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Martial Arts & Boxing
Discipline. Dedication Desire. Top-notch martial arts training is available for everyone from beginner level to the competitive athlete! Instructors place strong emphasis on self-discipline and building self-esteem. They will teach you how to use your strength effectively, maintain cardiovascular fitness, improve flexibility and coordination, as well as tone the muscular system. They will also show you how to embrace the mental and spiritual element of martial arts, which not only improves the mind's focus, but also allows you to develop self-control, manage stress, and respect others.
Aikido is a peaceful martial art developed in Japan 70 years ago. A warm, spiritual mood permeates the practitioners. Aikido is for everyone. It does not depend on physical strength, weight or height. You rely on your ability to blend with your partner's incoming energy to redirect it. It builds self confidence and teaches harmony of movement and defensive strategies that can be used when needed.
Aikido embodies high ethical principles and offers a peaceful way to resolve conflicts. There are no competitions in Aikido, since the art is not based on winning or losing. Instead it is a martial art based on neutralizing an attacker and controlling the situation without bringing harm to either individual. Aikido emphasizes the development of Ki, or spiritual energy, along with harmonious movement rather than physical strength when engaging an opponent. Recommended for ages 9 through adult.
Students will practice the three major components of the art:
- Taijutsu - unarmed neutralization of physical attack.
- Kenjutsu - traditional Japanese sword arts.
- Bojutsu - traditional Japanese staff arts.
Top-notch martial arts training is available for everyone from beginner level to the competitive athlete!
Our instructors place strong emphasis on self-discipline and building self-esteem. They will teach you how to use your strength effectively, maintain cardiovascular fitness, improve flexibility and coordination, as well as tone the muscular system. They will also show you how to embrace the mental and spiritual element of martial arts, which not only improves the mind's focus, but also allows you to develop self-control, manage stress, and respect others. No matter who or how old you are, we truly hope you will consider becoming part of the fun and challenging experience.
The YMCA offers karate classes, from beginner to advanced level, for youth ages 9 and up and adults.
Krav Maga = So that one may walk in peace
Krav Maga is the most effective self-defense system offered today. Krav Maga is easily learned and implemented quickly. This system is accessible to anyone interested in learning self-defense techniques in aim to protect themselves and their surroundings. Krav Maga was founded and developed originally by Imi (Lichtenfeld) Sde –Or. Imi created Krav Maga for military purposes, meant to improve combat abilities of Israeli IDF soldiers in the early 50's. Over the years the Krav Maga systems was further developed by Imi to provide self-defense solutions for the civil sector as well.
International Krav Maga Federation
Avi Moyal, IKMF chairman and head instructor as well as Imi's direct student, continues on to develop Krav Maga along with other high ranking Israeli Krav Maga GIT instructors. Headed by Avi Moyal the organization remains forever loyal to the famous phrasing by Imi: "So that one may walk in peace"
It is IKMF's ongoing task to reach out to as many individuals in as many possible countries and provide them with self-defense tools that will allow them to self-defend effectively and eliminate danger so that everyone may walk in peace.
The term Kung Fu refers to the martial arts of China. Kung Fu originated in a place called the Shaolin Temple, where monks practiced Kung Fu for health and self-defense during their quest for enlightenment.
Historically, Kung Fu in China was an integral part in the education of scholars and the leaders of government. The Chinese people placed great value in the practice of Kung Fu because they felt it taught respect, patience, humility, and morality.
Many Americans believe that Kung Fu is a term which describes a single martial art, much like Taekwondo, Judo, or Aikido. In reality, Kung Fu is a general term which includes hundreds of styles of Chinese martial arts. Some examples of Kung Fu styles are Long Fist, Eagle Claw, and Taiji Quan.
Qi = vital energy. Gong = method. QiGong means energy method or 'working with one's life force'.
QiGong is a powerful Chinese system of healing and energy medicine. It is a subtle art that combines breathing, controlled movement and meditation to circulate, cleanse and focus the Qi (Life Force) in the body. QiGong practice promotes physical well-being, mental tranquility and inner contentment.
With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts and phiosophy, Qigong is now practiced worldwide. It is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice. From a philosophical perspective Qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one's 'true nature'.
Tae Kwon Do
Tae kwon do means: "The art of unarmed combat". The sport has been founded in Korea and is one of the popular modern martial arts. It is characterized by fast, high and spinning kicks. The objectives of Tae Kwon Do are to improve self confidence and self esteem; help to gain composure and self control; to improve concentration; to learn discipline and goal orientation; and to learn respect towards self and others.
At the YMCA, participants never come in full, aggressive contact with one another. They practice short, abrupt movements while standing away from each other. Participants will learn how to strike with their feet, an open hand and closed fists.
This modern martial arts program is open to all individuals ages 6 - adult.
Tai = big or great. Chi = ultimate energy.
Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise consisting of slow, beautiful, relaxed movements that develop a sense of balance and harmony between mind and body.
Say goodbye to sweating, puffing and panting and say hello to feel cool, calm, refreshed and energized. Our instructors are extensively trained in the martial arts. This is exercise for the body and a study in concentration for the mind. Participants learn the “how” and the “why” behind each movement.
Tai Chi also helps those with arthritis and fibromyalgia who have muscle and joint problems. Programs are available for all ages and abilities.
Martial Arts at the YMCA of Austin and are open to members and nonmembers with programs for adults and children ages 6+.