So you signed up for your first martial arts class at Maryland Jeet Kune Do in Odenton, Maryland but have no idea what to expect? Have no fear. Everyone in your class, including your instructors, has been where you are. The excitement and nervousness you feel are absolutely normal, but there is one thing you should be ready for. Expect to have a great time getting a great workout and learning how to defend yourself!
“I was extremely nervous the first time I took a Jeet Kune Do course. Even though I had been doing martial arts all of my life, Jeet Kune Do was completely new to me. I had a little idea of what to expect, but the class blew me away and I was hooked. Here I am, almost twenty years later, and enjoy sharing that experience with every new student who walks through our door.” - Sifu JB
But what should you expect from your first class?
You can expect that every class is going to be focused on you, and helping you reach your goals. Our classes at Maryland Jeet Kune Do are small, rarely more than ten people per class, so we can focus on each individual student and help you progress toward and beyond your fitness and self-defense goals. That individual attention will help you keep getting better, keep you feeling good, and keep you excited about everything you will experience at MDJKD.
You can expect that every class will be focused on fitness. You will spend the majority of each class moving, from warm up to cool down. Every class is rounds of motion and drilling, interspersed with brief and to the point instruction, so you get plenty of reps to help you perfect your motion.
In addition to motion, stillness is an integral part of our training. Learning how to control mind and body through coordinated breathing exercises goes hand in hand with the more active part of class. Where the breath goes, the body follows, and by learning to control your mind, you can learn to adapt to any situation. Each class will help you learn how to live in stillness and in strength.
Each class starts off with movement drills to help you get out of your everyday mindset and reconnect with your body and your instincts. Some classes begin with kickboxing pad drills. Others start with stick and knife drills from the Filipino martial art of Kali. You will warm up solo or with a partner in paired exercises. After warm up, you’ll begin working on the topic of the day with the instructor. Each class is different, but you can expect to work through different combative attribute or skill training situations, from kickboxing or grappling to weapons work or self-defense scenarios. After core training, you will close out the class by bringing together everything you worked on with a partner through alive training flows, giving you a chance to develop yourself through experiential training.
The bottom line is that the core of your experience at Maryland Jeet Kune Do will be growth and fun, as you learn how to live a life of fearlessness and conviction. What are you waiting for?
We’ve talking about self-defense a lot lately, but if you’re looking for an incredible workout to improve your cardiovascular health, your overall power, fitness, flexibility, speed, agility, and burn a massive amount of calories, you don’t need to look any further than Jun Fan Kickboxing at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland. Jun Fan Kickboxing is a key component of every martial arts class taught at MDJKD. The methods of Jun Fan Kickboxing were devised by Bruce Lee himself to give his students a safe way to develop their martial arts and self-defense skills and it a heck of a workout!
Since I began my martial arts training through Jeet Kune Do, it has been Jun Fan Kickboxing that has helped me develop myself in ways I never expected and turned me into the martial arts athlete I have always dreamed of being. Jun Fan Kickboxing draws from the methodology of Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, and the French Kickboxing art of Savate to help practitioners develop themselves. We’ve had students at MDJKD drop pounds and gain in strength, speed, and stamina, and had more than a few go on to compete and win medals!
Every Jun Fan Kickboxing workout consists of three rounds of skill development drills with a partner. Each partner drill consists of explosive kicking and punching drills that work offensive and defense concepts over and over. Those short bursts of motion not only help you develop your self-defense skills, but they also help you develop your heart and lung health in a cardiovascular workout that blows most others out of the water.
Studies have shown that even after only few weeks of weekly training in Kickboxing can have incredible benefits on your overall health, so you don’t have to wait long to see results. In one European study, the subjects were tested after five weeks of Kickboxing training three times a week. They showed a huge improvement in their strength, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and speed.
Combine that with proper eating habits, and Jun Fan Kickboxing becomes a fun and awesome way to lose weight. One study by the American Council on Exercise showed that a single Kickboxing session can burn more than 8 calories a minute. That means a single Jun Fan Kickboxing session at Maryland Jeet Kune Do could burn more than 250 calories!
So, what benefit could you get from practicing Jun Fan Kickboxing with Maryland Jeet Kune Do?
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