For students at the Abilene Martial Arts Center, it's about more than self defense. Through mixed martial arts they're learning discipline, control, and many other important life lessons.
"We study a martial art called 'Kuk Sool Won' and 'Kuk Sool Won' literally translates into 'national martial arts association," explains Abilene Martial Arts Center Master, Phil Sage. "It's a systematic study of all the indigenous styles from Korea."
According to Sage the style includes everything you would expect with mixed martial arts like kicking and punching, but adds a few more tips and tricks for self defense.
"Joint lock, pressure points, grappling..." Sage adds, "a little bit of everything."
Despite the variety of moves involved with "Kuk Sool Won," Sage says it was the philosphy behind the style that initially caught his eye.
"Our Grand Master teaches us to be strong, smart and have a good heart," Sage explains. "So there is a really positive image with the martial art, not only with that, the self defense is outstanding."
For some, self defense is the main motivation behind getting involved with mixed martial arts, but according to Sage it doesn't matter what you're in it for or how old you are, anyone can do it and the benefits go behind being able to physically defend yourself.
"One of the key things that the children who train in our martial arts gain, is leadership," says Sage.
The Abilene Martial Art Center's main instructor is proof of that. Matthew Allmand began practicing martial arts as a young boy and says it's definitely had a hand in shaping his character.
"Martial arts is one of those things that, kind of, trickled down into all the aspects of my life," says Allmand. "It's really just kind of emphasized and brought out the best in, you know leadership skills and confidence and training, literally in everything that I've done."
"I've seen him develop through the martial arts, his confidence has improved, he's a tremendous martial artist," adds Sage.
Abilene Martial Art Center offers beginners and advanced classes for both men and women of all ages. For beginners, they offer a complimentary program for newbies to test the waters free of charge.
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