Women, teens & special groups
One Membership–Three Programs!
We offer adults and teens traditional training (Pyon Moo Do), MMA striking and conditioning, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Your membership gives you unlimited access to all three programs. Take the classes that best fit your goals and schedule–or take them all!
Traditional Training–Pyon Moo Do
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He understands that ancient martial traditions hold great power and wisdom, but that they lose effectiveness if they can’t be applied to a modern context. So, Mr. Espy has striven to take the best attributes of the classical arts that he loves so much and adapt them to the needs of today’s world.
- Form: This is the study of movement and involves the practice of solo exercises. These exercises introduce the fundamentals of striking. This is also the primary source of developing the athletic martial arts attributes of power, flexibility, endurance, posture and balance. Over the course of the curriculum, your body will transform!
- Tactile Skills: As your body transforms, you will need to transform your sense of what an opponent’s body is doing. Whether they are striking, grabbing or trying to take you to the ground, you need to have a “sixth sense” of what their intention is. This is done through tactile sensitivity drills that are practiced with a partner. These flowing drills include striking, close-quarter weapons such as knives and sticks, stand-up grappling (clinch), and groundwork. These drills are a lot of fun!
- Self Defense: These sets teach the fundamental techniques of response to attacks. Once you learn a technique, then you will challenge the technique with increasing resistance with a partner until you are able to confidently apply it under stress. These techniques are further refined with the athletic development from Form training and with the tactile flow and intelligence that comes from Tactile Skills training.
- Sparring: This is the laboratory for martial arts training. Form, Tactile Skills and Self Defense all come together in the dynamic, unpredictable arena of sparring. Sparring in Pyon Moo Do is not competitive. You are not trying to beat your partner, nor vice versa. Instead, you are working with your partner to challenge your skillset and deepen your understanding of technique.
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Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is guaranteed to raise your awareness, understanding, and abilities in self-defense. We will help you improve your level of physical fitness and will teach you how to fight successfully. When combined with our strength and wrestling classes, you will be even more fit to win!
• Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling
• Strength and Mobility
These classes are committed to developing student potential through safe, balanced, and effective self-defense training, leveraging the concepts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ground fighting (Submission Grappling).
What makes BJJ so different?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is widely regarded as the world’s most effective ground fighting (grappling) system. While it has been evolving since the early 1900s as a martial art, street fighting system, and sport, the last ten years have brought it the most popularity in America and abroad as a result of globally distributed media coverage of victories in numerous challenge matches and mixed martial arts competitions pitting athletes with mastery of various martial arts. It is a safe yet highly effective combat system. It is considered relatively safe because it does not employ striking (kicks, punches, elbows, etc.), yet it is effective because of its ability to respond well to numerous types of realistic situations. As has been said many times about fights: they almost always start standing, but end up quickly on the ground. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) provides unlimited avenues to success from standing and ground positions. A hallmark of BJJ is that it is constantly evolving and improving to solve the real problems discovered by the competitors and instructors of the art. Another reason for the popularity and success of BJJ lies in the fact that it does not rely as much on size, strength, or speed as many fighting or self-defense systems. Over and over again, BJJ has proven this in real fight situations. BJJ utilizes take-downs, leverage on joints, and chokes to gain control over opponents. One of many remarkable aspects of this art: it gives students ability to defeat opponents from almost any position, even underneath an opponent. To an untrained eye, it is sometimes difficult to know who is in the best position when a BJJ fighter is involved, until it quickly ends in the defeat of the opponent!
Basic Concepts: The Goal is Control
Before you get overwhelmed with the myriad techniques, positions and submissions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you need to understand the goal: complete control of your opponent. Your goal is not to bloody your opponent or injure them; the goal is control. In most martial arts where your objective is to destroy your opponent, dominating them by annihilation. In BJJ, the goal is to dominate with control. A student with excellent control has the luxury of deciding when, where, and how to apply a submission move.
What is Control?
Control = Base + Position.
Base: “All Your Base Belong to Us”
Base simply means stability against loss of balance. A practitioner with good base is very difficult to unbalance. Judo was an innovative martial art, and a direct predecessor sport to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in that it centered around unbalancing the opponent to obtain victory. This notion of unbalancing your opponent is a common aspect shared by wrestling, Submission Grappling, and BJJ. In competition, points are awarded for unbalancing the opponent. The two primary methods of unbalancing your opponent is take downs and sweeps. In both situations, you use technique to put your opponent on the ground and control him afterwards. It’s not enough just to trip them up and watch them fall. You must control them through the technique and afterwards to capitalize on your positional advantage.
A submission is a “finishing move” technique applied in order to force your opponent to quit the fight. When you submit, you signal submission by tapping your hand calling out “tap!” If you make your opponent submit, you win the fight, and must immediately stop whatever finishing move you were applying that caused the tap. Common submissions are chokes and joint locks.
The clinch is a position where both opponents are “tied up” from standing or the knees. Typically your right hand is behind your opponent’s neck and your left hand is grabbing his right triceps behind his elbow. Both partners hold each other this way. Many matches start with opponents “tying up in the clinch.” This move shows an example of a move starting from the clinch.
Entering or Gapping the Distance
In Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee defined entering as the process of closing the gap between striking and grappling range. Entering is key in BJJ in that the practitioner wants to gap the distance from the standup fight to take the opponent to the ground and leverage BJJ technique. A fight at striking distance (where kicks and punches are employed) must be “gapped” thereby bringing the fight to grappling distance. There are numerous methods of entering including shoots, pummeling for underhooks, etc. In traditional BJJ, many of the takedowns were pulled directly from the Judo playbook. As the fusion of grappling arts has continued, wrestling takedowns have become more popular.
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Instruction is very technical, but expect to sweat. Improving your athleticism and fitness is an essential part of our mission in this program.
Expect a fun atmosphere with great people. Sparring is control, safe and part of each class, though it is voluntary. If you are uncomfortable with sparring, you will have the opportunity to polish your technique and physical conditioning with drills.
We offer seminars for women, teens and special groups. These seminars get regularly scheduled on a quarterly basis, but we can also do custom seminars for groups and individuals tailored to your needs.
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- To cultivate a safe and welcoming community that encourages personal growth and resilience through physical self defense training.
- To emphasize non-violent strategies for solving conflict.
- To give back to our neighbors in the greater Austin area through volunteerism and fundraising.