Below you’ll find answers to some of our most common questions in regards to on-going martial arts classes.
What can I expect in a class?
VMA classes are designed to challenge students mentally as well a physically. In addition to traditional karate kata and conventional techniques, students will learn how the human body works and how to maximize any affects on it. Students will also learn what violence really is, how it starts and how to identify various types of violence. Finally, student will learn details regarding pressure points – what they are, how to locate and activate them and how to use them for both martial and healing purposes.
Class structure includes a period of warm up exercises, instruction in “Point of the Week” and “Meridian of the Month”, drills and techniques. Sparring is limited and may include weapons. Class opens and closes with a brief mediation.
Classes are open to adult students ages 16 yrs and older, regardless of previous experience or current phsyical condition.
Do you teach any weapons?
Yes. VMA incorporates stick training into the class structure. Stick work is patterned after Modern Arnis as taught by Grandmaster Ken Smith. Students will also learn how to use a kubaton (short/hand stick). Additionally, students will learn how to recognize and use improvised weapons.
How long does it take to obtain a Black Belt?
The short answer is not less than 5 years, but it is entirely dependent upon you how much beyond 5 years it takes! VMA does not implement a regular schedule for rank testing. Instead, testing is done when a group of students have attained their minimum training hours and are deemed ready by Sensei to test. There is a *minimum* number of training hours required for each rank. In addition to the training hours, outside study is required, including reading books, attending seminars at other schools and community service. Attitude and dedication are also factored into advancement requests. Rank tests have three components, oral, written and physical. Your test may be in front of your immediate Sensei or you may test with another DKI master. Black belt testing requires at least one master level evaluator from outside of our school. All three areas of the test must receive passing grades. Tests are point rated not Pass/Fail. It is possible to fail a rank test even if you’ve put in the hours required. Passing is not guaranteed!!
What is Kyusho Jitsu?
Kyusho jitsu translates literally to “one second fighting”. More commonly however, it is known as pressure point fighting. Kyusho involves learning the pressure points of the body and using them for martial applications, to enhance your techniques. Pressure points are not to be confused with vital points, such as eyes, knees, groin, etc. Pressure points are the locations where the body’s nerves accept input. We use these points to help make our techniques more effective.
What associations are you affiliated with?
We are a proud affiliate of Dillman Karate International (DKI). Sensei Sharon is also a certified Qi Gong instructor through Dayan Arts.
Classes are held Monday & Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm for all ranks.