The EDGE's Self Defense system is a unique and dynamic approach that offers development on many levels. The program is a perpetual system of training that grows and changes as the students improve their skills.
Students learn and practice practical and diverse movements and techniques from far, middle and close range to defend against hostile or aggressive actions in virtually any situation. The class incorporates kicking techniques, boxing, blocks, strikes, evasion, suppressing, and stunning techniques as well as clinching, takedowns, throws, and ground fighting all taught in a way that utilizes each students natural body type.
The class is practical and focuses on getting fit and healthy while developing personal awareness and the thought process of a fighter. The flexible structure allows students to eventually modify the techniques to suit their own needs and abilities. Creativity is unlimited, offering students movements and choices with a diverse blend of Eastern and Western styles, concepts, and philosophies. The training is infused with power, focus, intent, and mindfulness. Classes motivate students to get fit and healthy by supporting their desire to explore their ongoing growth process and potential in a fun and thought provoking way. Fitness, health, well-being, personal and family protection, potential, and improved self-esteem result from the magnetic experience of the EDGE’s Self Defense Program.
BJJ is a style of martial arts unlike any other. It is a blend of traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu with modern day submissions and ground grappling movements developed by the Gracie family in Brazil in the 1940's. Since that time, many BJJ practitioners have fine-tuned this art to become the best style of self-defense, and the most popular style in martial arts competition. BJJ is designed to take the opponent to the ground and subdue him by placing him in an environment that he is not familiar with. From the ground, the BJJ man will simply use the ground fighting skills to finish his attacker.
BJJ is practiced mostly for sport. Unlike most styles of sports, BJJ does not require a lot of size or strength. This style relies on a vast array of techniques that center around leverage. When applied properly, these techniques will enable the small guy to defeat the big, strong guy. Gracie vs Severn, Gracie vs Kimo, Gracie vs Ken Shamrock. These are all examples that show a skilled, small guy can overcome the big, strong guy as proved in the Ultimate Fighting Championship by the legendary Royce Gracie. Thanks to the Gracie family and other great Brazilians, martial artists can add this style to their arsenal of fighting techniques or they can just learn this amazing art just for the fun of it. Perhaps one might venture into the sport arena.
The Edge's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is under the instruction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Justin Rios. The Edge is fortunate to be affiliated with BJJ legend Professor Joe Moreira. The 8TH Degree Black Belt teaches seminars around the globe and conducts private lessons. Considered a bona fide authority on jiu-jitsu, Moreira has issued 30 black belts and released a total of 38 instructional tapes that are considered among the best available in the United States.
Specific techniques taught are designed either to improve one's position (for example, to "pass the guard", by going from being "in the guard" to getting around the opponent's legs, resulting in side control); or else as a finishing submissions. Most submissions are either chokes (cutting off the blood supply to the brain) or arm locks (hyperextending the elbow, or twisting the shoulder).
Belt ranks start at white belt, and progress through blue, purple, brown, and then black. It generally takes about 2-3 years of training multiple times per week to be promoted to the next belt rank. However, there is no formal rank test. Instead, rank is about the ability to apply jiu-jitsu techniques in a competitive match. A student generally needs to be able to reliably defeat most other students at a given rank in order to be promoted to the next rank.
Thai Kickboxing, also known as Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. Although many people think of Thai boxing as the toughest and most physically demanding ring sport in the world, it is excellent for self-defense and personal protection. Many UFC and MMA fighters are now learning Muay Thai due to it's effectiveness and ability to utilize Muay Thai techniques in Mixed Martial Arts competitions. At The Edge you will train side by side with Muay Thai world champions, belt holders, gold medalists, and people who just love the sport and all the physical and mental benefits that come with it.
The training includes shadow boxing, heavy bag work, Thai pads, focus mitts and belly pads to teach you the right way to kick, knee, and punch and elbow with full power and precision. You'll practice boxing techniques like jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts, spinning backfists, combinations, slipping, sticking, moving, footwork, clinching and stand-up grappling. Training segments are a great workouts that develop toughness, physical as well as mental conditioning, and a “Never Quit” attitude. If you want to engage in sparring you must have full equipment and be approved by the senior instructor.
Whether you are a beginner looking for self defense training and conditioning or a seasoned athlete looking to tune up for your next bout, The Edge's Thai Boxing Camp offers an intense training package designed to meet your training needs.
MMA - Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is the term used for combat sports incorporating different styles of fighting such as Muay Thai, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Boxing. The sport of MMA has grown as a result of man’s desire to become better at combat sports resulting in a new and different style of hybrid fighting. The quest to become the best fighter not only in their own martial art style but the best fighter overall has encouraged practioners to take up other styles of fight training.
MMA has become the standard of the competitive side of martial arts. MMA training gives you an opportunity to find out what techniques are most effective, what techniques are sometimes effective and what techniques are not very effective at all. Through MMA training you can develop moves or come up with ideas that actually work for you based on your own individual abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and even disabilities and injuries. Students at The Edge learn and test out their ideas and techniques in a safe and friendly world class training facility to see how well it works in actual competition or self defense situation. Most of the Edges MMA students are training because they enjoy MMA and want to get into the best shape of their lives from the ultimate conditioning drills utilized in MMA training. They have no desire to ever enter the cage and fight... they do however enjoy the challenge of training side-by-side with our fight team members, other MMA students, our great coaching staff...and cool music.
The Edge's MMA program combines the best of each discipline in order to make you the best and most well rounded student/ fighter you can be.