At Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Family Centre we have three children’s programs, a unique open learning program for adults and a family program for those people who want to train with their children. We also have one session dedicated to women only for those ladies who aren’t really into mixing it up with the boys. We are also starting a lunch program for a quick intense workout when you have limited time but want to get a good sweat on your lunch but have limited time.
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Our Muay Thai program comes from Joel’s Ajarn Songlith Singthong. Ajarn Song’s journey to bring Muay Thai to Canada reads like an adventure novel. He was the first person to begin teaching this incredible art in Canada and Joel was fortunate enough to train under Ajarn Song in his Abbotsford locations, during the early to late nineties. This discipline is one of the most practical stand-up fighting systems in the world and develops skills in kickboxing, stand up clinching (stand up grappling), and close range dirty boxing with elbow and knees. Besides being an amazing sport, this is one of the combat sports disciplines to have at your disposal if you find yourself in a bad situation. We have a competitive youth Muay Thai program for ages 10 to 14.
Rogues N’ Pirates Afterschool
The Rogues N’ Pirates Afterschool Martial Arts Program is unique here in Cranbrook. Not only does it provide pick up from local schools in our 15 passenger van, the program has some of the most unique activities of any after school program. Forget about your child doing arts and crafts or sitting around for two hours; instead picture your children learning cultural disciplines from Thailand and the Philippines as well as learning important life skills. We make the program fun by mixing in games and other activities to keep you r child interested and to hone some fighting skills through fun and play. This is a one of a kind program that emphasises person growth more than kicking butt.
evening Rogues N Pirates
The evening Rogues N Pirates very much the same as the after school program, except streamlined for a shorter time frame. As in the after school program the focus is on personal growth and life skills however this is a great class to develop physical fitness, imagination and have a great time. The class is high energy and fast paced but ends with a discussion on personal virtues and life skills. There is no other children’s martial arts class like this in our area.
Filipino martial arts are usually labelled as either Arnis, Eskrima or Kali. Although you can generally interchange these labels, I use Arnis and Eskrima almost exclusively as a label for my Filipino martial arts. Kali is more applicable to westernized FMA (Filipino Martial Arts), although the term is gaining popularity in the Philippines. Arnis/Eskrima/Kali can be further broken down into different styles and disciplines. The names are many, Balintawak, Heyrosa De Cuerdas, De Campo 1-2-3 Original, Doce Pares, Lameco, Bunal Sugbo, Modern, Ilustrisimo, Cinco Teros, Estrella Cinco Teros, San Miguel… to just hit the tip of the iceberg. There are many styles of Filipino martial arts, and each has its own distinct flavour and focus. While FMA is generally associated with weapons fighting, it has very practical empty hand fighting skills that are generally taught after the weapons are mastered. (This is due to it’s beginning as a survival based martial art.) There are also empty hand only FMA, such as Yaw Yan and Sikaran (Sometimes labelled “Combat Karate”) However Arnis/Eskrima styles use weapons training as a base.
The Shield Maidens is a unique women’s program combining the deadly arts of Balintawak, Muay Thai and Modern Cimande Silat. These arts are amongst the most effective fighting systems taught throughout the world. Students are given a practical base in pugilism, weapons fighting, self-defence and improvised weapons. There are very few women’s martial arts programs which will give such a wide variety of skills and teach the adaptability that will come from training in this program.
Muay Thai, this Thai cultural fighting system is known as the science of the eight limbs because it is one of the few pugilistic styles that allow not only kicks and punches but knees and elbows as well. Muay Thai is considered one of the world’s most complete fighting systems, with not only striking but also effective throwing and clinching (stand up grappling). Muay Thai was born on the battlefields of Thailand and evolved into the amazing and dynamic combat sport that is respected worldwide for its straight forward effectiveness. There are few striking styles that make a better base for self-protection and MMA. Muay Thai is truly one of the most efficient and effective fighting systems taught in the world today.
Balintawak Eskrima is a rare and deadly fighting system brought to us from the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It is a close combat system that is taught through the use of the stick and other weapons. Like all Filipino martial arts the focus is on surviving real violence not on being showy or flashy. However there is nothing like seeing two skilled Balintawak Eskrimadors training together, the sticks move at lighting speed and the manipulation and intricacy of the empty hand is a spectacle to behold. This art may be a deadly art but it is still very beautiful to watch.
Mati Arnis is the personal expression of Filipino Martial Arts from Guro Ross Doromal. Blending philosophies from arts like Modern Arnis, Doce Pares Eskrima, Lameco Eskrima and Balintawak Guro Ross created a unique and very practical system of martial art where the focus was on the development of the individual rather than making every Mati Arnisador look the same. This is a rare form of Arnis having proponents in Canada, Australia and the Philippines. Guro Ross has retired from teaching but his students still remain loyal to his vision.
De Campo 1-2-3 Original Eskrima
Born from the Cebuano Juego Todo, “anything goes” matches, that are the history of so many Filipino martial arts styles, this system is usually seen as a long range (Largo) system of martial art. It is much more than that. Founder, Jose Caballero founded this system in 1925, and he created a system that emphasized movement of foot, body, arm and hand. The unique movement of this system can create a lot of torque and power. It is a great system for developing timing as well. De Campo is the perfect book end to the close quarter skills of Balintawak Cuentada Eskrima.