I am really pleased to say that Andrew Rheeston Martial Arts has been accepted into the ranks of the Minnesota Kali Group (MKG) with our adults Mixed Martial Arts class. This makes ARMA one of only 8 schools currently in the UK teaching under the MKG Banner and for this purpose, we are known as MKG Birmingham. I cannot wait to see how this progresses, the arts taught in this adults class are Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do (JKD) and Filipino Martial Arts.
Muay Thai Kick Boxing
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and our most popular training session at MKG UK Southampton. Muay Thai fighters have been called “Kings of the ring”, where they may strike any part of the body. This art is an awesome display of strong offence with a constant focus on defensive structure and legendary endurance! Through our parent school in the US, we have taken this highly effective ring art and devised drills that are fun yet challenging – you will be confidently hitting pads and developing good reactions from the very first class. Not only are these classes easy for the beginner student, but they are also hard enough for even the most seasoned of athletes. The “go at your own pace” structure of our classes means you make it as physically challenging as you want to (but we would like you to appreciate this arts body conditioning capabilities!).
Our classes will help you utilise the 8 weapons of the body – fists (punches), elbows, feet (kicks), and knees – all performed through various drills, combinations and fitness workouts on handheld pads. This will get you in great shape, yet teach you to defend against many types of attack.
Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
In the 1960s/70s, the late Bruce Lee, with Dan Inosanto, researched every martial art they could – what emerged was a compelling and completely new system of training. The mixing of the best techniques for striking, trapping and grappling from each art they studied, as well as developing training methods to perfect these, made this new ‘art’ a very dynamic and complete system – renowned for its economy of motion.
Jun Fan Gung Fu/JKD is a mix of high-energy kickboxing drills, intricate trapping, locking and in-fighting and occasional ground tactics.
Filipino Martial Arts
Kali (sometimes called ‘Escrima’) often serves as an umbrella term for all the Filipino martial arts. However, our focus includes a wide spectrum of weaponry – staff, stick, blade and knife as well as weapons of opportunity – the objective being to perform techniques such as counters, disarms sweeps and locks in flow.
Whilst ordinary people do not carry weapons, we believe that training in weaponry art greatly improves your chances of escaping an attack from someone that does.
Our classes emphasise safety first, but are fun and rewarding to learn – they improve hand-eye coordination, balance, footwork, timing and how to manipulate the opponent.
Our Kali program includes the empty hand aspect of this powerful art – Panantukan, Panantukan sometimes referred to as ”Dirty Boxing” was developed as a backup system for when the weapon was disarmed.