Which Martial Arts styles are taught at Greenville Martial Art Center? Here at GMAC we offer three full curriculums – Taekwon-do, Hapkido, and Kali. Each style offers unique benefits, and all styles study self-defense, improve fitness, reduce stress, and create lifetime friends.
Taekwon-do is a Korean martial art which means “The Way of the Hand and Foot” and practices self-defense, forms, free sparring, and breaking combinations. Taekwon-do is characterized by fast strikes yet control of movements. Since there is no contact, a student demonstrates technique through a series of one step combinations and board breaking. Classes start as young as 4 years old with the Little Tigers program.
Hapkido is a Korean martial art which includes strikes, forms, and practical self-defense techniques. Hapkido teaches a unique set of main skills to subdue and escape an opponent through joint locks and throws. A few sets of techniques include defense against wrist grabs and hugging. All Hapkido skills are designed to subdue an opponent without causing serious injury. Classes are offered for ages 7 and up.
Kali is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines and emphasizes weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons and various improvised weapons. In recent years, there has been increased interest in Kali for its usefulness when defending against knives and other street encounters. At GMAC, students focus training on body mechanics with and without weapons. They will focus on footwork that can keep them alive in an altercation against a weapon. Classes are offered for ages 17 and up.
Overall, all martial art styles emphasize safety, control, and discipline.