission spread FMA to the rest of the world. In 2010, the Republic of the Philippines declared Arnis as its National Martial Art and Sport. FMA begins around 12-18 months into our standard curriculum. It is also offered as a separate stand-alone program for adults.

 

AIKIDO

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by MORIHEI UESHIBA (1883-1969). Translated as “the Way of Harmony” or “the Way of Harmonious Spirit,” Aikido practitioners blend with the motion of an attacker and redirect the attacking force. Aikido techniques maintain a firm and stable center, while using circular motions to control and direct the opponent. Throws, pins, and joint-locks usually complete Aikido techniques. Aikido begins around 2.5 to 3 years into our standard curriculum.