Today’s syllabus and curriculum at Full Circle Martial Arts reflects many years of hard training, countless class and seminar teachings, and thorough research to create a system of character development and self-defense that is practical, useful, and has depth suitable for a lifetime of training. Additionally, we collaborate with other martial artists, professional MMA fighters, professional trainers knowledgeable of sports science, and other resources to continually improve our curriculum.
The system of karate practiced at Full Circle Martial Arts is based on Shotokan karate. Instructors have earned high-level ranks from internationally recognized Shotokan karate organizations such as International Shotokan Karate Federation, the American Japanese Karate Association (AJKA), and the Traditional Karate International Confederation (TKIC).
Although the Shotokan system itself is excellent, the teachings lacked some critical elements which became apparent after many years of study by our school’s senior members. At a high level the lacking elements were a deeper study of vital points, chokes, strangles, throws, joint locks, ground work, and the foundational connection to the system’s kata (forms).
To fill the curriculum’s gaps, we researched numerous sources of additional information. This gap was largely filled by affiliation with the Kissaki-Kai Karate Association and chief instructor and founder Vince Morris Sensei. Beginning in 1998 and through 2015, we incorporated into our syllabus many of the lacking elements mentioned above.
The result today is now a complete martial art, suitable for all ages, incorporating the study and practice of striking technique (atemi-waza), vital points (kyusho-jutsu), strangles and chokes (shime-waza), joint locks (kansetsu-waza), ground work (ne-waza), and throwing (nage-waza) techniques, while retaining the discipline and rigor of training in a classical martial art.
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