Universal Martial Art
At Indian Rocks, we teach the Universal Martial Art System based on the Korean Martial Art of Choi Kwang Do, but modified to better conform to the needs of today's students. It's a unique program based on modern scientific principles from human anatomy, physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms), psychology (the science of mental life), kinesiology (the branch of physiology that studies mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement), neurophysiology (the branch of neuroscience that studies the physiology of the nervous system) and biomechanics (human movement science).
Universal Martial Art is not designed for competition and does not have the intensity of sports training. The system is meant for the average individual who wants to learn real-life, practical self-defense skills and achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not people solely interested in winning trophies. Because it's a non-competitive art that stresses mental, physical, emotional and social development, Universal Martial Art promotes nonviolent resolutions to conflict, practical solutions to cardiovascular improvement, and enjoyable methods of exercise. In addition, with competition removed, students can continually develop—not against each other, but with each other. With a progressive system from White belt to highest level of Black belt, Universal Martial Art always offers you something new and challenging to learn, experience and enjoy.
Our training is based on individual needs, capabilities, skill levels and age. Our students range in years from 3 to 90, and some of our instructors are over 70. Since our primary goals are to prevent or reduce illness and disease and to promote optimum health and longevity by minimizing degeneration of body and mind, we also welcome those with limitations. Everyone is welcome at our Academy.
The Universal Martial Art system is based on the principles that its self-defense techniques should:
Generate maximum force
Be practical and easy to learn
Enhance the individual's health as they practice
Develop reflexes and ability to respond against threats
Develop mental as well as physical conditioning
The basis of our system is using gross motor skills instead of fine motor skills, somewhat like firing at a general target (combat shooting) instead of a specific bull's eye (target shooting).
Universal Martial Art Ethos
Universal Martial Art is founded in nonviolent self-defense, health, character development and humanity. We want to help each other and anyone else who needs our assistance. Students recite our doctrines and a pledge at the beginning of every class, and living by the Universal Martial Art principles at all times is considered to be of utmost importance.
Our school motto, Pil Seung, translates as "certain victory," but not in an aggressive manner, and not always in respect to outside forces. It means we never give in unless it's the right thing to do, we never give up until we achieve victory, and we never allow our spirit to break. The Pil Seung attitude allows us to overcome any obstacle to achieve our goals.
Universal Martial Art is a holistic health system. Every student within our organization is focused on living a more productive, healthier and longer life. Because of that, we tailor an individual's training to meet their own personal needs and promote better health in their life. Sports training has little to do with health— the goal is winning. Competitions overstress the body with high-intensity workouts that overtax the immune system and cause injuries. Statistics show more than 10,000,000 sports injuries are treated each year in the United States.
At Universal Martial Art, individuals may train at any age and enjoy the benefits of fitness and longevity. Levels of intensity, frequency and duration are all systematically developed for wellness.
All of Universal Martial Art's techniques are based on biomechanical principles—sudden, jerky movements are not used. This allows a practitioner to not only produce maximum force and promote health, but also to decrease the chance of injury. Our integrated movements also allow elderly individuals to adapt slowly. Joint and muscle strength, mobility level, joints' range of motion, endurance and fitness can be gradually improved. Because you use your entire body in the exercises, even bones can become stronger.
If you would like to learn more about Universal Martial Art, or want to experience it for yourself, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.