WELCOME TO K.O. MARTIAL ARTS
We are now able to offer Tai Chi in the park!
Unfortunately many of our regular classes remain shut down due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.
In normal times, the only way to get better in the martial arts is to put in the time. We're here to practice, week after week.
Currently Unavailable - Lochlin Community Centre
In this class we'll be learning about punching, kicking, blocking, dodging, and footwork. All ages welcome.
Every class will start with movement drills to warm up, then technique and partner drills, often finishing with some light sparring.
With practice, you'll be able to defend yourself in a fistfight.
Currently Unavailable - Lochlin Community Centre
In this class we'll be learning about weight, balance, grips, chokes, joint locks, and take-downs. All ages welcome.
Each class will involve practicing movement and technique, as well as partner drills and "rolling" (ground sparring).
Safer than striking, the best workout you've had in years!
Sundays, 10am - Head Lake Park, Haliburton
Contact for interest in a Minden Class.
Tai Chi is based on balance and fluid movement. You can expect slow, twisting movements that loosen the joints and ease muscle tension. Tai Chi is meditation in motion.
In this class we focus on basic posture and breathing, shifting weight, softening the hips and shoulders, and using the waist to guide our movement.
PERSONAL AND GROUP LESSONS
Use your free time to improve!
Is your schedule too complex to make weekly classes? Want to squeeze in a few extra hours practice every week? Starting with one on one instruction, these classes are more specific to your needs. Try one this week!
Lessons: $30/h + Travel
Learn to defend yourself from violence. Develop movement, fitness, and familiarity with aggressive situations by facing your fears and simulating them. Training begins with a gradual introduction to use of force. Emphasis is placed on learning distance (where can you hit from, and be hit from), efficient motion (how to punch and kick powerfully without tiring yourself out), and posture (how to keep your balance and move more gracefully).
Kung Fu means skill earned through hard work and practice. More than merely punching and kicking; Kung Fu in the context of martial arts means to develop a more comprehensive understanding of whole body mechanics over many years.
In this class, you will learn self-discipline and a mentality of improvement. Train your body to become more flexible and dynamic. Here, fighting skill is a secondary consideration and side-effect of self-development.
Most classes will focus on developing technique, using concepts from a mix of martial arts styles.
Gentle, flowing movements characterize Tai Chi. If you feel your movements haven't been "gentle" or "flowing" in a while, practicing Tai Chi may be a great benefit to your quality of life.
Classes will focus on relaxing, and feeling our weight as we shift from position to position. Sometimes we may practice some Qigong.
The aim of Tai Chi is to create balance in movement; not too stiff, not too limp. With consistent practice, you will find yourself becoming more graceful and stable in your movement.
Characterized by deep breathing and stretching, some have nicknamed Qi Gong, Kung-Fu Yoga.
Qi Gong 氣功 translates to mean, "breathing practice". 氣 Qi = Air, 功 Gong (or Kung) = Practice.
Qigong is a metarobic exercise, like Yoga and Tai Chi. This means low intensity movement combined with deep breathing. Expect to leave these sessions feeling rejuvenated!
My aim is to enrich Martial Arts culture in Haliburton County.
I remember discovering at age 7 that kids were allowed to learn Karate. I came home from school begging to start right away. It was a blast to get to practice cool moves, and any bullying I had experienced at school quickly evaporated. I kept it up until my instructor moved, having earned a brown belt (one short of black).
As a young adult I learned martial arts wherever I was living, picking up bits and pieces of several. I'm a big fan of the mixed martial arts approach. Different situations require varying responses, and no martial art is complete on it's own.
Over time I became attracted to the philosophy behind Kung Fu, and began to practice more seriously again. Kung Fu (gongfu) refers to skill gained through consistent effort; constantly trying to improve oneself, no matter the context. To me this notion is the divide between "fighting" and "martial arts". Whatever skill one practices, this attitude makes it kung fu.
Most of what I teach is based around whole body mechanics. For the last several years I have focused on Tai Chi, and spent some time in China to learn a solid Kung Fu foundation in Xin Yi Ba (video credit to my roommate). These closely related arts emphasize twisting the waist to guide all the body's movements.
Though I began with the fighting side of the Martial arts, I became attracted to the refinement of movement. Both facets hold great benefits to physical and mental health. It is my aim to bring this combination to Haliburton County and enrich the martial arts culture. I am currently learning Brazillian Jiu Jitsu to round out my skill set, and would love to see other martial arts come to Haliburton County.