Jon and Nick compete in the Adult Men Light Sanshou (point) division of this year's Tien Shan Pai Legacy tournament. Jon took third place and Nick was disqualified for excessive force, but we still love him.
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?
Chuck, Gary, John, and Rachel working on Jun Fan kicking drills derived from Savate for Kuoshu competition at Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, MD.
When I was studying Korean Zen, we had a different term for this sort of intellectual honesty, Choshim. Choshim can be translated as the original intent, or more frequently, beginners’ mind. No matter how much we learn there is always more. No matter how good we are, there is always someone better at what they do. Why claim to be more than what we are, when we can keep learning, growing, and sharing?
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